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Top Future Technology Predictions 2020
According to some scientific predictions, 2020 will be a year of its kind, from the complete synthetic human brain to moon mining, and chips implanted in our brains, and self-driving cars, and high-speed rail linking London to Beijing, among others.
Let’s dive quickly and look at future technology predictions 2020 and what this dazzling year holds for us.
According to Mike Liebhold, a renowned guy at the Institute for the Future, “It’s not any more particularly interesting, in my opinion than 2019 or 2021.”
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— Mike Liebhold (@mikeliebhold) August 5, 2019
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With Liebhold insight into the future, we took a quick spin through 2020 to see what might send shivers down our spine.
Japan will build a robotic moon base
Japan plans to set up a robot moon base by 2020 investing $2 billion. New technology 2020 given its technological prowess, there’s absolutely no reason why Japan can’t progress with her plan of building a robotic lunar outpost come 2020.
Liebhold reveals that there are private launch vehicles that are probably capable of doing that, which is technologically possible, but economically a deciding factor.
High-Speed Rail that connects Beijing to London
Looks like soon there will be no need flights from London to Beijing. Beijing meanwhile is one of the top 5 places to invest in Asia.
China’s long-standing plan to connect the East and West with a high-speed rail line will seemingly come to fruition by 2020 – London to Beijing Train.
The plan stipulates that China would pay for and build the infrastructure in exchange for natural resources ranging from minerals, timber, and oil from the nations that would benefit from the infrastructure deal.
The emergence of self-driving cars
Yes, we are talking autonomous cars, not tesla autopilot. This is not new at all, but it has been rumored all along that self-driving cars are the next big thing.
Well, even before 2020, there are quite remarkable steps towards this except one or two challenges.
One challenge is getting all the cars to be able to speak to one another.
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Biofuels will be cost-competitive with fossil fuels
There is a commitment by the U.S. military to turn to 50 percent biofuels by 2020. This push would translate to cleaner vehicles as well as a major bump in the competitiveness of the biofuel market.
We will have some fossil fuels examples very soon.
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Flying cars will be airborne
Flying cars of the future – well, though this is among the top future technology predictions 2020. Liebhold holds that “It’s a problem in every way — logistically we can’t do it, cost-wise we can’t do it, and technologically it’s extremely unlikely. Oh well.”
The military might have its prototype, well but the tech might not trickle down to the rest of other departments, so it’s far away from flying uber we are talking about.
Microchips will get implanted in our brains
Most likely, we will not be controlling devices with other devices by 2020. Well, the human brain has remained unconquered dessert for long, but it’s most likely that we will control devices through microchips implanted in the brain.
“Neural communications are both chemical and electrical,” Liebhold says. “And we have no idea about how that works, particularly in the semantics of neural communication.
So yeah, somebody might be able to put electronics inside somebody’s cranium, but I personally believe it’s only going to be nominally useful for very, very narrow therapeutic applications.”
All new screens will be ultra-thin OLEDs
Although in 2020 there will be stocks of “antique” LCD monitor screens, there will certainly emerge paper-thin OLED surfaces many of which will feature touch capability.
According to Liebhold, surfaces will become computational.
We will make it to moon and asteroids and mine them
Commercial trips to moons are becoming increasingly a bustling space. Mining in extraterrestrial bodies, however, seems less likely because we are yet to figure out what long term space trip would do to our bodies.
According to PopSci, commercial space exploration is great but beyond orbital flights, things become more difficult, and therefore mining missions in asteroids are unlikely targets by 2020.
A $1,000 computer will function like the human brain
A soft neural implant, capable of delivering multiple drugs and color lights, might speed research on diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, addiction, depression and pain. https://t.co/gGsyx0DOIL
— Dave Evans (@DaveTheFuturist) August 7, 2019
This is a prediction likely to come true, which was made by Cisco’s chief futurist a couple of years ago.
This will not be purely intellectual, but the ability.
Popular Science predicts that this will be more likely to come true.
Universal translation in mobile devices
This technological step is still under development in the form of Google translate and others from DARPA.
The eventual universal translation will certainly happen in Cloud, in collaboration with other bodies of language from companies and governments.
Popular Science holds this prediction so probable, though with varying degrees of accuracy depending on the language.
We’ll finally see some decent AR glasses
According to Popular Science, we are right halfway there. You see, the augmented reality is highly visible on today’s smartphone apps, but we want more.
We are after far richer, more customizable, relevant and easily accessible AR overlaid directly onto whatever we cat our eyes land onto.
But that will depend on the glasses and GPS, which should accurately keep up with real-world by 2020, as well as the spatial web with geolocation data.
We’ll create a synthetic brain which functions like real brains
Research from Switzerland’s Blue Brain project thinks that once we have a computer with human brains processing power, which means we will be able to build a brain from scratch.
But as we progress with brain-building, the field will advance in complexity.