When we all watched The Jetson’s, many of us asked ourselves if we would ever live in a world similar to theirs. Meals were prepared with a press of a button, an outfit was put together and chosen based on the preference of the characters, buildings were high in the sky, and life just seemed automated and easy—in an almost done-for-you kind of world.
With the advancements in technology we are seeing today, a Jetson’s kind of lifestyle may not be too far out of reach. Today, we have virtual personal stylists, meal delivery and personal grocery shoppers, and we can even order a driver to take us from point A to B without having them on our payroll. All of this can be done from an app on our phone using a few swipes and entering a couple of details.
Let’ take a brief look at these 4 strange technology development trends that are changing the world and quickly advancing us into the future.
AI and Automation
Automation is not really a new thing and neither is the use of AI, but what is new are the ways in which businesses are putting AI and Automation to work for them and for their customers. This trend is great for the pockets of business owners, but not so great for the job market.
Manufacturers are using AI to build and create many of the products we already use and customer service is already becoming automated both online and in stores. Basically, most things can be replaced by AI and automation, with the exception of human emotion—but wait, apparently there is now something called “sensory AI,” which allows AI to express human sensory faculties and even human emotions.
The words “synthetic food” already doesn’t sound very appealing, albeit, the concept certainly is intriguing. With world population growing, our natural resources are struggling to keep up, so high-profile companies like Solyent have created a nutrient rich nutritional powder that contains all the nutrition humans need. The challenge with the powder is that it tastes terrible, so companies like Solyent are creating synthetic versions of the foods we love without the use of meat. Some of these food items can be found in New York restaurants today.
No, a synthetic burger doesn’t taste the same, but the food items are getting positive reviews. And it doesn’t stop there either. For example, companies are even working on growing eggs and meats.
While virtual reality isn’t new, the way in which we all use it certainly is. When we navigate roads and streets, we can now use a sort of augmented reality. The developing trends on this will include features such as using a store’s app to help you find exactly what you’re looking for without spending the extra time looking for it. Search engines are already working on improving this technology so they can make suggestions based on where you point your camera.
The concept of being able to manufacture parts or products through the use of 3-D printing is not new. In fact, it has been around since the 1980s but it was far too expensive for most businesses to even consider using. Now that the price has come down, and the technology has greatly improved, more people and businesses can get their hands on a 3-D printer and are printing anything from equipment parts to legally printing guns.