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Down the cybernetic rabbit hole we go. Photo by Harold Hoyer.

WHILE WE can’t really predict what the future holds, we can look at how far we’ve come with technology in merely the last decade and realize the present we know now will, very soon, find itself memorialized in nostalgia. Here are some technologies on the horizon that are poised to change your life.

2012

Ultrabooks – The last two years have been all about the tablet. Laptops, with their “untouchable” screens, have yet to match any tablet’s featherweight portability and zippy response times. However, by next year, ultraportable notebooks — Ultrabooks — will finally be available for under $1000, bringing a complete computing experience into areas of life which, until now, have only been partially filled by smaller technologies such as tablets and smartphones. They weigh around three pounds, measure less than an inch thick, and the hard drives are flash-based, which means they’ll have no moving parts, delivering zippy-quick startups and load times.

The Mars Science Laboratory – By August 2012, the next mission to Mars will reach the Martian surface with a new rover named Curiosity focusing on whether Mars could ever have supported life, and whether it might be able to in the future. Curiosity will be more than 5 times larger than the previous Mars rover, and the mission will cost around $2.3 billion — or just about one and a half New Yankee Stadiums.

The Brain Cap, from U of Maryland.

The paralyzed will walk. But, perhaps not in the way that you’d imagine. Using a machine-brain interface, researchers are making it possible for otherwise paralyzed humans to control neuroprostheses — essentially mechanical limbs that respond to human thought — allowing them to walk and regain bodily control. The same systems are also being developed for the military, which one can only assume means this project won’t flounder due to a lack of funding.

2013

The Rise of Electronic Paper – Right now, e-paper is pretty much only used in e-readers like the Kindle, but it’s something researchers everywhere are eager to expand upon. Full-color video integration is the obvious next step, and as tablet prices fall, it’s likely newspapers will soon be fully eradicated from their current form. The good news: less deforestation, and more user control over your sources.

4G will be the new standard in cell phone networks. What this means: your phone will download data about as fast as your home computer can. While you’ve probably seen lots of 4G banter from the big cell providers, it’s not very widely available in most phones. However, both Verizon and the EU intend to do away with 3G entirely by 2013, which will essentially bring broadband-level speeds to wireless devices on cell networks. It won’t do away with standard internet providers, but it will bring “worldwide WiFi” capabilities to anyone with a 4G data plan.

The Eye of Gaia, a billion-pixel telescope will be sent into space this year to begin photographing and mapping the universe on a scale that was recently impossible. With the human eye, one can see several thousand stars on a clear night; Gaia will observe more than a billion over the course of its mission — about 1% of all the stars in the Milky Way. As well, it will look far beyond our own galaxy, even as far as the end of the (observable) universe.

2014

A 1 Terabyte SD Memory Card probably seems like an impossibly unnecessary technological investment. Many computers still don’t come with that much memory, much less SD memory cards that fit in your digital camera. Yet thanks to Moore’s Law we can expect that the 1TB SD card will become commonplace in 2014, and increasingly necessary given the much larger swaths of data and information that we’re constantly exchanging every day (thanks to technologies like memristors and our increasing ever-connectedness). The only disruptive factor here could be the rise of cloud-computing, but as data and transfer speeds continue to rise, it’s inevitable that we’ll need a physical place to store our digital stuff.

The first around-the-world flight by a solar-powered plane will be accomplished by now, bringing truly clean energy to air transportation for the first time. Consumer models are still far down the road, but you don’t need to let your imagination wander too far to figure out that this is definitely a game-changer. Consider this: it took humans quite a few milennia to figure out how to fly; and only a fraction of that time to do it with solar power.

The Solar Impulse, to be flown around the world. Photo by Stephanie Booth

The world’s most advanced polar icebreaker is currently being developed as a part of the EU’s scientific development goals and is scheduled to launch in 2014. As global average temperatures continue to climb, an understanding and diligence to the polar regions will be essential to monitoring the rapidly changing climates — and this icebreaker will be up to the task.

$100 personal DNA sequencing is what’s being promised by a company called BioNanomatrix, which the company founder Han Cao has made possible through his invention of the ‘nanofluidic chip.’ What this means: by being able to cheaply sequence your individual genome, a doctor could biopsy a tumor, sequence the DNA, and use that information to determine a prognosis and prescribe treatment for less than the cost of a modern-day x-ray. And by specifically inspecting the cancer’s DNA, treatment can be applied with far more specific — and effective — accuracy.

2015

The world’s first zero-carbon, sustainable city in the form of Masdar City will be initially completed just outside of Abu Dhabi. The city will derive power solely from solar and other renewable resources, offer homes to more than 50,000 people.

Personal 3D Printing is currently reserved for those with extremely large bank accounts or equally large understandings about 3D printing; but by 2015, printing in three dimensions (essentially personal manufacturing) will become a common practice in the household and in schools. Current affordable solutions include do-it-yourself kits like Makerbot, but in four years it should look more like a compact version of the uPrint. Eventually, this technology could lead to technologies such as nanofabricators and matter replicators — but not for at least a few decades.

2016

Space tourism will hit the mainstream. Well, sorta. Right now it costs around $20-30 million to blast off and chill at the International Space Station, or $200,000 for a sub-orbital spaceflight from Virgin Galactic. But the market is growing faster than most realize: within five years, companies like Space Island, Galactic Suite, and Orbital Technologies may realize their company missions, with space tourism packages ranging from $10,000 up-and-backs to $1 million five-night stays in an orbiting hotel suite.

The sunscreen pill will hit the market, protecting the skin as well as the eyes from UV rays. By reverse-engineering the way coral reefs shield themselves from the sun, scientists are very optimistic about the possibility, much to the dismay of sunscreen producers everywhere.

A Woolly Mammoth will be reborn among other now-extinct animals in 2016, assuming all goes according to the current plans of Japan’s Riken Center for Developmental Biology. If they can pull it off, expect long lines at Animal Kingdom.

2017

Portable laser pens that can seal wounds – Imagine you’re hiking fifty miles from the nearest human, and you slip, busting your knee wide open, gushing blood. Today, you might stand a chance of some serious blood loss — but in less than a decade you might be carrying a portable laser pen capable of sealing you back up Wolverine-style.

2018

Light Peak technology, a method of super-high-data-transfer, will enable more than 100 Gigabytes per second — and eventually whole terabytes per second — within everyday consumer electronics. This enables the copying of entire hard drives in a matter of seconds, although by this time the standard hard drive is probably well over 2TB.

Insect-sized robot spies aren’t far off from becoming a reality, with the military currently hard at work to bring Mission Impossible-sized tech to the espionage playground. Secret weapon: immune to bug spray.

