These are the 10 things you couldn’t have imagined being invented during your lifetime and the list could go on and on! This is why we are actually already living in the future and witnessing history in the making!
We all dream about travelling to the future from time to time, or desire superpowers like the ability to fly or to become invisible, and these sorts of things tend to turn into simple memories when we grow up and leave our childhood dreams behind.
Watching movies, sitcoms and reading books about life in the future always stirs up our imagination and we can only wonder how the people from 100 years from now will be like, or how societies in the years to come will function.
Although invisibility, the ability to fly and other inventions we dreamed about when we were little are not available yet, unless you count state of the art military camouflage or the wingsuits used by Jeb Corliss and other daredevils, there are some astonishing inventions that are already accessible for the population right now. Looking at these inventions, we couldn’t have imagined that during our lifetime, mankind would reach such futuristic technological peaks.
10 things you couldn’t have imagined being invented during your lifetime
10. Super night vision
Night vision is a superhuman ability every one dreamed about, especially when people find themselves stuck in some dangerous places during the night and they can’t even figure out what is happening just in front of them.
Biohackers from the California-based team, Science for the Masses (SfM), came up with a way to inject human eyeballs with night vision, or as they call it, “low-light vision”. Science for the Masses uses Chlorin e6 (Ce6), a compound which can be found in some deep-sea fish.
Occasionally, the compound is used to treat night blindness and cancer. Other studies have focused on injecting the chemical as a photosensitizer into different animals, and Jeffrey Tibbetts from SfM decided to takes things to the next level: “After doing the research, you have to take the next step”. The conducted experiment gave one man the ability to temporarily see over 50 m (164 feet) in the dark.
9. 3D Printers
3D Printers took the world by surprise and since their appearance on the market, the world as we know it started to change. Given the fact that almost everything we can imagine can be printed with these devices, every industry known to man will benefit from their use.
So far, these 3D printers have managed to produce, food, weapons, toys, houses and even organs! Considering the low costs for using a 3D printer, compared to what it takes to build or produce something inside a factory, we have no doubt that 3D printing is the tool of the future and everybody will be using it sooner or later. Having the ability to print anything in just few hours, using even recycled materials, we can honestly say that we are looking forward to a brighter and more cost efficient future!
Housing, food and even surgery will be available for the masses and this could be the thing that will eventually offer every person on Earth housing and will put an end to world hunger.
8. Colorblind people are able to see colors and deaf people are able to hear sounds
Valspar’s “Color for the Colorblind” is a video made in partnership with EnChroma, a company that produces glasses to help colorblind people see color for the first time! These glasses are a state of the art product that will change human lives, offering people with seeing deficiencies the opportunity of looking at the world and be amazed of its bright colors and features.
The people participating in this experiment were overwhelmed with the results, and one man was so impressed after looking with these glasses at his son’s drawings, that he declared: “So is that what you guys see every day?”.
This device goes hand in hand with another revolutionary invention that helps deaf people hear sound, being able to offer a chance to a normal life for everybody who is deprived of the hearing sense.
Although Cochlear helps deaf people hear sounds and listen to music, scientists are now working on an even better device to enable hearing through small electric shocks sent to the wearer’s tongue.
With these two remarkable inventions, people who have problems with their hearing and sight will be able to live normal lives, without ever feeling left out during certain activities, making the world a better place for all of us to live in.
7. The ingenious machine that turns feces into drinkable water
Bill Gates is a pioneer in the IT industry, creating Microsoft at a very young age, but this time, his foundation is definitely the subject to put on the map. The Gates Foundation has managed to create a very ingenious machine that turns different type of feces (both human and animal) into drinkable water!
This machine is called “The Omniprocessor” and it is formed out of a safe repository for human waste that collects everything from latrines based in places without a modern sewage system.
Given the large amount of feces collected in latrines each day, The Omniprocessor will be able to transform all the sewage into drinkable water. Through a process that involves burning the collected feces at over 1000 degrees Celsius, the machine does not emit any bad smells and it meets all the U.S. government emissions standards.
To prove that the water is drinkable, and the fact that it’s as good as any bottled water you can get from the store, Bill Gates filmed himself drinking freshly produced “feces water” and even fooled Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show’s host, into doing the same.
Drinkable water could soon be available in all the emerging countries in Africa, and the rest of the world, as soon as the Gates Foundation will manage to bring its product to the market.
6. The very fast, cheap and effective cancer test
Although there are plenty of cancer tests out there, many people still can’t afford to get real medical testing done periodically, and most of the times, this leads to discovering the disease at a very late stage, when it gets very hard (close to impossible) to cure the cancer they suffer from.
