17 September, 2019

Thinking about the future is always exciting. Will there be flying cars? Will we be time traveling? Will we inhabit other planets? These questions always bring wonder to us and technology is evolving very rapidly at the moment, driven by a convergence of trends in energy, transportation & space technology. Here’s what we expect we will see in 10 years:

Fusion Power: 

MIT claims that we’ll have fusion power by 2030, and MIT has just recently found a way to increase the output of fusion reactions 10x by doping the fuel mixture with Helium.

Commercial Spaceflight: 

Not for people, but we will probably see private space missions flying cargo on such a frequent basis that it won’t surprise anyone. We believe there’s already a healthy satellite launch industry in commercial spaceflight: in ten years we may even see NASA completely abandon or private its launch centers to take advantage of the lower costs of the private space sector.

True Anti-Aging Medicine: 

Advances in medicine driven by technology and increased demand from an aging boomer generation are driving research into dozens of promising avenues for reducing, maybe even stopping human aging. A good example was Dr. Elizabeth Parrish lengthening her Telomeres using a retroviral delivery system back in 2016.

Electric Self-Driving Vehicles: 

These are here today, but they will be more of a standard by 2027. It will take a long time for them to penetrate the market, but ten years from now we expect you will see many more of them on the roads.

Virtual Assistants Everywhere: 

Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana have brought voice-recognition virtual assistants to the masses. In the next 10 years, we’ll see massive improvements in how they’re able to interact with people, what they’re able to do for you, and where you can use them (tabletop home & office devices like Alexa should become very common).

Crytocurrency Is The Next PayPal: 

It took a long time for people to really feel comfortable using PayPal alongside their traditional credit/debit cards - the same is happening with crypto. In 10 years it will be common to be able to purchase anything online with it, and we may even see it in more offline POS systems.

Web-Libraries Evolve: Javascript & remotely-loaded web-resources will evolve to become standardized and centralized web-libraries, much like Google fonts. Where this is going is to a truly distributed web-application environment where standardized javascript libraries are authored, updated & distributed like the standard runtime libraries in today’s desktop applications.

Web-Apps Interconnect: 

This is already here with Zapier, and it will grow to the point of being able to move data from any application to any application. We will also see better two-way communication between these & better logic in API questions - leading to better app to app communication.

Desktop Apps Start Disappearing: 

The trend for the last several years has been that new startups develop web-apps. In tens years, only processing-intensive apps like gaming, Adobe CC, video editing, etc will be on the desktop. Everything else will be web-first with desktop fallback. Another ten years after that desktop fallback will be gone. Android & IOS hastened this trend by teaching the industry to develop desktop apps as “web-apps in a desktop wrapper”.

Yes, the future is exciting and if we don’t blow it by continuing to destroy things through environmental degradation, war and social conflict, and hopefully we can look forward to an exciting future soon.