Even though there are always things that one generation can’t fathom from the realities of the generation who came before them, the rate of technological change occurring now just might make our grandchildren wonder how we ever survived. They certainly won’t believe us when we share these sentences, because technology will likely make these sentences no longer part of our grandchildren’s reality.
Moving Around Town
Only very few, if any, people will own their own cars when our grandchildren are adults. And, most cars will be autonomous so humans won’t drive them even if they have them.
Since cars will be autonomous, car accidents will no longer occur. Volvo believes their fleet will be injury-proof by 2020.
Do what? We will use an app to summon a self-driving car or passenger drone to get us where we need to go.
Again, there won’t be an “my” car in the future, and queuing stages will replace parking lots.
First, your refrigerator and cabinets will automatically track what supplies you’re out of or need to whip up dinner. Also, grocery stores will be a thing of the past. In fact, your smart kitchen will likely just order what you need and it will be delivered to your door.
Home appliances will identify issues and call for repairs before a break down ever occurs and without you even knowing about it.
Ruining dinner will be impossible, because sensors in ovens will monitor our food as it bakes and adjust the temperature or turn off the oven before anything burns. You might not even need to follow a recipe in the future because your kitchen appliances will do it all for you.
All devices in the home will be voice-activated or controlled through a virtual/augmented reality headset.
Not only will ANY size be available, your grandchildren will be able to have custom-made shoes and clothes made through scans and 3D printing devices.
Smart trash cans will signal trash companies they need to be emptied.
Instead of having to go through your mail, your smart mailbox will organize bills from junk mail and signal to you that there’s something that needs your attention.
You will be able to set up a healthy menu plan and with the use of smart plates, bowls and cups you will always know exactly what you eat and drink.
There will be biometric payment systems that use your fingerprint, face ID or iris scan to complete transactions.
Nope! You won’t even need to leave home to experience the thrills of a theme park thanks to VR experiences.
Sold-out events won’t be a problem with live broadcasts of sporting event through virtual reality.
Drones will change what we’ve come to expect in a fireworks display expanding the possibilities for their design and change the way they are made.
Drones will make 3D scavenger hunts fun for people of all ages!
Artificial intelligence will guide your movie, TV and music selections based on how you’re feeling that day, ratings and your preferences, and you won’t really even need to think about it.
We’re on the cusp of this innovation now where smartwatches and ingestible sensors will detect things like heart conditions and much more.
Full-body scans with AI doctors will manage your annual physicals while checkups are done with physicians on video chat or virtual reality.
No longer will there be long waits in the dentist office, but 3D printers will be able to print replacement teeth right inside your mouth.
Wars won’t be fought with humans anymore, but with robots, machines and algorithms.
Artificial intelligence will author some of the future’s best-selling books.
Many of these might feel exciting and scary at an equal measure. Let me know what you would add to my list.
Bernard Marr is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and advisor to companies and governments. He has worked with and advised many of the world's best-known organisations. LinkedIn has recently ranked Bernard as one of the top 10 Business Influencers in the world (in fact, No 5 - just behind Bill Gates and Richard Branson). He writes on the topics of intelligent business performance for various publications including Forbes, HuffPost, and LinkedIn Pulse. His blogs and SlideShare presentation have millions of readers.