Popular Mechanics: 110 Predictions for the Future

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Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a great holiday. With a new year, come predictions of the future. Popular Mechanics (“PM”) weighed in with its 110 predictions for the next 110 years.

For example, in the next decade, PM predicts passwords will be obsolete (replaced by face-recognition software). By that time, vaccines will wipe out drug addiction (creating specific antibodies now working with mice).

Honestly, I didn’t know PM was still in business. Sure, I remember them in the 50s and 60s. We kids read the magazine cover to cover. Apparently, readers, young and old, have now been doing that for 110 years. Fittingly, to celebrate, PM has produced a list of 110 predictions for the next 110 years. Here are some other interesting ones:

2012-2022

  • People will be fluent in every language (DARPA and Google are perfecting that now)
  • Bridges will be repairing themselves (calcium ions react with rainwater and carbon dioxide to create a patch)
  • We’ll be eating synthetic meats (not tofu-rather plant-based, nutritious, low-cost substitutes that look and “taste” like the real thing)

2023-2062

  • Contact lenses will grant us Terminator vision (just place a soft lens on your eye)
  • All 130 million books on the planet will be digitized
  • All purpose robots will help us with household chores
  • Supersonic jets will return (new more efficient engines, using a fuel-air mixture will be used)
  • Navy SEALs will be able to hold their breath for four hours (robotic red blood cells could each hold 200 times the oxygen of a normal blood cell)

2063-2122

  • The Pentagon will stop using submarines (replacing them with underwater robots with laser radar)
  • The last gasoline-powered car will come off the assembly line
  • One of us will celebrate our 150th birthday (there are 300,000 centenarians in the world already)

I can’t wait to see how many of these predictions come true. Cheers!

If you want to read more, here’s the link to the article:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/news/110-predictions-for-the-next-110-years