(focusing on future technology)
Future technology is what scientists, researchers,
futurists (and even science fiction wirters) and others
dream up first, then work hard to make a reality. Future
tech encompasses many different areas from nanotechnology,
science and medicine, computers and many other specific
areas including space tourism, concept cars, futuristic
weapons, 3D printing and many areas of which people have
not dreamed yet.
Future tech trends may be thought of as either leading
edge or "bleeding edge" technology in that this
cutting edge is not without its trials and tribulations.
For instance, for investors, pouring speculative money
into predictions that emerging technology will pay off
may not yield results for decades if ever.
Money on emerging tech may be wasted in the eyes of some
who decide that caution is the better part of valor. But,
for a few mavericks, the payoff is in the project itself,
and not necessarily in the economic payoff (of course
for a few the money may be huge).
A few people get to have their cake and eat it too when
it comes to the tech of the future. The likes of Bill
Gates and Steven Jobs (R. I. P.) are a couple of examples
of those who have poured time, money and effort into future
predictions and forecasts and have been paid handsomely
when their dreams have gone mainstream.
Nanotechnology is not only a hot topic right now but
for the forseeable future. Chemistry, applied physics,
materials science, electrical and mechanical engineering
are all hip deep in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Expect
this trend to keep climbing.
A couple of other trends in tech are future
cars and future weapons.
The Discovery Channel now has programs on each one of
these areas with a growing number of viewers interested
in what the future holds.
Futuristic cars may be hydrogen, battery electric, hybrid,
plug-in, driverless, dual fuel, solar or flying automobiles
not yet conceived yet on the drawing board (or 3D computer
animation program). Fuel cell vehicles are a tempestuous
topic right now, but the future is uncertain and there
is much room for speculation on which technology will
take root in the years to come.
Future weapons are also of great interest to many (think
3D printing and then some). Not only are people wanting
to know about such large subjects as America's interest
in developing a new hydrogen bomb, but also non-lethal
and less lethal weapons of the future. Some of the futuristic
weapons can send a heat pulse to disperse and angry mob
or emit a beam to freeze a person in his or her tracks.
The only certainly about future tech, however, is that
it is uncertain. The realm of future predictions is the
realm of possibilities. What is possible? What is on the
drawing boards now?
How long will it be until these great ideas become mainstream
reality? These are burning questions many people want
to know and we will attempt to answer as many of these
questions as we can through this website. And when it
comes to these forecasts of the future, as comedian David
Letterman may say, please no wagering.
Notable Quotes about the Future
“The best thing about the future is that it comes only
one day at a time.”
- Abraham Lincoln
“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday
and I love today.”
- Willam Allen White
“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend
the rest of my life there.”
- Charles F. Kettering
"The Future is what you make it - unless it's already
- Nivek Alotnak
Written by Kevin Lepton
Updated August 11, 2014