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Ten Future Technologies That Will Transform Our Future


Future technologies that are transforming our lives within the next five years. Did you know it took fifty years for one in four Americans to adopt electricity and thirty years for the same number of people to use the radio? It then took us eighteen years to ‘accept’ colour television, thirteen years for laptops and just seven for smartphones. The world is changing faster and faster.
There are changes in education, agriculture, energy, banking, health and even fashion, all tech-driven. Here is our selection of top 10 future technologies that we believe it will transform our lives within the next five years.

1. Future Technologies – Big Data

Top 10 Emerging Technologies - Big Data

‘Big Data’ to become a $50 billion industry by 2019 – Cisco.

‘Big Data’ is a term used to describe datasets whose size is beyond the ability of traditional databases. However, the term’s meaning has changed over the last few years. Nowadays, ‘Big Data’ not only refers to the data you create but also the ‘tools’ that capture, store, and analyse such data. Cisco predicts ‘Big Data’ to become a $50 billion industry by 2019 along investments and third parties.
It sounds a lot but the emerging landscape of Internet of Things and wearable depends on ‘Big Data’ in a way or another to store and analyse and produce actionable information in real time. We already generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day as in 2.5 followed by 18 zeros, data that once converted into meaningful information can change help eradicate diseases, stop world hunger and save lives. That is how relevant ‘Big Data’ tech is.

2. Future Technologies – Internet of Things

Top 10 Emerging Technologies - Internet of Things

IoT is moving everyday physical objects into digital ecosystems of information aiming to enrich our lives.

Imagine IoT as an invisible network made from physical objects around you. These objects will be ’embedded’ with smart sensors and connected to the internet. The sensors are capable of collecting and exchanging data with other smart objects, services, you, even with your doctor or your insurance company, for example.

I already have smart sensors in my home and, in my car. Lights go off when I leave my home and turn back on when I return. I can turn the heating on from my mobile even if I am abroad. My car unlocks the doors in my proximity and when I touch the driving wheel the engine starts. Oh, yes, the fridge; I have a relationship with my fridge. The truth is, my fridge messages me more often than my partner does but no, it is not that kind of relationship. My fridge lets me know the food is about to expire or if I need to replenish the stock.
While now in 2015 there are not many devices connected to the internet, by 2022 – according to Intel – there will be a network of 50 billion connected objects.

3. Future Technologies – Robotics and AI

Top 10 Emerging Technologies - Robotics and AI

Next gen of robots will include self-learning AI.

Next generation of robots with AI might follow and replicate the human thought process. A man-made machine with human-like intellectual abilities able to learn new things, reason, and formulate original ideas just like us. Maybe even fall in love, who knows?
In the coming decades, robots will ‘leave’ the industrial environment and scientific labs and come into our daily lives. The migration will begin with utilitarian robots such as autonomous vacuum cleaners, kitchen helpers and pets, in a gradual process just as the computers took over our homes in the 80’s.

4. Future Technologies – Augmented Reality

Top 10 Emerging Technologies - Augmented Reality

With the help of AR surrounding world becomes interactive and digitally manipulable.

The more we decipher the neurochemistry of lived experiences the more we understand that, in fact, we don’t “sample” objective reality as our perception creates our reality and the world around us influences our perception. Certain smells, sounds or images can make us see the same “reality” in different ways.
Augmented reality allows for ‘enhanced’ perceptions of the ‘real’ world. Reality is enhanced by augmented elements as generated by sensors and computers. AR is seen as one of the emerging technologies that will reshape the way we interact with the physical world around us. Companies like Google, Facebook and META are looking to capitalise on the AR market.

5. Future Technologies – MEMs

Top 10 Emerging Technologies - Microelectromechanical Systems

MEMs devices – miniaturised mechanical and electro-mechanical elements.

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, consist of micro-computers with tiny mechanical devices such as valves, pumps, gears, and actuators. These are mini robots if you like. MEMs technology is already in your car. MEMs is the ‘accelerometer’ system inside your car’s airbag but the trend here is to see MEMs adopted in healthcare soon.

6. Future Technologies – Biotechnology

Top 10 Emerging Technologies - Biotechnology

Biotechnology allows the creation of drought-resistant, higher vitamin content, and salinity tolerance crops.

In simple terms, biotechnology is tech based on biology. Biotechnology uncovered new biomolecular processes that let us develop improved biological organisms and products Biotechnology is still at the beginning despite reaching new heights in recent years. Nevertheless, biotechnology allows us to create drought-resistant crops, with better vitamin content and salinity tolerance.
Moreover,  biotechnology allows us to combat rare diseases, decrease the environmental footprint and maybe one day get rid of the world hunger.

7. Future Technologies – Nanomaterials

Top 10 Emerging Technologies - Nanomaterials

Two key factors that give nanomaterials special properties: quantum effect and structure.

