13 Unbelievable Innovations If “No More Woof” can translate dog thoughts into human language, when will we be reading each other’s minds? Seriously, this exists! And if you think that is something to look forward to, you haven’t seen anything yet! Imagine the incredible world of the future that our children will inherit, or maybe we will all still be around by then, at the rate we are going, you never know.
SMARTPHONES will be replaced by augmented reality wearables by 2020. In the near future, smartphones will fade into digital history as the high-resolution smart contact lens and corresponding in-ear audio plugs communicate with our wearable computers or “smart suits.” The digital world will be displayed directly on our eye in stunning interactive augmented beauty. The Ghent University’s Centre of Microsystems Technology in Belgium has recently developed a spherically curved LCD display that can be embedded in contact lenses. This allows the entire lens to display information.
Wild right? Who would have ever thought in their wildest dreams? Well, I guess someone was thinking or we wouldn't be experiencing such a technological renaissance. Although I must say, this next segment on future technology gives me the chills. An innovative device that lets others send you... how do I say this, "touches." Yes “touches.” Is it just me or does that sound like it’s right out of the Twilight Zone? As an aging Baby Boomer I find it a bit incomprehensible, but then again who knows what the future will hold...
One outrageous future technology concept is by is haptic wearables. The future will be filled with tactile feedback. From smart screens to wearable smart suits, haptic wearables will introduce a new form of intimacy in the digital realm. An innovation agency called Kwamecorp has already created a primary module called BOND that should demonstrate this point. Read more HERE.
A recent jaunt around the web revealed that in this great era of change, knowledge alone would not be the key to success. The World Future Society says that the most critical skill needed to manage well in the midst of all this change is foresight. By adapting to the accelerated change in our lifestyle, foresight can help prepare us for the future and help make smart decisions to create a brighter future. Will the Common Core address foresight? I’m afraid not, nor will it lead to smart decisions or brighter futures. But that is old NEWS, let's concentrate on some upcoming trendsetters.
According to CNN - Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions. Called "the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison." Ray has written five national best-selling books and he is currently the Director of Engineering at Google.
Below are five ways he predicts our lives will change in the near future. Personally, I am counting down the hours until I don't have to drive anymore!
2017: Self-driving cars
2018: Personal assistant search engines
2020: Switch off our fat cells
2020: Click and print designer clothes at home
2023: Full-immersion virtual realities
2030: Vertical meat and vegetable farms
2033: 100 percent of our energy from solar
2040: Stay young forever
I'd like that technology for staying young forever to hurry up though. From what I've read it is right around the corner. SLATE reports that one of Kurzweil's current projects is the Google Brain. It is predicted that by 2029 the company will have successfully created a computer system capable of understanding natural language and human emotion. “Right now a kid in Africa with a Smartphone can access all of the human knowledge, something that the President of the United States could not do even 16 years ago,” Kurzweil says. “And that sort of rapid progress is only going to continue exponentially.” Google’s CEO, Larry Paige, is working on another pet project — this time “solving death”. Kurzweil is an adviser at the company’s new Calico Ventures, which aims to focus on health and find a cure for aging. The solution can’t come quickly enough for him, he is banking on immortality for himself. No thank you.
Google isn’t the only company in pursuit of breaking down the barriers of life and death. According to the new website Eterni.me, they have found a way to continue communicating with your loved ones after your dead via the Internet. If we haven’t already yet, I think we’ve officially entered the twilight zone. Contrary to popular beliefs, I do not want to live forever, nor do I want to Skype with the dead but nonetheless here's what they had to say...
There's hardly a person on the planet (a lot actually) who doesn't want to live forever. And while that's not humanly possible, it seems like technology is coming to the front to make sure you will be remembered forever. Likewise, a new online site called Eterni.me has been created to make sure your online presence is still there long after you have gone back to your maker (or wherever, in case of religion is not on your agenda) Eterni.me is a startup that's freshly baked out of MIT's Entrepreneurship Development Program and claims to have come up with a way by which the concerned person's personality will be digitally reconstructed after his or her death. "Eterni.me collects almost everything that you create during your lifetime, and processes this huge amount of information using complex Artificial Intelligence algorithms," the official site reads. "Then it generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to your family and friends after you pass away. Read more at Gizbot