2019

The average PC has the power of the human brain. According to Ray Kurzweil, who has a better grip on the future than probably anyone else, the Law of Accelerating Returns will usher in an exponentially greater amount of computing power than every before.

The Web Within Us. Image by Anna Lena Schiller.

Web 3.0 – What will it look like? Is it already here? It’s always difficult to tell just where we stand in terms of technological chronology. But if we assume that Web 1.0 was based only upon hyperlinks, and Web 2.0 is based on the social, person-to-person sharing of links, then Web 3.0 uses a combination of socially-sourced information, curated by a highly refined, personalizable algorithm (“they” call it the Semantic Web). We’re already in the midst of it, but it’s still far from its full potential.

Energy from a fusion reactor has always seemed just out of reach. It’s essentially the process of producing infinite energy from a tiny amount of resources, but it requires a machine that can contain a reaction that occurs at over 125,000,000 degrees. However, right now in southern France, the fusion reactor of the future is being built to power up by 2019, with estimates of full-scale fusion power available by 2030.

2020

Crash-proof cars have been promised by Volvo, to be made possible by using radar, sonar, and driver alert systems. Considering automobile crashes kill over 30,000 people in the U.S. per year, this is definitely a welcome technology.

2021

So, what should we expect in 2021? Well, 10 years ago, what did you expect to see now? Did you expect the word “Friend” to become a verb? Did you expect your twelve-year-old brother to stay up texting until 2am? Did you expect 140-character messaging systems enabling widespread revolutions against decades-old dictatorial regimes?

The next 10 years will be an era of unprecedented connectivity; this much we know. It will build upon the social networks, both real and virtual, that we’ve all played a role in constructing, bringing ideas together that would have otherwise remained distant, unknown strangers. Without twitter and a steady drip of mainstream media, would we have ever so strongly felt the presence of the Arab Spring? What laughs, gasps, or loves, however fleeting, would have been lost if not for Chatroulette? Keeping in mind that as our connections grow wider and more intimate, so too will the frequency of our connectedness, and as such, your own understanding of just what kinds of relationships are possible will be stretched and revolutionized as much as any piece of hardware.

Truly, the biggest changes we’ll face will not come in the form of any visible technology; the changes that matter most, as they always have, will occur in those places we know best but can never quite see: our own hearts and minds.

* Brought to you in partnership between Matador and our friends at Intel, whose technology enables so much of the lifestyle in which we thrive. Join us in the conversation on Twitter with #IntelEMP.

* This post was originally published on October 17, 2011.

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About The Author

Jason Wire

Jason Wire graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and spent the year after writing and teaching English in Spain. He's back in the states now, but doesn't know where. Follow him @wirejr.

  • http://wayworded.blogspot.com/ Hal Amen

    The tech consumer in me is pretty excited about ultrabooks, epaper, and 3d printing.

    Thanks Jason, lots to daydream about here.

  • Erika S

    Although some of this stuff would be handy and progressive, the thought of all this technology actually kind of scares me :/.

    • aerie

      Why does progressive technology scare you? What is so scary?

  • $1909711

    How exciting. Now if only we would all grow up a bit more and handle these devices maturely– as tools and not as toys–we’d be well on our way to a brilliant future.

    • Harry Cunningham

      If we could all stop fighting over resources and abandon religion perhaps we can really start to progress as a species.

      • Samwise

        Strange, all this talk of progress. When we know so little of where we’re progressing toward. A community based on science as truth and guiding light; the new religion, don’t you agree? Even so, searching for the final answer written in the stars beats being told that it can only be read in a Book. Haha! The irony!

        • Heywood

          Science is not a religion. Religions rely on their followers to have faith in what they can’t prove. Science only asks that you believe what the facts are at the moment, and feel free to challenge them if you will. For unlike religion, if you can prove a scientific fact to be incorrect, then the science changes. As Isaac Asimov said ” The most exciting phrase to hear in science is not ‘Eurkea!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny…”

          • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

            Science = Fact – Religion = Fantasy.

        • Terry

          Ohhhh snap, you just got owned by Heywood. How does it feel? HOW DOES IT FEEL?!?!?

          • avenja

            I’m not trying to turn this into a pissing contest but religion is never going to disappear. It will always be around in some form or another.  I’m not religious myself, but I do have the decency not to tell people their religion should be done away with or that its foolish, because that’s their own choice and right as a human being. I hate it so much whenever people tell me the things i believe in (or don’t believe in) are wrong that I wouldn’t want to do that to another human being because then I am no better than the crazy religious zealots. If we are ever going to progress as a race then we will have to learn to accept one another and stop trying to “wipe out” religion or lack thereof. Science and religion must exist in a healthy balance for the good of the human race. Another thing we need to realize is that religion doesn’t always correlate with ethics. There are good people who are religious and good people who aren’t religious; just as there are evil people who are religious and evil people who aren’t religious.  

            Also, i enjoyed the article.

          • Maxx hill

            you literally just hit the nail on the head, why can’t there be more people like you?

          • Haily

            “I hate it so much whenever people tell me the things i believe in (or don’t believe in) are wrong that I wouldn’t want to do that to another human being because then I am no better than the crazy religious zealots.”

            This is extremely stupid.

            Sorry but dealing with the fact that what you believe may be massively wrong is an ESSENTIAL ability. Or did no one ever tell you that there is no Santa when you were a child?

            Your beliefs were stupid as a child. They may still be stupid. Think of them critically and decide for yourself, using logic and reason and not what your parents or the magical unsubstantiated book told you. Zealots are exactly the type of people who cannot do this and so end up doing horrible things based on their beliefs, which they never questioned.

          • protagonas

            Sigh. Oh look another ‘enlightened’ person who can’t stop themselves from stomping all over other people because the great god ‘science’ told them what was ‘fact’ today. Impressive. I particularly enjoyed the part about the ‘unsubstantiated book’. An enlightened person such as yourself would never read a book and assume that it’s truth if you can’t substantiate it. That must be why you’re building that particle accelerator in your back yard-just to confirm the most recent ‘facts’. Tell me, have you found a Higgs bosun yet? Quick I think they’re just about to release another iPhone…shouldn’t you be camped out in a mall somewhere?

          • Haily

            I love how your post’s only point (the part that isn’t pointless personal attacks, classy!) is the stupidest I’ve read in a while:

            If you read a peer-reviewed journal, that information IS verified and validated independently, that’s why it’s “peer reviewed”, though not by you personally. Also, it comes with the known caveat that it may be wrong or a hoax, and you should make up your own mind on what you think is going on. So my belief in such things ISN’T assumed without substantiation. What I assume is that there is no overarching multi-tier science racket lying about everything, which is the same assumption any sane person has to make about every part of life.

