Some popular predictions for the future are the theories that state the Internet will become an even more integral part of people’s everyday life -- maybe even connect to the brain and unite the world and its inhabitants on an all-encompassing level. It is also predicted that technologies will revolutionize consumerism and mobile shopping, and 3-D printing will be the end of brick-and-mortar stores.
Dr. Michio Kaku predicts that within the next 10 years, the Internet will have evolved into a “brain-net,” allowing people to share and record not only their thoughts but also their emotions. This will change the way people communicate and create whole new ways to enjoy entertainment.
Dr. James Canton believes that in the near future, wearable mobile devices will be everywhere and everyone will be linked the whole world’s collective knowledge. People will be spending a lot of time in virtual realities that allow them to communicate and visit others despite geographical distance. Avatars and AIs will eventually exist alongside humans.
In the future, shopping will all be done online, says venture capitalist Jenny Lee. The whole world will be one big market place where distance is not a concern. 3-D printing will change every industry as the technology becomes cheaper and easily accessible. Dr. Ray Kurzweil believes that it won’t be many decades before people will be downloading their clothes the way ebooks and music are downloaded now and 3-D printing them at home.