1. "Intelligent Environment" projects will transform even micro-apartments into luxury suites.
2. Exosuits will push the limits of the human body and help people with disabilities.
The military has already tested some of these bad boys in exercises designed to reduce fatigue in walking or running long distances or lifting and carrying heavy objects. On a more humanitarian front, some applications help people with physical disabilities regain mobility and independence. Imagine going from a wheelchair to having bionic legs — it's a brave new world.
3. 3D printing will make drudgery like "shopping" and "shipping" things of the past.
So 3D printing is technically already here, but it's not "here here." Chances are you've never used a 3D printer yourself. That's going to change in a hurry. Within the next few years, you'll be able to print just about anything made mostly of plastic or rubber without ever leaving the house. We're one step closer to our goal of zero human interaction.
4. Invisibility cloaks will make escaping awkward social interactions super easy.
OK, so the current "invisibility cloak" only makes things invisible to radar, but the scientific principles of a true invisibility cloak are basically the same. The scientists who invented the device say that the same science that divert radio waves can be used to divert the waves that allow us to see people and objects. Get ready for a future where you can go stealth whenever you see someone you kinda know in public and absolutely don't want to talk to.
5. Nanotechnology will allow a lot of small things to do a lot of really big things.
6. Massive desalination projects will convert ocean water into clean, drinkable water.
The process of using "hot solar" photovoltaic cells to distill pure water from the salt water of the sea is already underway in Cyprus, Egypt, and Australia. Pictured above is the Poseidon Water Desalination Plant in Carlsbad, California, which is projected to go online as soon as later this year. Still, Californians, let's keep taking it easy on the car washing and plant watering for the time being.
7. Digital graffiti will resolve the conflict between public art and private property.
8. Smart clothes will merge wearable technology with high fashion.
9. Geoengineering, or "weather hacking," will disrupt hurricanes and tornados, and maybe even cool the earth.
10. Quantum computing will...well, we're not quite sure, but it will be bonkers.
Here's how insane quantum computing is: The central unit of quantum computing is the qubit, which literally defies the laws of physics through its ability to be two things at once. Also, and we swear this is true, the moment you try to figure out how it works, it stops working. Here's what we do know: A quantum computer is much faster and more powerful than anything that exists right now. And not just by a little bit.
The hoverboard will be the freakin’ HOVERBOARD!!
NOTHING says “future” like the hoverboard, and it’s finally here!! Congratulations, people! We made it!! This is the future!! We’re officially in the future!!