10 Human Transformations we may all be enjoying by 2030

By Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington, April Koury, and Maria Romero

We are entering the age of artificial intelligence (AI) where radical growth in human productivity, enabled by bio-technological enhancements, is just around the corner. Rather than wither away in the face of AI, humanity is now positioned for an evolutionary leap through the inventions being pioneered today in human augmentation science.

 

Here are 10 enhancements that may change our lives in the coming decade:

1. Instant Content Upgrades

In the next 10-15 years we could be able to perform instant content updates to the human brain e.g. uploading a new language, a map, knowledge about a client or project, and key information prior to a romantic date or a business meeting.  This would be achieved either through direct downloads to our web-connected brains or via plug-in memory devices for more confidential information.

2. Brain-Computer Interface

Wireless communication between our brains and an array of connected devices could become a reality.  From computers and phones to domestic appliances and in-car entertainment systems – we would be able to operate gadgets with our thoughts. These wearable or implanted sensors and transmission devices would allow us to communicate as we do with Siri and Alexa today, but without saying a word.

3. Smart contact lenses

Who needs screens when you have eyes that can be turned into visual interfaces? Every device could easily connect with your smart contact lenses and present the information you desire such as augmented reality overlays of a city as you sightsee. Your requests would be communicated using eye movement, gestures, words, or telepathic commands.

 

4. Reality Check Implant

This personal detection system would allow us to control our experience of mixed reality, VR, and AR sensory stimulation environments.  The system would block out photoshopping, virtual, augmented, digital or holographic imagery, and other sensory inputs whenever the wearer wants to “keep it real.”

5. Wear Your Reputation on Your Sleeve

One’s online reputation may become a valuable form of currency in the future, and be considered in job-seeking or credit applications, for example. Tattoos or embedded objects could change, grow, morph, and otherwise shape-shift depending on one’s fluctuating online reputation score.  A score might be comprised of the number of social media contacts, shares, likes, or uploads.

6.  Immersive Experiential Technologies

Augmented, multi-sensory, and immersive mixed or virtual reality could create opportunities for new types of life experience. For example, feeling the bed linen, tasting the food, and smelling the bathroom fragrances of a hotel on the other side of the world as part of choosing where to visit. Possibly consume a range of experiences direct from your living room, in place of travelling; immerse yourself on the sights, sounds, and smells of the Serengeti while you eat your takeaway pizza.

7.  3D Cloner:  See and Print

This device would allow a product to be identified and 3D printed in real time and “on sight” with special optical lens implants which trigger the cloning of the item being viewed by the wearer, like taking a snapshot.  Clothing, food, and even medical products like prosthetic arms or legs could be created instantaneously on the spot, “cloning” whatever item the user glances at, and transmitting them to be produced on 3D printing machines.

 

8.  Always a Good Hair Day

A gene-altering pill that could change a hairstyle within fifteen minutes from straight to curly would save time and energy since styling is eliminated from the daily routine, and there would be no need to visit the hair salon.  furthermore, toxic beauty products could be eliminated from women’s daily regimens with this enhancement.  This would also be ideal for traveling to extremely humid or dry climates.  This pill’s popularity could surge in regions where climate change is already having an effect.

9.  VR Empathy Machine: Walk a Mile in My Shoes*

Conflict resolution would be simplified with VR empathy films which allow friends, family members, teachers, students, bosses, workers, and even litigators in court to literally see the world through each other’s eyes.   Benefits would include greater interpersonal intimacy and understanding, elimination of sibling rivalries, and dealing swiftly with difficult people.

*Requires pre-installation of memory recording device.

10.  Elephant Man or Woman

Imagine never forgetting anything ever again.  Elephants are believed to have the longest memory of any living creature. With the help of neural implants, now people can remember forever, too!  These implants, possibly in the form of a “neural lace” lattice of tiny sensors under or just above the skull, could improve memory and may ultimately also prevent Alzheimer’s disease.  This would make a perfect gift for the radical age-extender in your life, or elderly relatives who’ve not yet started showing signs of dementia.

These may seem like something out of the pages of a Richard Morgan novel, but by 2030 they could be, not just reality, but commonplace.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington, Maria Romero, and April Koury are from Fast Future which publishes books from future thinkers around the world exploring how developments such as AI, robotics and disruptive thinking could impact individuals, society and business and create new trillion-dollar sectors. Two new books from Fast Future are: ‘Beyond Genuine Stupidity – Ensuring AI Serves Humanity’, and ‘The Future – Reinvented: Reimagining Life, Society, and Business’. See: www.fastfuture.com

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