For the majority of human life, the progress witnessed has been relatively slow. In the 21st century, however, obviously this is no longer true. It all comes down to the fact that the rate of technological advancement grows exponentially. Futurist, Ray Kurzweil, predicts that in our lifetime, we will actually experience 20,000 years of progress, based on how fast technology is multiplying, creeping and crawling into nearly every facet of human life. Less than 25 years ago, mobile phones were not even on the market – and yet, look how much these devices have transformed the way that we, as humans, live. These little things are multiplying five times faster than us, too.
Nevertheless, it is an understatement to say that the year of 2030, only fourteen years away, will look much different than the world in which we live today. In fact, in the next twenty years alone, we will experience more change than in all of human history.
In a condensed version, computers are predicted to be everywhere, from fashion accessories to body parts – but you won’t be able to detect them. The average person will have several packages delivered by flying drones each week and we will all be printing out our dinners with a 3D printer. What do cyborgs eat, anyway? 10 percent of cars on the road will be driverless by 2026, at least in the United States. We will all be spending our down time on an activity that hasn’t even been developed yet. Now, proceed with caution, to your future.
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1 Anti-Aging Treatments (Extension of Human Life)
Sure, we have a lot of anti-aging creams on the market that claim to make us “look” younger. But currently, there is not an actual product that makes us live longer by changing us at a cellular level. By 2033, however, this will likely not be the case. Although scientists are not exactly sure what these anti-aging interventions will look like, some might involve therapies that extend the length of certain chromosomes called telomeres. Some might follow the path of the treatments previously performed on roundworms, which more than doubled their lifespan. Additionally, even now, studies are underway to isolate the factors that have allowed certain people to live beyond 110 years of age.
Sources: bigthink.com, io9.gizmodo.com, mirror.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk,
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