Before the past 100 years or so, technology seemed to evolve at a snail’s pace. In the past few decades, however, technology changes faster than many people are able to keep up with. Because of this, some of the technology that you’ll see 20 years from now haven’t even been thought of today, but there are also emerging technologies that you’ll be seeing two decades from now that will play a major part of your everyday life. Here are a few of those technologies to keep an eye on for the future:
3-D printing is nothing new, but it’s something that in the past few years has expanded to the point of being able to do amazing things. Many years ago, 3-D printing was used mostly for symbols, but has since evolved into a fascinating process that has changed many industries. In the future, it’s likely that we’ll see 3-D printing play a massive role in healthcare; especially when it comes to printing bones and organs that can help save lives. The automotive industry is another one to keep an eye on in the 3-D printing world.
Previous generations have predicted that we would have flying cars by 2022, though it hasn’t caught on just yet. That doesn’t mean that it will never happen, though, and many companies are still working on being the first to get a consumer car into the skies. Of course, these cars will have to clear regulations with the FAA, but it could be sooner than you think.
Until then, the self-driving car is the next big leap in the auto industry. Companies such as Tesla have dabbled in self-driving automobiles for years now, while businesses with large logistics operations (such as Walmart) are using self-driving trucks to get goods from point A to point B. Will we see self-flying cars one day? Only time will tell.
When you think about nanotechnology in 2022, you probably think about how a lot of things are explained in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nanotechnology is very much real, though, and will be playing a big factor in our lives 20 years from now. Researchers have been racing each other to develop nanobots that are so small that the eye can’t even see them with various uses. Among the uses that people are most hopeful for is the treatment of cancer. You can expect nanotechnology to be used in computing and automobiles at some point, as well.
Of course, you can’t mention the future without talking about artificial intelligence. Though it’s been a part of our lives for years now, AI is really ramping up in recent years. From being able to analyze your health by simply looking in a mirror, to knowing when you need to order certain items on websites like Amazon, artificial intelligence is already here and its use will only expand more in the coming years. By 2042, expect artificial intelligence to be so developed that you’ll have an affordable robot butler that reminds you that you need to re-up on pool noodles when the temperature starts to rise during the spring.