Good news, everyone.
Over the weekend I quietly celebrated the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future by Googling one thing: hover boards.
But while we don’t have them yet, despite the iconic 1985 film’s predictions, there are plenty of other amazing things on the horizon for human beings – and most aren’t that far off. Phew.
Here are six awesome reasons not to worry about the future. At all.
1. Solar roadways.
A former electrical engineer in the US has invented a type of solar panel that could be used to pave roads, footpaths and parking lots to create energy farms and generate power for the whole planet.
Their inventor, Scott Brusaw, ran a highly successful crowdfunding campaign to support his research and received donations from people in 165 companies worth more than USD two million.
If successful, the project could mean the end of power shortages and the need to burn coal and fossil fuels.
It would also mean that electric cars could recharge anywhere, so we would no longer need to run vehicles on petrol.
Find out more about the project here (post continues after video):
2. Self-driving cars.
The vehicles contain sensors, which can detect objects up to two football fields away and help them to navigate city streets.
There is a lot of testing that needs to be done to ensure the vehicle’s safety, but we could see them on the market in a number of years.
That would mean that aged or visually impaired people wouldn’t have to give up driving, you could spend your trip to work doing whatever you want and most importantly, 1.2 million lives could be saved each year as car accidents became a thing of the past.
3. Living longer.
It might seem hard to believe, but in the near future, advances in biomedical technology could mean that humans in developing countries could live well past 120.
Innovations in organ replacement and stem-cell therapies are being proven, cancer survival rates are increasing slowly but surely and we have learnt a lot about disease prevention, from healthy eating to how to exercise better.
And now that we’re living dramatically longer and healthier lives we should all be thinking about our superannuation to make sure that we’re also living comfortably as we age. Putting aside just $20 a week will make a huge difference down the track. It’s an easy, smart thing to do right now that will pay off big time in the future.