            Sorry it’s really not the same as believing in some story because your mommy and your pastor said it was true, without telling you that you can make up your own mind based on evidence, and without a single person having any evidence for it that supersedes other theories.

            Telling you to produce proof of God’s existence or stop treating it as something to take seriously is not “stomping on you”. It’s the same that is demanded of any person who makes a claim and wants to be believed.

            PS: I’m an engineer, I don’t buy into the religious cult of overpriced Apple products.

          • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

            Everyone should have the freedom of choice, to be sure. Plus, if we got rid of the Catholic religion, all of the priests that do disgusting things to little boys would be little more than common, sickening pedophiles – instead of men of god. What’s their god about again?

      • $1909711

        I think progress is always happening. It’s kind of inevitable: when we don’t adapt we end up destroying ourselves.

      • ponderous1ness

        what if religion is all there is to be resource full of , while resources prove irrelevant beyond belief they might be worth fighting for ? 

  • no

    you forgot the whole japan putting a ring on the moon for energy

  • Dan C

    I find lot of these ideas interesting but many of them are unlikely to happen any time soon. Just to point out a couple:
    1.  I doubt paper will ever be eliminated.  We may not always use paper made from trees but a physical document is always useful to have as digital documents can be altered more easily.
    2. Laser pens that seal wounds for personal emergency are just silly.  If you have a lighter and a knife you can do the same thing and considering any hiker worth anything has both of those items, so why bother with a laser?

    If you look at similar lists written 10 or 15 years ago about what it will be like today you will find that most of the things predicted (if not all) did not occur.

    • Jason Wire

      Hey Dan, thanks for the comment!

      You might be interested in checking out this list of ‘predictions’ by Ray Kurzweil: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predictions_made_by_Ray_Kurzweil … quite many of them have in fact come true!

      Also, I totally agree that paper will ever be eliminated. Partly due to the fact that for a lot of things, we need the hard copy, and partly due to humanity’s need for Dunder Mifflin.

    • Jake

      1) paper is on its way out no matter what you do. You may think that we need hard copies of everything but to be honest with enhancements in retinal and fingerprint scans, security is becoming much more reliable with digital documents. 
      2) i agree with you in the sense that large lasers arent yet controllable to that precision. but i promise you that if this technology existed it would be used. Your argument isnt valid that just because hikers can use a lighter and knife now, doesnt prove that one item capable of effectively and safely sealing a wound wouldnt be necessary, especially for soldiers or another job that causes you to be away from modern medicine.  

  • RobinSteele

    Soon, you will have a machine that “prints” everything you need. When you get done with the item, you may be able to disintegrate and re use it.

    • Gutendacht

      Yeah, yeah. Wake me up when they can print edible sausage.

      • BadMonday

        Yeah, you’d like that, wouldn’t you, you fat ignorant stumbling Schwuchtel Sie!

      • RobinSteele

        See article below under futurism.

  • Somethingood92

    wierd….. NASA gets the shaft but we can still expect all of these new space missions….

    • Oreoking

      When I planted those fruit loops last month I expected them to blossom int doughnut trees. I’m starting to think that won’t happen either…

    • Licha

      I was thinking the same thing. Though the U.S. wasn’t the only country with a space program, I still find the expected space missions to be ludicrous. Although, it’s not like everything else seems plausible. I’m just surprised no one is questioning the space-related “goals”

  • G A Rhea

    well that was spectacular. Thank you for sharing the light. Great wrap up to an informative piece on what is to come. We always try to hold on to some illusion of control.

  • Heytheretaylor

    Isn’t “Light Peak” technology, you said would be rolling out in 2018 just the old name for Thunderbolt which is already on Macs? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbolt_(interface)

  • http://twitter.com/vukmang vukman

    sales equipment here at http://www.zurich-beauty.com/ , we jos cant wait for the future

  • Mrlameduck

    Tarquin the aspirational fly Tarquin the aspirational flyTarquin the aspirational flyTarquin the aspirational flyTarquin the aspirational flyTarquin the aspirational flyTarquin the aspirational flyTarquin the aspirational fly TYPE IT IN!!!!

  • jimtron

    Where is it that Mayans said we’re due for a “shakeup” in 2012?
    http://news.discovery.com/space/the-2012-mayan-calendar-doomsday-date-might-be-wrong.html

  • gordonmooreslaw

    Sort of related is the question of Moore’s Law for most of this technology to become reality.

    Gordon Moore is actually the co-founder of Intel as well.

    More about Gordon Moore’s Law

  • Hamij1990

    says the person on a computer, liked by the people on a computer

  • Maha Khan

    Well, I heard it on the news,They’re selling everything they can. They are making advancements in science. They’re fightin’ battles in the stars, They’re pourin’ billions into Mars. And layin’ right there at my feet, There’re people sleepin’ in the street!!!Stay Human !!

  • Ahmad_bny

    لايك like 

  • Dan Lake

    2018: “…the standard hard drive is probably well over 2TB.” Since they are already available at 4TB and projected to be 10TB in just 3 years, this 2TB figure seems really out of place.

  • Magnano

    its  amazing i have hope now :D its 3.15 am in Turkey going to bed in peace long live free human intelligence help us intel !

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbautin Mikhail Bautin

    The other half of the lifestyle in which we live is probably enabled by AMD.

  • Optimist

    Looking forward to it :)

  • dotmatrix

    Some of these read like predictions from ’50′s popular science magazines that still have yet to pass.  Flying cars, anyone?

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      There’s flying cars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmith.tech Josh Smith

    “Right now, e-paper is pretty much only used in e-readers like the Kindle, but it’s something researchers everywhere are eager to expand upon. Full-color
    video integration is the obvious next step, and as tablet prices fall,
    it’s likely newspapers will soon be fully eradicated from their current
    form. The good news: less deforestation, and more user control over your
    sources.”

    the bad news, Thousands lose their jobs, as small local papers close up shop and can’t keep up. The “local” news dies away as rural areas that had been only reached by a weekly circular lose anything specific to them. Managers, newspaper staff and printers who have done this all their lives suddenly find themselves put in a place where they don’t know what else to do because they’ve been at it 30 years and are too old to go back and learn something new, but still too young to retire and need to support families. the dying of print newspapers is a terrible and sad thing that many overlook because it isn’t as “Sexy” as new tech and other hot button issues

    • Renov

      no need to be so dramatic. instead of being in print, the newspaper will be electronically delivered. it will be the death of print newspapers, but not of local newspapers. the only people who will really suffer are newspaper delivery boys

  • Jewishkamikaze

    I’d say very few of these will actually happen, and THAT is being optimistic.

