Many thought that by the turn of the century the elixir to longevity would have been developed, flying cars would be a thing of the past, and humans would be intertwined with robotics. Although we have come close to attaining SOME of these things, maybe the bar was simply set too high for us. We’ve come close because we have come a long way since the Industrial Revolution and the future is bright for things to get better (hopefully.)
From 3-D printing, to robotic arms, to holograms on ice cream covers, there are quite a few instances that indicate we are already in the future.
Here are 22 pieces of evidence that confirm we are living in the future.
1. With the bombardment of advertisement and this attitude of BUY BUY BUY, billboards need to be a little more creative in order to catch our attention. That’s why this subway tunnel ad is both creative and entertaining. As the subway flies by, the girl’s hair sways with the wind. Creepy, eh?
2. Robots are becoming increasingly more human-like. We should be worrying about robots who make no mistakes, and never come in late taking our jobs. Kind of like I, Robot, no? Maybe you’re reading an article that was written by a robot!
3. What can we do if we want to interact with people whose languages we don’t understand? There is an app that can translate different languages in real time as you speak. Welcome to the future indeed.
4. Neil Degrasse Tyson wanted to term people born after 1995 ‘Generation Exoplanets.’ People born after that year were exposed to the idea that there can be life outside of our planet. Since 1995 the potential of life-harboring planets existing has grown exponentially.
5. People who suffer from Parkinson’s disease have trouble performing daily functions. Simple tasks like ladling soup or eating a salad are extremely difficult for those who suffer from Parkinson’s. A spoon with stabilizing technology has been invented to help those with Parkinson’s eat without having to be fed by others.
6. I don’t know the functionality behind this. But there are holograms that can be seen through your phone on ice cream containers. What classical music has to do with Haagen-Dazs is beyond me. I wonder what Ben and Jerry’s would have as their hologram?
I wonder if you can hear the music they’re playing too? Would it still have the hologram if you ate the tub of ice cream? And in the future would these holograms be 3D and jump out at you?
7. There are chemicals that reject liquid. So even if you poured water on it, it wouldn’t get wet. If you placed this chemical all over your suit, no amount of mud, dirt, coffee, or beer would ruin your sweet outfit.
8. Cities are growing at an exponential rate. Back when buildings and infrastructure took years to build, now they can be thrown up at an incredible pace. With the human population in the world growing just as fast, cities and buildings need to be erected at the same pace in order to accommodate for this growth.
9. This is Shanghai now and that above picture was Shanghai in 1987. In just 30 years the amount of infrastructure that has been built, and the growth of the overall city is stunning. What’s even more crazy is that in other cities besides Shanghai, they exhibit similar albeit smaller scale growth.
10. Computers not only used to literally cost a fortune but they also weighed the equivalent of a male buffalo. They were slow, inefficient, and did I mention heavy and cumbersome? Yeah, nowadays, tablets, smartwatches, and even our smartphones completely outperform those old machines!
11. There is a library full of strictly digital books. You can go and scan the bar code of the ‘book’ with your phone and the book will be yours to read. This invention isn’t for those who like actually flipping pages, and the smell of recycled paper itself. But it’s definitely convenient and accessible!
12. Getting into space is advanced enough as it is. Seeing planets that we never thought of reaching is extraordinary and futuristic. But astronauts are taking selfies in space and then sending it back to Mother Earth. THAT’s amazing!
13. The invention of the green screen. Instead of using CGI or spending thousands of dollars to actually go to certain places across the globe, the green screen is a background that can be projected as anything on a computer.
14. If automatic sliding doors don’t do it for you, there’s an origami-like door that will fold itself to open and fold itself to close. All that’s required of you is to pull it to unfold and push it to fold close. This is perfect for the ultimate minimalist in you.
15. Using a computer that will track where the piece of trash will fall, it can correspond this data to a robotic trash can that will receive this data and catch the trash before it reaches the ground. No more excuses for littering now!
16. Bionic arms help give those with prosthetic limbs a chance to regain the use of their lost limb. Although advanced in its capability to carry items, push carts or to hug an individual, it is not quite as advanced as its counterpart below.
Bionic hands are much more intricate and advanced in this way. It is able to map the nerves that run down the arm and receive signals that are fired from the brain. Due to the intricacies in the hand, you can accomplish the most detailed of tasks.
17. 3D imaging is pretty cool. To print something basically out of thin air is absolutely amazing. And then to be able to print things like organs and limbs is even crazier. But using an Occulus Rift to make 3D models? Now that’s futuristic.
18. Phones used to be these chunky machines that were stationary and could only be used to call people. Now you can take pictures, record videos, interview one another, video chat, play games, watch videos, it can literally do anything. Essentially you have a miniature computer in your pocket. I wonder what future ‘phones’ would look like…
19. There are bathrooms that are see-through! Wait, how is that futuristic? Well, when you go into the bathroom and lock the door, the glass obscures and becomes opaque. When you leave or when the door is unlocked, the glass becomes see-through. No need to knock anymore!
20. Scientists have begun making videos out of human memories. Yes, there can be a physical or visual representation of your thoughts. That’s kind of scary in my opinion. Eerily reminiscent of 1984 and the Thought Police, don’t you think?
21. Back then seeing each other actually required meeting somewhere and setting a designated time. And if you were to go halfway across the world, then the only way to communicate would be by letters or the old-fashioned email. But nowadays with the advent of FaceTime and Skype, we can see each other anytime, anywhere.
22. Apparently transparent cars are being developed. I don’t know how this could be useful or how it wouldn’t be dangerous to both drives and pedestrians but I guess they’re working on making one.