Smart-pets and super-humans set to rule the world by 2050
The Big Bang Fair 2016 experts reveal how technology will impact on our evolution – and our pets.
The public will have two more things to sync by 2050 according to experts. Scientists expect that 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 Humanscould soon be a reality, with ‘electronic immortality’ a real possibility for anyone currently under the age of 40.
Young people are being urged to find out more about the impact of technology on our future and the role they can play in its development by attending The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, the UK’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people.
Research from academics and experts collated and reviewed by leading futurologist, Dr Ian Pearson for The Big Bang Fair 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
Portable devices promise to have a big impact with hand-held devices that can gather medical data when hovered over an active skin patch on someone’s wrist, making the Star Trek tricorder a genuine possibility in the next ten years.
Watch-sized bracelets containing an insulin reservoir that could automatically dispense insulin into the body as needed, will also be widespread by 2030 for diabetics.
The Big Bang Fair will allow young people access to the technologies shaping these developments, from a sensor placed on your skin that allows you to hear music using bone conduction to robot orchestras.
Dr Ian Pearson, Futurologist, says: “We can expect our evolutionary process to change in response to technology. What’s exciting is that it is no longer nature which is forcing changes on us but our own breakthroughs enabling changes we want.
“This could give rise to some weird and wonderful future forms and creations – from changing video displays on our faces to controlling our own dreams – our (evolving) imaginations are the only limit.
“Events like The Big Bang Fair are a critical way of sparking that imagination in the next generation – what we see in the mirror in 50 years time is in their hands”.
Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, organisers of The Big Bang Fair, says: “It’s the young people who come to The Fair who will help drive through the innovations our experts are predicting. Today’s young people will not only get to experience ‘wearing’ muscles or owning smart-pets, they will decide what these look like. For many, this journey has already begun but for others we hope The Fair will be a first step in sparking their commitment to a life of engineering science”.
The Big Bang Fair is free and runs from Wednesday 16 March to Saturday 19 March. Schools will be attending on Wednesday-Friday, with families encouraged to come down on Saturday 19 March, where the activity will be focused on careers and aimed primarily at 11-14 year olds. For more information and tickets, go to: www.thebigbangfair.co.uk.
Notes to editors
The Big Bang conducted a short literature review of scientists’ predictions for the future with futurologist, Dr Ian Pearson. His short report, Future Human, is the basis of this press release. Dr Pearson is available for media interviews.
An image of “Future Humans” to accompany the press release is available from the media contacts.
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About The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair
- The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. It takes place from 16-19 March 2016 at The NEC, Birmingham, and will celebrate and raise the profile of young people’s achievement in science and engineering and encourage more young people to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths initiatives and consider careers in these areas, with support from their parents and teachers.www.thebigbangfair.co.uk
- School groups are invited to visit the first three days of The Big Bang Fair and families on the Saturday, in particular parents and carers of 11-14 year olds. Young people will leave enlightened about how science and engineering feature in everything they wear, eat and do. A number of apprentice, graduate and experienced engineers and scientists will be on hand to quiz and young people will have the opportunity to discover how science and maths can lead to a great career. The Big Bang Fair hosts the finals of the prestigious National Science + Engineering Competition.