Do you remember yourself 10 years ago? The world around you was very different fromnow, wasn’t it? No wonder: the 21st century is the age ofrapid technological progress, and we’re advancing at a mind-blowing rate. So what do you think our world will look likeby 2030? It’s only a little bit more than 5 yearsfrom now, but by various accounts it’s going to be really exciting in 5 years. Let’s see. Solar panels will beat fossil fuels in energyoutput, becoming the largest source of energy on the planet. Researchers from Thomson Reuters are surethis will happen because of new and modernized materials. With those, solar panels will be able to absorbmuch more sunlight, and even when it’s overcast. Augmented and virtual reality will becomea thing.
Today, it’s a pretty new and raw technology,but 5 years from now it will already be something everyone uses in their everyday lives. For example, you’ll be able to have a virtualtour around a hotel before booking a room in it. Or how about taking a good look at 3D modelsof all goods in a store before adding them to your cart? Handy! Speaking of augmentations, people themselveswill become enhanced. Microchips embedded into your skin insteadof a paper or plastic ID; bionic limbs having all the functions real arms and legs possess;implants improving the work of internal organs; you name it! By 2030, all this and more will become availableto the masses, and from then on it’ll only get cheaper and more popular. The problem of traffic jams will either besolved altogether or very close to it. With the growing demand for driverless carsand even flying cars (I can’t wait!), the human factor will decrease dramatically.
And since it’s the main reason why trafficcongestion even exists, big cities will finally enjoy relatively free roads, and we’ll allbe able to get things done on time. Can’t wait for it! By the way, gasoline fuel will become a fadingmemory by 2025. Electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles willpush gas-powered ones further and further out of the market. Also, solar-powered cars will probably emerge,gradually replacing all the rest. Just imagine: a car that only requires sunlightand some time to charge before you can go wherever you please. No more running out of fuel in the middleof nowhere! The Internet of Things, or IoT, will be omnipresent. Smart homes, smart offices, whole smart buildings— literally everything will be connected with everything else, separated only by closedinternal networks. Living alone yet coming home from work toa hot dinner and a clean house will become reality. Everything will be done automatically, followingjust a few flicks of your finger over the smartphone or tablet screen.
The Internet will become truly global. Today, only 3 billion people in the worldhave constant access to the web, while the other 5 billion have either limited accessor none at all. Several large companies, like Google, Facebook,and SpaceX, are already working together on a project that will bring the Internet toeveryone on the planet at speeds over 1 megabit per second. By 2030, it will surely be implemented. Artificial intelligence will make a huge leapforward. In 5 years’ time, the AI will not only beable to answer simple questions and follow your commands, but it will also become deeperand more inquisitive itself. It will probably even be able to talk to you— not like Siri does today but rather like Tony Stark’s JARVIS. In short, it will become everyone’s ultimatehelper. Medicine won’t stay where it is either. Even now, more and more advancements are madein this crucial field, and in 5 years, doctors will find solutions to the most importantissues we’re currently facing. These include a cure for cancer and AIDS,diabetes,
Alzheimer’s, and many other conditions that have plagued humans for a long time already. Of course, it’s not as easy as it sounds,and it won’t be cheap at first, but the main thing is that the answers will be found,and the rest is a matter of time. Human genome will most probably be cracked,and only ethical issues will remain before genetic modifications of people become available. With those, we’ll be able to get rid ofpretty scary genetic conditions in children even before they’re born. Scientists all over the world discuss thispossibility even today, so by 2025 the question should have a definite answer. Plastic will finally become a thing of thepast. The same Thomson Reuters report I told youabout earlier says that by 2030 biodegradable materials based on cellulose will replaceplastic packaging for all purposes. No more littering the soil and the oceans— we’ll be making a huge step towards a greener planet. And the new material will feel like plastic,by the way, so you won’t even notice the difference! A little bit of sci-fi for you: teleportationand time travel won’t be a myth any longer. Scientists have recently discovered that quantumteleportation is possible, while others made an experiment where particles returned totheir previous state, making it seem like time traveling for them.
The researchers stress that quantum experimentscan’t prove that these things can actually be repeated in the material world. And of course, we won’t be able to go tothe past or teleport around the world in 5 years’ time. But the concept itself will become more realeither way. With genetic modification becoming commonplace,modified crops will be grown indoors. Changes to the plants’ DNA will make themmore resilient and less prone to failure, while at the same time increasing the yield. The times when GMOs were up for debate willhave long since gone, and everyone will be able to literally taste the progress. Robots will take over the most menial jobson the market, making humans turn their attention to more intellectual tasks and opening newopportunities for avid learners. Everything that can be done by robots willnot require human assistance any longer.
However, in some spheres, these robotic workerswon’t be completely autonomous. They will have to be manipulated by peopleeither directly or by programming them to do the required stuff. That will open up new jobs, so no need tofear that robots will take away from us and add to the unemployment rate. Speaking of learning, acquiring new skillswill be much easier in 5 years than today. With the development of AR and VR, of whichI told you earlier on, even the most practical skills will stop needing your actual presencein the room with your teacher. Want to learn how to drive a car? Here’s a simulator, right in the comfortof your home! Perhaps such a method of learning won’tbe too widespread yet, but it will definitely start taking over the minds of people andget more and more popular with every passing year. Machine learning will also make large progress. Things like near-perfect electronic translators,navigation systems that adapt to your driving style, and other gadgets and software willmake our everyday lives much easier.
We’ll be able to communicate with anyonewe want almost without the language barrier and do our routine stuff quickly and withoutany discomfort. And it’s all thanks to clever machines thatteach themselves off their surroundings and the decisions taken, either by humans aroundthem or by the machine itself. 5G mobile Internet connection will be a commonthing in most technologically advanced countries and cities. With 4G, it takes up to an hour to downloada movie from the web; 5G takes it to a whole new level, downloading the same movie in justa few seconds. The connection speed of this network is simplyastounding, and it allows all kinds of things to be done, from real-time broadcasting ofsports events, like it was done during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in 2018, tolong-distance manipulation of robot surgeons by actual doctors.
Blockchain will become the preferred methodof transferring money and valuable assets between people and organizations. You must have heard about bitcoin and othercryptocurrencies — those are based on the blockchain technology. In short, it allows you to get rid of themiddleman while transferring your money, making the operation secure and direct. For example, when you make a transfer fromcard to card, your bank plays the role of that middleman: it tracks all your transactionsand can block your account if you do something it thinks suspicious. With blockchain, nobody but you knows of youroperations, which makes it pretty awesome — you know your money is always in yourhands. Until you spend it. And finally, entertainment will become evenmore diverse with the growth in popularity of space tourism. Right now, entrepreneurs like Richard Bransonand Elon Musk are only getting ready to launch their first space tours, and they’ll onlybe affordable for the wealthiest. But by 2030, the cost of it will slowly startto decrease as the whole process will become more easily performed.
I’m not saying we’ll all be able to gosee the stars first hand, it’ll still be very expensive, but it will be a beginning,and who knows — maybe in another decade we’ll be riding rockets into orbit likewe fly in airplanes today? What do you think will happen in five years’time? Let me know down in the comments! Hey, if you learned something new today, thengive this video a like and share it with a friend. But wait, don’t go flying off in your jetpack just yet! We have over 2,000 cool videos for you tocheck out. Just click on this left or right video andenjoy! Stay on the Bright Side of life!