Over the centuries, futurists have been predicting events that occur far beyond their time. Nostradamus and Edgar Casey are two men who predicted many of the events the world experienced well beyond their time on Earth. Today, there are futurists who combine their gift of insight along with their familiarity of current technology and events which allows them to see what may happen in the future. Here are the top 10 predictions made by futurists which are predicted to come true in the next half-century.
3D Printers for Construction
In a sense this is already happening thanks to the advancement of 3D printer technology. However, it is only small scale today thanks to printers that can create items the size of a breadbox. Not long in the future, large 3D printers will be used to create massive modules to construct homes, office buildings, and all types of structures. This will revolutionize the construction industry in the next 50 years as structures are created in a similar fashion to “Lego” buildings that children create in the home.
Artificial Intelligence Everywhere
The advancement of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) in today’s world is no secret as it is being used in many different applications. In ten years, it is predicted that A.I. will exceed the intelligence of humans and be embedded in places like the home, automobiles, all computing devices, and even clothing. The A.I. will become a part of everyone’s life and become second nature. The advancement of this technology will allow for smart homes, driver-less vehicles, and all types of automation at greatly reduced costs.
Cure for AIDS
Today, AIDS is a virus that can be held in check thanks to use of drugs that have been in development for decades. However, just as polio was virtually eradicated from the planet when the cure was discovered, so too will AIDS be removed from the world. Scientists currently stand at the brink of an AIDS vaccine that will prevent the transmission of the virus. It is only a matter of time before a cure will be found and that will happen in the next 25 years according to futurists.
This is another trend that futurists have been predicting for a long time. However, the technology for holograms exists today and over the next 50 years will be refined so that when you watch a game being played on the other side of the world, it will appear to be right in front of you. Three-dimensional, realistic hologram technology will put you in the action and deliver an experience unlike any before. Obviously, holograms may also be used for movies, plays, and other events.
Custom clothing is nothing new, but the cost has made it prohibitive for many people. In the next 50 years, the fashion industry will shift from establishing a new style to creating your individual expression. People will be able to clothe themselves in the fabrics, colors, and designs of their own choosing as inexpensively as they purchase t-shirts today. This means that teens and young adults of the future will be wearing creations never seen before and reflective of their own tastes.
Mass Production for Minimal Costs
The advent of nanotechnology means that that all types of products will be constructed at the atomic level. This means that virtually anything can be constructed from all type of materials since its very structure is altered from the level of the atom. From the molecules that make up the great amount of waste and debris in landfills may come all types of products, devices, and even edible items. The advancement of nanotechnology may change the world in ways we still do not understand.
Russian Domination of Farming
If the concerns about global climate change turn out to be true, the result will be environmental devastation for areas of southern Europe and much of Africa. However, the warming of the Earth will also open vast amounts of currently frozen territory in Siberia where farming will thrive. Since the population is estimated to reach 9 billion by 2040, the opening of large areas in Russia for farming purposes will help supply food for the world’s population centers.
Transmission of Emotions, Feelings, & Memories
Today, the internet transmits text, images, photos, and videos around the world. However, in ten to twenty years it will be possible to send the emotions, feelings, and memories that you have around the world as well. Scientists can already hook into the brain with computers. The advancements will naturally progress for the brain to transmit outward so that people can record events as they happen with their own senses. This information can be accessed so that everyone will experience what a person sees, hears, touches, and emotes.
Understanding of Dark Matter
One of the greatest secrets is dark matter, the substance that makes up most of the known universe, but whose properties are still unknown. Today, scientists are only beginning to grapple with the concept of dark matter and its properties. However, thanks to advancements in technology and a growing interest to discover the substance of the material, its origin, and how it can be used will ensure that its understanding will be found in the next half-century.
Virtual World Becomes Reality
Today, there is a definite separation of the virtual world from our own reality. However, in the next half century there will be a closer relationship that brings the virtual world into our own. For example, games that are currently played will become more interactive, cooperative, and used to solve real-world problems from the large to the small scale. As the interaction becomes closer, more people will be able to work out their issues in the virtual world and have it apply to their everyday lives.
While it remains to be seen if their predictions will come true, what can be said is that many people are gifted with insights into future events. By paying heed to their predictions today, we can be better prepared for the events that may happen tomorrow.
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