72 Stunning Things in the Future that will be Common Ten Years from Now that don’t Exist Today


A very interesting read. Many of these stunning things will indeed improve our lives, for some others not so sure…As we push limits of the doable further and further away, the question of ethics is to me the biggest challenge ahead. In a world increasingly dominated by technologies and virtual reality, maintaining our ‘humanity’ will be another challenge too.

Source : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/72-stunning-things-future-common-ten-years-from-now-dont-thomas-frey?trk=hp-feed-article-title-share

How many things do we own, that are common today, that didn’t exist 10 years ago? The list is probably longer than you think.

Since the iPhone came out in 2007, we didn’t have smartphones with mobile apps, decent phone cameras for photos and videos, mobile maps, mobile weather, or even mobile shopping.

None of the mobile apps we use today existed 10 years ago: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Snapchat, Uber, Facetime, LinkedIn, Lyft, Whatsapp, Netflix, Pandora, or Pokemon Go.

Several major companies didn’t exist a decade ago. Airbnb, Tinder, Fitbit, Spotify, Dropbox, Quora, Tumblr, Kickstarter, Hulu, Pinterest, Buzzfeed, Indigogo, Udacity, and Jet.com.

Ten years ago very few people were talking about crowdfunding, the sharing economy, social media marketing, search engine optimization, app developers, cloud storage, data mining, mobile gaming, gesture controls, chatbots, data analytics, virtual reality, 3D printers, and drone delivery.

At the same time we are seeing the decline of many of the things that were in common use 10-20 years ago. Fax machines, wired phones, taxi drivers, newspapers, desktop computers, video cameras, camera film, VCRs, DVD players, record players, typewriters, yellow pages, video rental shops, and printed maps have all seen their industry peak and are facing dwindling markets.

If we leapfrog ahead ten years and take notice of the radically different lives we will be living, we will notice how a few key technologies paved the way for massive new industries.

Here is a glimpse of a stunningly different future that will come into view over the next decade.

3D Printing

Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing has already begun to enter our lives in major ways. In the future 3D printers will be even more common than paper printers are today.

  1. 3D printed makeup for women. Just insert a person’s face and the machine will be programmed to apply the exact makeup pattern requested by the user.
  2. 3D printed replacement teeth, printed inside the mouth.
  3. Swarmbot printing systems will be used to produce large buildings and physical structures, working 24/7 until they’re completed.
  4. Scan and print custom designed clothing at retail clothing stores.
  5. Scan and print custom designed shoes at specialty shoe stores.
  6. Expectant mothers will request 3D printed models of their unborn baby.
  7. Police departments will produce 3D printed “mug shots” and “shapies” generated from a person’s DNA.
  8. Trash that is sorted and cleaned and turned into material that can be 3D printed.

Virtual/Augmented Reality

The VR/AR world is set to explode around us as headsets and glasses drop in price so they’re affordable for most consumers. At the same time, game designers and “experience” producers are racing to create the first “killer apps” in this emerging industry.

  1. Theme park rides that mix physical rides with VR experiences.
  2. Live broadcasts of major league sports games (football, soccer, hockey, and more) in Virtual Reality.
  3. Full-length VR movies.
  4. Physical and psychological therapy done through VR.
  5. Physical drone racing done through VR headsets.
  6. VR speed dating sites.
  7. For education and training, we will see a growing number of modules done in both virtual and augmented reality.
  8. VR and AR tours will be commonly used in the sale of future real estate.

Flying/Driving Drones

Drones are quickly transitioning from hobbyist toys to sophisticated business tools very quickly. They will touch our lives in thousands of different ways.

  1. Fireworks dropped from drones. Our ability to “ignite and drop” fireworks from the sky will dramatically change both how they’re made and the artistry used to display them.
  2. Concert swarms that produces a spatial cacophony of sound coming from 1,000 speaker drones simultaneously.
  3. Banner-pulling drones. Old school advertising brought closer to earth.
  4. Bird frightening drones for crops like sunflowers where birds can destroy an entire field in a matter of hours.
  5. Livestock monitoring drones for tracking cows, sheep, geese, and more.
  6. Three-dimensional treasure hunts done with drones.
  7. Prankster Drones – Send random stuff to random people and video their reactions.
  8. Entertainment drones (with projectors) that fly in and perform unusual forms of live comedy and entertainment.

