In this article:
- Predicting the future is literally impossible, but trying to do it anyway is a human tradition.
- As a fellow human (with no other qualifications beyond that) I’m going to take a stab at predicting what our world will look like in the coming decades or centuries.
- From delivery drones doubling as on-the-fly chefs to magnets on everything, here are my six future technology predictions.
No one knows what the future will look like. The best we can do is look at what technologies are in development today, try to predict what impact they’ll have on society once they’ve been fully disseminated, and use our imaginations from there.
In 2022, we live in an exciting world. More and more people are adopting cryptocurrency as a legitimate method of payment as well as an investment tool. Genomics and gene editing stand to completely revolutionize the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. Jeff Bezos is flying 18-year-old Dutch kids to space in a race to pioneer a space tourism industry.
Things are changing.
Of course, certain things that we can’t predict always change the course of humanity for better or worse. Who could have possibly predicted the COVID-19 pandemic? Oh, wait. Bill Gates was warning the world of an upcoming global pandemic for years before coronavirus hit.
Anyway, predicting the future is never an exact science. While Nostradamus may have thought he knew where the world was going, the universe, as always, delivered something different.
So, this is me, a pretty average guy by all accounts, taking a stab at predicting the future. Why? Because it’s fun. And because that’s how progress is made: looking to the horizon and trying to figure out what will be.
Of course, I have no idea what’s going to happen in the future. However, if any of these predictions come true within our lifetimes, just remember that you heard it here first.
6 Future Technology Predictions From Someone Who Is Decidedly Not Nostradamus
1. Delivery Food Will Be Prepared by Drones
Alright, so it seems pretty obvious that all pizza boys and GrubHub drivers will soon be replaced by drones flying around with bags of burritos or acai bowls or whatever the trendy new food item is when that becomes a reality.
In my opinion, things are going to go even further with the advent of drones that actually prepare the food, too.
Imagine a rolling or flying robotic fry kitchen — a moving restaurant with the capability to prepare all of your favorite KFC or McDonald’s orders. So, you go on DoorDash, order up a bucket of chicken from KFC, and the order gets sent to a drone that’s sitting just three blocks away from your house.
The drone drops some breaded chicken breasts into a fryer at the very same time that it’s making its way to your address. Minutes later, you get a notification on your phone, open your front door, and the drone is sitting there with piping hot chicken cooked to order.
2. Business Will Be Conducted Via Our Avatars
During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings moved to Zoom and offices incorporated other remote work technology into their business. Even though many restrictions have been lifted, many companies have chosen to stick to the remote work model.
Why? Well, quite simply, workers enjoy being able work from the comfort of their homes in their pajamas. So, what’s the next step? We’re all just going to have animated avatars.
Instead of jumping on a Zoom call and seeing the faces of your coworkers (which all look potatoes because they couldn’t figure out how to position their cameras correctly), you’re going to log on and see a bunch of cute animated versions of your coworkers.
Because, let’s be honest, no matter what your level of self-confidence is, we all look better as Pixar characters.
You’ll be able to get as many face tattoos as you want without your boss ever knowing. Plus, you’ll be able to do your job even though you’re lying on your couch naked with your face covered in grease from your drone-cooked chicken. It’s going to be great.
3. Cash Is Going to Be Extremely Valuable
We all know that we’re moving further and further towards a cashless world, which will make everything far more convenient. Singapore is almost an entirely cashless country at this point, for example.
Most people that I know in the United States never carry cash with them on a daily basis. The way things are moving, physical cash may well become nearly nonexistant. And what happens when things become almost nonexistent? They become rare!
So, as the world becomes more and more cashless, it might be worth burying a wad of dollar bills in a time capsule for your great-great-great-grandson to dig up. That might end up being some of the only remaining cash on Earth by then and you might make your descendants very, very rich.
4. Travel Will Be Through the Earth Instead of Over It
These days, if you want to travel from the United States to Australia, you have to fly nearly halfway around the world. But, if you think about it geometrically, that’s far from the most direct route between these two points on the planet.
What would be the most direct route? Going straight through the interior of the planet, of course.
That’s right. In the future, if you want to travel from New York City to Beijing, you’ll climb in some sort of metal-encased, heat-resistant capsule and be blasted straight through the Earth’s core, surfacing at your destination in Beijing only an hour or so later, possibly even faster.
Think about Elon Musk’s whole Hyperloop idea where he shoots people from city to city using giant mail tubes. Why couldn’t that sort of system shoot people right through the interior of the Earth?
Sure, you might have to reinforce the parts of the Earth that you tunnel through to keep the planet from caving in on itself and imploding. But scientists are smart. They got this.
5. Thanks to Magnets, You’ll Never Lose Anything Again
If you’re anything like me, nothing frustrates you more than losing things. Luckily, in the future, everything will have an embedded magnet that ensures you can have it returned to you immediately.
Lost your phone? Your wallet? Your keys? Don’t worry! Just press a button and they’ll instantly be returned to your hand using a super-powerful long-range magnet.
Of course, this will present an entirely new challenge for thieves as well. If someone wants to pickpocket your phone, they’ll have to find and remove that magnet implant before you’re able to press your return button.
Manufacturers will also have to find a way to prevent these lost items from colliding with things and breaking as they fly back to you. But again, scientists are smart. Have some faith.
6. No One Is Going to Eat Bugs
Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about how eating insects could be a sustainable alternative to the livestock industry to solve the global food crisis. Specifically, we’re talking about grasshoppers, crickets, and mealworms.
In all honesty, I do hope that people start eating insects and that we save the world. I’ve eaten insects before. They’re not too bad. They’re crunchy and, if you don’t look at them, they might even taste good.
But, the Western world is not going to start eating insects.
Try telling Stephanie — who’s focused on her future as an Instagram influencer, who drives the Range Rover she got for her 18th birthday, who simply cannot start her day without a chai latte from Starbucks — that she has to eat insects. It’s just not going to happen. I’m sorry.