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March 30, 2021

You are just waking up in the spring of 2030. Your smart bedroom opens solar-powered windows and plays your morning playlist while your smart lighting displays a montage of beachfront sunrises from preset holiday spots from all over the world.

Your shower uses very little water or soap. It recycles your grey water and puts the excess heat back into your home’s integrated operating system. While you dress, your artificial intelligence (AI) assistant shares your schedule for the day and plays your favorite tunes.

You still start your day with caffeine but it comes from your IoT refrigerator which is capable of providing a coffeehouse experience in your home. A hot breakfast tailored to your specific nutritional needs (based on chemical analysis from your trips to the “smart toilet”) is waiting for you in the kitchen.

When it’s time to leave, an on-demand transport system has three cars waiting for you, your spouse, and your kids. On the road, driverless cars and trucks move with mathematical precision, without traffic jams, routine maintenance, or road rage. Accident rates are near zero.

En route, you call your R&D team, who are wrapping up a day’s work in Shanghai. Your life-sized image is projected into the China Innovation Centre and your colleagues see you as if you were sitting in the room. It's a bit surreal for them to see you in the morning light given that it's dark on the Bund, Shanghai's waterfront, though the novelty fades after a few uses.

You review the day’s cloud-based data from your Shenzhen manufacturing hub, your pilot project in San Diego, and your QA team in Melbourne. The massive datasets were collected in real-time from every piece of equipment and have been beautifully summarized by your company’s AI. All these facilities are closely maintained and operated via a sophisticated predictive analytics platform.

This is the future and it might be here sooner than you have ever thought.

These are 6 technological advancements that would change the way you live by 2030:

The way we travel 

Elon Musk wants to travel fast. He even said, someone should please figure out real teleportation (Musk’s Whitepaper 2013). Even though teleportation is not possible until now, the hyperloop will be able to transport people and goods as fast as imaginable. This rapid transport vehicle will automatically transform the way we live. The possibility of getting from A to B in only minutes instead of hours makes people less dependent on their hometown.

The labor market will change dramatically. People have the possibility to work in another city than their home town without fearing distance or waste loss of time. In some cases, it will even be faster to take the hyperloop to a city 300km away than driving 15km with the car in their hometown. This also implies that the talent pool for companies may extend enormously, however at the same time the fight for young and talented academics could worsen.

This development will also revolutionize the real estate market. Why should people live in the middle of New York City for extremely high rents, when they can buy a much cheaper house in the suburbs and drive only 10 minutes with the hyperloop into the city?

Hyperloops can also revolutionize the whole delivery system. Waiting three weeks in the UK for a shipment from the US? Not with hyperloop. It will only take a few days. Waiting 1-2 days for the newest book of your favorite author on Amazon? Not with hyperloop. It will only take a few hours until you can put your nose in the pages.

Moreover, the tourism sector will experience disruption. When it takes only 1,5 hours from New York to Los Angeles or Miami, why not drive to the beach every weekend? Or only one hour from Germany to Italy – Germans would say: “I will take you out for dinner in Rome today!”

Our Conventional screens will change 

Today’s virtual reality headsets are used for consumer entertainment, yet they are bulky and isolating. In the future, Light Field Displays may eliminate the need for a headset or display altogether, projecting 4D images directly onto your retinas from a point of focus. These devices may eventually be as unobtrusive as a pair of sunglasses. As next-gen “displays” replace our TVs, iPads, and phone screens, the $3 trillion consumer electronics industry will reinvent itself. Manufacturing jobs, touted by politicians and lured with massive subsidies, prove useful for a time, but will ultimately be swept aside by the same processes that rendered previous jobs obsolete.

Create the pet of your dreams 

Imagine IKEA but for animals, CRISPR (Continuous Regularly Interspersed Short Palindromic Repeats) is a biochemist’s way of saying that we can cheaply and reliably edit genes. Today, cat lovers crave exotic breeds, such as the Toyger. Tomorrow, your family pet may be a genetically engineered tiger, yet the size of a common housecat. Should regulatory bodies ban CRISPR technologies in humans, underground labs will flourish worldwide, as parents aim to eliminate congenital genetic disorders or give their kids a heritable advantage in school and life. This will create new disparities and stigmas. Criminality and human trafficking will take on a new dimension of insidiousness when genetic identity no longer can be confirmed.

More driverless cars 

Testing for fully automated cars in the United States is in an advanced stage, and the demand for them is not greater because of the legislation, which still does not allow traffic in many circumstances. It is only a matter of time before this is resolved and legislation is passed to allow for this.

By 2027, it is estimated that 10% of the US fleet is from autonomous vehicles, which should represent greater safety and less emission of pollutants.

Smart Connected Glasses

Yes, that's right, with Apple and Samsung moving ever closer to having signature smart glasses of their own it’s bound to make the smart glasses market a one to watch. The estimate is that 10% of glasses are connected to the internet by 2023. Among the features that these accessories will bring, we can cite experiences of virtual reality and augmented reality like some of them.

In addition, using visual tracking tools you can flip pages without using your hands.

The advent of 3D printed body parts 

The medical segment is one of the most attracting attention of major manufacturers at the moment. In this area, the development has been expressive in recent years and there are no signs that the breath is in the end.

By 2030, organ creation using special 3D printers should come true. The impression of bones and even of a liver are expected to occur in the next six years.

As we’ve seen technology is constantly improving the way we live, and solving problems. The future we all saw in movies and most never thought possible are slowly becoming a reality.

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