Top 10 Science Fiction Technologies Becoming Reality in the Near Future — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Science Fiction Technologies Becoming
Reality in the Near Future 10. Cars that Drive Themselves Anyone who follows Google’s attempts to
make the world a sci-fi fan’s dream knows by now that they’ve expanded from search
engines to phones to glasses, and now to cars. Instead of having humans control their cars,
Google developed computer software. Their initial results were impressive, with cars
able to drive 1000 miles without human control and 140,000 miles with occasional human handling. There are tons of other manufacturers bent
on making the best autonomous automobiles. Since the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency Grand Challenge of 2004, the first ever competition for autonomous vehicles,
the research progress has been promising. Audi made a car that can climb Pikes Peak
without a driver, and new technologies allow you to control your car with just thought
and eye movements. Then there’s Google co-founder Sergey Brin claiming you’ll actually be
able to purchase their cars in 2017. But before self-driving cars become available
on the market, tons of tests measuring their ability to perform in all situations — communicating
with other vehicles, detecting various speed limits and potential hazards (e.g. a sociopath
suddenly throwing a kitten in front of your car) and countless other factors — need
to be done to ensure a failsafe experience before letting the steering wheel out of your
hands. 9. Biofuel and Seawater-powered Aviation Airlines have been looking into alternative
ways to fuel their carriers for years. Boeing and South African Airways have their eyes
on Solaris, a tobacco plant. The partnership are recruiting tobacco farms for their program,
which is set to conduct its first test flight as early as 2015. This seems like a win-win
for all participants — not only does it lower production costs and create jobs, it
will also reduce carbon emissions. Speaking of the sea, the U.S. Naval Research
Laboratory has found an alternative way to power their jets. They’re working on a liquid
hydrocarbon fuel made from the endless stretch of water that surrounds them. This is done
by extracting both carbon dioxide and hydrogen in water, and processing them to produce hydrocarbons.
The cost is estimated at $3 to $6 per gallon. In about 10 years specialized defense ships
might just be manufacturing their own fuel, although not without a number of catches. 8. Drone Delivery Drone delivery started when Amazon introduced
Amazon Prime Air, a system that boasts delivery of your orders in 30 minutes. Technologically,
all is seemingly ready for the company. The problem is regulatory, as Amazon has yet to
receive approval from the FAA. And perhaps rightly so, since there are a number of factors
to consider. How are these “octocopters” going to deliver items to an apartment address?
Are they just going to drop orders in front of your building where they could be easily
stolen? What if a package gets knocked down during flight? Cynicism aside, it seems drone delivery is
a popular concept. Google X (Google’s special projects lab) revealed that it’s working
on Project Wing, the original purpose of which was to deliver defibrillators to heart attack
victims using air vehicles. While Prime Air boasts of delivering products in half an hour,
Project Wing aims for delivery in minutes. Google X had issues trying to assimilate the
project with the systems of 911 and emergency services, so for now they conduct ongoing
test flights and strive for a safe and fully-functional drone delivery system. You do have to appreciate
Google’s determination to make science fiction stuff a reality, at least when their products
are innocuous. 7. Autonomous Fine-tuning Products Imagine a device that could detect when it’s
becoming more or less efficient, and could adjust its functions to your preference. This
kind of technology doesn’t exist yet, but Elliott Hedman says it might be the future
of product design. Hedman is the founder of mPath, a design consultancy
firm whose clients include Best Buy, Lego, and — surprise — Google X. They’ve developed
a technique for design research combining stress sensors with traditional observation
techniques. It focuses on a user’s emotional state when using a product, which could be
detected by skin conductance. The variations in perspiration, which is triggered when you
are aroused psychologically, affect conductivity, and tracking this helps you track arousal
level when using specific aspects of a product. Using the data collected would allow manufacturers
to pinpoint what specific aspects appeal to users and what doesn’t work. Products that fine-tune themselves might be
farther off, but there are hints of it happening in the app world. Leo’s Pad, released by
Kidaptive, is a toy that gathers huge amounts of data on the user’s progress and uses
it to adjust difficulty settings. It also dispenses tips relative to the kid’s progress
with the app. Even our toys are going smart. 6. Insect-eating World Insects are eaten and enjoyed by a surprising
number of people around the world. And that number is projected to rise in the future.
In an article published in Mosaic, Emily Anthes wrote about her experience with insect eating
and its current place in the international community. A recent conference organized in
part by the United Nations called “Insects to feed the world” implied that chowing
down on insects is indeed a “viable solution for the protein deficit problem.” Anthes, who bravely took part in an experimental
insect tasting, ate a noodle dish swarming with insects on her first day. It had “another,
hidden ingredient: fat extracted from the larvae of black soldier flies (or, to put
it less delicately, maggot fat). The whole dish has been stir-fried in it.” Yummy. Before you get too grossed out, consider the
fact that people in Asia, Africa, Australia and South America have been treating edible
insects as savory cuisine for probably their entire history. In fact, insect eating has
also been mentioned in the Bible and other ancient texts. And then there’s the nutritional
value. The Entomological Society of America claims that insects contain more protein and
