5 Future Trends Shaping Our Lives – indepth overview
I need to be honest with you: I am still waiting for flying cars. When I was a kid, I spent entire afternoons picturing myself floating around buildings and avoiding terrestrial traffic. Too much Star Wars? Yeah, maybe. We know that there are some startups (in which Google, of course, has invested in) working on building flying cars, but unfortunately, we still have a long way to go.
At Beem, we’re always looking forward, looking to bring that future a little nearer to the present and there are many exciting new tech innovations that will transform the world and improve human life. Here are some of the most revolutionary but yet those which are closest to home:
1) Our Personal Devices
Let’s start with something closer to home and some of the horizon innovations coming to our favourite Apple and Android smartphones. We’ve already welcomed improved messaging systems, the rise of mobile facial recognition technology (go check your photo album, now!), faster chip processors and larger storage capacities to recent iOS and Android versions. Still not sure what to think about new headphones from Apple? Be patient a little longer, this isn’t the first time Apple have removed a critical port, or piece of tech with some public outcry (so long faithful headphone friend!) But nobody misses their disc drive anymore right? Maybe the iPhone 7 isn’t for you, but I wouldn’t write off the iPhone series entirely. The iPhone 8 is likely to give us a glass body and edge-to-edge OLED display that includes an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor and front-facing camera. No Home Button anymore, and I think it’s safe to say the headphone jack isn’t coming back.
What about Android’s innovations? Well, Samsung wants to go BIG and definitely doesn’t want to go home after what happened with the Galaxy 7 (Ouch!). Samsung is likely going to be first mover to market with a fully folding and flexible Super AMOLED display smartphone: with Samsung Galaxy X the mobile device market will change permanently – including phones, tablets, and the rest.
The number of mobile devices has exceeded the global human population and enterprises are increasingly invested in mobile interactivity, since we now consider this to be the most effective way to reach out to a target audience.
Right now, Smartphones are enhancing our lives and contribute to the improvement of lifestyle, let’s consider Uber, Citymapper and even Tinder. Each has evolved and enriched the lives of their users, using mobile technologies.
Similarly, company’s like Slack and Beem (of course) continue to enhance business productivity. In the near future mobile will play an even more holistic part in our lives: imagine your Smartphone as the remote control to open doors, lock cars and check the temperature of the building. For your smartphone to act as a touch point for holographic access to your contacts and built from graphene enabling flexible and a far more ergonomically shaped devices
The future is soon my friends!
2) Truly Autonomous Vehicles
While they may not be flying, we already have high-end Teslas that drive themselves, once these hit the true mainstream, this will truly revolutionise how we move around our environments. The plan is to create standardised driving conditions, with these cars using object avoidance, communicating with each other to prevent incidents. Because they will be dynamically intelligent this generation of cars will require less parking spaces: many of those awful and gigantic lots can be repurposed, and the use of car shared, electric vehicles will dramatically reduce air pollution. Such a reduction in vehicles will transform urban landscapes, with entrepreneurs reimagining these parking lots, converting them into housing, retail outlets, and public spaces.
Suburbs, meanwhile, will become less isolated and more desirable since the inconvenience of long and tiring commutes will be solved (good riddance!).
Through technology we can get to a point where we no longer need clunky infrastructure. Our cities will be more intelligent, predictive and human-centered. The shape and organisation of our cities will be evolved and the first wave of this is likely to be brought about by the advancing innovation seen in the self-driving movement.
3) Augmented and Virtual Realities
Along with self-driving cars, VR and AR will provide us a far more realistic and immersive experience of a physical-digital world. And yes, it doesn’t only mean that your next evening spent playing your Playstation will be amazing: it (also!) means that you’ll be able to meet your colleagues and friends without leaving your surroundings, that medical professionals can work and train in dynamic environments, engineers can model new processes without the need to build and test in real life Full Report. Tourism will have a dramatic shape up too; ever fancied a trip to Venice? Explore and soak in the city before you physically travel there!
Who’s already ahead of schedule with VR? Facebook. During Oculus’ Connect Conference, Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated a new social VR experience that overlays VR avatars of friends who are elsewhere on top of your vision so you can hang out together, here’s the video: I just want to be there next time!
