Today, we can’t imagine ourselves without technological advances such as cars, microwaves, cell phones, computers and televisions. However, technology won’t stop here, but develops further.
We don’t have to look back too far to understand the power that technology has had in shaping our world. In fact, technological advances now happen so rapidly that our current way of life may seem hopelessly outdated within another decade. In that spirit, it can be a fascinating exercise to look ahead. What cutting-edge technologies being developed today will be commonplace tomorrow? In what ways will these technologies radically alter our world?
I think there are several things that may soon make our present reality unrecognizable:
1) Most of the energy we produce today comes from finite resources. But as those resources become exhausted, renewable sources of energy will be paramount. Of course, industries such as wind, solar, and biofuel are already booming; but those are just the tip of the iceberg. One renewable source that has the power to revolutionize the production of electricity is atmospheric energy. There is always free electricity in the air and clouds all around us. This is most evident in a thunderstorm or during the Northern Lights. Capturing and controlling this electricity can contribute to the development of technologies in future. Also there are theories that we may somehow convert solar energy directly into a liquid fuel. That’s the idea behind the development of solar fuel – a fuel that can be produced with technology that mimics how plants produce energy through photosynthesis.
Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest impacts. That’s certainly the case with nanotechnology, which is essentially the manipulation of materials on the atomic and molecular levels.
The many applications of nanotechnics are almost too many to count. Nanoelectronics have the potential to revolutionize...