Tech Experts Predict Which New Technologies Will Blow Our Minds In The Near Future
The future is now. Literally. We're already past where Back To The Future took place... and still no flying cars. One reddit user asked:
What are some upcoming breakthroughs in technology that will totally blow our minds in the future years to come?
And yeah, flying cars totally came up. But things got much more interesting than that! We might be in a world after Back To The Future, but some of these answers have us worried that things might be getting a little Jurassic Park.
Batteries, definitely. It's hard to overstate how much our technology is limited by the horrible batteries we have. It goes WAY beyond phones charging fast. Once we have fast-charging, high-capacity graphene batteries in everything, so much will change. It'll be like science fiction. Think about robots, electric cars, powered exoskeletons, phones and laptops being as powerful as high-end desktops, all kinds of wearables, bioelectronics, and so much more.
Sadly, this is one of those technologies that's constantly in the news but never seems to actually make any progress. It reminds me of all those cancer treatments we read about every week that never actually cure cancer.
They're working on organ regeneration, which I think is absolutely amazing. They have been doing 3D printing scaffolding and cells, but I bet they have even more coming down the pipeline. My dad is missing both his kidneys and though that tech won't be ready for him, it will improve the lives of so many people in the future.
CRISPR. Basically gives us the ability to start editing DNA. Which will open doors, that most of us thought would've been only possible in fiction. I think that CRISPR is probably one of the most potentially groundbreaking advancements of our time (I'm not a scientist and I know this sounds like hyperbole but) this has the potential to alter the human genome as we know it. Editing DNA is a huge deal because once DNA is altered, it becomes inheritable.
Here's the thing though. Most people don't recognize the potential for change with CRISPR technologies (they're working on other versions to get around limitations of the initial one), and the people who are aware of it are thinking about how people can edit their DNA to become transhuman, cure disease, etc.
One of the big attractions of CRISPR is how cheap and accessible it is compared to previous gene modification, it's not unreasonable to expect a grey market of "not for use on humans" (wink) body modification gene kits in the near future. People already are fucking around with CRISPR in their backyard. You can even buy your own CRISPR kits.
What most people aren't thinking about is what happens once the technology becomes cheap and available and people start to "homebrew" edits and forms of life. What happens when the people who create and run botnets gain the ability to create viruses that spread to people? What kind of edits will script kiddies and people who think things like swatting are hilarious come up with? What happens when white supremacists or other groups can actually edit existing viruses to only target certain races, or sexes, or other select variables? What's the genetically-edited-human version of "it's just a prank, bro"?
We are not ready for this. In any way, shape, or form. Especially not legally. Did you see the fact that Congress does not understand Facebook, or what it does? And despite that a large portion of them support it unquestioningly because it's "big business".
We will reach a time very soon where casual coders around the world are going to be uploading _edits to humanity_to the App store. A lot of the impetus for this will probably come on the need for humanity to alter ourselves to live in the post climate change world (with 105+ temperatures, etc.).
If you think social media has balkanized or segregated people in any remarkable way that's peanuts compared to what's coming. The freakouts over gender, bathrooms, race, color, religion, it's all nothing really. Not compared to the degree of change that's imminent.
The dawn of "interesting times" is upon us.
The End Of Acting
Actors are going to have their own bodies fully digitized and idealized, and then, when you think you're watching a live action film, you're actually going to be watching an animation of the actor who is doing motion capture and voiceover work for... themselves.
Why? So they always look 23 and perfect and also never get hurt doing stunts.
Media companies can literally own the actors likeness And not have to fork out tens of millions to have them appear on screen. Hell, they'll just create virtual actors who look like the ideal person for the part and have a sea of theatre actors do all the behind the scenes work.
Lightyears Better Than Chemo
Some of the new cancer therapies are going to be lightyears better than chemo. Specifically the CAR-T cell therapies which basically remove a person's T cells, gene edit them to attack their type of cancer, then re-inject them back to kill the cancer cells. I think it will be incredible.
