6G — the next generation of telecom networks that at a speed of one terabyte a second could download the entire New York Library in about 20 seconds.
Nextgen batteries — “Next EV technologies after lithium-ion batteries such as solid state, sodium ion, vanadium flow.” In 2020, Chinese battery maker CATL said it had developed a battery that lasts 1.24 million miles over a 16-year lifespan, and Tesla is developing batteries that can be fully charged in 10 minutes.
Oceantech — Ocean energy could provide 10% of Europe’s needs by 2050, enough to power 94 million households. The global ocean economy could reach a value of US$3 trillion by 2030.
Green Mining — Deep sea mining, set to start in 2024, could extract metals with 70% less emissions, and agromining, which is allowing plants to absorb metals in the soil and then harvesting the metals from the plants, could rehabilitate toxic lands.
Carbon Capture Storage — by 2030 annual capital expenditure for carbon capture could reach US$25 billion. By 2040-50 there could be US$1 trillion in cumulative investments.
Brain Computer Interface — Connecting brains with computers to augment humanity cognition. Early trials have allowed patients with ALS to text, bank, shop and email online.
Emotional AI — enabling AI to analyze and respond to human emotions. By 2022 your personal device will know about your emotions than your family, says BofA.
Synthetic biology — “Harnessing nature by redesigning organisms through genetic engineering to have new applications.” By 2030 most people are expected to have eaten, worn, used or been treated by something created through synthetic biology in fields like agriculture, electronics, consumer care and pharmaceuticals.
Immortality — In 2018 the World Health Organization recognized ageing as a disease. By 2029 humans could become virtually “immortal” by extending their lives through biotech and anti-aging drugs, says BofA.
Bionic humans — technology that enhances human capabilities such as exoskeletons, biohacking and implants. In 2013, the world’s first walking, talking bionic man with artificial limbs and beating heart was unveiled. In 2021, the first artificial cornea was implanted.
eVTOL — electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Three-passenger eVTOLs are expected to certified for commercial use by 2023.
Wireless electricity — The use of magnetic fields or radio waves to transmit electricity without cables. By 2025, each person will have 10 connected devices that will need to be charged.
Holograms — 6G will be needed to power these on a mobile phone but ABBA plans to release their first album in 40 years with a hologram tour.
Metaverse — virtual reality in which users interact with the environment and each other. “By the 2030s virtual reality will be totally realistic and compelling, meaning we’ll be spending more time in the virtual world than real world.”
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