Driverless Cars/Transportation

Driverless technology will change transportation more significantly than the invention of the automobile itself.

  1. Queuing stations for driverless cars as a replacement for a dwindling number of parking lots.
  2. Crash-proof cars. Volvo already says their cars will be crash-proof before 2020.
  3. Driverless car hailing apps. Much like signaling Uber and Lyft, only without the drivers.
  4. Large fleet ownership of driverless cars (some companies will own millions of driverless cars).
  5. Electric cars will routinely win major races like the Daytona 500, Monaco Grand Prix, and the Indy 500.
  6. In-car work and entertainment systems to keep people busy and entertained as a driverless car takes them to their destination.
  7. In-car advertising. This will be a delicate balance between offsetting the cost of operation and being too annoying for the passengers.
  8. Electric car charging in less than 5 minutes.

Internet of Things

The Internet of things is the network of physical devices, vehicles, and buildings embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and actuators designed to communicate with users as well as other devices. We are currently experiencing exponential growth in IoT devices as billions of new ones come online every year.

  1. Smart chairs, smart beds, and smart pillows that will self-adjust to minimize pressure points and optimize comfort.
  2. Sensor-laced clothing
  3. “Print and Pin” payment systems that uses a biometric mark (fingerprint) plus a pin number.
  4. Smart plates, bowls and cups to keep track of what we eat and drink.
  5. Smart trashcan that will signal for a trash truck when they’re full.
  6. Ownership networks. As we learn to track the location of everything we own, we will also track the changing value of each item to create a complete ownership network.
  7. Self-retrieving shoes where you call them by name, through your smartphone, and your shoes will come to you.
  8. Smart mailboxes that let you know when mail has arrived and how important it is.

Health Tech

Even though healthcare is a bloated and bureaucratic industry, innovative entrepreneurs are on the verge of disrupting this entire industry.

  1. Hyper-personalized precision-based pharmaceuticals produced by 3D pill printers.
  2. Ingestible data collectors, filled with sensors, to give a daily internal health scan and report.
  3. Prosthetic limbs controlled by AI.
  4. Real-time blood scanners.
  5. Peer-to-peer health insurance.
  6. Facetime-like checkups without needing a doctor’s appointment.
  7. Full-body physical health scanners offering instant AI medical diagnosis, located in most pharmacies
  8. Intraoral cameras for smartphones for DYI dental checkups.

Artificial Intelligence

Much like hot and cold running water, we will soon be able to “pipe-in” artificial intelligence to any existing digital system.

  1. Best selling biographies written by artificial intelligence.
  2. Legal documents written by artificial intelligence.
  3. AI-menu selection, based on diet, for both restaurants and at home.
  4. Full body pet scanners with instant AI medical diagnosis.
  5. AI selection of movies and television shows based on moods, ratings, and personal preferences.
  6. Much like the last item, AI music selection will be based on moods, ratings, and musical tastes.
  7. AI sleep-optimizers will control all of the environmental factors – heat, light, sound, oxygen levels, smells, positioning, vibration levels, and more.
  8. AI hackers. Sooner or later someone will figure out how to use even our best AI technology for all the wrong purposes.


Future transportation will come in many forms ranging from locomotion on an individual level to ultra high-speed tube transportation on a far grander scale.

  1. 360-degree video transportation monitoring cameras at most intersections in major cities throughout the world.
  2. Everywhere wireless. With highflying solar powered drones, CubeSats, and Google’s Project Loon, wireless Internet connections will soon be everywhere.
  3. Black boxes for drones to record information in the event of an accident.
  4. Air-breathing hypersonic propulsion for commercial aircraft. Fast is never fast enough.
  5. Robotic follow-behind-you luggage, to make airline travel easier.
  6. Robotic dog walkers and robotic people walkers.
  7. Ultra high-speed tube transportation. As we look closely at the advances over the past couple decades, it’s easy to see that we are on the precipices of a dramatic breakthrough in ultra high-speed transportation. Businesses are demanding it. People are demanding it. And the only thing lacking is a few people capable of mustering the political will to make it happen.


