The world is constantly moving forward with technological advances, with various new technologies coming out every year. In 50 years from 1950 to 2000, the world has gone very far, we have created multiple nuclear bombs and tested them in various locations. We have walked on the moon. Perhaps the most wondrous technology is the internet, which has given us the ability to hold so much data and information always at our disposal.
However, the amount of progress we have made in these 17 years of the 21st century is much more exciting than the progress made from 1950 to 2000. We have self-driving vehicles, mechanical brains, renewable technologies to improve our real world and Artificial Intelligence to improve our virtual world. However, there are still many years left in the first half of the 21st century and there are still many more incredible things to come. Here are 7 incredible things that will happen before 2050.
Randal Koene, a neuroscientist with funding from a wealthy Russian investor and his team of scientists plan on mapping the entire human brain and it’s every function by 2045. This will, in theory, enable them to create an artificial model of the human brain. The team will be able to map out a particular person’s brain and replicate it like writing a code and hence, be able to make a perfect copy of it.
In theory, even if the person’s body wears out and dies, they can technically stay alive forever through their artificial brain. Think about it, people around you, anyone you see may become ‘immortal’ in a sense, in this lifetime. While the idea may seem like a typical sci-fi movie, the real-life implications could be endless. These artificial brains could not only exist at a human level but it could even help people reach the depths of outer space.
In medicine, it could be implemented on a microscopic scale and humans could study bacteria and viruses on a much closer scale than ever which would help in understanding many different diseases. However, your consciousness could also be transferred in an artificial robotic body, making you an actual real-life cyborg. It is still a big ‘if’ as this kind of technology will require a lot of money and a lot of time to develop.
Eradication of Poverty
The World Bank has calculated that over 700 million people live in conditions of extreme poverty. This is a large number of unfortunate men, women, and children; however, it is a significant decrease. In 2012 it was calculated that over 900 million people are living in conditions of extreme poverty which means that around 200 million people have been rehabilitated in only 5 years.
These people earn less than an average of $1.90 per day. While these figures suggest that the world is only falling deeper into this pit, the World Bank estimates that extreme poverty may be nearly eradicated by 2050. In fact, it says that roughly 3% of the population will be living under the extreme poverty line by 2030.
In 2042, around the time the world reaches the population of 9 billion and the richest person will be a trillionaire (estimated figures), most people in the world will be far above the poverty line. Nonetheless, if poverty is to be eradicated within this time, a lot of work must be done. However, to achieve this goal, a huge amount of effort needs to be put in by the financially stable population of the world.
Cure for HIV
From 2012 to 2014, research grants in finding a cure for HIV increased by 82%. As the understanding of HIV increases, so do the chances of a cure being developed soon. Since 1985, amfAR, the foundation for AIDS research has been determined on curing HIV and AIDs and through their ‘Countdown to Cure’ program.
They’re confident that they can develop the means necessary for a cure by 2021. They plan on achieving this by strictly focusing all of their research on specific parts. For example, on how the human DNA reacts with the HIV cells and looking at singular HIV strands to figure out their properties. These deeper understandings only bring them closer to the cure. amFAR says that they won’t have a cure ready by 2020, but will definitely be able to eradicate HIV and AIDS in our lifetime.
Many smart cars are already surfing the road around us, they can tell us the distance between cars, when an obstacle is ahead and in some cases even parallel park. Although this itself is a big achievement; in the early 2020’s, most auto companies will have already tested their own self-driving cars.
We may see self-driving cars around us soon, maybe even in the upcoming year. They will drive you to and from work, and drive you back home if you’re intoxicated or just tired. Cars in the 20’s will still require human supervision but by 2035 the automobile industry will be fully automated with no human supervision needed in driving or manufacturing the car.