There has been a tremendous explosion in the growth of technology and in the past decade. We have come to enjoy technologies that were considered impossible just 20 years ago. So what does the future holds in terms of technological innovations? Following is a list of ten technologies that will have a noticeable impact on our lives in the near future

Mobile Internet

The rise of high speed internet was what built the ecommerce world of the 2000s. The smartphone revolution means that now everyone with a smartphone could access the internet. The rise of mobile internet technologies such as LTE and 4G will continue in the future. Many experts predict that mobile internet will surpass all other means of accessing Internet in near future.

Automation of Knowledge and Work

Automation using computer controlled hardware and software is not a new phenomenon. The roots can be traced back to the primitive robots of 1990s. The continuous research in the fields since then has resulted in several breakthroughs in automation of knowledge collection, categorization and application. Many experts predict that within ten years, many of the menial tasks would be automated and delegated to intelligent machines.

Internet of Things

Internet of Things is the concept that integrates real world objects with virtual objects (current and future) into a seamless net. The core idea behind Internet of Things is to allow virtual objects and physical objects to play an equal role in decision making activities. Although the research is still in early stages, the pace of the progress is enough to excite many future possibilities.

 Cloud

Cloud computing and storage have become the buzzwords for many cutting edge IT endeavours. Despite all the hype, the world we live is still dependent of physical storages and localized access to the information. However, experts predict that Cloud would become the dominant medium of information storage and interchange for individuals and organizations.

 Advanced Robotics

Robotics has been around for almost three decades. What make the idea exciting are the advancements in the fields of synthetic materials, artificial intelligence and computational logic. The future robots would be intelligent enough to replace humans in labs, surgical procedures and space explorations.

Near Autonomous Vehicles

The news of Google Autonomous Car was received with great interest all over the world. The idea that cars could drive with little or no assistance from the driver has always been the stuff of science fiction. Experts believe that this science fiction could become a science fact and a real world phenomenon by the next decade.

Advance Materials

Metals that “remember” their shapes are now theoretically viable. Material scientists are looking for organic plastics that are biodegradable, metals that repair themselves and material that could withstand the rigours of spaceflight.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy will increase its share in global power production. Experts say that the greatest beneficiary of strides in renewable energy would be space travel. The current space vehicles use solar panels as their secondary power source. Within a decade, scientists say that renewable energy sources should become the main power sources for space exploration endeavours.

 3D Printing

Today, 3D printing is treated as hobby for material scientists and enterprising hobbyists. The idea of getting the spares you need from a big printer rather than from the storage means that a lot of possibilities in many sectors of science and technology are possible. Experts imagine future space travellers using 3D printers to create anything they want without waiting for supplies from home.

Advances in Petroleum Exploration

Despite all the claims, petroleum remains the dominant source of power and raw materials all over the world. To cater to the growing needs of petroleum, exploration is underway in areas, previously considered unconventional. The major focus of the efforts is on exploring and excavating petroleum from ocean’s lower depths.