As I began assembling this list, a number of items didn’t fit well in other categories.

  1. Bitcoin loans for houses, cars, business equipment and more.
  2. Self-filling water bottles with built-in atmospheric water harvesters.
  3. Reputation networks. With the proliferation of personal information on websites and in databases throughout the Internet, reputation networks will be designed to monitor, alert, and repair individual reputations.
  4. Atmospheric energy harvesters. Our atmosphere is filled with both ambient and concentrated forms of energy ranging from sunlight to lightening bolts that can be both collected and stored.
  5. Pet education centers, such as boarding schools for dogs and horses, to improve an animal’s IQ.
  6. Robotic bricklayers. With several early prototypes already operational, these will become common over the next decade.
  7. Privacy bill of rights. Privacy has become an increasingly complicated topic, but one that is foundational to our existence on planet earth.
  8. Hot new buzzword, “Megaprojects.”

Final Thoughts

There’s a phenomenon called the Peltzman Effect, named after Dr. Sam Peltzman, a renowned professor of economics from the University of Chicago Business School, who studied auto accidents.

He found that when you introduce more safety features like seat belts into cars, the number of fatalities and injuries doesn’t drop. The reason is that people compensate for it. When we have a safety net in place, people will take more risks.

That probably is true with other areas as well.

As life becomes easier, we take risks with our time. As our financial worries are met, we begin thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, inventor, or artist. When life becomes too routine, we search for ways to introduce chaos.

Even though we see reports that billions of jobs will disappear over the coming decades, we will never run out of work.

We were never meant to live cushy lives of luxury. We need risk and chaos to be part of our daily struggle. While we work hard to eliminate it, we will always find new ways to bring it back.

We’re working towards a better world ahead, but only marginally better. That’s where we do our best work.

By Futurist Thomas Frey

Author of Epiphany Z – 8 Radical Visions Transforming Your Future

Apple Loses Trademark Battle, Allowing Chinese Company to Use the ‘IPHONE’ Name

Interesting illustration of trademark infringement and corruption. Chinese court argued Xintong Tiandi will not “harm [Apple’s] interests,” adding no one in China will actually think the handbags were designed by the Cupertino, Calif., company. Really? An Iphone branded leather bag that could carry an Iphone or a laptop is not an accessory Apple could have designed??

What is even more interesting  and surprising is how a firm as powerful as Apple hadn’t anticipated and extended the protection of its intellectual property to all possible related by-products? How a giant like Apple and probably the most aggressive legal team in the whole world, didn’t manage to defend their case?

Clearly, China sides with China whatever the law says, whatever the IP rules are.

Well, it doesn’t come as a shock to know China can forge and does.  What is more shocking is to realise its government supports it, even encourages it. Business is business, seems that for China unethical business still is good business. Food for thought…


More to read here by Lydia BELANGER

Apple has long understood the importance of protecting its intellectual property, which is why the company registered the name “iPhone” in China in 2002, back before many of its engineers knew their employer was secretly developing the device. But even Apple’s legal savvy could not outwit the country’s notorious “trademark squatters.”

The Chinese government has ruled that a company named Xintong Tiandi Technology is free to make purses, wallets and phone cases branded with the word “IPHONE” after rejecting Apple’s appeal to the trademark dispute on March 31, according to Xintong Tiandi’s website. Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone sales have declined for the first time ever.

Related: Apple Shows Us It’s Hard to Be Innovative When You’re on Top. But Does it Really Matter?

Xintong Tiandi registered for the trademark in September 2007, which is curious, given that 2007 was the same year Apple unveiled its mobile phone to the public. Apple had registered the same name in China in October 2002, but because Xintong Tiandi makes leather goods and Apple makes computers, the Chinese trademark authority granted the rights to both. Apple began pursuing legal action against Xintong Tiandi in 2012, according to Legal Daily.

