Dreaming Bigger: A Day in Your Life: 2030Uploaded by tamirahamam , 10 June 2012
Picture this: you wake up. You’re hungry, but when you open the door to your fridge, you find that stocking up has slipped your mind again.You need to head to the grocery store to pick up some cereal and milk. When you get there, your shopping cart is able to assess what groceries you need via a text message that you send to the cart’s built-in tablet. Using a GPS Sat-Nav inspired feature, the cart directs you around the store to the aisle and product you require. Pretty neat, huh? A T-shirt that charges your iPhone, Tony Stark-inspired portable monitors on every surface of your kitchen, and robo-pets with ‘real feel’ responsive fur… Sound like an episode of The Jetsons? Nope, it’s just the latest innovations in technology that some bright young things are developing for our tomorrow.
Everything from washing your hair to the way you work out is being tweaked, transformed and enhanced by visionaries who dare to dream a little bigger, think outside the box, and embrace the kind of limitless imagining that once helped a light bulb or an aeroplane materialize into being. Studies suggest that some of these ingenious inventions are within our grasp – such as better looking movies, which boost the number of frames per second from 24 (the current format) to 48 or 60 –giving us sleeker, sharper quality pictures. We’ll see the first example of this this year, when Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ is released as the first movie to be shot at 48 frames per second.
Other ideas, like ‘smart teeth’ which will detect high levels of bacteria and plaque build-up via a super-thin sensor and distribute this information to your dentist (now there will be no excuses to ‘forget’appointments) will take a little longer. Scientists at Princeton and Tufts predict this will happen within the next 4-6 years. Yet such wonders as edible packaging for yoghurt and juice to reduce waste could be seen as early as the next few years. One of the most encouraging developments is Dr. Philip Low’stechnology of a sleep sensor which records neurological patterns while you sleep, and could be a way to detect early signs of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s,schizophrenia or depression. The idea is to use sleep as the ‘gateway to thebrain’ and perhaps the gateway to planning and taking measures for optimal treatment of the mentioned disorders.
With such off-the-wall thinking as this, we can only be inspired by what tomorrow will bring. Such an article really encourages dreaming big and throwing the ‘rule book’ right out the window. So if you could do anything, what would you do? What is that dream or idea you’ve been keeping secret because you think it ‘can’t happen’ or there won’t be a market for it?Try telling that to these guys! As the next generation, we owe it to ourselves and generations to follow to explore our maximum potential. So get out there and talk to people, research and act on your ideas, ask questions, be courageous! You might just stumble upon the ‘next big thing’.
Image found on google.com, with thanks to the New York Times Magazine's '32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow'.