Everyone has wondered, at least once, how life may change in a few years time. Scientists and researchers have been trying to forecast what our children’s (and our children’s children) lives may look like.
This is a list of my favourite ones, from the most to the least achievable.
Fuel- free cars
Electric cars seem to be the best answer to the oil crisis of the last years. They don’t need fossil fuels and can be charged very easily. However, electricity derives from burning fossil fuels as well, so does not solve this problem entirely. Engineers have been experimenting with creating solar cars, which would not need to be charged, as they produce the electricity they consume using solar energy. When there is no sun they can use energy stored during those days when this is in excess.
Habiting not just on the Earth’s surface
The world is already overpopulated and life expectancy is still increasing, scientists are beginning to think where we could live when the Earth surface will be completely DFGHDFKGJ. Colonising other planets may be a good solution however, there may be a more simpler way. Underwater restaurants and hotels already exist, this could be the beginning of ocean colonisation. In fact, some scientists suggested that enormous see-through bubbles that encapsulate homes, schools, offices and parks could be built, and water could be used to make oxygen. Hydrogen fuel would also be produced in the process which could be used as energy source. Another suggestion is to build skyscrapers in reverse, where the tip is pointed down into the earth, where people could live and work.
Holidays on Mars
After the discovery of water on Mars, NASA engineers claimed that there could be enough underground water on Mars to sustain human communities. A report written by leading scientists- including one of the UK’s leading space scientists Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess, and pioneering urbanists Linda Aitken and Els Leclerq predicted that the common destinations for exotic holidays of the future will be Mars or the Moon.
Longer life without doctors
Thank to advances in medical technologies we might not need doctors, everyone could have a ‘medi-pod’ in their own homes which could provide a digital diagnosis and act supplying medicine or even through a remote surgeon (surgical robotics is already a reality). This means that hospitals and pharmacies, as well as GP clinics, would disappear. However, efficiency of computers to operate a surgeon without human control this has not been demonstrated yet, the robots in current use are still operated by a qualified surgeon.
Brain-wave sensing machines have been used to ‘telepathically’ control objects such as helicopters to characters in computer games. Now some scientists state that transferring thoughts from one brain to another could be done just as easily. An experiment on telepathy, where the researchers used electroencephalography (EEG) headsets to record electrical activity from neurons firing in the brain, and convert them into a binary system. Usually in EEG electrical currents in the brain are linked with different thoughts that are then transferred into a computer interface. This computer analyses the signal and controls an action. The scientists, however, decided to replace the computer with another brain. The thought was sent from a volunteer in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Strasbourg, France. There, a computer translated the message and then used electrical stimulation to implant it in the receiver’s mind. This message appeared as flashes of light in the corner of his vision. The light appeared in sequences that allowed the receiver to decode the information in the message. Although it was a successful experiment, direct communication between two brains has not happened yet, as we still need computers to mediate between them.
Some of these forecasts seem unrealistic and we might need a while to get used to the idea of such a different world. However, it’s worth considering how drastically the world has changed in the past 50 years thanks to the advances in science and technology. Some of the discoveries and inventions described above are already in progress and we may not need 100 years to see some of these changes happen. Work is already in progress to make tomorrows future our present.