Tech in the future
The reason i think that all the many predictions about the future from the 1930's 40's and 50's were often wrong is because many of them were predictions about robots, and other technologies that would change our life except to make it easier. The most impactful technologies from the last 30 years or so have, rather than make life easier they have changed the way we live and doing this by allowing us to do more. most of the technologies like the internet, the advent of the personal computer have served to make our lives more efficient. think about the house wives that were supposed to benefit from most of these new technologies. in the time that the predictions were made they spent the day cooking and cleaning,(in the stereotypical manner). today the stay at home mom with the use of computers and cell phones has become the soccer mom. She now does twice the work of in the past. efficiency is the main source of new inventions to come. i think technology will change our society by making us more efficient. The likely technologies will be geared toward simplification. i think the cell phone, laptop, palm organizer, car keys, and even credit cards will be replaced by small single units that will be capable of more efficient communication of information. Also, advances in transportation will make a big change in the future. Last month nasa launched a scram jet that flew at nearly mach 10. They expect to be able to launch a manned scram jet in 25 years that could possibly reach mach 15 that is nearly 10,000mph. they think that this could make flights to china in a few hours. Also, this technology is supposed to be used to provide extremely cheap access to space. The possibilities for expansion of the space industry and the short travel times if the future is likely to increase the efficiency of business and change society in ways we can hardly imagine.