The technological advances the world has made are nothing short of amazing. Each day seems to bring something new and incredible that helps us live our life better (always making sure it doesn't make it worse, of course). It's hard to believe that we've barely scratched the surface of what science and technology can do for us. And there is still a lot to do! If we look forward 40 years from now, what do you think the world will be like in 2060?
Luckily for you, (how humble am I?) Today I am listing some incredible technological advances that will take place by the year 2060. Sit down, because it will be an exciting list.
2060, Technological singularity
The first point on the list that we may already have gotten used to in the year 2060 is the technological singularity. For those who don't know what it is: it is a definite point in time where the growth of technology will become uncontrollable, to the point that we will see irreversible changes in human civilization.
The most popular conception of the singularity theory holds that an "updateable intelligent agent" (and perhaps sentient, what which is not now) will eventually reach a point of no return, where each new generation will become more intelligent than the previous one, until it reaches a super intelligence that is powerful and unimaginably superior to human intelligence. Fear? Many experts have them.
Already today the Nanotechnology it is present in countless objects and structures around us, and is expected to become more and more ubiquitous in the future.
It will be possible to build entire homes and offices using only nanotechnology. A platform will rise from the ground as if it were "self-printing": progressive layers of material will fill it until it is completed. Virtually invisible machines will lay the foundations of entire buildings, piece by piece. The interiors will be well designed and, if necessary, changes will also be made to skyscrapers and other impressive buildings that, by 2060, could be built with this technique.
Space hotels will become increasingly accessible to the general public. The first space hotel, Space Perspective, is expected to be launched in the year 2027: however, by 2060 these accommodations will become mainstream thanks to technological advances that will significantly reduce their costs.
Star Trek actor last year William Shatner became the oldest person in space thanks to a trip with Blue Origin, While the Virgin Galactic of the billionaire Richard Branson launched into sub-orbital space. Today, as mentioned, the main drawback is the price: not everyone can afford a journey into space with today's technology. In 40 years the music could definitely change.
We may also have simple low gravity "restaurants", or sports / recreation areas of some kind. Not just hotels, in short, but also recreational activities. We'll see.
The smart clothing of 2060
Smart clothing is going to become a trillion-dollar industry, and of all the things you wanted to be smart, you probably expected your clothes to be the last.
They will initially be complementary to traditional "passive" clothing e they will enable smooth communication with phones, computers, cars and other gadgets. Those who wear smart clothing will be more productive, he will be able to check his own health and even ask for assistance in the event of an accident. Today, making garments of this type is technically very difficult, as clothes have to be washed from time to time and water damages the electronics, but engineers at Purdue University have created an innovative "spray and stitch" technique to transform any garment of normal fabric into a smart dress.
Colonization of other planets
NASA has declared its goal of getting humans to Mars in 2030, and we are still nearly a decade away from that goal. One of the concepts applied in the expedition to Mars will be that of a permanent human base, which will include logistics modules and an astrobiology laboratory, a science module and a habitat module.
At first, space agencies will concentrate their exploration efforts within about 100 kilometers of the landing site: in 2060 the first human settlements on the red planet could begin to resemble small villages and then city.
At the beginning of the XNUMXst century, TVs have become increasingly thin and narrow, but a new class of devices has reversed this trend. Volumetric displays have been used for years in the aerospace and defense industries, in medical imaging and in other sectors. In 2060 they will be a common consumer good and a feature of homes around the world.
This type of TV uses voxels and 3D objects when turned on - these tiny particles of light update hundreds of times per second, which is about a thousand times faster than conventional 2D broadcasts in 4k. In addition to homes, cinemas, museums, galleries and other public places will increasingly offer fantastic immersive experiences. These volumetric displays will eventually become the platform for the hologram technology.
Aging will end up KO
If you thought there was no chance for humans to stop aging, think again: treatments to stop aging will be widespread. already in the next twenty years, and perhaps by 2060 (prudence is a must here) they will be low-cost.
By the mid-2060s, cost reductions, the expiration of some of the first patents we see today, and other scientific advances will enable the majority of the world's population to reap the benefits. The ethics and consequences of ending aging have been hotly contested, as have previous scientific revolutions: however, this idea should be explored extensively.