  • Tamezzo12 12

    What a pointless and ignorant thing to say, Zack

    • Gavin

      I whole heartedly agree, Tamezzo12 12.  Zack, what can you possibly hope to gain from a comment like that?

  • lumodagr8

    SOUNDS LIKE  Total Recall…..

  • HoosierDaddy757

    And e-toilet paper, too. 

  • Motazgamer

    You Idiot, Go read “physics of the future” then come talk about the next 10 years

  • Ilivetolivelive

    Zack, I’m with you. I hope the majority believes that.
    Computers do so much, but they can only hinder real progress. And whatever happiness they’ve given you, it is inevitably pointless. Computers are extensions of ourselves, they are tools. A hammer may build a better building, but the person still needs to live in it. We have to be a part of our surroundings, or we become lost in them. We are becoming a virus, spreading and growing stronger. Unstoppable as we feel, we’re causing our own undoing to be even sooner.

  • Eric Doctor

    Ultrabooks as new technology? I’m posting this comment on a MacBook Air, which is 7/10 of an inch thick at its thickest point, weighs less than 2.5 pounds, uses flash-based storage, and cost less than $1000. The particular model that I’m using has been out for just over a year.

  • Jonathan

    the link for the woolly mammoth entry tells you about how its physically impossible to do what the scientists are trying to do. did the author do any research at all?

  • Sandrapsg

    Well, I’d like to add if you are talking about people who forget about socializing and just play games all day long, do not have real friends, and never fallen out a tree, I will agree with you.
    But if you are talking about the way we can research and find out anything about anything… then learning through a computer is cheaper than doing a degree (or you can do a degree online)!! All I am trying to say is that it does make life easier,  if you know how to use it well :) You get the info then you use it to live life :)

  • http://milano.bbakeca.com/bakeca-donna-cerca-uomo/milano-1 Donne Milano

    We need to admit that computers are part of our life, either we want it, or not

  • Gutha Raghu

    waiting to ride………….

  • Jonathansmet

    photo, atomium in Belgium build in 1958. You will see by 2021 pfff…

  • Sierra Bravo

    I believe that you may be wrong on the “Ultrabook” (or any “book” for that matter) being the next paradigm-shifting computing device. Pls see this blog on “Immediate Computing” and the paradigm shift that the tablet-pad-slate format is set to create: http://goo.gl/ZEQBQ

  • Sam Morse

    but where’s my jet pack and rocket car?

  • Ignatius

    God save us.

  • http://www.ixinetwork.com Ryan MK

    cool

  • Jtelliott77

    I for one welcome our robot overlords.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002306281253 Willis Lee

    WOW, just… WOW…

  • Hassan Ali

    Good article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1007021128 Harshil Chahal

    Love it. :)

  • Danielbrittphoto

    Awesome article man. Can’t wait for that mammoth!

  • Matt

    still waiting for rocket cars………..[since 1970]

  • Earthling3

    And don’t forget about all the cool new stuff that no one has even imagined yet…

  • glorybe2

         These are wonderful technologies but be warned that all human labor will be displaced. Whether it is a surgeon or a lawyer or a brick layer these trades will vanish as machines can do a far better job. That means that sweeping changes in society must take place. Employment will become a historic oddity. Items such as housing should become almost free. Yet the land under the home may be very expensive. The law will forbid humans from driving cars as robotics already is better at that. Our military can be made up of machines eliminating the very concept of human warriors. Marriage may also become historic as machines may acquire advanced abilities in sexual relations.
           People don’t believe it but our Air Force is already going robotic and Navy vessels that wage war with no humans on board are already in planning. Think about the capabilities of a war vessel that need to carry supplies for human life. We can increase the ability of the vessel to wage war while shrinking the size of the ship and hardening it as a target.

  • Evan Widloski

    These are very optimistic predictions. especially the one about computers being as powerful as human brain in less than 10 years.  The most powerful super computer, Blue Gene, is only just now powerful enough to simulate a rat brain.

    • Dabellian

      Yes, but the majority of the brain is used for controlling heartbeat, moving arms, and physical things like that. You really only need to simulate the thinking part.

    • R Draijer

      Actually, what Kurzweil is saying is that the actual computing power is equal to the human brain, not that computers will be as smart as humans. Only in 2029 when computing power is 1000 times what it was in 2019, he predicts that computers will pass the Turing test. Simulating neural networks is inefficient in today’s computer architecture so therefore a 1000 fold increase of computing power is needed to simulate the brain on conventional computer architecture. Simultaneously, brain scanning techniques need to be developed in such manner that individual neurons can be scanned.

      All these predictions are quite bold to the uninformed reader. But one must know that Kurzweil has been absolutely spot on with his (bold!) predictions in the past 25 years! Most of his predictions are somehow related to Moore’s Law. For the next 10 to 15 years there is no reason to believe that Moore’s Law will break down. New technologies need to be created to keep the Law going after this. The power of the theories and predictions of Kurzweil is that today’s technologies will help us to invent future’s technologies, and those will help us to invent the next generation.

  • Woop

    But what about Idiocracy?

  • Andy

    I’m gonna be the guy who says: I thought this article was right on until they claimed that a fusion reactor is actually feasible….

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ziplock9000 John Stock

    2018 Hard Disks will be well over 2TB? You do realise that 3TB Drives were available in 2010.?

    • JasonWire

      Hey John, just look a little closer. I was saying that we’ll see mini SD cards with over 1TB, and that by 2018 the -standard- size of a hard drive will be over 2TB. Obviously even today, 2TB isnt even that much in the scheme of hard disks.

  • Azanmann

    And like the false prophets of old can we stone them to death if their prophecies don’t come true? No – didn’t think so. Proof it is a gutless, trivial world we live in today! I grew up in the 1950′s with the false hope of colonies on the moon by 1960 (Fizzle, phut phut) – Mars by 2000 (dream on, the planet doesn’t even have a magnetosphere to protect from UV)  – no war (yeah right!) – politicians being honest (Hah) . . . and every decade another bunch of dreams. Maybe Jason Wire should listen to the Supertramp song ‘DREAMER’ and get a reality check!
    Thumbs down!

  • Hometownhater

    All I can say is… good luck to the machines! They got their work cut out for them deciphering the meaning behind all that porn on the internet when the semantic web comes out. 

  • Azanmann

    Still waiting for Luna colonies – since 1957
    Still waiting for no war – since 1970′s (Vietnam)
    Still waiting for honest politicians  – since being naive enough to care (1970′s)
    . . . and the flying car . . . the cyber/human (1980′s) . . . cheap-free  power as per Jules Verne/Tesla the 1980′s promised
    . . . the cure for cancer ($$$$$ spent) . . . the fusion reactor . . .

