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Jul 08, 2016

Mobility News Briefing - July 8

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Looking ahead to 2050... How will technology change the way we live?

The story? Ian Pearson, a futurologist with over 30 years of experience, 1600 inventions, and an accuracy record of 85%, shared 17 ways technology will change our lives by 2050 with Business Insider. We chose the top 5 that really had us SHOCKED.

5 Shocking Technology Predictions

Clothing that Enables Superhuman Skills

Think Iron Man... Pearson says we should expect to see clothing that gives people superhuman skills in the next 10 years. Hyundai has already created a smart exoskeleton suit that allows the wearer to carry up to 110 pounds with ease while collecting data on how the wearer is walking, learning as it goes how to make walking easier.

Textbooks Replaced by Virtual Reality Tools

Why read when students could travel back in time via virtual reality tools to see with their own eyes a battle taking place or an ancient artifact being discovered? With Google's Expedition App that brings users to places like the Great Barrier Reef, Pearson sees this taking of in the next decade.

Buildings with Fully Functioning Mini-Cities Inside

With the high influx of people moving into cities and the high cost of living, Pearson predicts that super tall buildings will be built that function like mini-cities. These high-rise building would provide residential space to house low and middle income families, gyms, and office spaces. Talk about all-in-one.

Computers that Plug Into People's Brains

Think Matrix... Pearson believes that nanotechnology advancements will make it possible to link people's brains to computers by 2045 or 2050. This would add a digital layer of intelligence to our brains but could go as far as to making people believe that they are living in a virtual world.

Smartphones Rendered Obsolete by Augmented Reality

When you have a bracelet or ring that is able to pull up an augmented reality screen, do you really need to carry around a smartphone as well? Pearson doesn't think so. With companies like Magic Leap that are making AR possible, Pearson says in about 10 years if you still have a smartphone, "people will laugh at you".

When looking 30 years into the future, just about anything is possible. If you're interested in learning more check out the full list of 17 Ways Technology Will Change Our Lives by 2015.

Olivia Holmes

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