Related: When It Comes to Knockoffs, Imitation Is the Costliest Form of Flattery

And in case you were wondering, no, a lowercase “i” does not differentiate the two, according to Quartz.

China doesn’t think Xintong Tiandi will “harm [Apple’s] interests,” arguing that no one in China will actually think the handbags were designed by the Cupertino, Calif., company. Maybe Apple can interpret that as a compliment about its impeccable, distinctive design.

Related: A Chinese Sportswear Brand Called Uncle Martian Just Launched, and It Appears to Be Openly Ripping Off Under Armour

The website for the leather products includes a page discussing the dispute’s resolution, on which the Xintong Tiandi suggests it hopes to work together with Apple to leverage their shared name to the benefit of both companies. Gee, thanks.

The Apple brand was worth $124.2 billion in 2014, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. But Xintong Tiandi’s shenanigans show that even the most powerful brands cannot fend off corruption and blatant copycats.



iRobot’s Ava 500 Will Attend Your Meetings For You

Ava 500 the workforce of the future?

ava 500

Want to work from home? Send a robot to the office instead. The Ava 500 is virtual collaboration gadget from iRobot you can use to make your presence felt at meetings or in the hallways of the office, without physically being there.

In development for years, the Ava is finally available in the U.S., Canada and some European countries through authorized resellers of Cisco teleconferencing gear.

The robot has an automated navigation system and a 21.5-inch LCD screen so it can move around while transmitting a video of your face. Powerful microphones and cameras pick up and transmit surrounding audio and video back to you. Channeling oneself through the robot requires no more than an iPad Mini. Open the app, select a meeting room or a location on the map and the robot will find its way there and get started.

Telepresence robots are a new niche of products that hope to make the video conferencing experience better for companies.

“The biggest elements in favor of telepresence robots are the freedom of movement, spontaneity and physical presence,” says Youssef Saleh, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot’s Remote Presence business unit. “Instead of being a video on the wall or a voice on the phone, you get a real presence in the room.”

What they don’t tell you in the press release: Ava 500 robots aren’t inexpensive. Each one costs $70,000, though there is a three-year lease option that ranges from $2,000 to $2,500 a month. A similar robot called the RP-VITA, specifically designed for telemedicine, is already in use at hospitals. IRobot has locked down FDA approval for that device.

Since the Ava 500 can map its own environment, there is no need to drive it, or to understand the location’s layout. “The robot will never touch or bump into anything when it is traveling on its own,” says Saleh. “It has several sensors including 3-D, sonar and laser, so it is incredibly powerful.”

The robot’s “neck” can move up and down, and the camera can tilt as well, so the remote user can participate in discussions at standing or sitting height. At the end of the meeting, the Ava 500 simply disconnects and automatically returns to its charging station. The robot offers up to six hours between charging.

No need to change out of those pajamas when done.

Source : http://blogs.wsj.com/personal-technology/2014/03/17/ava-robot/

Mar 17, 2014 1:54 pm ET

3 Trends That Will Completely Change the World by 2020

Ideas are the true currency of this next century.


What are the most promising disruptive innovations for the decade 2011-2020? originally appeared on Quora–the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by James Altucher, blogger, author, and investor, on Quora:

I’m not a big believer in the future. I mean, it will exist–we know that. But that’s about it.

CXO Advisory Group has analyzed the predictions of hundreds of pundits. Are the talking heads on TV right or wrong? You know, the ones who say Ebola will end the world, or the ones who said Enron was just having accounting problems.

It turns out the pundits’ predictions are right only 47 percent of the time. I think they are being nice to the pundits. I would say pundits are right about 12 percent of the time. But I pulled that number out of a hat, and they did a statistical study, so who knows?

I don’t like making predictions. They get in the way of my digestion. All of that future thinking clogs up the pipes.

But there’s a great way to evaluate whether a prediction is true or not. It involves a simple phrase we all know: “This time, things will be different.” We know that phrase is always wrong. We know that things stay the same.