VR has already started changing the Gaming reality, by making this industry’s size prediction skyrocket to 9.55 billion $ before 2022, and it’s on the verge to change Movie’s one as well: a 360° movie experience is not far away, and it will be as exciting as it sounds. Just think about the fact that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the Mexican Oscar winner director, is working on an experimental virtual reality short film and is hoping to release it soon. New Era, Day 1.
Virtual Reality will have an impact on scientific research as well: aided by the combination of computer science and medicine, this will be a major turning point in the treatment of various diseases. Did you know that computers are becoming increasingly effective at diagnosing disease? An AI system recently diagnosed a rare disease that human doctors have failed to recognize by finding hidden patterns in 20 million case studies. Hopefully, this trend will continue in the near future.
4) Artificial Intelligence
There’s a lot said about AI, some regard AI as a pretty huge threat, others view it as potentially the most transformative influence to us as a human race, past, present or in future. Whatever your view on AI, there’s little denial of the fact that it’s continued improvement will be of huge affect to all areas of our professional and personal lives.
Constantly improving algorithmic processing, massive increases in data collection and computing power have yielded rapid advances in AI technology over the last decade. For example, Google with Deepmind has built an AI system that dynamically controls the temperature within their data centre saving millions of dollars in energy costs.
Artificial intelligence today is known as narrow AI, designed to perform a narrow task, like facial recognition, internet searches or driving a car. However, the long-term is to create general, machine learning AI. While narrow AI may outperform humans at whatever its specific task is, AGI would outperform humans at almost any cognitive task!
If you are still wondering how AI will practically work and how it could help your everyday life, think about all those times you’ve been Googling the symptoms of your headache and found random and ambiguous results. Soon, patients will be able to enter their current symptoms through a portal, with the help of an intelligent agent, and get an accurate diagnosis or prescription without involving a human doctor. Or think about those times when you got to the supermarket forgetting your shopping list: with AI, there will be cameras taking pictures of the foods you usually have in your refrigerator, recognise those foods, and send the information needed on your smartphone. Or better yet, eliminating the need for you to head grocery shopping at, delivering your food needs based on your current supply of food items
Google company DeepMind, are at the cutting edge of global machine intelligence. DeepMind builds “powerful general‑purpose learning algorithms” by combining various techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience. DeepMind created an AI system that taught itself how to play 49 classic Atari video games, including Breakout, often to a level that no human player would be able to match.
The practical application of this work will be to build general-purpose smart machines, and this will definitely change forever our world. DeepMind would like to apply its technology to such practical issues as climate science and disease modelling. We’re likely to see it applied to Google’s own products first, including its search and translation tools.
5) Next-Gen Drones
Most of today’s drones still require a large financial investment, or piloting expertise. But the latest trends point toward a near future where drones are as easy to use as smartphones – and potentially as ubiquitous.
We’ve already started thinking about how drones can help us do various things: Amazon and DHL are working on small commercial deliveries, with Royal Mail considering drones for airmail as well as delivery trucks. South West UK police are using Drones to monitor traffic accidents and to increase safety in the building process, and BBC is already using drones to film ariel shots
Drones are being used to deliver medical supplies to remote villages that can’t be accessed by roads, and this is definitely one of the most important advancements in drone tech. Specifically, Zipline is a startup that is working to help those people that lack adequate access to essential medical products, often due to challenging terrain and gaps in infrastructure. By delivering safe blood via-air, it’s been saving lives and hopefully this could be the beginning of a new trend in medical supply industry.
Drones aren’t just benefiting people, they are increasingly being applied around the world for monitoring wildlife. Polytechnic University of Catalonia has developed a drone that could be used to catch rhino poachers in national parks in Africa, thanks to its thermal vision technology.
If I’ve piqued your interest in all things drone, you may be interested to know that UAV Air offers a wide range of drone pilot training. Maybe, you want to give it a try!
That was our overview of some of the tech areas we’re most intrigued about.
But what area of future tech most excites you or engages your inner sceptic?
Let us know in the comments!