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9 reasons you should be incredibly excited for the future

What a time to be alive.

There are hundreds of reasons to be excited about the future. Here are the nine biggest ones we’re looking forward to.

Cars are getting better and more independent.

I personally love driving, but I have zero qualms about eventually letting my car take the wheel so I can either take a nap, watch a movie, read a book, or get work done. Dozens of companies from the likes of Tesla, Uber, Ford, and Google are pushing us towards that future. And aside from becoming more independent, cars are getting cleaner, too, which only bodes well for the environment.


Smartphones are becoming more powerful and better at capturing moments.

Smartphones are still the most important gadgets in the world. They’re as powerful as computers but they’re equally good as communication devices; through voice and video calling, they bring people closer better than any other device out there, period.

And all best aspects of owning a smartphone are continually improving: Not only are they constantly getting faster and more powerful, they’re also getting better cameras that are more capable of capturing scenes and moments, and they’re also lasting longer on a single charge.

Smartphones are maturing in this regard, which is why some companies are experimenting with different smartphone shapes and styles. It makes sense that smartphones are getting so much more personal, given how much value we put on our smartphones.


Drones will finally make sending and receiving packages awesome and convenient.

Email has largely replaced physical mail, but sending and waiting for physical packages still stinks.

It’s rarely convenient to box up and ship a package, and it’s even less convenient when you need to be home at a certain time to receive a package. Thankfully, consumer drones are becoming more common and companies are now getting more confident about using drones to deliver goods and services, as they’re cheaper, more accurate, and more convenient. Soon, drone deliveries might be yet another reason to own Amazon Prime. 


More people are getting access to faster internet.

Right now, most people in the US are extremely limited when it comes to choosing an internet provider. But having fast, reliable internet is super important!

So companies are stepping up their game and newcomers like Google Fiber and Starry are entering the fray, promising fast, non-intrusive service that’s also cheaper than what the incumbents offer. The resulting competition is great for consumers, since fast internet for everyone will only bring people closer together.


There’s more alternatives to cable TV than ever before.

Cable TV is wonderful, but there’s too many channels you never watch and it’s super expensive.

Thankfully products from Apple, Amazon, Roku, and Google are looking at TV in a different way: They’re using the screen as a big dumb monitor, and they provide tons of content you can watch via apps.

Several premium content makers have begun selling standalone apps for their content, like HBO and Showtime, and it’s only a matter of time until more channels do the same. Netflix has also created a model worth copying, by licensing the rights to stream popular shows and movies while developing its own original programming in parallel; soon we’ll see companies like Apple do the same.

Cutting the cord has never been easier or more fulfilling, and it’s constantly getting better.


We’re making headsets that can transport you anywhere in the world.

As computers get faster and more reliable, we’re seeing new incredible devices take advantage of all this extra computing power.

Aside from smartphones, virtual reality headsets have the potential to become the most essential consumer technology in a decade. By donning a headset, you can be transported around the world, or even to new worlds, without spending hundreds of dollars on a plane ticket.

Virtual reality lets you play, explore, and create simultaneously; you can paint incredible 3D sculptures, and you can live through the eyes of another person.

This is the year of the first big VR headsets, and while they’re all wonderful the future of these products is even more exciting to consider, especially as headsets become lighter, cheaper, and more capable of handling novel experiences.


One promising concept could revolutionize transportation as we know it.

Visionary billionaire Elon Musk surprised everyone in August 2013 when he unveiled his concept for the Hyperloop, a futuristic mode of transportation that was a “cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table.”

Crash-proof, solar-powered, and immune to weather, the biggest selling point of the Hyperloop was its incredible velocity; Musk said the Hyperloop could transport people across the country in under an hour at roughly the speed of sound. Though Musk isn’t personally working on this idea, he open-sourced his concept to allow others to build prototypes of this system.

One of the startups working on the Hyperloop may have a prototype ready by 2020, with multiple prototypes ready by 2020.


Some headsets will actually change how you see the world around you.

If you thought virtual reality was cool, augmented or “mixed” reality is even more promising.

Imagine being able to see virtual objects in your real world. You look up at a skyscraper and you see a giant gorilla hanging from it — even though no one else can.

That’s the idea behind AR: You put on a pair of glasses that change what you see around you, either by providing real-time context or information about what you’re looking at or by adding digital elements into your field-of-view.

The two most notable companies working on this tech are Microsoft, with its HoloLens, and Magic Leap, which has built an incredible headset where the illusions look just as real and as finely detailed as the real world.


We’re so close to putting humans on other planets.

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Many people, including several prominent astronauts like Buzz Aldrin, believed it’d take decades to send humans to Mars. But Elon Musk’s company SpaceX announced this week that it plans to spend a spacecraft to the nearby red planet as soon as 2018.

It’s an incredibly ambitious vision, and there’s much work to be done, but the possibility of sending the first humans to Mars within five years has enormous potential for future scientific efforts. If all goes well, maybe soon we’ll even have human communities living on another planet for the first time in history!


There’s progress everywhere you look.

A 3D printed medical implant.

3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing — even when it comes to making food. Smart earbuds are revolutionizing the way we absorb sounds in our world. There are smart contact lenses that can make any pair of eyes see 20/20. Home devices are getting better at learning our habits and predicting what we need before we know we need it.

There’s still much work to be done across all these efforts, but these projects and hundreds of others are just some of the reasons we’re incredibly excited about the future, and you should be too.

source: techinsider

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