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Jun2013

Technology in 2050

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The rate of technological progression throughout the past two centuries has been flabbergasting to say the least. Indeed, even the pace of progress throughout the last two decades has been astonishing, as we’re constantly introduced to new gadgets, machines and products. Based on such development, it is fair to say that by 2050, the world will be a completely different place technologically. Here is a small glimpse into the future and a look at the different machines and gadgets that are being prepared to grace our world.

Space Elevators

The practice of space tourism is expected to begin within the next two years. By 2015 commercial space flights will take human beings beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and back. The industry is predicted to be worth billions in twenty years or so.
The concept of space elevators – worked on by Japanese construction company Obayashi Corp – takes things even further. Carrying passengers into space at roughly 124mph, it’ll take just over a week for these space tourists to reach their destination – a space station 22,000 miles above Earth.

Bio fuel Airplanes

The need for an environmentally friendlier approach to how we do many things on Earth is much needed. The challenge of combating global warming is amongst humankind’s most important in the 21st Century. In fact, it is a challenge that must be met within the next hundred years at most – and many environmentalists will tell you that change needs to happen sooner.
With airplanes causing a significant amount of pollution contributing to global dimming and climate change, many people are calling for a greener alternative or solution.
Bio fuel airplanes might be the innovation to save the day. A seaweed powered supersonic airplane called the ZEHST aircraft, is being developed by EADS, a global pan European aerospace and defence corporation based in the Netherlands.
What’s even more exciting to hear is that its speed will reach around 5000kmph, cutting the 11 hour flight of Paris to Tokyo, to 2.5 hours.

Electric Highways

The development of electric cars has been an interesting one. The batteries that power electric cars make them extremely heavy without a decent mileage generated on a single charge – affordably at least anyway. Even the Tesla Model S, which achieves 300 miles per charge, costs a lot of money to cost and maintain.
Another problem is the time taken to fully charge up these batteries. The Tesla Model S takes hours to charge – far too much hassle compared to a quick two minute fuel top up at the petrol station.
For this reason, two solutions are being worked on that are expected to come to fruition around 2020.
The first is electric highways that will allow electric cars to travel long distances through embedded coils in the road. Electric coils that can transfer power to similar coils built under our electric cars will allow our cars to be topped up on the go. The idea has already been lab tested by engineers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, who aim to have it up and running by 2020.
Another idea is lithium-air batteries that can achieve 500 miles per charge. IBM are working on this idea, and they also plan on actualizing it by 2020.

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