When I was younger, I was determined to be part of a future where cars both took to the sky and drove underwater. A little over a decade later, it seems as if the world is still very far away from that dream. Although technology may not have advanced as I once wished it would, there have certainly been some great improvements over the years. Based on how much progression has already taken place, it is only logical to assume that more significant advancements will arise in the coming future.
Predictions concerning electronics, robotics, and digitalization span the internet — some of which are actually closer to coming true than we probably imagined. For instance, the world’s next summer Olympics are set to be held in Tokyo in the year of 2020. Though this still a couple years off, speculations have arisen concerning the atmosphere of the event in relation to Japan’s vast technological empire. Robots, driverless cars, and artificial meteor showers are all said to take a big part in the coming festivities.
New additions to such long-held traditions often leave individuals questioning the reasoning behind each innovention. Entertainment is one of the many factors in this push for futurism. Consider the 2020 Olympics. Through use of new technology, Tokyo hopes to increase viewer satisfaction. Flashy graphics and artificial intelligence are just a few of the tools Japan plans on using to both woo and welcome individuals worldwide.
Another reason one might want to advance the industrial sciences is because new inventions help us help ourselves. The human race as a whole is constantly striving towards perfection, and as a result society tends to chase after anything that will make it faster, smarter, or stronger. This drive for self-improvement has granted many advancements over the years. One might argue however, how increasing dependence on machinery has caused individuals to slowly lose touch with their humanity. The more we rely on technology to make our lives easier, the harder it is to develop things such as communication and soft skills. This just goes to show that when it comes to real life decisions, convenience is not always the best option.
One final drive behind futuristic inventions is the opportunities that they bring. When not using machinery to improve ourselves, we are typically using it to help others or the world around us. Medical advancements and eco-friendly automobiles are just two examples of technology that really serves a purpose. The internet has also helped shape minds and further educate individuals. As the future draws nearer, there is talk of augmented realities and 3D printing entering homes, hospitals, and classrooms alike. Only time can tell if this technology will advance us or leave us more desperate than ever.
We may not know the future or what it holds for each of us, but we can definitely work to prepare ourselves for how we might respond. One way to accomplish this task is by asking ourselves whether we are investing in technology for the sake of applause or development. Does the invention exist as a source of entertainment or a method used to impress others? If so, what value does that really bring? Humanity is in desperate need of resources that help make the world a better place and this can only be accomplished through advances that promote growth in a positive way. While underwater cars and talking robots are cool, I look forward to a future that leaves me feeling humbled and restored in both body, mind, and soul.
Check out the video below to see what many people believe the future will look like!