I’ll give a great example: My 15-year-old doesn’t have email. She doesn’t really use a computer except for homework. But she does use her phone. She texts everyone.

Email has been popular for almost 20 years. But the phone has been popular for over 100 years.

Not that new things are bad. We’re not using the phone from the year 1900. We’re using a phone that is a more powerful computer than the top supercomputers from 20 years ago, and it fits into our pockets.

Two things happen:

  • What was popular in the past will be popular for at least as long in the future (expect at least another 100 years of teenage girls texting relationship advice to their friends); and
  • What was popular in the past will improve.

I have two experiences as a pundit for the future. In 2007, I said on CNBC that Facebook would one day be worth $100 billion. At the time, it was worth maybe $1 billion. Everyone on the show laughed. I then invested in every Facebook services provider I could find.

And in my book, Choose Yourself!, mostly written in 2012 but out in 2013, I said that we can look forward to having a “smart toilet” that will diagnose all of our illnesses in our fecal matter and urine…a mini-lab in our bathrooms.

Anyway, MIT recently said it’s working on just such a toilet. Cost: $2,000, but it’s going to bring the cost down to $100. Count me in.

But there are 10 trends from the past 100 years that I think are important to respect, and that will be important trends for the next 100 years. Knowing this can help us make money off of them.

Trend No. 1: Deflation

Most people are scared to death of inflation.

If most people are scared of something (like Ebola), it probably means it’s a media- or marketing-manufactured fear that will never come true.

The reality is, we live in a deflationary world.

Warren Buffett has said that deflation is much more scary than inflation. It’s scary to him because he sells stuff. It’s great for everyone else because we buy things. However, to be fair, it’s a mixed bag.

When prices go down, people wait to buy, because prices might be cheaper later. This is why some of the scariest points in our economic history were in the 1930s and in 2009 when there was deflation.

How did the government solve the problem? By printing money and going to war. That’s how scary it was. To solve the problem, we gave 18-year-old kids guns, sent them to another country, and told them to shoot other 18-year-olds.

People have all sorts of statistics about the government debt and the dollar decreasing 97 percent in value since 1913, etc.

I don’t care about all of that. I want to make money no matter what.

Here’s what I see: My computers are cheaper. Housing prices haven’t gone up in 10 years. And people are finally starting to realize that paying for higher education isn’t worth as much as it used to be (too much student loan debt and not enough jobs).

All electricity is cheaper. All books are cheaper. And I don’t have to go to the movies to watch a movie. All my music is basically free if I watch it on YouTube.

Don’t get me wrong: Inflation exists because the government and the corporations that run it are preventing deflation. But the natural order of things is to deflate. Eventually, something bad will happen, and the carpet will be pulled out from under everyone. Perhaps if we have an inflationary bubble. Then deflation will hit hard, and you have to be prepared.

In a deflationary world, ideas are more valuable than products. If you have ideas that can help people improve their businesses, then you will make a lot of money. For instance, I know one person who was sleeping on his sister’s couch until he started showing people how to give webinars to improve their businesses. Now he makes seven figures a year.

This “webinar trick” won’t always work. But then he’ll have ideas for the next way to help people.

Ideas are the currency of the 21st century, and their value is inflating, not deflating.

Trend No. 2: Chemistry

The last 50 years was the “IT half-century,” starting with the invention of the computer, the widespread use of home computers, and then the domination of the internet and mobile phones.

OK. Done.

It’s not like innovation will stop in that area. It won’t. Every year computers will get better, more apps will be useful, etc. But the greatest innovations are over for now (DNA computing will happen, but not until after what I’m about to say does).

As an example: the next versions of my laptop and my cell phone have already come out. But, for the first time ever, I have no real need to get them. And I’m an upgrade addict. But the upgrades just weren’t big enough. I don’t even think I understand the differences between the next generation of cell phones and last year’s generation (tiny changes in battery and pixel numbers, but only tiny).

