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20 Technologies That Will Shape the Next 20 Years

Technology is constantly advancing at a breakneck pace. Things that mystified us 20 years ago seem commonplace and mundane by today's standards. It follows, then, that to the people of 2034 (assuming,

Technology is constantly advancing at a breakneck pace. Things that mystified us 20 years ago seem commonplace and mundane by today's standards. It follows, then, that to the people of 2034 (assuming, of course, that the Zombie Apocalypse of 2017 doesn't destroy human civilization), the things they take for granted everyday would be downright magical to us.

Over the next two decades, many of the technologies on this list will shape the world in ways we can't fully comprehend. Most of the following technologies already exist in some form or another; they're just waiting for the right scientist or entrepreneur to come along and change the world. Technologies like...

20 Graphene

19 New Battery Technology

18 Google Glass

Google Glass, now you don't even have to speak to people to let them know you're awful!

17 Energy

16 The Large Hadron Collider

15 3D Printing

Just a little off the top, please.

14 Genetically Modified Food

OK, this should get rid of most of your wrinkles.

13 Darpa

America's Skynet since 1958

12 Biometrics

11 Apple iWatch

Hopefully the real thing doesn't look quite this horrible.

10 Brain-Computer Interface

9  9. Holographic Interfaces

There's a better than average chance Tony's a little drunk in this picture.

8 Cloud Computing

7 Nanorobotics

Nothing scary about this.

6 Mining Desalination Waste

5 Virtual Reality

Insert your own joke here.

4  4. Advanced Robotics

3 Aerogel

2 Galactic Colonization

1 Self-Driving Cars

"I'm supposed to hit the cones, right?"

This is something we can all get behind. Google has spearheaded the driverless car movement (you can even see them driving around their Mountain View, CA campus fairly regularly). Many automakers, from Audi to Nissan, have jumped on the driverless bandwagon as well. Government transportation safety agencies from several different countries are currently evaluating the concept of driverless automobiles and how best to prepare individuals who have spent their whole lives driving to give up control to a computer. This one's definitely coming, maybe sooner rather than later.

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20 Technologies That Will Shape the Next 20 Years