As many fans of Old Moore’s Almanac know, our in-house psychic has proven to be uncanny at foretelling current affairs. Now he predicts what our lives will be like in 2025…which is not that far away…
The most exciting part of being a psychic for me is seeing how technology will be transforming our lives into the future. So I will share with you what I see as our future in the coming years. There are so many exciting things to look forward to.
Transport has always been on the mind of the human being. As soon as we could tame beasts to do the legwork for us, we did. And now, we have used physics to do the same thing.
There will be all sorts of exciting things going on in the sky and space. But I will start with what will happen with something we use every day…our cars. They will be like something out of a sci-fi novel. They will be fully integrated with the road. You think 5G is impressive? Wait until you see what is in store for cars. Roads will have a wireless network, and as soon as you turn on your car, it will hook up to the network. You won’t even have to steer, although you can go back to self-drive sometimes. Humans haven’t quite yet got the confidence to let the computer do the driving for them. But they will in time. In the future, driving will be seen as a quaint skill from the past. We will call our cars (left parked on the network) and they will come to get us. And you will be able to programme in your destination, and the car will take you there. There will be no need for satnavs, they will also be a quaint technology.
Just think, you will be able to go out to the pub and have a few and get your car to pick you up and take you home. But you will also be able to drunk-dial your ex from your car, so beware. Parents will be able to send their cars to drop their kids off at school, and the cars will be able to take pets to the vet, too. All this will be achieved using sensing software.
I do see this as much better and safer than relying on humans who can make terrible mistakes at the wheel. I do see one scandal however in that a software bug will cause a huge malfunction in one system in Europe and cause a huge crash which includes large trucks and buses. However this will be a one-off and the rest of the system will work seamlessly.
There will also be systems to relieve traffic flows by diverting cars around problem areas. Also some cities will develop “slot” systems, whereby cars will leave their homes at an allotted time, thus reaching critical mass will be avoided. These slot times can be rotated between drivers and people can book their slots online in their cars the night before.
Your car will be able to map the area and display this and will automatically know where to park using parking sensors. You can watch TV (or the TV of 2025, all internet TV by then) and your car will translate foreign languages for you as you cross borders. By 2025 we will have language translator technology that will allow us to communicate anywhere with anyone as long as they have the matching device. So the impetus to learn a new language won’t be an educational tradition like it is today.
So what will power these cars? Because this technology is new it is hard for me to describe. It won’t be fuel in the traditional sense. I have a feeling that cars will be much lighter than before and will almost “float” in a sense over the roads, so their need for power won’t be as extreme. There won’t be an exhaust system, so from what I feel I am being told, it is some kind of battery-operated light vehicle system. But the car will charge as it drives along the network, so you don’t have to necessarily charge your car before you drive it or keep it at a minimum level of charge.
An interesting new feature will be night vision. Your windows will have technology that allows you to see in the dark in areas that are not lit. And this is also for areas that aren’t on the “network”…they will be dubbed “off-road”. Many people disillusioned with modern society will take up residence “off-road”. But there is nothing to be afraid of in the future, these new systems will be so much safer and humans won’t have to trust that other humans won’t kill them on the road any more.
There will also be a change in taxis. They won’t be manned any more. Instead you will pay a flat fee for a ride. Some taxis will be novelty version, large with a bar or karaoke in them! There goes the neighbourhood.
There will be some mind-blowing technologies available for us in the future. In terms of food production, there will be machines in our kitchens that will “print” our meals. These go much further than 3D printers we see today. These will make you a meal based on the nutrients and minerals that you are lacking at the time. There will be a cure for obesity, too. We will have a device that will “short-out” our appetite once we have reached our nutrient levels required for health and our calorie limit.
Animal farming as we know it will be over. Lab-manufactured meat will be a very simple and increasingly cheap enterprise. And this is much better for us, as it is a clean process that does not need to use pesticides and it does not harm the environment. Vegetable and farming will however look much the same as it always did, however, sensors will manage water levels and nutrient levels and much of farming will be automated.
In our homes, everything will be connected. And I mean EVERYTHING. The smoke detectors will send a message to put the fire fighters on alert. The burglar alarms will call you and show you camera footage of your home if anyone breaks in. You will be able to fire up your home heating before arriving back. And you will be able to start your foodmaker machine making your dinner on your way home from work. Your sofa will be heated, so will your floors. And here’s the most exciting part: heated clothes. You won’t need that big coat for outdoors. No, you will have a lovely light heated jumper that you can set the temperature on. And no need for batteries: it will be powered by your own body movements. I wish I had one now.
Everything will be purchased online: the supermarket as we know it will be dying out. Shopping at farmer’s markets will be the ultimate in entertainment as the “old folk” (us) reminisce (or not) about shopping with trolleys and their stupid broken wheels.
As for in-home entertainment, it will be amazing. Movies will be projected as hologram-like, so you and your family can sit around a central point where the movie is playing. The sound and vision will be out of this world.
Strangely I cannot see social media in the future. I have a feeling that it is a passing fad. You will still be able to connect with people all the time, but it will be back to talking via technology rather than tweeting and facebooking and the like.
Our “phones” won’t be phones as we know them now. Our communication will be more integrated with us, WE will be our phones. We will have necklaces that will track our health, watches that we can ask to talk to our mothers, and strap on devices that will keep track of things in our lives.
We will have devices that track our fitness, our calorie intake and our mineral requirements. Even our water levels! The internet won’t be visible. It will be all around but much less in our faces, as it will all be integrated completely.
I see printed books becoming very valuable…worth millions to collectors, depending on the book. They are seen as pieces of history, and libraries will be solely focussed on keeping these books in a museum-like state. So if you have a book that is already quite old and rare, hang onto it for you grandkids. It could buy them the house of their dreams one day.
Old mobile phones will also be held as very valuable. Old Nokias and flip-top phones will be held in wonder by people of 2025. Again if you have an old phone, put it away for your grandkids, you’ll be so glad you did. Old radios, old TVs (small ones!) old landline phones will be valued wondrously in the future. Old cassette-style walkmans in good condition will fetch huge asking prices. Old early model computers will also be very valuable. People will not be posting letters any more: as such, stamps of any kind in mint condition will become very valuable. Start putting some away now for your grandchildren. Put them in a security box somewhere. Also valuable will be cassette tapes in good condition, and old slides and slide projectors. CDs and DVDs will soon be phased out but they won’t be valuable for many decades to come.
As for the superpowers of today? Mostly, they are no longer powerful. Europe will stay on top. However USA, China and Russia will have had their day. New powers such as the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia will be on top, and India will be a powerhouse, however there will still be social inequality and it will be a long time before everyone catches up.
A slow move away from religion will happen the world over as people move towards lives without religious practise. Strong religious views will be viewed with suspicion.
There will be some fascinating innovations with water. There will be technologies to clean the oceans and desalinate water. It will become cheap and water will remain free and plentiful. There will be enough for everyone.
There will be an established colony on Mars, and we will be watching them all the time live. It will be riveting for us as their dramas come and go. But general tourism into space will become as easy and natural as spending the day at the beach. There will be trips in specially-designed balloons that hold multiple passengers, and these trips will be affordable and comfortable.
New planets will be discovered and while they will be deemed habitable by humans, we still won’t have the technology to reach them by 2025. But we will be trying our hardest to get there, that’s for sure! But it will be another century before we have success with this.
While many people have fears about the future, know this: it will be fairer, safer, and more collaborative than the human race can ever imagine.