I also think some of the new asthma drugs which are more specific and targeted are going to eventually be so good that severe asthmatics who depend on inhalers will be able to get off them completely.
Holographic Center Console
So BMW is starting to work on a fully holographic center console that projects up into the air, but the coolest part is that there's air feedback so when you touch a "button" (where the hologram is) air will push against you and give a sense of feedback. He said this should be coming out in like 3-4 years on their top of the line stuff like Super cars and M-series type stuff due to cost restrictions right now but would be heading to their normal cars a few years after that.
Finding All The Needles In All The Haystacks
Astronomer here! On the space research front, while I think a lot of people are impatiently waiting for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the one that arguably will revolutionize astronomy with mind-blowing discoveries is the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). They have already started to build it, and it will see first light in 2021, and basically it's an 8 meter telescope that will survey the entire sky every night. They are going to find literally millions of transient sources a year, ranging from asteroids to supernovae to black holes eating stars to likely a few things we can't even imagine yet! Oh, and they plan to put all the new data online every single day, so you can go look for stuff yourself!
I think it's going to be amazing, and frankly astronomy as a field is a little terrified (but in a good, excited kind of terrified) on just how we are supposed to deal with and do follow up on this fire hose of data that's going to hit in a few years. It's like if suddenly you had needles in a ton of haystacks and showed up with a super magnet and could find them all. It'll be amazing!
When I was a kid we were promised flying cars by the year 2000. Still waiting on that.
The vast majority of people can't drive a normal car properly. I'd hate to see them try flying cars.
The vast majority of people can't do proper maintenance on normal cars, either. On anything that flies, proper maintenance is not just checking tires and washer fluid before you go anywhere. So I think the risk factor (and the generated noise) is why flying cars have been developed, but generally struggle to catch on.
Maybe self-flying vehicles that do full diagnosis before take off and if something is off, you can only drive, not fly.
Chat bots with better than human level performance at tinder. Also chat bots that are actually decent at customer service.
Realistic fake video.
Terrifying ai controlled combat drone armies.
Photo-realistic image generation on demand. You'd be able to type an image caption and Google will create that image for you.
Do The Robots Need Bank Accounts
Self-driving cars eliminating traffic, but it's going to be more than that.
Self-driving cars means that soon humans won't be the only player in the Economy.
Remember back in the aughts when they said that "soon your fridge will be able to tell you that you're out of milk"? Well, that day is pretty much here. What they didn't predict is the fridge will be on the internet and able to order the milk on-line.
So it will go onto an online grocery. It can choose a local one, or a major one like Amazon groceries. Let's say it goes with Amazon to place the order. Amazon will use a robotic forklift to put the milk on a self-driving vehicle (probably from Uber) who will, in turn, deliver the milk to you.
That means that the milk was ordered, purchased and delivered with no human interaction whatsoever, just AI and robots.
So the question is, what does that do to the price of milk? The fridge AI will try to get the best price available while Amazon AI will try to maximize profits.
Bonus question: Let's say the that Uber AI robot that delivers the milk realizes that it needs a new tire.
You would think that there would be numerous AI Robot stations where the autonomous vehicle could pull up and an autonomous repair worker would put the new tire on. So now you have one robot negotiating and paying another robot for its service.
Given that, do the robots need bank accounts?
A human involved in all the price negotiating would just slow down the process of getting the milk delivered at the best price in the most timely manner. So you would want your AI to have it's own access to funds (a back account) in order to both make the best deal and transfer the money.
Before too long, robots will have a major hand in effecting the economy.
I think there will be mainstreaming of augmented reality. We won't need holograms because it will look like they are all over the place.
Male Birth Control Pill
Male birth control pill. This is something they have been working on for decades and it might be very close as some are being currently tested.
There's this substance called graphene and it's super thin yet if used properly it can bulletproof almost anything! I look forward to future use of this.
Synthetic fuels, artificial hydrocarbons made from co2 and excess renewable energy can be used to make plastics, engine fuel, and even drinkable alcohol.