are lower in fat and calories than traditional meat. The insect eating trend is undeniably growing,
but advocates admit that the concept is still in its infancy. The biggest obstacle is getting
people to overcome their disgust of worms and flies and other bugs, but in a future
with a constantly growing population and diminishing resources, it might not seem very icky at
all. 5. Immediate Health Diagnosis Anywhere In the 2014 Nokia Sensing X Challenge, a competition
for groundbreaking healthcare technology, the DNA Medical Institute bagged the $2.25
million grand prize for their rHEALTH device. Unlike other digital fitness trackers popping
up like mushrooms these days, rHEALTH measures not only vital signs but also biomarkers.
The sophisticated technology was backed by grants from NASA, the National Institutes
of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And with more funding coming their way, it
seems that this portable diagnostic tool will be made available commercially in the next
few years. With a single drop of blood, it could reliably
detect cell counts, HIV, vitamin D levels and a host of other protein markers. Heck,
it can detect anything from a simple ailment such as the flu to something we’re actually
scared of, like Ebola, in as short as a few minutes. This is easily done, much like testing
for your own blood sugar level, allowing you to do this in your own bathroom or under the
shade of a coconut tree in Hawaii. It’s your pick, although who wants to dampen a
Hawaii trip with a diagnosis of Ebola? It would complicate the return flight home, to
say the very least. 4. Forgetting Pill Everything that we do, from building a supercomputer
to the simple act of remembering, is governed by chemical reactions in our brains. Proteins
are needed to form the memory circuits in our brain, and as recently as the late 1990s
it was widely believed that this circuitry remained intact once formed. Karim Nader proved
this theory wrong with a discovery on how our memories aren’t as accurate or as stable
as we think they are. Nader discovered that the very act of remembering
changes our memories. Every time we try to recall a memory, we alter its cellular representation
in the brain. What happens is protein synthesis, which is needed to stabilize the memory circuits.
So what happens if these proteins are blocked? Scientists have identified a protein, PKMzeta,
which is required to re-consolidate memory. Block it with a certain drug, and the memory
will stop existing in your head. This is all still theory — neuroscientists still have
to figure out the menu of drugs that will only selectively block certain receptors in
the brain so a specific memory will be affected, rather than accidentally wiping out half of
your childhood years. But if they do figure it out, there will surely be a market. It’s
like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind once again. 3. Suspended Animation Suspended animation has long been a dream
of both sci-fi fans and the medical field. Clinical trials on humans have been conducted,
with emergency preservation and resuscitation having been applied by surgeons at University
of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital. After success with pigs, surgeons planned
to do the first human trials on humans suffering from cardiac arrest brought on by traumatic
injury. The process requires exsanguination, the draining of all blood from your body,
because sometimes cutting edge science resembles a low-budget horror movie. A very cold saline
solution is then pumped throughout your entire body. This basically stops all cellular activity,
making you quite dead, but the cells can survive without oxygen for a couple of hours. The
surgeons will use this time to repair the trauma, then pump the blood back in. The surgeons hope the human heart will restart
on its own, as was the case with the pigs. If it doesn’t, they could try to resuscitate
it. If the technique is consistently successful, it could be a groundbreaking achievement in
the field of bringing the dead back to life. Perhaps someday it will be effective for a
couple of decades instead of a couple of hours, allowing the use of suspended animation for
space travel. 2. The Age of the Cyborg Yep, it seems that the United States Military
wants to bring Iron Man to life. It’s been developing TALOS, or the Tactical Assault
Light Operator Suit. The suit’s designed to assist special ops soldiers in battle,
enabling the wearer to lift heavy loads, protect them from bullets, give them access to extensive
information and advanced displays, and seal wounds, among other benefits. Currently being
developed by MIT and other researchers, U.S. Special Operations Command hopes to have the
system join them in battle no later than August 2018. Exoskeletons can also have peaceful purposes.
FORTIS, a load-shifting exoskeleton, is used by the U.S. Navy to help ease workloads, a
great help in industrial situations. Then there are paralyzed and injured patients who
have benefited from the technology. One company even received a grant to develop exoskeletons
for injured children, who will presumably proceed to raise havoc on thousands of elementary
school playgrounds. 1. Conquering the Human Brain We’ve already discovered the brain’s on
and off switch for our own consciousness. We’ve also been able to successfully map
the brain activity of a living creature for the first time. Then there’s the Human Connectome
Project, which is analyzing the networks of neurons that make your brain work, along with
countless other projects revolving around your cranium. The obvious implications of further research
and discovery would be finding the cause of — and hopefully cures for — neurological
disorders. Someday we just might cure autism or schizophrenia, and we could probably achieve
much more than that. Greater understanding of how the mind works will ultimately lead
us to modify it. Militaries are testing human brain modifications to enhance performance,
such as allowing soldiers to stay alert despite a lack of sleep. International researchers
claim to have conducted a successful brain-to-brain interaction, or a very crude form of telepathy.
Now who’s to say we won’t be able to upload our brain into a computer in the future, and
vice versa? We’re getting pretty speculative now, but one thing’s for sure — the future is going to be exciting.

