I’m sure you’re curious about how the future is like, it’s just how you’re wired. We, as humans, are constantly trying to predict the future because it give us a sense of control. This can be seen in hundreds, if not thousands, of movies, books, TV shows, articles, scientific findings, and media posts.
We’re curious little beings which isn’t a bad thing. It means that we’re thinking. We’re constantly learning more. And most importantly, we’re building on ideas to help improve the future.
So, all this future talk, whats the point? Well, technology has recently become an innate entity in most of our lives. Almost 63% of the world’s population is using some sort of mobile device. The impact is already a massive undertaking, so I wanted to expand on this topic and share how I believe technology will effect the lives of people 50 years in the future. Yes, that’s year 2069. Seems so close, but yet so far.
First, I wanted to cover some of the fundamental issues that humans experience now days, and contrast how they could be resolved in 20-30 years from now.
To start, let’s tackle the problem of world hunger. One difficulty of solving world hunger is how dispersed some civilizations are. This creates a disconnect from larger, more developed nations. Another issue is conflict of interest when helping smaller civilizations. Large governments are known to monopolize resources in a given population despite the harm it may cause. Certain areas restrict the ability to grow crops or filter water. These are the fundamentals of maintaining a civilization. Something that, with using technology, could be improved.
There are a few implementations of systems that could assist in world hunger. Mobile incubators could be deployed in poor countries to help boost food production. These incubators would include green houses that utilize waste to breakdown compounds using various forms of nutrient extraction methods. These nutrients would then be used to increase production of crops, and thus food. Another method would involve relocation of mass population to either a well developed country, or soil rich land.
Reducing mortality has been a priority since day 1. So how will technology improve life span while reducing the number of deaths? It’s estimated that 700 people lose their lives daily because of medical errors. I don’t intend to offend anyone, but we all make mistakes, even the incredibly smart doctors. Computers are designed to do very specific tasks with absolute precision. The use of future artificial intelligence could make surgical incisions, diagnose patients, and provide appropriate medical care with little to no error. I have reason to believe that artificial intelligence will be performing medical tasks within the next 50 years.
An obvious issue that has been lingering for quite some time is global warming. This is a peculiar problem because technology actively contributes the global warming (not in the good way). I personally don’t think that having an ecosystem friendly energy revolution would be much of an issue, primarily because of the advancements Elon Musk has made. This would account for approximately 40 billion metric tons of CO2 dumped into the air. However, the main issue arises when looking at the numbers. Volcanoes are responsible for emitting CO2 amounts that are 5 fold of what we, humans, emit.
To rationally approach this, future technology will have to accompany the earth’s natural process of reducing emissions. Some modern inventions, such as Stanford University’s BECCS system, do exactly that. The system utilizes the process of plants and trees to capture carbon, then uses the woody mass and plants to create energy, fuels, or chemical compounds. In the process of creating energy, additional carbon is emitted as a result. The new CO2 is then captured and stored. Though, the system is imperfect, there will be similar advancements that could tip the global warming scale.
This will conclude today’s blog. I will continue with this discussion Wednesday when I have a fresh brain. As for now, this is how I think technology could effect the world that we all know and love, 50 years down the road.