I often think about what it will be like in the future. Seems silly, I know. But just 200 years ago, who would have thought that we could talk to anyone, just about anywhere on the planet, basically instantaneously? Or have live television, in color, at any time?
We’ve had some great inventions. Some that have transformed the world as we know it. From telephones, television, cell phones, computers, fiber optics, stealth planes, ground penetrating radar, microchips, and on and on.
Truly fascinating technology, that we use every single day. How long do you think you could go without having all this at your fingertips? A day? A week? Longer? I doubt it.
The latest report I heard on the radio is that 1 in 5 people check their cell phone every 5 minutes. Really? Others check their phones every 30 minutes, which is most of us. I think it would be hard for someone to go a whole day without a phone. And since I just recently had a hard drive crash on my computer – I know that my life was just about as close to chaos that one could get without my computer.
But if we could go into the future a 1,000 years – will cell phones or smartphones still be around? Or do you think that phones will no longer be carried around in our hands – they would be implanted into our heads or eyes? With a blink, we can call anyone, anywhere. I can 100% say that phones of some sort will still be around. We, as a species, are yakkers. We love to talk. So talking won’t go away. And even if we somehow evolve into telepaths/ESP, that won’t stop us from yakking. I can’t imagine having ESP and having to listen to everyone else’s thoughts all the time. Hope someone invents some thought blocking ear muffs.
What about our favorite pastime – the television? Will our walls become giant TV screens that are so real that we can’t tell real life from the fake screen? Will we even have TV in the future? Maybe we will be wired into “smart houses” and get all our information downloaded instantly. No need to sit and watch a screen or read a newspaper.
What about fiber optics? Will we even have wires criss-crossing the globe and under oceans? Or will some other way of communication be invented? Maybe in the future, all communication will be done through the air, like Wi-Fi signals of today. We won’t have to have modems, or cables, or hotspots. The whole world will be wired as a hotspot. Maybe even some kind of subspace communication will be invented that revolutionizes communication the way the telephone did.
How about cars? Will cars even be around? Will we have flying cars? Or even trains for that matter? Or could our mode of transportation be more in the realm of teleportation. I’m hoping so. Getting sick of sitting in traffic.
If I think even harder, simpler things like – an oven – would that still be around in a 1,000 years? Or could our eating habits take on a life of nothing more than being a nutrition pill? I hope that doesn’t happen. We’d have no need for chewing –so would we lose our teeth? A species that had no teeth? Yikes. Picture that one.
What about computers? Can’t live without them. Since computers have taken over our world, many older industries have died or are being phased out of existence. One instance – the postman. What will our computers look like in the future? I’m thinking they will be flexible, can be rolled up, tiny, and able to be carried in your pocket. We may even be able to interface with a massive global computer network directly with our brains. That would be cool. Will we need satellites orbiting the Earth to facilitate global communication like we do today? Or will we have some gigantic “force field” around the Earth that everyone has access to anywhere on the planet that can have GPS, incredible photos and zoom capabilities, and tracking technology that no one could hide from? No need for dozens of little satellites for each country like we have today.
And what about money? Will banks even be around in a 1,000 years? Banks seem to be a staple in today’s world. The economics of countries depend on them. Billions of transactions take place everyday through banking systems. What could be in store for the future? Maybe we won’t even have money then. What could we use instead of pieces of paper for money? Gold? Time? Information? Or something else?
Then I think that maybe humans may not even be here in a 1,000 years. Then all this thinking about technology in the future is a waste of time, right? Maybe we will still be here, but we won’t truly be “human” anymore. More robot than human, like in the movie “AI: Artificial Intelligence”. Then what? DO we keep going on? Keep inventing technology until we are no longer what we are today?
What weird and wacky technology do you think will take the place of the “can’t-live-without” technology of today? I can’t be the only one who thinks about stuff like this. There must be some great minds out there that have some good ideas about the future, right?