50 Replies to “Top 10 Science Fiction Technologies Becoming Reality in the Near Future — TopTenzNet

  1. As a science fan boy, this episode was really amazing for me. Imagine how smart and advanced will people be in the next century?

  2. Another issue with drone deliveries will be the freakin idiots waiting to shoot them down, either because they believe they're being spied on or the more likely reason to steal the cargo. Doesn't matter if it's legal or not, these idiots will be there. I read a story once about a woman who was following a delivery truck and each time a package was dropped off she ran up, grabbed it, and tossed it in her car, so I imagine people staking out and attacking an automated system in a similar manner.

  3. Congrats on 100,000 subscribers guys! I've been waiting for a self-driving car for 20 years.. I think everyone has thought about it at one point or another in their lives.. Interesting fact about them, a Romanian guy invented his own (by himself) with a couple of laptop computers and a $4,000 budget – way cheaper than what Google invested to make theirs. I've always thought about having a railway system instead. Seems like it would save a lot of money on fixing roads and could run on electricity. Of course, the oil industry would lose billions, which is probably why the vehicle hasn't changed much in the past 50 years.

  4. I'd love to see planes no longer need fossil fuels, as was worrying the decline in it would mean air travel just for the rich again, so those wanting to be global still can be ✌✈✔

  5. I remember when I was a child and mobile phones, PCs and houseware were now dated. I thought my NES was the very best and that there was no way Technology could improve itself in such a short ammount of time.
    I'm glad I was wrong!

  6. i fixed the "throwing a kitten at your car" part from the first one, just add lots of foam to the front of the car, its not like the outside of the car NEEDS to be metal, you dont need to see, use video screens, i duno, yeah, sorted xD

  7. If you exclude insects that eat faeces, or drink blood (ie. flies, mosquitos..) I don't understand why it would be considered any less appetizing than eating any other living creature. Personally I am vegetarian but if I were to eat meat I don't see why I would choose a pig or fish over a spider or worm.

  8. Only problem I see with the drone delivery system is thieves shooting em or in other ways knocking em down and stealing the stuff. Maybe even hacking the system or using EMPs to knock out the electronics.

  9. i have a fear of driving so i cant wait for self driving cars. But one thing ive always wondered is if 2 self driving cars collide whos at fault. Technically no one was driving so you cant really blaim the owner for a faulty car (assuming he did not know it was broken) so are the car companies responsible. 

    if this is the case it will hold self driving cars back because it will be to risky for manufacturers to sell the cars.

  10. Autism isn't one single illness. It's a highly variable mutation, and the spectrum classifies autism based on the bearer's "functionality." There are various forms of "Low-functioning" Autism, "Middle-functioning" Autism, and "High-functioning" Autism. I would know, because I was born with Middle-Functioning Autism, but through proper treatment early in my life, I was able to reach "High Functionality." If we wanted to "cure" Autism, the only ethical way to do that would be to use proper treatment early in life, so as to increase a person's "functionality." I don't know if we have the means to treat people with "low functionality," but based on who I am, I think we already have brought people from "middle" to "high functionality." (I'm 18 years old, and I just started college a matter of weeks ago) In the end, Autism isn't simply a disorder, but rather an imperfect mutation-based adaption, similar to how sickle-cell anemia causes people to be immune to Malaria. I learned to read out loud at age 3, albeit with inaccurate pronunciation, and by elementary school, I already could read at a college level. I learn quickly, and yet I'm socially awkward. People with autism merely have some mutation in the brain cells that causes more neural connections, resulting in a whole slew of positive and negative side effects alike. The lower a person's functionality, the more debilitating the drawbacks. To make an Autistic person "normal," it's only ethical to lessen the drawbacks through pragmatic education and other proper treatments. If your goal is to make them completely neurotypical, it's eugenics.

  11. 4. Forgetting Pill – This will lead humanity into a vary dark place… not that we would know… until nine months later.
    1. Conquering the Human Brain – Max Headroom

  12. I don't know if you've heard of an Anime called SAO but it would be cool if they found a way to do that without the permanent death part. also could you do a video on what if we built a city like Rapture in Bioshock and if it's possible?

  13. I am sure Google's self driving car will, without a doubt, track the travel of it's users and dutifully report that to the Google boys.

  14. Cyborg =/= Someone wearing an exoskeleton. So Ironman is no more a cyborg then someone wearing a pacemaker (As the arcreactor in his chest is just sending electric pulses to his heart to keep it running).

  15. A car controled with your mind sounds horrifying. Like could you image all the crashed that could occur due to rubber necking alone?

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