As the old saying goes, the only constant changes. We live in a world where change is all around us all the time. We go from tricycles to bikes, to cars. Our tastes may change as we age and so may our habits. One style of clothing that’s popular today may not be popular or even in existence in a few years’ time. Very few things in this life can afford to stay completely the same and not evolve at all; technology is the best example of this idea. Over the last 100 years alone, technology has advanced more than it did for over 500 years before that. In the 1920s we had motor cars, but not very fast or very durable ones. We had cinemas, but not 4D ones. We didn’t have computers or phones that could fit into our pockets, and we certainly didn’t have the technological developments in online casinos that enable us to gamble from the comfort of our own homes. Technology is always evolving, changing, and moving forward to give us better solutions and make our lives as easy, comfortable, and safe as possible.
The next decade is likely to see a number of technological advances that we have been talking about for some time come to fruition. Let’s look at what the experts have to say.
VR headsets in the home
VR technology is already well known and is used in many places, but the cost is prohibiting it from spreading to a larger portion of the population. The more a technology is worked on and perfected, the more readily available it will become. VR will become much more a part of daily home entertainment than it is today, along with 8K screens and monitors rather than the 4K ones that are most prevalent today. Gaming and streaming will have zero latency, and you will be afforded as fully immersive an experience as you can have without the metaverse being an active and practical virtual location.
Mapping the ocean floor
We know more about the parts of space we’ve explored and seen than we do about the depths of our own oceans. Within the next decade, mapping technology will have increased in power to such a degree that we will be able to map every inch of Earth’s ocean floor. The project currently heading the charge is called Seabed 2030. Teams from France and Japan are working together on this mammoth undertaking.
Mass use of 3D-printed human organs
We have already seen huge strides in what 3D printing can offer us, but it’s not used on a mass scale to supply fresh human organs just yet. By 2030, the experts foresee that this will no longer be the case. 3D printing human tissue is a complex endeavor; creating living biological systems and having them function for a long time takes years and years of research to perfect. Cells are dispersed through the printer, layer by layer, and placed together like a puzzle until the required organ is formed.
The quantum internet
Around 10 years from now, we believe that the first iteration of the quantum internet will begin to emerge. Instead of radio waves, quantum signals will be used to send information. The primary use for this kind of internet would be to send unhackable data that simply cannot be intercepted and viewed using any current conventional methods. By 2030 it may be possible to use personal home computers to both transfer and access quantum-encrypted materials. We have already seen at least one blueprint for this idea from the US Department of Energy
Smart grid technology
Energy technology is one place where we need to see as many changes as possible if we are to keep living modern lives on this planet while honoring and safeguarding it at the same time. Smart grids are going to become a far more commonplace apparatus over the next few years. These devices will enable energy transmission in both directions via power lines. Homes and businesses that create their own energy can add any surplus to the existing grid. These grids will save and use solar and wind energy power, giving more people access to truly renewable energy sources.
Minimizing the carbon footprint that we humans leave on the Earth has been one of the central focuses of the technology industry for some time now, and we are finally beginning to see results. Removing carbon dioxide from the air through a number of procedures is one option that we believe technology will make far more practical and widespread within the next decades. Artificial trees may be used to trap carbon dioxide and remove it from the air via a filtering system. Once removed from the air, CO2 in its solid form can be used for a number of things.
Keep your eye on these exciting developments in the technology sector for more updates.