11 Past Technological Dreams That Became Our Reality Today!

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We live in a miraculous age, where sci-fi wonders are part of everyday life. You don’t think so? How about the fact that we carry tiny, absurdly powerful computers around in our pockets?

It was just a generation or two ago when computers took up entire buildings and were used only for doing math and launching missiles. Now we take our phones out when we want to know the name of a song, and we get annoyed when they don't recognize it quickly enough while also giving us directions and letting us talk to someone 3,000 miles away.

That would have seemed like science fiction not too long ago—just like these 11 inventions might today. But these are some of the crazy new gadgets and ideas that might end up changing the world. This is the stuff that the future is made of.

1. Self-Driving Cars.

Self-driving cars, like Google's prototype vehicle, may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they're getting close to reality. Ford, in January, showed off its infrastructure for fully-automated driving. And BMW announced a research-and-development project related to THIS technology.

Other companies putting brainpower to self-driving cars include Delphi and Texas Instruments. Once they hit the streets, the hands-free driving these cars offer could give commuters more time to get work done and reduce traffic congestion.

2. Clean Energy

We have already found ways to tap into the energy of the sun, wind, waves and water, amongst other things.

These sources of energy produce only very small amounts of greenhouse gas once operating if any at all - now that's clean!

They are also renewable which means they can be used over and over again.

Solar, the wind, and water are examples of clean energy sources we have started to use. You can read a brief explanation of them below and then check out others in the Inspiration section.

The challenge is finding ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions when dirty energy sources are used to make power and develop the clean energy industry so it supplies more and more of the energy we use.

3. Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has been science fiction fodder for decades, but we’re only now beginning to see VR that’s actually effective at tricking your brain into thinking that your body is somewhere it’s not. That may sound a little bit terrifying, but it’s the key to the virtual reality revolution kicked off by Oculus Rift: putting that headset on your face transports you somewhere else, and that palpable sense of immersion has implications far beyond mere video games.

There’s a reason why so many companies beyond Oculus are trying their hand at it and pushing VR in interesting directions. Just look at Microsoft's HoloLens, a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that display holograms over your view of the real world. Someday, virtual reality could be where we live for half our lives.

4. Drones and Flying Cars

Anyone who has seen Back to the Future Part II has joked that the movie lied to us because flying cars hadn't filled the skies by 2015.

Maybe the movie just had the year wrong.

Uses of drones are already increasing the productivity and efficiency in different sectors. Their use in various countries is widely proving the worth of commercial drone applications. If explored more, drones can be developed to perform a wide range of tasks from a routine work to big projects and so on. The drone community is rapidly increasing and so are the sale figures.

Work on flying cars continues. The difference between flying cars that use almost the same technology as drones is that they must be large enough to carry human beings. Thanks to the superiority of materials, renewable fuel, and software, flying cars will be much more practical and economical than today's planes and helicopters.

5. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is a staple of science fiction thrillers but it's not that far-fetched: Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, claims that scientists will most likely perfect the artificial human brain in the next decade. They've already got the first elements of an artificial rat brain nailed down which, incidentally, might explain why the Internet keeps hissing at us and scurrying into the corner.

Such virtues may possess the ability to solve philosophical questions that have been plaguing mankind (or at least former psychology majors who couldn't hack the bio requirements) for centuries, a greater understanding of how to treat mental impairments and even the elimination of pharmaceutical drug experimentation on humans. It makes sense, doesn't it?

6. Pocket Computers for Everyone

By 2020, 80% of the adult population in the world will have internet access and a smartphone.

Now anyone who opens Google on the Internet anywhere in the world has more information access to information that the US president has owned 15 years ago.

An iPhone 6 has about 2 billion transistors. This is about 625 times the 1995 model of an Intel Pentium computer. So today's smartphones are the devices that have been called "supercomputers" in the past. In the near future, we will see together what we would call the supercomputer now.

7. Encrypted Banking and Monetary Transactions

Blockchain has already become widespread. We can describe it briefly as a distributed database that provides encrypted transaction processing. Blockchain technology, built from a chain model, which can be understood from its name, is traceable but not breakable, allowing to operate without being connected to a center. Thus, transactions can be carried out directly between the buyer and the seller and safely.

It is clear that Blockchain is one of the main technologies to be followed in the coming period. Financial institutions are using Blockchain technology in terms of security and systemic savings. But it is a question of whether this will strengthen Blockchain-based opposition systems like Bitcoin. It seems reasonable and possible for States to use Blockchain in their various citizenship services. So in the end, the widespread use of the Blockchain can make it easier for the citizens.

8. Online Education

Indeed, even nowadays, anyone can benefit from internet courses on almost any subject (and often even free) using only his smartphone. Moreover, the quality of the content of courses is increasing day by day; And with more options to translate into foreign languages.

Some of us have witnessed the arrival of the thick-skinned Britannica series in our homes from the old days. Some of us went to Altavista, Yahoo, and then Google. You can also remember the times when we bought books to learn a computer program. Now, for example, even on Youtube, there are thousands of free educational videos prepared for university professors.

9. 3D Printers

We’re already seeing the ways in which 3D printers can change the world. They’ve been used to make crazy things, from race cars and guns to sex toys. But they’re capable of even more, and they’re getting more impressive all the time.

At the Consumer Electronics Show this year, for example, a company called XYZPrinting debuted a “3D food printer” that makes edible treats appear out of thin air—and it’s not the only one. Others are working on 3D printing prosthetic legs and hearts, and 3D-printing things out of metal. How long before we can see this technology print a spaceship in our living rooms?

10. Futuristic Machines Backing Up Medical Studies

For the past seven years, the health-care sector, which had notably lagged other economic sectors in embracing digitization of data, has been increasingly adopting electronic health records, making it dramatically easier to detect health trends and outcomes across wide swaths of the patient population.

A major research project backed by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise aims, among other things, to one day, help doctors tailor medical treatment for individual patients by quickly crunching data from massive amounts of patient information — related to genes, diseases, personal behaviors and treatment history — assembled from around the world.

11. And the New Era begins, Space Age!

Since the 1950s, when mankind began to grow out of space, funding for space exploration has always been provided by the states. But there are serious reductions in the budget the states have allocated for this. Fortunately, the private sector has tapped into the issue and now with this method space research can find much more comfortable funding.

The most famous of these is undoubtedly Elon Musk's SpaceX company.

"Study the evolution of single-celled, multi-celled living things, plants, and animals, and I pursue other things that are not like any of the life forms we know."

Since Musk is aware of the fact that the world we know quickly has rooted, Mars dreams of building human colonies.

In a nutshell, we have a very exciting couple of years waiting for us to witness the world's change.


And the ones listed here are only 11 of the enormous developments awaiting the world and humanity in the near future. As Steve Jobs has said in a while,

"Let us stop worrying about the world of yesterday, and let us invent tomorrow."

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