Nanomaterials are layers of particles arranged in components at a nanoscale level or measurements of under 100 nm. By their structure nanomaterials have greater relative surface area than any other materials, higher strength and reactivity with other materials. The quantum properties of nanomaterials affect the electrical, magnetic and optical performances of the ‘target’ objects.
Current applications include healthcare (in targeted drug delivery, regenerative medicine, and diagnostics), electronics, cosmetics, textiles, information technology and environmental protection.

8. Future Technologies – Terahertz Imaging

Top 10 Emerging Technologies - Terahertz Imaging

Terahertz Imaging used to detect ‘invisible’ explosives.

Terahertz Imaging is a new technology that can detect ‘invisible’ explosives. It also helps in path-planning for self-driving cars and the market for Terahertz devices is predicted to grow by 35 percent each year and reach $1.4 billion by 2020.

9. Future Technologies – 3D Printing

Top 10 future technologies - 3D Printing

3DPrinting is a $3.1 billion industry growing by 39 percent each year.

3D Printing is the process of printing three-dimensional objects from various materials, according to digital files on a computer, all done via special printers. Raw printing materials can be anything, from plastic to metal and more recent crops of human cells. The 3D printed objects are then used in healthcare, fashion, auto industry, and constructions.
3D printing is a $3.1 billion industry and growing by 39 percent each year. This industry will ‘touch’ all future aspects of our lives as in 2015 we already have not only 3D printed fashion accessories, but human organs.

10. Future Technologies – Energy Storage

Top 10 future technologies - Advanced Energy Storage And Generation

Growing demand for clean energy and storage technologies is growing by the minute.

Technology needs power but power needs energy storage. Demand for such technologies is a direct result of both, fast tech developments and population growth. As such, there are significant developments in battery technology as green products are more incentivised. Solar energy has developed considerably and cold fusion power is to become a viable solution by the end of 2020.

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  1. While the monetary contributions to economic growth was assessed wv mention of the transformation of money itself

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    15 July 2015

    No mention of how technology will drive down the need for wage-earners?

    • Like all technology shifts over the past 200 years, the job market will evolve and wage-earners, as always, must take control of evolving with it. It’s hard to know exactly where or to what extent those effects will reach so it behooves each of us to keep an eye out and not get too comfortable.

      • Only recently on western countries did the wage earner live exclusively from wages.
        Hernando De Soto observed in cairo that poor people get half of their income from capital, mostly informal capital.
        the future of wage earner is to own their capital, and be self employed, self entrepreneur.
        back to the future.
        Industrial revolution have been an accident in creating a split between big capital , and centralized command, separated from submissive employees.
        Marxist ideas, is based on that situation where capital and salary are separated, like farmer and landlord were separated in old Europe.
        Workers, like farmers, should own their land, own their machine, and be their own bosses.

    • Like all technology shifts over the past couple of centuries, the job market will evolve and wage-earners, as always, must take control of evolving with it. It’s hard to know exactly where or to what extent those effects will reach so it behooves each of us to keep an eye out and not get too comfortable.

  3. Sweet sweet tech here

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    6 November 2015

    Cold fusion is indeed moving forward with or without academia’s permission.

    • in fact it is getting forward in some academia, but don’t tell the journalist.
      in fact you can tell the journalist, they won’t repeat.
      I’ve seen how serious they are in keeping LENr secret, in Oxford, Milan and Neuchatel.
      They did not even disclose the name of the politician and academia working with cold fusion startup and incumbent industrialists…
      good boys.

  5. While it could fall under big data, a big miss would seem to be “blockchain” technologies, where crypto-currencies are just the tip of the iceberg. The whole concept of large, distributed tamper hardened databases without a central authority can be transformative in accounting, banking, contracts, etc.

  6. I’m thinking that they didn’t say nearly enough about the dawn of nearly free energy.
    I mean, what’s more important than a new scalable, cheap and safe source of energy?
    I am talking about Low Energy Nuclear Reaction Devices. Here are several of the latest happenings in LENR.;all Conversation going on at NASA Space Flight Center concerning LENR. IEEE hosting meeting at Teradyne on Sept 23rd 2015. Pretty significant meeting concerning LENR.
    Pay special attention to the 21 page slide show presented by Dr. Louis DeChiaro and what NAVSEA sees coming of LENR. And let’s not forget Zawodny and Bushnell at NASA’s Langley Research Center.
    It is the dawn of a new age, and lots of people just don’t seem to see what’s going on in the world of Condensed Matter Nuclear Science.

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    Kim PIng, KOH (Mr)

    14 November 2015

    This is a very, very Scary, Exciting cum Revolting journey that we now and all future Gen X will see and grow through….not knowing when or where it will stop or even destroy each other One fine day MAN created many moons ago !

  8. Love this website, so much amazing info

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    27 October 2018

    Simply amazing, thanks for sharing.