Technology in 20 years !?

#1 Edited by Hydrolex (1465 posts) -

How do you see the technology in 20 years ?

What kind of machines, or devices do you expect to come out ?

I think cars will be so advanced that they will drive themselves and ... like the one google is working on

#2 Posted by themajormayor (25844 posts) -

I hope we will have wireless electricity. In the sense that you never have to charge anything with a wire anymore.

#3 Posted by uninspiredcup (8924 posts) -

It will be blade-runner.

#4 Edited by lamprey263 (24150 posts) -

sex robots

and more sex robots, and even more sex robots, and robot prostitutes that look like human Jude Laws

#5 Edited by GTR12 (9656 posts) -

@Hydrolex:

Its not 2004, Google are a bit slow on self-driving cars, we already have those...

Volvo, Gothenburg

#6 Posted by Makhaidos (1614 posts) -

Fuck self-driving cars; I want my flying cars, goddammit! We're fourteen years overdue!

#7 Posted by Behardy24 (4551 posts) -

Hoverboards. I want Hoverboards.

#8 Posted by Aljosa23 (25115 posts) -

@uninspiredcup said:

It will be blade-runner.

Naw, Blade Runner is 5 years away.

#9 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10839 posts) -

I hope that a viable cloning process is discovered/ invented by then. I don't want children; I want clones.

#10 Edited by uninspiredcup (8924 posts) -

@BluRayHiDef said:

I hope that a viable cloning process is discovered/ invented by then. I don't want children; I want clones.

I saw a documentary only a week ago or so back about Korean cloning. It's a million dollar business, not with humans obviously but with dogs. You get weirdo's who assume because a dogs is genetically identical, it's the same dog. They can do all sorts of weird shit as well like have them born at a specific age or size.

Moralists will probably always stop human cloning.

#11 Posted by XilePrincess (13130 posts) -

I'd love to see more park-assist on vehicles, and other such safety precautions and assists. I think it's Lexus that has an auto-stop when in reverse feature if something is behind your car.

I'd also love to see smart technology on kitchen appliances, like an anti-burn feature on the oven that senses when something is getting close to burning and adjusts the temperature accordingly, or cookware that communicates with your oven the density of the food within and allows it to adjust to make everything cook perfectly.

On a less materialistic front, I hope we have a cure for a lot of stuff that we don't right now, from cancer to blindness to diabetes, but considering stuff like cancer is a cash cow, I doubt we'll see it happen.

#12 Edited by Hydrolex (1465 posts) -

Wireless electricity would be a hugeee thing !!

our houses will look much cleaner without these cables

#13 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26320 posts) -

The concept of self driving cars makes little sense to me unless ALL cars on the road drive themselves. That way each could be in constant communication with the others to better determine speed and distances, and to better eliminate human error.

#14 Edited by Iszdope (10126 posts) -

Dogs that shoot bees out of their mouths.

#15 Posted by Horgen (110151 posts) -

@uninspiredcup said:

@BluRayHiDef said:

I hope that a viable cloning process is discovered/ invented by then. I don't want children; I want clones.

I saw a documentary only a week ago or so back about Korean cloning. It's a million dollar business, not with humans obviously but with dogs. You get weirdo's who assume because a dogs is genetically identical, it's the same dog. They can do all sorts of weird shit as well like have them born at a specific age or size.

Moralists will probably always stop human cloning.

With cloning today that isn't possible.

@XilePrincess said:

I'd love to see more park-assist on vehicles, and other such safety precautions and assists. I think it's Lexus that has an auto-stop when in reverse feature if something is behind your car.

I'd also love to see smart technology on kitchen appliances, like an anti-burn feature on the oven that senses when something is getting close to burning and adjusts the temperature accordingly, or cookware that communicates with your oven the density of the food within and allows it to adjust to make everything cook perfectly.

On a less materialistic front, I hope we have a cure for a lot of stuff that we don't right now, from cancer to blindness to diabetes, but considering stuff like cancer is a cash cow, I doubt we'll see it happen.

A cure for cancer, any cancer at all, will also be a cash cow. There will always be someone else who gets cancer, and the cure doesn't stop it from happening again.

When cooking.. If you have a induction (I think this is what it is called), only the frying pan will get hot.

#16 Posted by PcGamingRig (7094 posts) -

You'll probably have to carry a Samsung Galaxy on your back by then.

#17 Edited by hippiesanta (9884 posts) -

@themajormayor said:

I hope we will have wireless electricity. In the sense that you never have to charge anything with a wire anymore.

but my BRAUN electric toothbrush is charge wireless (at least no metal conductor .....lol and that was in 1997

#18 Edited by ShepardCommandr (2736 posts) -

Singularity will be achieved and skynet will take over the world.