    JUST AS WELL I HAVE A LIFE, AM ACTIVE IN MY OWN PURSUITS,  OTHERWISE I’D GIVE UP WAITING AND LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR     H  O  P  E   . . . which is all science fiction is!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/AlistairU Alistair Unterslak

    Its missing a major prospect – the teleporter. If no one else is gonna build one – I will. Scientists have already made breakthroughs. Its only a matter of time…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisbossi/collections/ Bossi

    The Rise of Electronic Paper
    Deforestation woes may be a bit more nuanced.  What is the impact of tree farming or deforestation (depending on where the paper comes from) versus the energy demands of electonic paper and the resource extraction necessary to provide the power?

    The Eye of Gaia
    There’s a HUGE difference between observing a billion stars and observing a billion pixels.  There’s a lot of empty space in those pixels; a billion stars is a much more impressive endeavor!  On my home computer in 2007 I created a 25 gigapixel image… that’s about 25 times beyond a billion pixels & done on the budget of a 20-something!

    Light Peak
    While I think you meant 2 TB is our current benchmark and you’re just estimating we’ll be well beyond it without actually specifying an estimated size… the phrasing of that last bit makes it sound like it’s a bit of a stretch that hard drives will be bigger than 2 TB in 2018.

    Crash Proof Cars
    Can’t have crash-proof cars until you have a crash-proof world.  A child runs into a street; a deer leaps from the shadows; a tree collapses from snow… when children start harmlessly bouncing off the hood and landing comfortably on their own two feet: I’ll start to pay attention.  Until then: “safer” cars just mean people will drive them faster and with less attention toward the road for the moments where electronics can’t complete their role.

  • Missing_the_point

    Medical field? You get to be Dr. McDonald? Awesome. PLEASE tell me your a Pediatrician. 

  • Alex

    In the early 1900′s, people were saying all that was to be invented, had been invented and look at us now. That’s the beauty of inventions. Before they’re made, no one thinks they need them, afterwards, they couldn’t imagine living without them. Just imagine what the world will be like in another 100 years… I can’t.

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      I agree. I can’t believe mankind survived into the 1970′s without the ‘Pet Rock!’ Whew – go humans!

  • aerie

    The U.S. will be a 3rd world country. You can thank religion for knuckledragging us back to the Dark Ages.

    • Chris

      ……seeing as we have been the most technologically advanced country for years, fostered ideas, and the only thing slowing us now is our in fortitude to manage our money well…how does religion have anything to do with this?

      • aerie

        Is that a serious question? 

  • aerie

    Thanks for the spam, douchebag.

  • Vania

    What about dating in the future. Technology will evolve but human relationships between man and woman are a primal basic function.  Men will always want beautiful women to love. Perhaps we can invent a love robot but until then you can get the real thing at http://www.latineuro.com – Date a Latin Girl and be happy. Or wait for the Robot.

  • jovanov

    Health is in your hands

  • jovanov

    Health is in your handssee on the http://jovanov.net

  • http://steve.macdonald.myopenid.com/ Smoov

    Most of these are completely out to lunch. One example: “crash-proof cars”. Ten years represents two model cycles for car manufacturers. Does anyone believe that cars in 2021 are going to be vastly different from today’s cars, considering how current card compare with those from 2001? I.e., 2011 cars are marginally better than those from 2001.

    In general Kurzweil’s “accelerating returns” nonsense has been thoroughly debunked repeatedly. Human brain level PCs in eight years from now? We can’t even get rudimentary AI to work after 50 years of trying. Kurzweil and anyone who swallows his magical thinking are smoking crack. 

    Ten years from now we’ll have a number of moderately improved technologies, just like over the past 10. There *could* be a breakthrough, however most people have noticed by now that we’re seeing *diminishing* returns in many areas, not accelerating ones. In my own area of pharmaceutical research, the demise of the blockbuster drug is all over the news, due to the fact that we’ve already hit all the low-hanging fruit. Many scientific and technical fields face similar “walls”. Don’t get too excited about a gee-whiz techno future — not likely in your lifetime.

  • Correct

    lol URL say 24 inventions, Title says 23 inventions but there are actually 22 inventions.

  • iAmAwesome

    Can’t wait for all of this, but hopefully we do not become too dependent upon this inventions.

  • stephen gabbard

    This is a very peculiar topic.Perhaps furthermore research would help educate us on the therietical state of matter and science with these new technologies.

  • Gh0st

    Most of this is awesome, the rest of it is bull. Maybe by 2100 all of this will be possible. Have you seen what movies and media predicted by 2010, 20 years ago? Its scary how far off we were then…

  • notpoopmashine

    that is if we haven’t destroyed theearth by then

  • Brad

    Idk who wrote this but some of it is utterly wrong. i.e. light peak which is already out, robot sized spies…also already exist, space tourism will be much farther off than that, and extremely expensive.  As far as 1TB flash cards. Considered that 1 you’d have to have a light peak type interface for that be remotely usable it would be possible, however, Moore’s law has slowed the last couple years, initially it was true but as we’ve gotten smaller and smaller quantum physics has bounded the law and slowed it growth, soon we will even hit a wall. There are many other possibilities such as computing with grapheme, quantum dots and electron spin state hard drives,  which are being researched.  They probably won’t be out tremendously soon.  But the article is right in one thing the future will bring things we never imagined, if quantum computing becomes real in the near future (20+) years the speed of technology and over all power would increase 250 times.

  • BigBrother

    Nano-bugs… having the government be able to literally fly into your house without you knowing and watch your every move is extremely discomforting. (Yes, I am aware that Big Brother “watches your every move” already, but not to this degree… not in the literal sense that these nano-bugs could allow). With or without privacy laws (… including the ridiculous Patriot Act which stripped Americans of their freedoms in order to protect their freedom… wait, what?), the government will do what it wants to do. Spy on you and your wife making love, watch you gamble away your life-savings, and share in on your child’s first steps… cool. Can’t wait.

  • James Light Brown

    Very interesting/entertaining.

  • Rebel9100

    i love to think about awesome new technological advances, it kinda like getting a new season of beavis n butthead!

  • http://www.searchofficespace.com Office Space

    The average PC has the power of the human brain. – me not like this, me wants more power :)

  • News Boy

    Newspapers will no longer be needed soon.

    My family’s gonna be out of work. They’ve worked for the local newspaper all their lives. None of them are college graduates. They fought for years to get where they are.

    And it pisses me off. That comment on “deforestation.” For every tree cut down for paper, two more are planted in its place.

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      Get different jobs maybe? Sometimes these things happen. I come from a long line of sundial craftsmen, but the bottom seems to have dropped out of the market. I’m sitting on a huge inventory.

