Now that Marty Mcfly’s travel to the future (as depicted in Steven Spielberg’s 1989 movie Back to the Future II) is officially something of the past, you might be curious to know the technologies that will frame our future.
Futurist and expert on all things digital, Chris Riddell, has revealed three changes he claims will really happen in the next five years through to 2020.
The first, he said, is the demise of the mobile phone. What’s currently an extension of our limbs will cease to exist and be replaced by mobile devices and chips built into our clothes and bodies.
“Nobody will have to carry around mobile phones. Separate mobile phones will become a thing of the past. We will continually interact with virtual environments as we walk around and travel, and our lives will be shared online with our friends in real-time,” Riddell said.
This purported trend will cause the increased popularity of another – wearable devices. According to Riddell, wearable devices will get more intelligent and healthcare technologies and facilities will improve tremendously.
This, he said, would enable people to live longer.
“Wearable devices will become smarter and will share information with your doctors, healthcare providers and insurance companies in real-time. If you are a gym junkie, and love being active, expect lower premiums and better discounts.
“You will also be able to have a real-time view of your future health profile. Expect to live longer, and work longer too. When your body organs start breaking down, 3D printing allows you to just create a new one, right then and there,” he said.
Riddell also said the other technology we can expect in the coming years is a driverless car. With the likes of Google, Apple, Tesla, and Uber all working on technologies that could possibly result in a driverless car, this prediction might occur faster than we think.
“In five years’ time, nobody will have a driver’s license. You will be able to buy your own driverless cars within the next three to five years in Australia. Our children will never use a steering wheel, and drink driving will be a thing of the past.
“Accidents will be reduced to possibilities of hackers or computer malfunctions, rather than human error,” Riddell said.
By the looks of it, we’re entering world of Minority Report.