What Can We Expect Technology to Look Like 20 Years from Now

20 years ago, my son was born. I still remember the moment when the doctor handed me the scissors and as I pressed them down, looking at my wife, the umbilical cord was snipped and I heard his first cry. But that was 20 years ago. Our baby is now taller than me and is studying Astrophysics in College. It is a subject I know nothing about.

I see all the stages of my life in one continuum, the wobbling and the tantrum, the laugh, and disagreement, the late night wheedling of an infant to sleep and waiting for a young man to come home. My son turns 21 this month and the life has changed dramatically around me. Everything is changing fast and I can’t even imagine how the things will change 20 years from now. Back then, we did not predict Apple app store, but it has become central to our lives.

I celebrate my son’s birthdays to remember all those good old days that have gone before and also, what is to expect in future. This year, my family recognized his 21st year by looking at the future and in my son’s own words, “the changes of those ancient years are just a trailer for what is about to come.”

Well, one thing is beyond doubt. Twenty years from now, most of the things that are going to be made are going to be produced by the man like machines and robots. Aside from our friendly robots out there, the researchers and the scientists have been studying the countless sources of cheap and renewable sources of energy. In the next twenty years, all the houses could be absolutely powered by the wind or solar energy. The coastal cities could meet their energy needs from the tidal waves and nuclear reactions may become the thing of a bygone age.

Everybody knows about 3D printing. It has been around since late 1990s. But in the comingt two decades, 3D technology will become as common as laser and inkjet printers today. Just think about it: you just return from an Ikea showroom and realized you are missing a part for your brand new bookcase you spent $500 on. Just visit their website and let the 3D printer do rest of the job.

While we are talking on the subject of Apple, electronic industry pundits inside have been predicting that the company would release a smartwatch. The company has not yet made any formal announcement, but if they decide to go into this category, there is no reason to believe that it would not revolutionize the world of science and technology for decades to come.

We have been looking for a usable virtual reality technology since the 90s. With the Oculus Rift, it looks like that wait might be over. The technology, which was acquired by Facebook, offers a brand new realistic look that will be a common feature forever gamer’s dream set up.

All we have to do is to wait for a few more years. The world is definitely changing and new technologies are definitely coming, sooner or later.