Goods At The Speed Of A Bullet
The potential of The Boring Co. It's currently envisioned for people transport which is great, eventually it'll be a fantastic alternative to flying. But where I see the true potential is connecting every city in the US with these low pressure vacuum tunnels transporting goods at speeds of a bullet. Imagine driving on the highway and seeing less and less semitrucks. Imagine ordering something from the other side of the country and have it ready for delivery the next day without costing a ton of money.
Feeling Is Believing
Haptic gloves for virtual reality. Being able to feel what you see sounds amazing.
Cybernetics For The Blind
I remember seeing a documentary on cybernetics for blind people to see a couple years ago he was hooked directly into their brain and was really invasive but it had a camera and they could see flashes of what was in front of them not very clear no color just black and white but they could tell that there was objects out over the ocean line like there was a sailboat in the distance that they could identify as a sailboat.
Tangible user interfaces. Just took a class on them and Microsoft's Project Zanzibar is one of the newest developments. MIT also has a dedicated TUI program that my professor worked with for his grad degree.
Project Zanzibar is a flexible, portable mat that can sense and track physical objects, identify what they are, and allow you to interact through multi-touch and hover gestures.
Electronic devices that will stimulate brain areas responsible for the highs produced by various drugs.
Holoportation. Predicated on AR glasses shrinking to a size that people will actually wear them.
It may look like it is a small thing you will use to video chat with your family but I see it as so much bigger than that.
For office jobs, remote working could be seamless. Your home office and work office could be rigged with capture equipment such that it looks like you are actually in the office. There will be very little difference between coming in to the office and working remotely. If we get to that point the ramifications could be huge, including the slowing of urbanisation as the need to move to cities for jobs could decrease.
Sporting events could be filmed this way allowing the viewer to project an entire, miniaturised hockey rink on their coffee table. You would have a birds eye view of all the action. Meanwhile an individual sequence could be enlarged for replay at fill size from any angle you might want to view.
Video games are obvious. Television and Cinema implications are obvious.
It could literally change what we consider reality to be as digital entities will interface with "real" entities seamlessly.
No country is a perfect place to live.
*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm and sexual assault.
Why does your country suck?
Just because a country is beautiful to look at, doesn't mean it doesn't have its problems under the surface.
Pretty To Look At, Tough To Live In
"Today I learned it has way more expensive gas than neighboring countries and even more expensive gas than Austria. On the other hand minimum salary is 560 euro, while minimum salary in Austria is 1500 euro."
"My country is Croatia. And its economy rly sucks. All the prices (renting, food, etc) are the same like other EU countries but people just have way smaller salaries."
"Because of that many young people emigrated to Ireland and other countries, and the population is falling hard, and getting older and older."
"On the other hand it is a country full of sea, sun, islands, nature and beauty. Definitely nice to live in if you have a decent salary."
"Argentina — nobody knows why it doesn't".
"Argentina. Terrible governance, corruption, never-ending economic crises, poverty and insecurity. We have meat, cereals, fish, oil, minerals, beautiful and diverse landscapes. We were once the richest country in the world (1895). But now the situation is constantly worsening."
"Nobel winning economist Simon Kuznets stated that there are four sorts of countries: "developed countries, underdeveloped countries, Japan — nobody knows why it grows — and Argentina — nobody knows why it doesn't".
Unable To Agree In Bosnia
"There are 3 presidents so nothing will ever get solved"
"There are 3 presidents, 1 of each ethnicity that makes up the country, most of which hate each other. Impossible to come to terms with one another, imagine if the US had 2 presidents that were opposite political parties, they would never agree with each other enough to accomplish anything."
The worse thing about some of these places is how they treat their own citizens.
Or, how they don't treat their citizens.
Trouble On The Island
"New Zealand. We have the highest teen suicide rates sadly. I wish we could do something to change this. I know people are trying but its really not going anywhere. Of course, people with money and power don't do much either."
