Tired of all the uncertainty and mask-wearing futility?
Want to project yourself into a future beyond our daily experience now in a pandemic bubble?
The Wall Street Journal did just that recently, so I thought I would give you my take on some of their revolutionary predictions to get you past your next quarantine.
The oven of the future. Who cooks in an oven anymore? Are we not slaves of the microwave and the ready-to-eat takeout or delivery?
The WSJ’s predictor says the oven of the future will provide microwave convenience with restaurant quality and control.
Combining super forced-air convection, steam injection and highly accurate temperature run by advanced microprocessors, you will be able to serve up fancy foods with taste in an instant.
Does this mean someone becomes the “cook” of the family again, or does everyone lend a hand for this new type of instant breakfast?
We are obsessed with tracking real-time health data using Fitbits or the new Amazon Halo, but we will do it all inside our bodies in the future, says innovative companies like Cactus.
Supposedly, if we swallow the right pill, we will have every aspect of our health analyzed in real time. Trouble is, where do we get that bottle of pills and at what cost? Does your pharmacy become your physician? Will GNC salespeople have to go to med school?
If you think your current car is ultra-computerized and intuitive (you know, like emails about oil changes and tire pressure, and a screen alerting you to wake up! You’re in the wrong lane!), that bicycle you bought to help you through the pandemic may become just as intuitive.
Using augmented reality, your bike will also be able to communicate what it needs, and more. Like the app-enabled Stromer ST3, one of the smartest rides tested last year, your new bike will come with a warning that, yes, there’s an app for that.
At MIT, futurists and engineers are working to enable your body to do more than it is now with the help of optical implants giving you superhuman vision, like X-rays in your eyes.
You might be able to read a book without opening it or see through fog on your talking bike with the right app.
Superman’s X-ray vision may indeed become a vivid reality, just like Dick Tracy’s watch has already found a place in our lives.
Your TV will become your wallpaper. That’s right folks.
Think that 100-inch TV in your man cave is the standard? In the future, today’s flat-screens will look like an off-the-rack suit compared to fine-pitch LED tiles.
By joining these ultra-high-definition screens together, an entire surface area can become your TV screen of the future and could even be dialed up to simulate wallpaper when not in use, thus saving the disastrous hanging paper routine and multiple marriages.
The tangle of wires and stacks of sensors currently needed to attempt any brain-computer interface may well be replaced by a simple earbud that will enable you to accomplish simple tech tasks like scrolling through pictures, paying at the grocery store, or choosing a response to a text, all with mind control.
According to sources, this is not very far from reality. Question is, will we have to go back to school to learn how to use this procedure? Will your wife be enabled to answer all the questions directed to you quicker?
Will youngsters automatically be able to know how all this works while older generations must take classes or read the instructions to figure it out? If you never learned how to program your VCR, you might as well forget about this one.
Finally, while LED lightbulbs today can last for ten years, by that time we could be getting our illumination from lasers using mirrors and/or fiber optics.
If you happen to own a BMW i8, you already are enjoying this technology, but in the future this same glow could be cozy enough for the bedside lamp.
Alas, despite the anticipations of our own Dr. Jerry Anderson, we can forget about zipping past traffic.
Commuters may soon be able to hop over it in their eVTOLS, electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, but the perennial dream of a jetpack will be too noisy and too limited in range. So forget about that one-man helicopter in your garage Dr. J, and just wait for the eVTOL kit instead.
Dr. Alan Clark’s editorials are available as podcasts on Apple Music, and his own predictions of the future are found in his second novel, “Setting Fire to This Life,” available at amazon.com