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Infographic Shows What Tech Could be in 150 Years

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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  • mouse24
    Shouldn't the title be 137 years instead of 150?
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  • Someone Somewhere
    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
    Taxes will be abolished in the USA... LOL
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  • 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
    what is the purpose of this if u cant live 150 years ?

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  • Donsai
    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.
    /sarcasm
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  • s3anister
    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
    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
    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
    Yeah...brain computer interfaces are the future!
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