Futuristic technology that would be cool if it existed now

By Alma Fabiani

Published Oct 19, 2021 at 09:07 AM

Reading time: 3 minutes

The potential for human ingenuity is limitless. Just think how much progress we’ve made in just one century! A mere hundred years ago, it was impossible to take flight across an ocean or even travel more than ten miles from your house without getting tired.

Now there are robots on Mars surveying whether the planet is ready for our arrival. It’s enough to make us believe nothing has limitations. After all, inventions continue coming out at such high rates that anything seems possible.

It’s difficult to believe that two decades ago, the iPhone didn’t exist. Now, we are all equipped with a supercomputer in our pockets, full of high-tech games. Some people even say our phones will soon be able to do everything from taking care of you when your heart fails to diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, and maybe more too!

This innovative technology has been exponential for centuries now. What does tomorrow have lurking around its corner? Let’s have a look at some more fanciful ideas.

Personal jet packs for commuting

It’s true—jetpacks do exist, but they are not producible or at all practical. Every single version of the tech developed so far has needed fuel and money in equal amounts and it also tends to be somewhat loud, with its volume sometimes being too high for some people’s liking.

On top of all this bad news, there’s more. These things can kill you if misused, and because of that, no sane company would take that risk, especially since there were numerous accidents involving these types of devices when they were prototypes, proving personal jet packs are not financially viable yet.

Self-flying cars

The most famous attempt to create a flying car resulted in two entrepreneurial men dying during an early test. The technology has not yet been perfected and is still considered too dangerous for public use.

The idea behind creating futuristic vehicles like these may not be as far off as we think. After all, there have already been experiments with cars that can fly. Electronic engineer Henry Smolinski and mechanical engineer Hal Blake amalgamated parts from an old Cessna aeroplane and a Ford Pinto into one vehicle known as the “Frankenstein Plane.” However, when it took off on its second test flight, everything went wrong and they both died—no surprise there really…

Traveling faster than light

It’s a fact, trying to travel faster than light is physically impossible. Even if it were possible to travel at such relative teleportation velocity (which it’s not), travelling beyond the speed of sound would cause humans to explode into fragments. Under those circumstances, our bodies cannot metabolise food or water or indeed keep our guts in our stomachs. Meaning there’d be no way for us to survive.

A more practical application might have some interesting consequences. Imagine using this form of transportation as a means around natural disasters by simply being able to jump back and forth between countries, without crossing international borders or going through passport control.

Hoverboards

Hoverboards do exist (in theory anyway) and can do a whole lot more than fly. These hands-free Segways don’t excel at hovering. And if we’re lucky enough to see something like this come out of the prototype stage anytime soon, it would literally cost an arm and a leg. So don’t hold your breath, because it’s likely to kill you too…

Time travel

Yeah, it’s not happening this year or anytime soon either. But why? Because it’s impossible—an excellent idea, though. That being said, we realise that you can technically travel to the future by blasting off from Earth and going fast into space in your rocket ship chasing after light speed (like Marty McFly in Back To The Future). 

However, you have to accept that unless things change, time travel only appears in the movies or on the Starship Enterprise—because we aren’t atoms just yet, captain.

Becoming invisible

Mad inventors say that they have found a way to make objects invisible by creating an elaborate system that distracts your eye with other images. You’ll need refracting material, like glass or metal filings in front of light; energy-consuming projectors and cameras for capturing environmental cues before they happen (to match what’s happening around you); so lots of equipment, tons upon tons worth!

Researchers demonstrated this past year that there are steps being taken towards the ultimate goal of invisibility. But, this is never going to happen in real terms—it’s just smoke and mirrors (or maybe just mirrors).

A pill instead of dinner

Human beings are a bit of a curious bunch, always looking to save time. We like to find shortcuts, and there’s no food more tempting than the one-shot deal, be it in pill form or otherwise. However, while this sounds fun, it’s actually a bad idea; eating is one of the pleasures in life, so we are delighted that this almost reality is not coming to UberEats anytime soon.

Human cloning

Have you always wanted a twin? The news of human cloning has been around for years, and many people are sceptical about it. However, in the late 1990s, scientists from South Korea claimed they had successfully cloned a human embryo. When we looked into the story, we found it was only 4 per cent true as The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) reported that the experiment resulted in only four living cells after being created through scientific fertilisation techniques. The NHGRI goes on to say, “There’s currently no solid scientific evidence anyone else has cloned embryos.”

There was, however, a successful attempt at cloning a sheep. The sheep’s name was Dolly, and scientists cloned her from cells taken from the mammary gland of a six-year-old Finn Dorset sheep and an egg cell from a Scottish Blackface. Dolly’s surrogate mother gave birth to the furry little clone making controversial history way back in 1996.

Perhaps one day they will perfect human cloning, but we hope they don’t. After all, it will only be the mega-rich who will be able to afford it, and we don’t need more megalomaniacs in this world than we already have.

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