5 crazy technologies that could be available by 2025
5 crazy technologies that could be available by 2025
Over the past couple of decades, technology has grown by leaps and bounds. We’ve gone from clunky computers and dial-up internet to a computer the size of a phone and 3G internet. We’ve made incredible medical advances, and we’re finally also starting to use our technology to better help our planet, but there’s still so much to create, discover, and learn about. Here are some crazy technologies that could be available by 2025.
1. Widespread use of solar panels
Alternative energy is a huge area of contention for a lot of people. The world currently relies so heavily on fossil fuels that switching to other forms of energy means that many people will lose jobs. However, change is inevitable if we want to keep growing and evolving as a society and as long as people are given the opportunities to train for these new areas of industry and get jobs in those industries, then this change isn’t as bad as people think it could be.
Currently, solar panels aren’t commonly used in most households, but by 2025 that could completely change. There are a couple of companies that make solar panels now and some countries or areas of countries are using them extensively already. Elon Musk’s company Tesla has created small solar panels that they’re currently testing out on different employees’ homes. Musk also tweeted after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico that Tesla could create an energy system created by solar panels for the island. The Governor of Puerto Rico replied to the tweet and said, “Let’s talk.” At the end of October, the Tesla team had created a solar panel energy system for a children’s hospital on the island. The system generates enough energy to operate the hospital and it also stores energy so that if the sun isn’t shining the hospital still has energy.
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2. 3D printed electric cars
Electric cars are becoming part of our future. Many companies have hybrid electric cars and Tesla, obviously, is the main company that has solely electric cars. The only thing that’s really holding up the electric car from becoming more widespread is that many cities don’t have the infrastructure in place to easily charge the cars. That will change in the coming years as more people buy electric cars and pressure is put on cities to create more spots for charging. On top of electric cars, however, we will also have 3D printed ones. Audi has already created their own 3D printed mini car, but Local Motors is taking orders for their full-sized 3D printed car. There are two different versions of the car that you can get. One is called the Reload Swim (which is the more regular looking car) and the other is the Reload Sport (which is the sports car version). These cars will also be electric. Imagine a future where your car doesn’t harm the environment or create air pollution. It could be a whole new world.
3. Everything connected to the internet
If you think that everything is connected to the internet already, just wait until 2025. By 2025, estimates are that there will be over a trillion different sensors connected to the internet. This will take the form of clothes and other wearable tech for instance. Approximately about 10% of people by 2022 will be wearing clothing that connects to the internet. Other things like your home will go online. You can already view your security cameras and change your thermostat using different apps, but with voice technology like Alexa from Amazon you’ll do all that and so much more like turning your lights on and off, locking your doors, ordering food, etc. Essentially we’re going to be living in a Star Trek kind of world with some crazy technology that will change how we interact with the world.
4. Goodbye plastic packaging
We all know by now how detrimental plastic is to the environment. There are sections in the oceans of the world that have so much plastic in them they’re considered to be floating islands of plastic. The pollution of our oceans because of plastics alone is adversely affecting the water quality and the marine life (which is also a problem for us, since we eat a lot of what comes out of the oceans). By 2025, however, plastic packaging will be a thing of the past. Some companies are already switching to packaging their products in materials that are biodegradable, and some companies have been created because there’s a market for products that aren’t plastic.
One of the companies that has come into existence because people are looking for alternatives to plastic is a company in India called Bakeys. India uses about 120 billion pieces of plastic cutlery each year. Bakeys has made not only disposable biodegradable cutlery, they’ve also made it edible.
In places in Europe and now in North America, one of the newer ways to cut down waste is with grocery stores that don’t offer packaging. You bring your own containers for things (or you can buy some there) and fill up your containers with the products you want. You just keep bringing your containers in for the food that you want. This way there isn’t any plastic packaging and there are also no plastic bags.
5. 3D printed organs
Technology has already changed how healthcare is administered to people. We know more about the human body than ever before and we’re continuously learning about it. We also now have 3D printers. Already 3D printers have been used to create human limbs that are lightweight and the right skin tone. They’ve also been used to create part of a person’s rib cage and other bone implants, but organs are another matter entirely. Amazingly, by 2024, the first ever 3D printed liver transplant will occur. Just imagine what that means if we can print organs for people who need them. There won’t be a need for a transplant list anymore.
Humanity is just getting started with different technological advances. The world will look like a completely different place by 2025 and it’s going to be incredibly exciting.