"In my opinion. It's probably because of our living cost as well as house prices. Cost of everything is increasing so fast and our wage increase is nothing compare to it. Your life savings is nothing compare to the people who already have 2 investment properties, they are going to out bid you straight away. If you want a property in NZ you have to buy one in the rural areas. Thinking about the future is so dam depressing."
A Slow Erosion
"Offshore processing of asylum seekers. The slow erosion of a great healthcare and educational system due to years of conservative governments."
Too Drunk To Work
"We got drunk president that is in hospital in critical condition rn and his spokesman is saying hes completely ok which hes not. Also our soon to be ex prime minister is pretty much a mob. He kidnapped his own son and send him to Krym bcs he could testify in tax and dotation fraud. (Czechia btw.)"
These are just unforgivable.
"mass shootings and sh-t healthcare"
"Ooh ooh I know the answer to this question of which country this is. Pick me."
"The healthcare is fantastic."
"Its the price that will getcha"
An Imperfect System For Criminals
"Our law system."
"In our country, when a crime is commited, u get a sentence, and then u can get some of the sentence removed."
"For an example, "u were under 18 when it happened? 10% off!" "U have a bad situation at home? Very well then, only one year prison instead of three".
"There was an instance where a serial assaulter was given 840 000SEK (around 105 000 dollars) because he was detained, awaiting trial, for the same amount of time as the sentence that he was given, which was around two years. This man assaulted multiple girls and walked out of court a near-millionaire."
"Swede here and i instantly understood what you meant"
The Pandemic Hits Everyone, Everywhere
"Our healthcare is free yet I am terrified to go to the emergency because I will probably be dismissed, rushed, or have to wait 12+ hours in a chair..."
"...First, I absolutely don't want to make a point that free healthcare is bad. I actually should have emphasized the issue is corruption and mismanagement of public funds. I'm in Quebec and have myself worked a long time in the system. It's badly managed from the top down, but don't get me wrong, private is bad, really bad. I worked at a clinic that has public and private services and the social inequalities are insane."
"About other provinces, sorry for the Maritimes, it sounds rough. I've heard Ontario isn't as bad as here. Would be interesting to see the best healthcare in Canada is where"
"Finally, I also heard it is bad like this everywhere else right now and I agree. But you can't even imagine how bad it was pre pandemic already. It is a long complexe issue though and the solution is absolutely NOT to privatize. If anything, over here we have a double system and guess what the public one is turning to sh-t while all the good doctors are turning to private."
"This pandemic has been rough for everyone. Hold strong!!"
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
I eat just about anything, but can't say I'm a fan of okra. Might it have to do with the way it is typically prepared, at least in my experience? It's slimy. It shouldn't be. It would probably taste better fried. But I have friends from the South who swear it is heaven on a plate.
But there's more than food that's disgusting. Like... why do people idolize Joe Exotic, the Tiger King? He's a sexual predator and a criminal. I know we all needed something to watch during lockdown, but damn. Don't tattoo his face on your body!
People shared their opinions after Redditor blackismyfavcolorlol asked the online community,
"What's that one disgusting thing that everybody except you seems to like?"
"It sounds so gross..."
"Deep-fried butter and deep-fried mayonnaise. It sounds so gross but everyone seems to eat it at state fairs or amusement parks."
Yeah... I'll pass.
I love butter. I love mayo. Do they need to be fried, though?
"You know the type..."
"Those social media videos of food being made with so much heavy and greasy s***! You know, the type where it's a whole burger, cooked into a quesadilla with a pound of cheese, then fried and covered in three different sauces."
So unnecessary. And they ultimately become a waste of food because who would actually eat that?
"People who slam..."
"People who slam their friend's faces into birthday cakes. Just stop."
I would be so pissed if I spent so much money on hair and makeup only to have it ruined.
"You know what..."
"You know what I think is sick and weird? Why do some people take pictures of their dead/dying family members? Like "at the hospital with my aunt," and it's pictures of someone's aunt on breathing tubes unconscious. It makes no sense to me why you would take pictures and put them on social media."
