Access to ultra-fast networks will be crucial
In 1988, if you wanted to speak to someone overseas, you would dial a number (literally – dial) on a phone attached to the wall and struggle to hear to a crackly voice on the other end – all while paying through the nose for the call.
Fast forward 30 years, and you can now speak face to face with your loved ones through a smartphone from pretty much anywhere, and it won’t add a cent to your regular phone bill.
It begs the question – if technology has come so far since the 80s, where will it be in another 30 years, and more importantly, how will it change the way we live?
Anyone who’s seen an episode of Black Mirror might think our potential future technologies are scary beyond belief, but according to some of Australia’s top futurists, we’re set to live in a more connected, environmentally friendly world where we have much more time.
Faster, driverless travel
The first autonomous vehicles have already been developed, and futurist and inventor Mark Pesce says that in 20 to 30 years, they will be commonplace.
He says they will not only change how we travel, but how we shop – with orders being placed online and goods arriving within hours via a driverless vehicle.
“It’s going to make its way to you, not to your address, but to wherever you are with your smartphone,” Mr Pesce says.
Futurist Chris Riddell says people won’t own cars in the future – they’ll share them, meaning buildings are less likely to need cark parks.
“The idea of having a car that you own and it sits in a car park – people will think that was crazy,” Mr Riddell says. “We’ve rapidly moved into a world where we don’t want to own stuff, we want to have things on demand.”
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