Here’s what’s going to change: chemistry. The number of grad students in chemistry is at an all-time low versus the number of grad students in computer science or information technology.

And yet, we’re at a point where almost everything we do requires advances in chemistry rather than IT.

For instance, Elon Musk is creating a billion-dollar factory to make batteries. Well, for Elon’s sake, wouldn’t it be better if we had a more efficient way to use lithium so that batteries can last longer?

DNA computing, while it would create a great advance in computer technology, is almost 100 percent dependent on advances in biochemistry.

Many people call the U.S. the “Saudi Arabia of Natural Gas.” But what good does it do us if we can’t convert the gas into liquids that fill up our cars? Right now, every country uses Fischer-Tropsch technology–a chemical process that is 90 years old–to turn gas into liquids. And it’s expensive to use it. Wouldn’t it be better if someone could develop a groundbreaking change here?

I can list 50 problems that chemistry can solve that would make the world better. But it’s not sexy, so people have stopped studying it. This will change. Not because it’s a futurist trend, but because for 3,000 years, changes in society were largely due to chemistry advances (e.g., harvesting wheat) rather than computer advances. I’m just taking an old trend and saying, “Hey, don’t forget about it. We still need it.”

A simple example: DuPont and Dow Chemical, the two largest chemical companies, have had 50 percent and 38 percent year-over-year earnings growth, respectively, compared with Apple (12 percent). But nobody cares.

Trend  No. 3: Employee-Free Society

Before 200 years ago, we never really had employees. Then there was the rise of corporatism, which many confused with capitalism.

I’m on the board of a $1-billion-in-revenue employment agency. It’s gone from $200 million in revenue to $1 billion just in the past few years. Why did we move up so fast when the economy has basically been flat?

For two reasons:

The Pareto principle, which says that 80 percent of the work is being done by 20 percent of the people. So a lot of people are being fired now, since 2009 gave everyone the carte blanche excuse.

Regulations that are too difficult to follow. It’s getting pretty difficult to figure out what you need to do with an employee. Health care is a great example, but there are 1,000 other examples.

So what’s happening, for better or worse, is a rising wave of solo-preneurs and lifestyle entrepreneurs–exactly what happened for the hundreds of years that capitalism was around before stiff and rigid corporatism (teamed with unions) became the primary but fake “stable” force in our lives.

This is why companies like Uber are flourishing. You have a work force (the drivers), logistics software in the middle, and people willing to pay for that work force. Our GDP and our startups are going to start to drift in the Uber direction. Uber in San Francisco last month did three times as many rides as all the cab drivers in the city combined.

Corporate life was never really stable, and now we know that.

The problem is, while we were all in our cubicles (and I’ve been guilty of this for many years as well), we stopped being creative, stopped having ideas, and just took orders from the gatekeepers: bosses, colleagues, government, education, family.

We let other people choose what was best for us instead of doing the choosing ourselves. If you let someone else do the choosing for you, the results won’t be good, and you’ll get resentful. Bad things will happen.

I don’t have a direct stock tip on this. This is not about stocks. It’s about taking an approach where you get your life back so you can have wealth and abundance over the next 50 years.

One thing to try is to write down 10 ideas a day. This exercises the idea muscle and gets you 100 times more creative than the average person over time. They could be business ideas, ideas to help other businesses, book ideas, or even ideas to surprise your spouse. Another trick is to take Monday’s ideas and combine them with Tuesday’s ideas. “Idea sex” is an awesome source of creativity.

Ideas are the true currency of this next century. I don’t care about the dollar or gold or health care. Any movement in those will just create opportunities for people who know when to take advantage of them. The key is to become an idea machine.

People say “ideas are a dime a dozen” or “execution is everything.” These statements are not really true. It’s difficult to come up with 10 new ideas a day (try it), and execution ideas are just a subset of ideas.

I was going to make this 10 trends I see coming over the next 10 years. But at 1,900 words, I already shared three solid ones. Maybe I’ll do a part two for the rest, but these three trends are an important start. They’re already here, they’re already deeply affecting our society, and being ready for them will be the key to success in the coming years.