"Pictures with babies. Or parents creating Facebook profiles in the name of their children, and those children are like... 3 years old, or less."
"Well, I know I can't be the only one that finds them disgusting, but long fake nails. Unless you have a serious case of hand-washing OCD, there is no way that can be hygienic."
How do these people wipe after going to the bathroom?!
"Truffles. The smell makes my stomach turn. I feel like there has to be some kind of bizarre conspiracy or truffle gatherer lobby or something for them to be so expensive."
"He's a predator..."
The guy is a sociopath who manipulated two young straight men into a sexual relationship, which ended in one of them committing suicide. Then he had the audacity to give the most tasteless eulogy in front of the guy's family.
He's a predator and I'm shocked that more non-straight and non-monogamous people aren't speaking up against him being released and getting more screen time."
There are people out there who have gotten tattoos of him. Why would you want a tattoo of a sexual predator on your body?!
"You look like a clown."
"Lip injections. You look like a clown. I don't get it."
"I have so many friends..."
"Whiskey. I have so many friends who love it, but the moment it touches my tongue I gag immediately, regardless of how expensive it is."
Do you hear that sound?
That's me getting ready to hurl.
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How do you tell if someone has a crush on you?
It's not always so easy, and many of us will fumble our way through it. Perhaps our only experience with navigating crushes comes from John Hughes movies (which I don't recommend following).
Oh, and while this isn't a Hughes movie, I would not recommend doing to one's crushes what the nerds do in the terrible Revenge of the Nerds.
Looking for advice? Look no further. You can thank Redditor chaitea_lexax who asked the online community,
"What is a dead giveaway that someone has a crush on you?"
"When they tell you..."
"When they tell you at your 10-year high school reunion after they've married and had several children and it doesn't matter anymore."
This is oddly specific.
Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion this is not.
"When they try to be mean..."
"When they try to be mean to you, you can tell. If they weren't interested, they wouldn't be trying to tease you, they would just ignore you."
Yeah, but I wish people didn't think that was okay. Mind games aren't cool.
"She stayed in my dorm..."
"Well, she changed in front of me, that didn't tip me off. She stayed in my dorm for 5 days, I was none the wiser. She said she wanted to kiss me, I finally figured it out."
"Although this may be more for initial attraction, women tend to 'oh so casually' drop into conversation their relationship status or better yet, lack thereof. It's rarely subtle, but I don't think men do it quite so much."
Well, if you make clear that you're available, then it would make sense that someone might think that you're interested.
"Though the rule of thumb is usually..."
"It's something that can't really be answered as we are all different in our actions and how we interpret things.
Though the rule of thumb is usually if they attempt to spend more time with you and often seek your help, even if you don't know the answer. It's usually a presence thing. Though again, they may just simply enjoy your company and don't like you any more than just a friend."
"If you hang out..."
"If you hang out in the same social circles there are a few sure-fire ways. The one that is really telling is when something funny happens that makes the entire group laugh. If they look at you straight away to see if you found it funny, they're into you."
I had this happen to me a few times. Sometimes it worked out and sometimes it didn't, I'll leave it at that.
"If you have a watch..."
"If you have a watch, look at the time then look somewhere random. Chances are they will also check the time."
"If you have mutual friends..."
"If you have mutual friends or acquaintances it would probably be your friends or their friends giving you hints or teasing that the person is romantically interested in you."
This has happened with some of my friends and it's pretty cute when it's reciprocated!
"I asked my girlfriend..."
"I asked my girlfriend to marry me today and she said yes. I have suspicions she might have a crush."
Plot twist: it's you!
"A girl would always..."
"This happened to me in college. A girl would always glance at me and when we lock eyes she would look away. I asked her out and during our conversation she touched my forearms and thighs a few times."
When it comes to crushes, it's not necessarily one size fits all, so take any and all advice with a grain of salt. You're better off being direct, but that is, of course, easier said than done.
