Technology is constantly evolving with new and exciting products being released on a regular basis. If it’s not wearable gadgets that can monitor your heartbeat and track your sun exposure it’s companies like Tente UK improving ground-breaking inventions such as the wheel – but how will things look in the future? What everyday products will we be using in 2030?
There are all sorts of swanky, sleek and all-round stylish cars on the roads at present, but things look set to get even more sophisticated in the years to come. As engineers get hard to work creating eco-friendly vehicles, we can surely expect autonomous, electric cars that don’t require fossil fuels to run. Not only that, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to suggest that cars will be connected to the internet too allowing them to communicate with traffic lights to improve traffic flow, interact with other vehicles to prevent accidents, find the nearest petrol station and handle payments and even notify you if someone dents your bumper providing video footage of the incident.
What’s more, as mobile internet becomes even more accessible, it might be totally normal to hail a self-driving shared vehicle or to hop into the car of a social media friend passing by. Perhaps future cars will even tell you when it’s quicker to take the bus or train before parking themselves in the garage and awaiting your return. And all this might not be too far away what with Zipcar already allowing you to book a car via your mobile phone.
Believe it or not, UK scientists are already well on their way to developing self-healing concrete which uses bacteria to plug cracks and crevices. The unique concrete blend (which is full of bacteria hidden in tiny capsules) could put an end to potholes not only reducing repair costs by up to 50 per cent but ensuring smoother journeys for drivers across the country – but how does it work?
Well, as soon as water seeps into a crack, the bacteria burst out their cases and produce limestone sealing the gap before it widens and becomes a pothole. Concrete of this kind could also be used to strengthen bridges and buildings helping to make them safer. The ground breaking material is one of more than a dozen schemes outlined in a report on the future of highways by engineering company Arup and could potentially revolutionise construction and travel worldwide.
The rise of the robots
Robots and computers are already pretty clever. They can do sums, tell us how to get from A to B in the shortest possible time and convert one language to another, but some people believe they will eventually become more intelligent than us humans ourselves – a pretty scary thought if you think about it carefully. Director of engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil, is one such person who believes robots will gain extreme intelligence over the next decade and be able to learn from experience, crack jokes, tell stories, flirt and much more. Sure, Kurzweil also believes that he has a good chance of living forever so long as he stays alive long enough to see the great life-extending technologies kick in, but he might have a point.
The future of engineering is both daunting and exciting with many incredible inventions already in progress. Some will be completely logical and others are sure to be off the wall, but that’s the fun of life, right?
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