  • Friend

    4g does not have a uniform standard. every company assigns this name mostly arbitrarily as a new technology

  • The man.

    Content is satisfying for you? Have you ever been happy?

  • http://protechgeek.com/ Rabindra Lamsal

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://ukr-net.info Asolomin42

    Such an idiotic article I have ever read …

  • david

    Technology is amazing. The things you can do with it are extraordinary. But most of these things are for people with resources. How many people will be able to afford a flight on a solar powered plane? How many people will be able to afford a computer with the power of the human brain? Better question, how many people actually need all of this? Technology can achieve so many things, including resources. How about working on security systems for countries that are ruled by corruption, like mine? How about investing millions on a system that educates people that can’t get proper education? 

    I love technology, and these things are amazing. I just think that what the world needs is progress in violence and poverty.

  • Fiammaviva74

    Strange enough time ago I heard Korean, Chinese and Japanese, due to social needs, will release a true-to life maid and sex machine with human features by 2019 or so, making people worrying if they have betrayed or not their partner… Ethic will have now to include machines in its range.

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      Yea! Bring her on. Sex machine you say?

  • Roman

    Guys, register to http://www.state.it to get confirmation of web 3.0

  • gonzo

    A Wooly Mammoth will be reborn among other now-extinct animals in 2016

    did they not watch jurassic park?

    • soot

      Did *you* not watch Jurassic Park?

      “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly know what to expect?”

      Not the case with Mammoths.

      • Detox

        Dinosaurs and early humans existed at the same time since bones of both species were found some years ago.

        • protagonas

          ummmmm…..no they didn’t. Hominid evolution is less than 1million years. The Dinosaurian species became fully extinct 65 million years ago. Quite a difference there.

  • Guest

    NO USE

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1455288665 Deva O’Donnell

    Nice article. I’m pretty sure 2tb hard drives will be standard in the next few months though.

  • Alex

    Completely confused Sci-Fi with reality after 2016. Reminds me of the predictions that people in the 50′s had about the year 2000.

  • hap

    4g will be impotent but not yet. 3g is already faster than my internet. we will streaming 3d video regularly but  not until 2015 at least (yes the technology dose exist but it is not very good yet). so untill that time 4g is like having a car that can go 500 mph but all the speed limits where you live are a maximum of 60. so you pay alot of money for speed you wont use.

  • Moore’s Grave

    I see mention of Moore’s Law, but Moore’s Law hasn’t held true in a very long time. If it were holding true for SD cards, we’d already have multi-terabyte ones.

    And CPU speeds… the first 1000 mhz CPU was created in 1998, with the first commercial release in 2000. By Moore’s law, CPU speeds should hit 256 ghz before the end of next year… but the fastest consumer level CPUs are only slightly over 3 ghz. Even ignoring speed (which is all Moore’s Law dealt with) and looking at processing power with the advent of multicore CPUs in recent years, they’re still less than a tenth as powerful as Moore’s law predicted, and looking at the last five years they’ve progressed even less.

    Magnetic storage is progressing faster than anything right now, but extrapolating Moore’s Law from the first gigabyte hard drive, expected sizes are twenty times the top of the line hard drives today.

    Moore’s law is dead, and good riddance. We’re in an age where families and businesses can replace their equipment because it’s actually broken and not because its been left in the dust after a few months.

  • Fitreee

    where the fuck is the whooley mammoth going to live in 2017…..

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      Anywhere it wants?

  • Smgaliasunknown
  • steve

    One word. Nanotechnology. (www.nano.ms)

  • Sdittrich

    “did they not see jurassic park” the exact words went through my head and then that is the first comment I read lol

  • talrox

    high hopes and lots of ignorance  light peak cant happen durp, web 3.0 wont come out until ipv6 is done and thats been in the making since the 80′s , pc power stronger then the human brain, unlikely we can’t make perpetual energy but we figure we can make something smarter then our selves. also determain the power of the human brain first, oh wait you can’t durp i forgot it’s always changing LOL idiots.

    keep on dreaming

  • ponderous1ness

    wow

  • http://twitter.com/kaaist Kyle Pearce

    The future is going to be awesome :) I can’t wait for 3d printing, fusion energy and faster Internet connectivity. It would be pretty bizarre to see the Wooly Mammoth roaming the Earth again.

  • Itspietime

    in 2021 i expect to see the dreamcast 2

  • Dontbotherme

    Fail world will end in 11 months

  • http://www.facebook.com/denny.h.chung Dennis Bagel Workng Chung

    a computer is good and bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1002313908 Nathan Coppedge

    There *needs* to be an intuitive interface. That means, compatible with insight,,,,,,,,,,

  • http://www.ivpcapital.com/blog Michael Elling

    2013 is the year people will want more than 4G.  When will people start standing up and shouting we want giga and tera, not low mega!   Let’s get real, the carriers have been falling behind moore’s and metcalf’s curves for 10 years and it will get worse before it gets better.  The networks will be the real brake on our growth.

  • Aleadilia

    By 2088 will only exist 88 percent of people and 12%  computers….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HUHWX4TIAZRFNFYCWUE43OZDUQ 7LeagueBoots

    Putting dates on predictions for the future is a losing game.   Some things happen faster, others not at all, and there is always much that is unexpected.

  • Steve Williams

    Yeah your Arab Spring sorta backfired a bit don’t you think? How is it that Egypt is now run and controlled by Radical Islam , you people believe what ever your masters tell you is cool. Keep drinking that koolaid and I’ll keep living in truth and common sense. At least I know where I stand in the world you fools are still trying to figure out who you are.

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      Yea, the Arab Spring was great, in theory. However, you kinda need to have moral, decent people to run your government after the thugs are thrown out. They just had a different group of thugs waiting to dominate. Just look at the USA for an example of decent and moral people running a government. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA – NOT! We’re Iran without the be-headings. Maybe look to Sweden as a good example.

  • Kyle Findlay

    Crazy

  • David Perreault

    Gotta see it before xD but I hope the best.

  • Rigo Corrales

    so where’s my jetpack?

  • Mike Marco

    ummmm….still no flying cars?

  • Mickey Johnson

    wow

  • Charlotte Tracey

    I’m so freaking excited. Although that big thing in France still scares the crap out of me. I think it’s going to kill us all.

    • Barry Kennedy

      I think it won’t.

  • Brandon Robinson

    Dear Science,
    This is all awesome, and it’s all going to make the world a much better place, but please please please please pretty please don’t forget to develop augmented reality technology along the way.
    Hugs,
    Brandon

    • Blaine Shawaker

      fuck augmented reality, go outside

    • Brandon Robinson

      I do. AR would make it Outside 2.0.

