Back to the Future - Universal Studios
I was one of those Back to the Future kids who has always dreamed about hoverboards and flying cars and everything else we were promised in movies from 20 to 30 years ago. When you think about it, 20 to30 years is actually a great timeframe for tech predictions. It’s far enough in the future that you can imagine tech developments that are interesting, but still close enough that there’s a chance you’ll get things right.
Predictions looking farther down the road than that, such as the ones you’ll find in Star Trek, are too distant from our own lives to be truly tempting. But 20 years from now most of us will still be around to enjoy that future technology, if it comes to pass.
Actually, Back to the Future II is often held up as an example of a movie in which tech predictions actually came true. Sure, we don’t have flying cars, hoverboards, or instantly hydrated pizzas, but we do have flat TVs, video conference calls, and smart door locks. It also might not be too late for flying cars, there are a number of companies already working on vehicles in this category.
In fact, according to Gerd Leonhard, a world-renowned futurist, who happened to write a blurb for my book, Digital Sense, says, “Humanity will change more in the next 20 years, than in the previous 300.”
Beyond that, there’s a host of other technologies that are maturing right now that we only dreamed about in the past. We’ve got smart AI technologies that we can talk to like Alexa, Google Now, Cortana, and Siri, cars that drive themselves, and automated smart homes ...Read More