We all have someday or the other had the thought of what will the world look like in the future. Ten years or forty years from now, will society run by automated robots? will society have flying bikes and cars? or maybe a conquered global warming, who knows? According to the people who deal with future speculations, all of these predictions are highly inaccurate. Here in this article, we’ll talk about some of the most talked-about predictions of technology that are most likely just myths.
Forecasting upcoming trends or growth, especially in a spirited field like technology, may certainly be imprecise, but what if they are some informed guesses? In such cases, we have certain proofs, specifically from experts, to determine them as myths.
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5. Flying cars soon?
It has been decades since flying cars have been predicted. Henry Ford was the first person to predict flying cars back in 1940, and ever since there have been numerous false alarms.
It has been more than a decade since we have entered the 21st century, but it seems that we are nowhere close to seeing a flying car, despite what we read on gadget blogs. The reason here is just that there are simply too many hurdles to pave the way towards flying cars getting adopted widely. Be it safety, cost, fuel efficiency, flight paths, and regulations, objections from the automobile and transportation industries, landing, noise, training pilots/drivers, or even potential use in terrorism, all of these lies in the road of a legitimate flying car. Another logistical challenge includes that all these vehicles will sometimes have to be able to operate as cars on usual roads.
4. The technical singularity approaches
Let’s, first of all, understand the topic of Technological Singularity in short. It is a hypothetical future creation of super-intelligent machines that is not grounded on any scientific or technological fact. According to some, it is a true AI that can compete with humans in independent thinking and creativity. To simply put, machines will exceed humans in intelligence and as the planet’s dominant species, they’ll be capable of creating their own new, smarter machines in the near future. Others argue that it will entail such an explosion in computing power that somehow both humans and machines will unite to create something new, such as by uploading our minds onto a shared.
Notable futurists like Ray Kurzweil have debated that we are nearing the singularity, perhaps as early as 2030.
Doubters think it to be another pie-in-the-sky dream as the countless predictions and sci-fi fantasies from earlier have yet to come true. For an instance, we still don’t have artificial gravity or moon bases. In conclusion, the impending coming of the singularity relies largely on the continuation of Moore’s Law. And, Gordon Moore himself isn’t a follower of singularity.
3. Moore’s Law will always hold true
Moore’s law isn’t as simple as it sounds. It states that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit double about every two years. The law was originated in 1965. Gordan Moore believed that the costs of chip production would split annually for the next 10 years but may not be supportable afterward. After that, the curb would most likely be economically instead of scientifically.
Why is Moore’s law convicted? As per several IT professionals, this law cannot last more than two decades. The reason being that the chips have become too expensive for mass production and the factories that produce these chips cost billions of dollars.
Although, some analysts believe that the companies will surely make efforts to drain the most out of current technologies before investing in the latest, high-priced, smaller chip designs. In the end, although Moore’s law may curb the rate at which we add transistors to chips, it doesn’t mean that the new inventions will stop the making of smarter and advanced computers.
2. Robots will be our friends
Automation is a great concern for the future. There is this huge issue of robots taking over the roles they probably should not. We constantly imagine having someone doing our work just for the sake of living a leisure life. Sometimes we dream about someone giving us a hand in a few works like kitchen cleaning, gardening, cooking, massaging, or maybe just to have someone to talk to us. And somewhere the thought of robots appear.
There are already prototype medical robots specially designed to ask clients about their symptoms and to provide simulating comforting emotions, counsel, a role which we have traditionally seen occupied by a human doctor. A new category of robots called “service robots” can plug themselves into electrical outlets and perform other inferior tasks. And not to mention the long-established Roomba, an automated, vacuum-like robot.
Hence, this technology isn’t impossible to be not seen in the future. But the bottom line is that we should not give too important or critical responsibilities into the hands of an automated machine or else soon we’ll find ourselves absolutely dependent on these machines. It is important to start tackling these issues as early as possible, to outline industry standards now, even if it’s not evident what kind of technological advancements the future will bring.
1. Climate change can be stopped
Is it too late to prevent global warming? As per some scientists, it is, at least to some extent, and that we can only wish to cease major disasters and deal with the outcome. Some climatologists say to the extent that humans have already passed the proverbial point of no return.
We can clearly see the high temperature worsening many types of disasters including heat waves, glaciers melting, storms, droughts, and a lot more. A warmer climate changes the weather pattern in such a way that dry areas become drier and wet areas become wetter.
The major question here is that, is it still possible to keep a check on global warming and just as to prevent these fatal scenarios.