    • Josh Hansen

      screw augmented reality, as a society right now we are already too withdrawn by constantly looking at your smartphone or laptop or tv, the last thing we need is augmented reality. Do you know how much that would screw with your mind? Never knowing whats real or if you’re in augmented reality mode.

    • Brandon Robinson

      Augmented, not virtual. I want to be able to walk down the street with a little rotating map in the corner of my eye telling me if I’m going the right way. I want to be able to calculate a tip at a restaurant without taking the time to do the math in my head, so it’s not obvious what I’m doing. I want to be able to selectively send and receive information on the world around me without having to be disconnected from it. What I’m looking for is just a logical step in the progression of information technology: instant access to information anywhere without having to direct my attention away from what’s happening in front of me. Immersion in this sense would not be deceptive, since switching it off would simply stop the flow of data that you perceive. The key word here is “augmented,” not “fabricated.” TL;DR I want a heads-up display.

    • Sydney Jones

      That takes the fun out of life

    • Joseph Underwood

      Fump that just dose acid…it’s cheaper and alot more fun.

    • Eli David Goldstein

      Josh Hansen stop trying to sound smart, faggot. you’re not smart.

    • JUstin Webster

      Its called LSD

    • Snorri Knús Kristinsson

      How hard is it to make out a minimum tip? If the tip is 5% of 21.99 the obvious solution is to take 10% of 22 and divide it be 2 or 2.2/2=1.1$. If you wanna tip 15% of 21.55 it comes down to the same or: 10% of 21.55 = about 2.2 * 1.5 (or 2.2+half of 2.2) = 3.3$ and with each eventual outcome, you only have to add them to the original cost.

      Finding out 0.0547% of 123,243,234.2546543999 is where you’d need a calculator but that’s an example you probably don’t see in a restaurant unless when bookkeeping maybe. On the other hand, being a mechanic engineer or a professional mathematician/scientist/etc. and having the AR would make everything easier and faster and get rid of a lot of paper use and shit.

    • Samuel Quayle

      Josh Hansen, Why is that a problem, some of us want that kind of thing to happen, just because it seems unnatural to you doesn’t mean that to someone who is brought up not knowing any differently will have the slightest problem to it.

    • Nick Daneker

      yeah, total Rekall style

  • Steven Trublueemcee Middleton

    Great post guys! The future is looking bright!

  • Cody Henry

    C’mon Sealab!

  • Aaron Burgoyne

    I wouldn’t expect to see another twitter uprising, governments will have full access into our online lives within 10 yeaars.

    • Nas’cent Riddim

      Let’s just start a coup.

  • Bryo Much

    wat about the eternal life pill…that would be interesting…hahhahaha.

    • dulldiehard
    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      That’d be nice! In a thousand years the population would be 20 billion people or something. You couldn’t walk down the Hovercraft Lane without accidentally having anal sex with someone.

  • Angel Raizada

    Technology is increasing rapidly but what is the use of it when we have no love and affection around us. Actually, how ’bout making 23 incredible changes in human hearts till 2021? First make people live properly and then make life proper!

  • Vinnie Cox

    I’m only reminded of those old videos from the ’60s where the narrator insists that we will have fully colonized the moon by the year 1997…. Most of this stuff will not even be in the realm of possibility by the time this says it will happen. Age old tale of man overshooting reality with hopes of cool stuff.

  • Anonymous

    well we are going to need to terraform mars with all this excess population lol.

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      Or we could freeze-dry the really stupid ones and use them for cheap energy.

  • Get Vitamin A

    in my opinion, by 2021, everything that fancies life will be be there and around… but will you be able to obtain or use? I highly doubt it. due to natural disasters we all will have other things on mind. we will live like the old age. picture a community farming thier own food. building thier own buildings. I predict the world will have one currency! mock my words.

    • Lev Kokotov

      mark or mock? :P

    • Adam BopBop Crouch

      Mock that he said “Mock,” when he should’ve said “Mark.”

    • luisprocell

      Lev Kokotov Mock is to imitate perhaps not as good as the originator, it is a stupidly mumble word or words thus being surprised if what he said happens as he stated.

    • Nick Daneker

      hahahha, greatest typo ever!!!

    • Mike Holton

      maybe we were supposed to read that with a New England accent…

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      Consider yourself mocked!

  • Tanya Iqbal
  • Johnny Landes

    I’m surprised not to see any new technologies with Artificial Intelligence. Especially since you argued that they will have computers with he capabilities of the human.

    • Haily

      What is stopping AI is not specifically computation power. There are huge theoretical holes in our understanding of how the brain makes decisions or even how it decides which factors are important in making a decision.

      We’re capable of making neural nets and other models which can make small specialized decisions like “what is this a picture of”, “what kind of written work is this” (ie a journal article, an email, or a chapter from a book), or “how do I walk from here to there”.

      But that is very far from making an intelligence that is even at a child’s level of ability. AIs currently can’t confront the real world without someone modeling it for them to make it simpler (such as creating a map for them to follow or very specific goals for them to achieve).

      They don’t have complex but general decision-making skills, basically.

      I just graduated with a degree in AI :(

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      Kinda hard to expect Artificial Intelligence when we don’t yet have ‘real’ intelligence. If mankind is still around in a few hundred years, it will either be because we finally figured out how to utilize our resources, respect the planet and coexist, or it may also be because a very small, but extremely powerful faction controls everything due to their vast cash reserves. I’m thinking it’ll probably be the Khardashians!

  • Ron McCune

    I’m worried folks. The turbo jet engine airplane is the main cause of global warming because the exhaust of a turbo jet engine airplane’s exhaust is 500 degrees for passenger jets and 1800 to 2300 degrees for military jets. this exhaust and all of the planes pollutants from it’s burned fuel are released into the upper atmosphere that use to be 32 degrees below zero. However since 1967 when turbo jet engine airplanes came onto the marketplace global warming started and every year gets worse. Worldwide daily 81,000 super size enclosed football stadiums are heated up in the upper atmosphere. Weekly 5,670,000, monthly 180,100,000, yearly 69,386,500,000 and every decade 693,865,000,000 super size football stadiums of hot air and pollutants are put into the upper atmosphere by turbo jet engine airplanes. Now we are putting a new turbo jet engine flights into a higher atmosphere near outer space which is going to heat up the planet even more. We have got to stop this by not flying turbo jet engine airplanes anymore and going back to propeller airplanes. We also got to boycott Virgin Airlines and all it’s affiliates and any other company that is making these kinds of flights into outer space. Stopping the use of turbo jet engine airplanes is the ONLY way to stop global warming. PLEASE everyone join in this effort to stop global warming. Read http://www.mybetteramericaplan.com to see more information about this subject.

