Flying televisions, driverless pizza delivery drones, clothes and shoes printed to perfectly fit the contours of your body, and hearty wholesome meals created with just the click of a button. This is the cool stuff awaiting us in the future, according to futurologist Doctor Thomas Frey. But when it comes to hoverboards, we probably shouldn't be getting our hopes up. The US author of Communicating With The Future and executive director and senior futurist of non-profit think tank, The Da Vinci Institute told News Ltd that he views his role as expanding people's view of what the future will hold. Do you feel empowered yet? Well perhaps these predictions will help you.
Well, at least floating televisions. Think of a massive tablet floating above you, with the ability to deliver unique sights, sounds and smells. Expect something like this within 10 to 20 years. "If you can, envision hundreds of thousands of flying devices that work together in concert, like a swarm of bees," he said. "It can get kind of crazy, and you can really go off the deep end."
Driverless pizza delivery drones
Forget scooters, in the future your pizza will be delivered by a driverless drone. Picture: Grant Parker Source: The Courier-Mail What if you could watch an ad for the most mouth watering pizza you've ever seen, select yes on your remote control and have a pizza delivered to your house within 30 seconds. With beer. Your favourite beer because it knows what you like. This technology may only be about 10 years away, according to the futurologist.
3D printing full meals
Hungry? No problems. In a few years you'll be able to print out your own food, just like on Star Trek. No word on whether we'll all develop pointy Dr Spock ears though. Source: Supplied What if instead of going to the supermarket and cooking the freshly bought ingredients into a meal, you could just pick up some printer cartridges and print dinner instead? Get excited. Scientists at MIT and Cornell university are already working on 3D printing chocolate and sweets. Full meals won't be far off, Dr Frey said. It won't be long before you can print a perfect apple, and be able to eat the stem lead and core too, and if you want you can add in banana flavouring or extra vitamin C. "Perfect organic, natural printed food sounds like an oxymoron right now, but soon it won't be," he said. And that's not all you can 3D print. Printing clothes and shoes that fit perfectly And cost half the price of what we pay in stores today. The futurologists envisions a future where you walk into a store equipped with body scanners that records your measurements and prints you a shoe or a dress that is custom designed to fit your form. This technology "will set the world on fire" and eliminate the need for manufacturing and transportation, thus lowering prices.
Futurologist Thomas Frey says flying cars, like this one from Terrafugia Transition, might not be a hit on the mass market, mainly mainly because humans are idiots and can't drive very well. Source: Supplied Don't get your hopes up on this one, Dr Frey said. Flying cars are a logistical and technological nightmare to get up in the air, mainly because humans are idiots. We are a liability to ourselves. Dr Frey said you can't put Joe Public behind the wheel of a flying car, because he'd wreak havoc and mid-air car accidents would occur. So engineers would need to develop navigation systems that can get people from place to place. You'd also need to make them roadworthy too. "The aviation industry has been fairly slow in developing this technology so we're not going to see anything that can take off for at least 20 years, bare minimum," he said.
Sadly hoverboards may not exist in the future despite everything Marty McFly and Back to the Future promised us. Source: Supplied It's the technology we all want but can't have. At least according to this futurologist. Dr Frey couldn't even predict when this technology was likely to become a reality, that's how far off this Back to the Future fantasy is. "I would love one of those as well," he said, "but the short answer is no". "It's a technology that's a little more advanced than that but we tend to skip over all these steps and go right to the end point. "It's a good question but I haven't seen any real breakthroughs in hoverboard technology." And before you get angry, just remember that the hoverboard Marty McFly used in Back to the Future wasn't real.