#19 Edited by jasean79 (2375 posts) -

Let's see, Apple releases an iPhone twice a year, so in 20 years, we're looking at the iPhone 45s? Yeah. That sounds about right.

#20 Edited by Boddicker (2786 posts) -

1) $10-15 gallon gas in America

2) Physical media will be phased out.

3) All consoles/PC's will be DD and not have disc drives.

4) Science will finally start looking into the growing energy crisis, but ultimately fail.

5) Nuclear missiles will launch on Oct 23, 2077 ushering in the world of Fallout!!!!!!!!!

#21 Posted by gamerguru100 (10647 posts) -

Virtual reality Call of Duty! :D

#22 Edited by chaplainDMK (6841 posts) -

@Boddicker said:

1) $10-15 gallon gas in America

2) Physical media will be phased out.

3) All consoles/PC's will be DD and not have disc drives.

4) Science will finally start looking into the growing energy crisis, but ultimately fail.

5) Nuclear missiles will launch on Oct 23, 2077 ushering in the world of Fallout!!!!!!!!!

We'll have to regress a bit before then. :D

#23 Posted by Klunt_Bumskrint (4025 posts) -

@behardy24 said:

Hoverboards. I want Hoverboards.

Don't fret they are here.

Just in time for 2015 :D

#24 Posted by spaceninja818 (424 posts) -

@Makhaidos: Buy a helicopter or try to get one of these:

#25 Posted by comp_atkins (31473 posts) -

@GTR12 said:

@Hydrolex:

Its not 2004, Google are a bit slow on self-driving cars, we already have those...

Volvo, Gothenburg

that's like saying cruise control is self-driving. it sounds like their prototypes are very limited currently and limited to just 31 miles of roads.

"According to Volvo Technical Specialist Erik Coelingh, “the test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves."

#26 Posted by theone86 (20555 posts) -

@Makhaidos said:

Fuck self-driving cars; I want my flying cars, goddammit! We're fourteen years overdue!

I think they have self-driving cars already, they're called trains. Honestly, I hope in twenty years cars will become a niche item. Ideally a combination of high-speed rail, decent local transportation, and changes in the composition of communities to make more goods accessible locally will eliminate the need for most cars. They'll still be used for specific tasks like hauling, getting to hard to reach areas, and moving between areas where public transportation isn't feasible, but for the most part they won't be seen as a necessity. In the areas of cars, ride-sharing, clean diesel, plug-in hybrids, and biofuels would be the major areas of advancement.

I think hydroponics are another area that could see some major growth between now and then. It's a more efficient process than traditional farming, it solves entirely the problem of soil degradation, it could ameliorate problems of water scarcity in areas like the western United States, and it advances the cause of localizing food markets. Emissions from transportation of food would be reduced, and problems like rainforest deforestation caused by industrial food production could be combated. I also believe lab-grown meat shows a lot of promise, though it may not be cheap enough to be a common technology in twenty years. Not only could it reduce competition for meat resources and give vegetarians an alternative meat source, but it could reduce methane emissions from livestock sources.

I think recycling will become more ubiquitous and easily accessible. The more we fill landfills the more urgently recycling will be invested in. Fewer and fewer non-recyclable materials will be used, products that encourage recycling like modular smartphones will proliferate, and accessibility to recycling centers will increase. It's actually quite a chore to find places to recycle certain items right now, such as electronics, and I think that between more centers opening and collection programs accepting more items it will only get easier.

As far as electronics, I think the move is towards devices that can do more. I think a devices that can serve as tablets, laptops, and computer monitors will increase in popularity. I also think we could see technology like in Minority Report, not just the gesture recognition but the holographic projection as well. I think one of the big questions will not be what gets developed but how we approach technology. How long, for example, will consoles be able to hold on and will they be able to produce exclusive titles? I see the move as being predominantly away from exclusives and consoles. I hope that there will be a standard set that when you buy an electronic title, be it a game, book, movie or anything else, you own that title and can use it on any device that's capable of running it, but I'm not optimistic on that point. I think instead of consoles living room devices will be cheaper, smaller devices that instead of running and storing games will stream them from a more powerful device such as a computer or a streaming service.

Lastly, I think local will become more popular. Things like local internet services will grant people more control over issues like privacy invasion and data prioritizing. Local businesses invigorate communities and are more likely to bring lasting jobs. Local medical practices give doctors more control over their interaction with patients and not subject to insurance industry regulation. Local generally combats many of the problems we're facing today.