I'd like to think mine are reasonable given the current pace of some of the precursors.
1) the development of 3d printing to reach the point where clothing and solid metal objects can be made at home cheaply from a few base ingredients and they are as good as traditionally manufactured versions.
2) The 3d printers can print out all the parts you'd need for a 3d printer.
3) Using a few ingredients which have very long shelf lives, you can print food and medicines for your needs.
4) programmable matter with poppy seed resolution and color changing capability.
5) power efficiency in portable computing that can harvest the energy it needs from solar collectors on it's case (much like the solar calculators we have now).
6) closed circuit distillation toilet, and also sinks, showers, and washing machines. so that all waste water from hygene does not pollute natural water supplies and the water we use in the house will not take from the environment. Bringing the total water consumption per human on the planet to aproximately one gallon a day for drinking.
7) Broadband internet freely accessible to nearly anyplace on earth.
solar, wind and geothermal options provide the majority of energy for each household in the developed world. with the advent of storage and better materials as well as cheaper home installation costs, mixed with much higher energy efficiency in everything.
9) The first posative yield fusion reaction is demonstrated and plans begin in constructing commercial power plants.
10) recycling units, like the reverse of the 3d printers can break down most any type of trash into materials for 3d printers.
11) CO2 recycling through bacterial cultures that convert it to methane for use in powering trucks and planes and cargo ships (which burn it to produce CO2 which we filter out of the air and feed to bacterial cultures which turn it to methane... all the parts exist for this now. It's not free though, the bacteria require energy input to make the conversion, but with solar and wind and geothermal options available and ultimatey fusion...)
12) the first organ scaffold either printed or taken from animal or human sources and cleaned and repopulated with the cells of the reciever such that they have a new organ to replace a damaged or destroyed one and need not worry about rejection or graft vs host problems.
13) resolution of most immune based illnesses and inflammatory disease.
14) colony on moon and mars.
15) robotic assistants
16) life expectancy averages around 100 or more.
17) nonsurgical treatments for cancer achieve a 98% survival rate with little to no side effects.
18) aero/ hydro/ aqua- ponic farms, exist in all major cities and provide a large percentage of the food supply.
19) the first reversible stasis of organ and tissue is achieved though improved processes. Leading to the possibility of storing cells for later repair, and making organ banks possible on the same scale as blood banks.
20) off world travel within the budget of most people.
I think there is a good chance we could see these things happen in the next 35 years, if we really pull our shit together we could maybe do it in two decades. There will be much more besides but these are the things I most hope for, as they will change the very nature of the way we life and enjoy our lives, for the better.
Edited by kjaggard, 15 June 2013 - 10:23 AM.
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