12 years ago, Steve Jobs presented the first iPhone to the world, which changed the world of mobile phones forever, and a year later the first Tesla electric cars went on sale.
Now these things seem to be commonplace, but then they were something out of the ordinary, boggling the imagination. What will happen to technology in the next 10 years?
Business Insider has prepared a forecast, and we have selected the ten most interesting predictions.
- 10. 2021. The first robot pharmacist will start working in the USA
- 9. Closer to 2022, 10% of people will wear clothes with an internet connection
- 8.By 2022, the first car from a 3D printer will appear on the road
- 7. By 2023, 10% of glasses will be connected to the Internet
- 6.In 2024, Internet access may become a fundamental human right
- 5. 2024. First, 3D printed artificial organ transplant
- 4. In 2024, over 50% of home internet traffic will come from home appliances
- 3. 2025. The first implant phones in the public domain
- 2. 2026. There will be a smart city with a population of over 50,000
- 1. 2026. Autonomous cars will make up 10% of all cars in the US
10. 2021. The first robot pharmacist will start working in the USA
Robots in manufacturing are no longer news, while they are just beginning to penetrate the service sector.
The gradual improvement and modernization allow us to hope that the first robot pharmacist will start working in the United States as early as 2021.
It is difficult to predict whether such an innovation will take root or not. One thing is for sure: “just ask” out of turn will obviously not work for him, so he will have to come with a ready-made recipe.
9. Closer to 2022, 10% of people will wear clothes with an internet connection
It is no longer surprising that a refrigerator, toaster or iron has a connection to the World Wide Web, not to mention the clock. Experts predict that in 3 years, about 10% of the world’s inhabitants will wear clothes with the same function.
This does not seem incredible, since from a technical point of view, the implementation of such an idea is feasible right now, but from the point of view of common sense.
It’s hard to imagine what would have to happen in these 3 years for someone to need socks or a dress with the Internet.
8.By 2022, the first car from a 3D printer will appear on the road
Car prototypes and even full-fledged parts have been printed on 3D printers for a long time, so this prediction can also come true.
Local Motors has launched a related startup and promises that a fully printed car of their brand will be on sale in the coming years.
It is also known that work in this direction is being carried out by Audi, which has already demonstrated a model made by printing with metal particles.
If there is no doubt about their appearance, then the reliability and safety of such cars remains in question. It is not known how successfully they will be able to pass the tests and gain admission for sale.
7. By 2023, 10% of glasses will be connected to the Internet
Augmented reality technology is actively developing: almost every day there are messages about new projects, developments and promising discoveries.
The first Google Glass was created 6 years ago, and now the company is actively improving the technology, while simultaneously creating lenses with support for augmented reality technology.
Do not forget that HTC, Lenovo, Samsung and many small brands are also working in this direction, and fierce competition is the best way to spur progress.
6.In 2024, Internet access may become a fundamental human right
At first glance, this may seem strange, if you think about it, it is even necessary.
Internet giants such as Facebook, Google and others will be able to cover the entire planet in the coming years using drones and space probes.
There will remain only a problem with access to the Internet in some countries, so the right to use the Internet may well begin to be introduced into the Constitution.
5. 2024. First, 3D printed artificial organ transplant
The development of 3D printing technology already allows the creation of parts of the human body, but the main goal has not yet been achieved.
If in 5 years it is possible to create a workable human organ that can be implanted along with the donor organ, then this will become one of the greatest achievements.
4. In 2024, over 50% of home internet traffic will come from home appliances
Now the lion’s share of Internet traffic goes to entertainment: chatting on social networks, watching movies and TV series, downloading files, etc.
Experts believe that in the coming years, home automation and remote control will greatly change the existing picture.
Turning on the kettle, getting a hot bath and making a couple of toasts while just on the way home – all this is real now, but by 2024 it will become widespread.
3. 2025. The first implant phones in the public domain
Implantable hearing aids and pacemakers are no longer a fantasy, which cannot be said about mobile phones implanted into the body.
So far, this can only be seen in movies (real models exist, but are not a mass product), but most experts agree that in the next 6 years such a device can be sewn into your hand or another part of the body. It is even possible that in this case it will be possible to communicate not by voice, but using brain signals.
2. 2026. There will be a smart city with a population of over 50,000
The proposed smart city will function on the same principles as the smart home, but on a much larger scale.
Artificial intelligence will manage infrastructure, logistics, energy and other aspects of city life, and all this will work in one common network.
For example, in this city there will not be a single traffic light, since the system will monitor road traffic consisting exclusively of smart cars.
1. 2026. Autonomous cars will make up 10% of all cars in the US
Unmanned electric cars in the future can partially solve the problem of environmental and atmospheric pollution, as well as reduce the number of accidents that occur through human fault.
Google, Uber, General Motors and many other companies are already in full swing developing autonomous vehicles, which could account for 10% of all road traffic in the United States in 7 years.
In addition to the States, other countries, including Russia, are also interested in this idea, although we will have such a number of drones on the roads much later.