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You feel safe all the time...
...but the world is more dangerous than you realize. Even the things you don't normally assume to be deadly, the actions you do every day, can lead to some unfortunate injury or, worse, death.
Watch out for springs. Seriously.
What's dangerous but most people don't realize?
Never underestimate the power of nature. Be it living or non-living, the things out in the wild are more ferocious than you realize.
Water Always Wins
"Water, specifically moving water. People have no sense about how powerful large volumes of moving water can be."
"My grandfather used to point out boulders in flash flood channels and ask us how they got there. A flash flood is literally thousands of gallons of water moving with the force of a hurricane, mowing down anything in it path; your odds of survival if you get caught in one are slim to none. Water is no joke!"pretty-as-a-pic
They're Called "Wild" For A Reason
"Ever since I saw that woman on TV that was ripped apart by her own pet chimp, I swear I would freak out if I ever had to be in the vicinity of a chimp irl. She didn't die but it f-cked her up bad enough that those things scare me. When people use them in music videos or whatever, I always think of that lady."
"It wasn't her chimp - it was her neighbor's. And she was known to the chimp, and had interacted with it for years before, on friendly terms."
"One day it just went, well, ape.."
It's Literally A Big Ball Of Burning Death
"THE SUN. Skin cancer is a major killer that is easily preventable by wearing sunscreen. Sun damage is more significant than many people realize and it's such an easy thing to avoid."
Even The Cute Ones...
"ALL wild animals are dangerous, even if they don't look it. Most people know that large predators like mountain lions and bears are dangerous, but many underestimate herbivores and/or smaller animals like deer and squirrels. A lot of people assume smaller animals/herbivores are tame, and try to get close or even touch them. This is extremely dangerous- these animals don't understand humans, and an animal that feels cornered or threatened will lash out to try and escape. Please keep a safe and respectful distance from any animal you don't know!"
Going to the doctor can feel like a big weight, especially if you don't have the right kind of coverage. That's probably why things like the following can lead to dangerous outcomes.
Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth
"An infected tooth."
"True! An abscess under the gum line can literally kill you."
"Argued with a receptionist about this. I had one badly and she said she'd never heard of it killing anyone. Like... yeah, ask your damn boss."
Go For A Walk
"A bad diet and sedentary lifestyle. Most people don't think about how these two can lead to an incredible amount of health problems and how they can remain asymptomatic for years and suddenly have a heart attack or stroke."
And then there's these, typical, every day actions or items we might come into contact with which actually pose more of a threat than we realize.
Watch out for those springs.
"Driving. The forces involved in driving are way above anything the human body can withstand should things go wrong. All the safety features built into cars lead us to believe that it's a safe activity, which encourages additional risky behaviors like texting. Everybody should be hyper focused while driving down the highway at 80mph, but almost everybody is doing something else in addition to driving."
Buckle Up THE RIGHT WAY
"90% of children are improperly restrained in the car."
"I spent a decade as a CPST and the things I've seen are deeply upsetting knowing they're easily fixable with an hour or two of effort."
"I've seen children internally decapitated. Parents put their kids in car seats forward facing far too early, booster seats before they're truly large enough, coats under the straps, straps never properly tightened."
"Car accidents are still a leading cause of death. The awareness has gotten better in the last 15 years but with plenty of room for improvement."
"If you have a child, please make an appointment with a certified CPST whenever they are big enough for their next seat or seating position. It's worth the effort."
"Also, not every fire fighter is a CPST. The goal is to teach YOU how to install the seat, not to have them do it for you."
Think Of Your Mental Health
"toxic workplace. stay there long enough and you will hate life itself"
"And then the toxic people who say "think about the money" when you mention quitting for your mental health"
Hire A Professional
"Garage door springs will f-ck you up."
"I'm generally a do-it-yourselfer, but I don't mess with breaker boxes or garage door springs."
Be safe out there. You never know when a wild spring is going to jump out of the dark, ready to attack.
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