Smart-pets and super-humans set to rule the world by 2050
Scientists expect that, by 2050, technology will be used to build two-way connections between the brain and external IT and to enhance our household pets.
The predictions mean futuristic characters like Dug the talking dog in Pixar’s Up and the human-robot hybrids popular in hit TV shows like Humans could soon be a reality,
with ‘electronic immortality’ a real possibility for anyone currently under the age of 40.
Research from academics and experts collated and reviewed by leading futurologist, Dr Ian Pearson suggests:
- We will be able to connect directly with technology through ‘electronic skin’ or tiny implants between our skin cells
- Electronic ‘support tights’ will boost leg strength with wearable polymer gel muscles 1cm thick
- Smudged make-up will be a thing of the past with smart make-up applied on top of a membrane on the skin surface to give a flawless, changeable look
- Nanotechnology will monitor and repair our bodies from the inside, making self-replacing teeth a possibility
- Technology will be used to enhance pets and wildlife, with the potential to hear our pets talk or to increase their IQ, and to create real versions of kids-craze Furbies
Sam Walsh from The University of Manchester, one of comments:
There will be an explosion of data over the next five years, every aspect of our lives and health will start to be measured automatically by smart devices on our person or around the home. These devices will all communicate with each other to build up a picture of what our health and life is like. They will employ machine learning and apply pattern recognition to the data to spot things like cancer/depression long before we notice them.
Gene editing and stem cell therapy along with 3D printing will bring about replaceable organs without transplant lists, grown and replaced cheaply, further extending our lives and ending disabilities.
Advanced prosthetics are already available now, but these will improve and start to use a brain-machine interface to relay the sense of touch to the robotic limbs; electronic skin will further enhance this. They will start to outperform human beings in physical tasks such as running, climbing, swimming.
Once prosthetics outperform human appendages, we will see healthy people starting to augment themselves with robotic replacement organs/features, bionic camera eyes which can see the entire spectrum, see to great distances and zoom as well as have night vision. Ears which can hear many more frequencies at greater sensitivities than our current ones and even organs which can outperform our own (lungs that breathe underwater) will all be possible.
At this point we have data on our every move and our entire health, we can replace broken parts with new improved parts and modify unwanted diseases out of our genome.
It seems like this will bring about the end of aging and a new dawn of an immortal human. There will be problems we can't foresee, but these technologies are all here, or almost here, now. In 30 years this will all be normal; the SENS Research Foundation thinks the first person to live to over 1000 is alive already!< Back to blog