Reasons Why 2020 Will Be An Awesome Year – Top 2020 Predictions
Get ready for the first complete synthetic human brain, moon mining, and much more. Maybe robotic moon bases, chips implanted in our brains, self-driving cars and high-speed rail linking London to Beijing.
According to a dazzling number of technology predictions that single out the year 2020, it’s going to be to be one heck of a year. Here, we take a look at some of the wonders it has in store.
2020, of course, is just a convenient target date for roughly-10-years-off predictions. It’s not any more particularly interesting, than 2019 or 2021 and an all-around technology expert with a resume that includes stints with Intel, Apple, and even Netscape.
Those things you can see in the world today that allow you to make reasonable forecasts about what the future holds. So what will the world look like in 2020? Let’s take a quick spin through 2020 to see what the future might hold. This is the reason Why 2020 Will Be An Awesome Year
Japan will build a robotic moon base
There’s no technological reason why Japan shouldn’t be able to move forward with its ambitious plan to build a robotic lunar outpost by 2020 — built by robots, for robots. In fact, there’s really no nation better for the job in terms of technological prowess.
There are private launch vehicles that are probably capable of doing that, and the robotics by that point are going to be quite robust.”
China will connect Beijing to London via high-speed rail
China’s plan: Link the East and West with a high-speed rail line. Not linking the Eastern with the Western parts of China — they’re talking about linking the Eastern world with the Western world.
How to deal with the inevitable headaches of a 17-country train? Offer to pick up the tab. China would pay for and build the infrastructure in exchange for the rights to natural resources such as minerals, timber and oil from the nations that would benefit from being linked in to the trans-Asian or European corridor.
Cars will drive themselves
It’s long been a dream of, well, just about everyone, from Google and DARPA to automakers themselves: utter safety and ease of transport thanks to self-driving cars. There’s movement being made, but the first hurdle to clear is a big one: Getting all these heterogenous cars to speak to one another. We don’t yet have the wireless infrastructure, globally speaking, to link all our cars with all our traffic tech.
The ‘flying car’ will be airborne
The rebirth of the flying car? No. The air traffic control for something like that is incredible.” It’s a problem in every way — logistically we can’t do it, cost-wise we can’t do it, and technologically it’s extremely unlikely.
We’ll control devices via microchips implanted in our brains
The human brain remains biology’s great, unconquered wilderness, and while the idea of meshing the raw power of the human mind with electronic stimulus and responsiveness has long existed in both science fiction and — to some degree — in reality, we likely won’t be controlling our devices with a thought in 2020 as Intel has predicted.
While it’s currently possible to implant a chip in the brain and even get one to respond to or stimulate gross neural activity, we simply don’t understand the brain’s nuance well enough to create the kind of interface that would let you channel surf by simply thinking about it.
Neural communications are both chemical and electrical And we have no idea about how that works, particularly in the semantics of neural communication. So yeah, somebody might be able to put electronics inside somebody’s cranium, but it’s only going to be nominally useful for very, very narrow therapeutic applications.
All new screens will be ultra-thin OLEDs
Display tech moves incredibly fast. There will certainly still be some “antique” LCD monitor screens hanging around in 2020, but as far as new stock is concerned, it’s easy to see the entire industry shifting to paper-thin OLED surfaces, many with touch capability.
Commercial space will take us to the moon and asteroids (and we’ll be mining them)
A two-parter: commercial trips to the moon (which is becoming a bustling space industry) and mining extraterrestrial bodies. That last part seems less likely — we haven’t yet figured out what long-term space travel would do to the human body, and even robotic missions are likely several decades off.
Cisco’s chief futurist made this prediction a couple of years ago, and it seems reasonable in some ways. Not intelligence, really, but purely the “ability, the number of cycles,” is on track.
We’ll have ape chauffeurs
In 1994, the RAND Corporation, a global think tank that’s contributed to the space program and the development of the internet, said they expected us to have animal employees by the year 2020.
The RAND panel mentioned that by the year 2020 it may be possible to breed intelligent species of animals, such as apes, that will be capable of performing manual labor. During the 21st century, those houses that don’t have a robot in the broom closet could have a live-in ape to do the cleaning and gardening chores. Also, the use of well-trained apes as family chauffeurs might decrease the number of automobile accident.” Yikes, who’s gonna tell them?
All roads will become tubes
If you’re sick of asphalt roads and all the potholes that come with them, then you’ll wish Popular Mechanics was right about this 1957 prediction for the 21st century. In an article, the magazine predicted that every road and street in America will be “replaced by a network of pneumatic tubes,” and explained how cars would only need enough power to get from your home to the nearest tube. Then, by the calculations of a Honeywell engineer, “they will be pneumatically powered to any desired destination.”
We’ll finally make it to Mars
We’ve been dreaming of putting humans on Mars for as long as we’ve known the red planet existed. However, it’s only recently that the venture has started to feel even remotely realistic. And predicted 2020 as the year when “humans arrive on Mars.”
They also had some specific ideas about how it would go down exactly: “The four astronauts touch down and beam their images back to the 11 billion people sharing in the moment. The expedition is a joint effort supported by virtually all nations on the planet, the culmination of a decade and a half of intense focus on a common goal.” Ah, sounds nice, doesn’t it? (Except for the “11 billion people” part—we have enough trouble with our current 7.7 billion.)
We’ll live in flying houses
The boring houses of 1966 would be radically different by the time we reached the 21st century, according to Inverse. Evidently, the houses of the future would have nothing keeping them on the ground and they would be able to move to anywhere on earth on a whim.
Oh, and it wouldn’t just be one home that would be able to relocate without the owner even needing to get out of bed and put on pants. Whole communities may migrate south in the winter, or move to new lands whenever they feel the need for a change of scenery.
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