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  • Sara C Sugi

    It’s too bad this is the last year for civilization…

    • Aaron Hollingshead

      Maybe we’ll have rebuilt ourselves up by then

    • Sara C Sugi

      Or the US will become like Panem

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      And you posted that comment 2 years ago, hmmmm.

  • Joe Raidho

    What about the world hunger, or the poverty level? 1.5 billion people on this planet don’t have access to water supplies and a moron around here wanted augmented reality.. yeah, good for all of you. “incredible new technologies” that you will have to buy because you think you need them…..NOT.

    • Beau Wik

      That fusion tech could have a very large impact on some of those issues. =)

    • Alex Furman

      Leave the starving to the unexceptional and the followers. These creative people are truly serving mankind by doing what humans are meant to do- to create, to build, to Invent! The greatest disservice a man can perform is not to neglect his fellow man, but to neglect himself and his true potential!

    • TheEvolutionist OfToday
    • Snorri Knús Kristinsson

      The engineering for adding water to countries without clean supplies costs money with no returns and that’s the reason it’ll never happen while governments work as they do. If we ever take up the system current in Star Trek, this will not be a problem anymore. In say, 500 years?

    • Cor Ece

      Not to minimize what you are saying, but those technologies are happening too. MIT is a leader in helping eliminate poverty. Along with other innovators. It’s happening just as well.

    • William Whitby

      Pretty sure a fusion reactor that produces almost infinite energy could end poverty in a year or less if used in the right way

    • Nick Daneker

      This fusion reactor was a center peice in one of Popular Science’s issues. Great Tech, but if you take into consideration our Sun is basically a Fusion reactor, if we cant control the reaction, My dream of seeing a true Zombie Apocalypse wont happen, cause we will all be ash.

    • Dave Garofolo

      so then why don’t you DO something about it instead of coming to unrelated internet articles to judge and chastise other people?

    • Lauren Brooke Boone

      I feel like you just told the poor what Marie Antionette said to the starving french people. “Let them eat cake.” That attitude there started a deadly war.

    • Lauren Brooke Boone

      I feel like you just told the poor what Marie Antionette said to the starving french people. “Let them eat cake.” That attitude there started a deadly war.

    • Lauren Brooke Boone

      I feel like you just told the poor what Marie Antionette said to the starving french people. “Let them eat cake.” That attitude there started a deadly war.

    • Lauren Brooke Boone

      I feel like you just told the poor what Marie Antionette said to the starving french people. “Let them eat cake.” That attitude there started a deadly war.

    • Lauren Brooke Boone

      I feel like you just told the poor what Marie Antionette said to the starving french people. “Let them eat cake.” That attitude there started a deadly war.

    • Lauren Brooke Boone

      I feel like you just told the poor what Marie Antionette said to the starving french people. “Let them eat cake.” That attitude there started a deadly war.

    • Warren Barcellos

      Alex Furman That is the most ignorant and selfish comment I have seen in a very long time. You and Hitler have a TON in common…

  • Andrzej Olszewski

    “Did you expect the word “Friend” to become a verb? Did you expect your twelve-year-old brother to stay up texting until 2am? Did you expect 140-character messaging systems enabling widespread revolutions against decades-old dictatorial regimes?”

    New verbs and sending brief messages stand for progress now? It used to be about moon landings and cure for cancer.

  • Mark Meade

    All of these will be developed by Skynet! Noooooo, hahaha

    • Bobby Calhoun

      lol. i am off wednesday and thursday doggie

  • Tyler Depies-Bobrowitz

    We wont have to worry about natural disaster or flying cars or any of it, and no I’m not a Terminator junky worried about the robots taking over. no, I’m a Hoovian (anyone?) and as soon as physically freaking possible, the whole damn population is going up and out, at least I know I am. I mean if a telescope can see the edge of the ‘(observable)’ universe, then why not go see it with your own eyes, we have cryo-technology, and the fusion generator. I’m guessing that (pessimistically) 2045 and optomistically 2033, we are putting those together with a mod version of volvo’s drive it yourself system and piloting hundreds of lightyears away to colonize the whole lot of it. then we just need to explore beyond the observable universe (i.e. other dimensions) ;).

    • Chris Trejo

      funny seeing you here :P

  • Tyler Depies-Bobrowitz

    p.s. I’m not british.

  • Brian Sanchez

    all this….and still no cure for cancer.

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      Oh, there’s a cure for cancer alright. It’s just one of the things that ‘they’ don’t want you to know about! I’ll share all the secrets for $19.95, plus a measly $9.95/monthly for access to my site – ‘All the Crazy Shit that THEY don’t want You to Know about.’ Or you can wait for Kevin Trudeau to get out of prison to get the scoop.

  • Samuel Sy

    2015 hoverboards will be invented.

  • Alejandro Bautista

    I’m still waiting for a light saber.

  • Josh Fotherby

    Where’s my hover board.

  • Whatmenaresayingaboutwomen Jay

    “The world’s most advanced polar icebreaker is currently being developed as a part of the EU’s scientific development goals and is scheduled to launch in 2014. As global average temperatures continue to climb, an understanding and diligence to the polar regions will be essential to monitoring the rapidly changing climates–and this icebreaker will be up to the task.”

    Errrmmm! If the globe is warming as you make claim, even though the British Met. Office have just stated that the Earth has not warmed for the last 15 years. Would that not make an Icebreaker superfluous?
    As there will be no ice left to break!

  • hottamomma

    i wanna see tastavision!

  • Tyler Bemis

    i think all of you should be talking about the post not pissing on each other over little things i was actually interested in the idea of new technology and am an aspiring computer engineer leaning towards software programming and design. sorry to spoil the fun but if you wanna talk about other things that are not involved in the post maybe you should go tweet about it or put it on your status for Facebook like every other person who wishes to be noticed but never is.

    • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

      Good comment. That’s a good way to get noticed. ;-)

  • Heather McLean

    Read “Space Lawyer” by Kirk Battle. I think we are going to get pretty close to that story’s future.

  • georgia

    as long as they dont releise the animals into the wild it would be fine but if they did humans would probaly never go swimming in the ocean again or they would become prey for the megalodon

  • Dodong xD

    Can I repost this at my blog ??

  • Daniel Subbotin

    Portable laser wound healing pens sound amazing – Polysporin will either be endorsing it or going out of biz.

  • Dinesh Charan

    i learn something today.i am waiting for excitement.

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  • Ahmet İşsever

    Live and Let live in good light of the Creator Almighty. Salutes

  • Galen Spring

    I don’t agree that technology makes people more intimate. People of our generation are generally less social than people of our parents generation.

  • http://usedguitarsonline.net/ Jeff N.

    Helium? Cool, aren’t we getting a little low on Helium? Balloons all around.

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