Jack Andraka, a 15-year-old student prodigy managed to invent a pancreatic cancer test that is 28 times faster than everything in the medical industry right now, it’s 26,000 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than any other current diagnostic tests.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal cancers with a five-year survival rate of only 6%, killing approximately 40,000 people every year. Steve Jobs, Apple Founder, is one of the famous names that were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died after undergoing several years of treatment.
With the test invented by Jack Andraka, people are now able to have a real chance of beating this lethal disease, by being diagnosed very fast, efficient and cheap.
5. The possibility to travel into space and to the bottom of the ocean
Exploring the world we live in and even going into space is no longer something that is only available to scientists, qualified adventurers and astronauts! This is definitely something that makes us realize that we are already living in the future and witnessing history in the making.
Richard Branson, Virgin Founder and eccentric billionaire, has already traveled to space and even created his own company, Virgin Galactic, which is set to offer space tourism programs for anybody who wants to travel into space. The cost for a seat on a Virgin Galactic spaceship starts from $250,000 and it is a guaranteed adventure of a lifetime for anybody willing to be part of the first commercial space tourism trip.
For those who are less interested in exploring the galaxy, there is another type of eccentric and very adventurous type of tourism, focused on travelling to the bottom of the oceans.
James Cameron is the famous figure that managed to reach the Mariana Trench in March 2012, while he was working on his very popular movie, Avatar. Although the price of his adventure was not mentioned, anybody who has a lot of money and an adventurous spirit is able to go to the bottom of the ocean and be amazed by the creatures that lurk in pure darkness.
4. The preparation of the first people that will be sent to Mars
Planning to leave Earth in order to colonize Mars is definitely the subject of a Sci-Fi movie, but in this day and time, we can almost see it happening. Mars One is the ambitious project that aims to send the first people to Mars in 2026, in order to colonize the Red Planet.
The first unmanned mission to Mars is set to leave in 2020, where automatic robots will build the first domes that will house the first settlers to reach the planet. Although the project is highly contested by many specialists, Mars One plans to gather funds by broadcasting the entire road to Mars in a reality show type format.
200,000 people have already signed up to join the first crew that will leave Earth forever, and the selection process is still undergoing, in order to select the most eligible candidates, that will be starting the tests and preparations as soon as possible, after they have been chosen.
3. The possibility to clone organs and living beings
Cloning is no longer a subject for science-fiction novels or movies that present life in the future. Today, the only thing holding cloning back is not the technological resources, but different laws and regulations that are currently applied around the world.
In 1996, the whole world was taken by surprise with the birth of Dolly, the first clone ever to be “produced”. Dolly was a sheep, cloned in Scotland, which lived a very normal and healthy life, until 2003, when she died of natural causes.
Given the fact that cloning another living being is right at our finger tips, through collecting stem cells or DNA samples from humans, it is now possible to clone organs for people who urgently need a transplant.
However, when it comes to cloning humans there is still a matter of principles, involving ethics, religious beliefs and lack of scientifically accurate studies on how the human clone will live and behave.
2. Self-Driving Cars
Everybody who imagines how life in the future will look like is definitely thinking about all the machines programmed to do things that today are mostly done by human hands. Self-driving cars is something we couldn’t have imagined being possible a few decades ago, especially when we consider the impact it will have on society.
People will need time to get used to these self-driving cars, taxi drivers, bus drivers and anybody who makes his living by driving a car will have to look for another domain in order to find a job.
Self-driving cars developed by Google, and other companies that showed interest in this product, are more reliable and have much lower risks when it comes to accidents, making the streets a safer place for everybody.
With robots and machines already doing most of the work in factories, self-driving cars are simply the next technological level that our society will reach during our lifetime.
1. Wireless Electricity
Since the late 1800’s, Nikola Tesla, a man way ahead of his time, imagined a world that would run on wireless electricity. His vision of a world without cables to power buildings and factories was never enabled due to certain economical circumstances, but scientists today have finally managed to create the first forms of wireless electricity!
WiTricity (Wireless Electricity) is the company that wants to enable wireless electricity all over the world and several successful demo tests have already taken place, proving that Nikola Tesla’s vision was achievable, although it took scientists almost 100 years to get so far.
Having wireless electricity is one of the biggest game-changers for the modern world, given the fact that society, entire cities and even our homes will look and function completely different than what we are used to, bringing us one step closer to the future we were imaging when we were little kids.