When your grandparents were young they probably never imagined how much technology would advance during their lifetimes. Anyone who has been around for more then fifty years has witnessed the inventions of the microwave oven, the airplane, the computer, the cell phone and, of course, the internet; each has changed the course of history in its own way. So, what kind of technologies can we expect to shape next 50 years? The researchers at futuretimeline.net have made few predictions:
2025: Vertical Farms
The world’s first vertical farm was opened in Singapore in 2010, and researchers expect that the use of this mode of agriculture will be predominant globally by 2025. With vertical farming, we will be able to produce more than 300 times the amount of crops in the same about of acreage. Just 150 of these farms, at 30 stories tall, could potentially supply the entire population of New York with a reliable source of food. Transportation costs will be greatly reduced, since the food can be sold in the same place it is grown, and everything from water to organic matter can be recycled, making this system more sustainable and environmentally friendly than traditional farming.
Ectogenesis is defined as the growth of mammalian embryos in an artificial environment, but is better understood as the process of replacing traditional pregnancies with artificial wombs that use vocal recordings, movement and other sensations to simulate natural gestation. Researchers believe that this scientific development will happen around 2034, and will quickly be adapted into mainstream use over the next decade. Women will no longer bear sole responsibility for childbirth, and those seeking abortions will have the option to place the embryo into an artificial womb to eventually be given up for adoption. In addition, single men and homosexual couples will gain the ability to have children without the use of a surrogate mother. Overall, this technology will have an important and long-lasting impact on global gender equality.
2040:Virtual Telepathy(23 years)
The technology to make this possible has already been around for a few years, however, the process is still slow and unreliable, requiring bulky equipment to perform the simplest of operations. However, by 2040, the use of these devices will be widespread, even in poor areas, around the globe. Advances in the area of brain-mapping, combined with improvements in the comfortability of the necessary headsets and ear pieces will establish this product as the dominant form of communication.
2050: Intelligent Buildings
It has been hypothesized that due to resource depletion and climate change, the main priority in the design of future buildings will be self-sufficiency. Renewable energy sources will be integrated into the architecture with features such as solar paneled windows and algae biofuel cells that would cover the façade. Several floors of each building will be dedicated to farming, rain and condensation will be collected to provide drinking water, and 3D printers will be available to manufacture spare building parts, or anything else that is needed, eliminating the need to ever leave the premises.
2067: Anti-Matter Powered Spacecraft
In 2010, for the first time, researchers trapped particles of antimatter, for about .02 seconds, in CERN in Geneva. The year after that, they were able to accomplish the same feat for 17 minutes. The researchers believe that this discovery, along with an exponential growth rate of research in technologies such as computer processing, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, will give us the first prototype of an anti-matter powered spacecraft in 2067. They predict that this technology, will allow a trip to Jupiter to be completed in only 4 months, effectively paving the way for the achievement of interstellar travel.