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The Future Now and Then

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We have had very different perceptions of future technology from our ancestors and it may surprise you to consider that what people were able to predict in terms of technological advancements from their time period. So from their time period to the modern age and beyond here are five past, present, near and distance hypotheses about technology of the (relative) future:

1) Nuclear Submarines

Writing almost 200 years ago Jules Verne made a lot of speculative predictions about the nature of human technology in the years to come. One of the things he successfully predicted is the rise of electric/nuclear submarines. The reason his fictional electrical subs may be nuclear is because the energy source is described as having "a kind of magical aura," which some consider to be similar to the power plant glow of radiant nuclear energy… Either way whether specifically nuclear or just electric, nautical technology is here today that allows us to pilot electric machines that can submerge themselves under the cover of the tide to explore the deep sea realm of the ocean.

2) Star Trek
A lot of modern day device that we take for granted were envisioned as far off and futuristic technological advances a few decades ago. From mobile phones, to Ipads, touch screens, 3D printed food and virtual reality it all appears in star trek first it seems. So perhaps the fictional world contributes more to our reality than we give it credit for?
3) The Near Future

Feeling supersonic? The hyperloop one is a nearby eventuality. With the ability to travel at around the speed of sound at 700 MPH this tain hopes to get people and cargo from A to B, rapidly. These new and futuristic pods will be launched through a tube in a near vacuum, using the latest in maglev technology to propel you and the other transported goods to where you need to be.

4) What About Hyperdrives?
A team of scientist from the university of Leicester have discussed the possibility of Hyperdrives in the future, though it might not look how you think it does… For instance the light from stars wouldn’t streak across the windshield of the Millennium Falcon, as at lightspeed the wavelengths would shorten to the length of invisible X-rays. This concept is derived from the doppler effect, where a police car siren coming towards you increases in frequency as it travels. In fact warp-drive travel can be dangerous as your ship will be doused in radiation such as X-rays. Hence, sunglasses would be advisable at the very least to protect your eyes from all the radiation.
5) Dyson Swarm

Proposed by some theoretical physicists and predicted to maybe arrive way into the distant future it may eventually become possible to harvest energy and raw materials directly from the Sun. The idea has been proposed that a Dyson swarm of self-replicating robots capable of mining planets like Mercury of all its natural resources will be used to partially engulf the sun. In this hypothetical world these same self-replicating robots would be able to create a gigantic megastructure that partially encloses the Sun whilst mining it of its natural resources.


So which technology did you enjoy hearing about? Comment your answers below and feel free to share the link if you enjoyed this!

The Future Now and Then - Image 1

We have had very different perceptions of future technology from our ancestors and it may surprise you to consider that what people were able to predict in terms of technological advancements from their time period. So from their time period to the modern age and beyond here are five past, present, near and distance hypotheses about technology of the (relative) future:

1) Nuclear Submarines

Writing almost 200 years ago Jules Verne made a lot of speculative predictions about the nature of human technology in the years to come. One of the things he successfully predicted is the rise of electric/nuclear submarines. The reason his fictional electrical subs may be nuclear is because the energy source is described as having "a kind of magical aura," which some consider to be similar to the power plant glow of radiant nuclear energy… Either way whether specifically nuclear or just electric, nautical technology is here today that allows us to pilot electric machines that can submerge themselves under the cover of the tide to explore the deep sea realm of the ocean.

2) Star Trek

A lot of modern day device that we take for granted were envisioned as far off and futuristic technological advances a few decades ago. From mobile phones, to Ipads, touch screens, 3D printed food and virtual reality it all appears in star trek first it seems. So perhaps the fictional world contributes more to our reality than we give it credit for?

3) The Near Future

Feeling supersonic? The hyperloop one is a nearby eventuality. With the ability to travel at around the speed of sound at 700 MPH this tain hopes to get people and cargo from A to B, rapidly. These new and futuristic pods will be launched through a tube in a near vacuum, using the latest in maglev technology to propel you and the other transported goods to where you need to be.

4) What About Hyperdrives?

A team of scientist from the university of Leicester have discussed the possibility of Hyperdrives in the future, though it might not look how you think it does… For instance the light from stars wouldn’t streak across the windshield of the Millennium Falcon, as at lightspeed the wavelengths would shorten to the length of invisible X-rays. This concept is derived from the doppler effect, where a police car siren coming towards you increases in frequency as it travels. In fact warp-drive travel can be dangerous as your ship will be doused in radiation such as X-rays. Hence, sunglasses would be advisable at the very least to protect your eyes from all the radiation.

5) Dyson Swarm

Proposed by some theoretical physicists and predicted to maybe arrive way into the distant future it may eventually become possible to harvest energy and raw materials directly from the Sun. The idea has been proposed that a Dyson swarm of self-replicating robots capable of mining planets like Mercury of all its natural resources will be used to partially engulf the sun. In this hypothetical world these same self-replicating robots would be able to create a gigantic megastructure that partially encloses the Sun whilst mining it of its natural resources.

So which technology did you enjoy hearing about? Comment your answers below and feel free to share the link if you enjoyed this!

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