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Infographic Shows What Tech Could be in 150 Years

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2019 predicted to see high-resolution bionic eye implants come into fruition.

A BBC future infographic offers a look into what science, technology and society will evolve into from now to 2150.

The predictions come from a variety of sources including IBM, MIT, NASA and general news publications. During 2013, the infographic predicts the Chinese overcoming "The Great Firewall", which is what limits access to certain websites in the region, while another prediction sees Google acquiring Pinterest.

The next few years is expected to see the fruition of a digital currency universally accepted in the U.S., as well as a social network overtaking Facebook in terms of popularity, while farmers will utilize robots for agricultural purposes.

Looking ahead, high-resolution bionic eye implants could expand one's vision by 2019, while robot pilots could very well fly commercial airplanes come 2030. All cars, meanwhile, could become automated and driverless by 2037.

Elsewhere, over the course of the next two centuries, UK universities have warned that computers could take over the world.


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    Anonymous , January 22, 2013 9:47 AM
    In 150 years Toms will finally figure out how to properly embed a linked picture SO THAT THE LINK ACTUALLY TAKES YOU TO THE PICTURE
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    mouse24 , January 22, 2013 9:33 AM
    Shouldn't the title be 137 years instead of 150?
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    Someone Somewhere , January 22, 2013 9:34 AM
    Watch 2001 and see how accurate their predictions 45 years ahead were. Then look at the 150 year ones here and realise how subjective things like this are.
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    innocent bystander , January 22, 2013 9:40 AM
    Taxes will be abolished in the USA... LOL
  • 21 Hide
    Anonymous , January 22, 2013 9:47 AM
    In 150 years Toms will finally figure out how to properly embed a linked picture SO THAT THE LINK ACTUALLY TAKES YOU TO THE PICTURE
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    sna , January 22, 2013 9:48 AM
    what is the purpose of this if u cant live 150 years ?

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    Donsai , January 22, 2013 10:08 AM
    snawhat is the purpose of this if u cant live 150 years ?

    You're right -- there's no point in thinking about anyone but ourselves, because after all only the current generation matters.
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    s3anister , January 22, 2013 10:21 AM
    snawhat is the purpose of this if u cant live 150 years ?

    There is nothing more exciting than what the future may hold. That's why.
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    deksman , January 22, 2013 10:48 AM
    A little thing to keep in mind:

    What they are projecting is idiocy... because apparently, they neglected to take into account that the technology as described in the article was already doable today on a global scale for over a decade... and within a 10 year period, it could be globally scaled and orders of magnitude more advanced (if we actually made technology with superior synthetic materials that can be made in abundance with highest technological efficiency and in a way that reflects our latest scientific knowledge) - and they also seem to forget that projecting that far into the future is utterly idiotic because our scientific knowledge (and technology) are advancing exponentially (the more advanced technologies are incorporated, our discoveries, knowledge and new technologies will be developed at an exponential rate - something that's already been happening - just not in the consumer area).

    The only conceivable reason I can think of as to why they are projecting this pessimism that far into the future is because we currently have a system that only uses new technology if its cheap enough to make in mass quantities and profitable (it has nothing to do with how much resources we have, or our technological ability to produce something in abundance using superior methods of production - right now we are using outdated methods of production because it's cheap).
    Money is a limiting factor seriously inhibiting our technology on a large scale seeing how it only provides access to those who have money in the first place (even though we've been producing material abundance and were able to produce energy in abundance for every person on the planet and industry at large several times over for over 100 years now).
    Money is useless in the face of our technologically produced abundance... and the sooner people realize this, the sooner we can actually start solving our problems and become a hyper-advanced civilization as opposed to forcefully toying in technological obscurity because its' 'profitable'.

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    iniudan , January 22, 2013 10:57 AM
    The smell thing already exist, it just that currently it require specialized OS and equipment.

    Nice fusion is on that list, don't they know that fusion is available since the 50s in the form of hydrogen bomb, so really hope they mean cold fusion, but then it just become something that been on those kind of list for longer then I have live, so no idea why it on freaking likely side.
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    ojas , January 22, 2013 11:22 AM
    Yeah...brain computer interfaces are the future!
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    Fulgurant , January 22, 2013 11:33 AM
    Pfft, driver-less cars?!? Really?

    I'm still waiting for the hover car I was supposed to have by now!
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    bustapr , January 22, 2013 11:44 AM
    snawhat is the purpose of this if u cant live 150 years ?

    someone didnt get the joke at the end of the chart -_-
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    wanamingo , January 22, 2013 11:52 AM
    They say the man who will live to be 150 has already been born, I plan to be that man.

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    mrmaia , January 22, 2013 12:20 PM
    Nice and subtle ESET advertising.
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    Anonymous , January 22, 2013 12:28 PM
    "The first immortal mouse has been created"

    It seems the zombie apocalypse idea was all wrong, it's the rodent apocalypse we should be worried about.

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    f-14 , January 22, 2013 12:45 PM
    still waiting on my nuclear powered robotic house and car we were promised from 1950's
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    Anonymous , January 22, 2013 12:57 PM
    Metro will still be around then, so all you windows 8 haters best grow up now! Yay for Metro! YAY!!!
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    Anonymous , January 22, 2013 1:00 PM
    Scientology will also have won the war by then! God bless L Ron Hubbard and David Miscavige!
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    jn77 , January 22, 2013 1:15 PM
    mouse24Shouldn't the title be 137 years instead of 150?

    Apparently with technology today and the rate at which it is advancing, the first person that will live over 1000 years has already been born. We are a generation or two too late depending on our age.
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    CaedenV , January 22, 2013 1:38 PM
    innocent bystanderTaxes will be abolished in the USA... LOL

    Ya, that will only happen if everyone gets a gov't job. We would not have to pay taxes... but all earnings go straight to the gov't first!
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