From Google self-driving cars being created RIGHT NOW to the insane nanotech that will be able to build things atom by atom!
# 6 Mammal Extinction
More than a 1,000 species of mammals are considered endangered and face the threat of extinction within just a few decades. Things like lions, elephants, rhinos, and gorillas may be seen the same way we see dodos and sabre tooth tigers in the present. Many of these species are threatened because of overhunting, environmental destruction, and general pollution - pretty much all because of us. Some scientists even say we are currently going through a mass extinction period - the same kind that killed off the dinosaurs. Only now, it's not a meteor that’s to blame; it's us.
# 5 Ballooning Megacities
In recent history, the population that lived in urban areas surpassed the amount of people living in rural ones. That’s a serious concentration of people in a small space, and it seems to be a population that is growing all the time. Instead of building more urban settlements, the ones we have will probably just continue to balloon, as they have been, turning into megacities. We don’t really know what new problems will come with an extreme concentration in the same place, but it will probably be hard to control and maintain. We might even see the beginnings of the futuristic megalith cities we can see in movies like Star Wars and the Fifth Element.
# 4 Nanotech, build things atom by atom
We’ve already talked about self-building furniture, but that might also involve literally building structures atom by atom, molecule by molecule. We already have this sort of technology. Twenty years ago, a scientist called Don Eigler built a logo for IBM using individual atoms and nanotechnology. With the progression of this technology, we could become super efficient constructors, creating things with little to no energy and little to no waste. It’s possible we could be organically growing multi-story buildings atom by atom using chemical reactions rather than welding steel together and hammering wood onto supports.
# 3 Water Wars
Our current population is growing, and it seems that with every day, our resources are dwindling. While some of us might take water for granted, there are communities around the world who are sorely missing it. In places across Asia, Africa, and in our own United States, water is a precious resource that is too scarce for comfort. If our water shortage becomes more extreme, which is a real possibility, parts of the world might turn to warring over the remaining sources of water. Where before, most wars began over land or struggles of power, the wars of the future might be skirmishes over something that seems ubiquitous to us now.
# 2 DNA Catalogued
Even today, some services allow you to analyze and scan your DNA, telling you about your heritage, physical traits, genetic mutations, and risk for hereditary diseases, but the future might take this DNA cataloguing much farther. Mapping and cataloguing DNA will probably become more widespread and mainstream and our knowledge of what makes us, us, will be even better. Your information could be stored in a QR code, and you might be able to edit the parts of your DNA you don’t like, and even plan the DNA of your offspring to ensure optimum health.
# 1 Interfacing With Computers
Right now the most common way to interface with a computer or smartphone is by touching keyboards one letter at a time or clicking your way through a website with your finger. However, newer ways to interact with technology ARE appearing. Even communicating with your phone’s AI using your voice is an advancement - even if Siri only understands you about half the time. However, things like Google Glass are allowing people to use the power of a computer and the internet with just the blink of an eye - and that may be commonplace in the future. Humans will become intertwined with our technology, using computers to augment our realities, use machines without even moving our fingers. This singularity might be frightening, but it could also mean severely paralyzed, or amputees could move their bodies using an Exo suit or automated prosthetics with the ease of an able-bodied person.