One hundred years ago cars were relatively new and barely anyone had a telephone. Official correspondence was typed on a typewriter (or written by hand). The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world, and would be for another 13 years.
Despite the changes, most of us would recognise the world of our great-great-grandparents. It might seem a little inconvenient, but we’d cope. On the flip side, if our ancestors turned up today, there’d be some things that would be a bit confounding, such as the internet or mobile phones but, again, most would be extensions or improvements on ‘existing tech’.
This infographic by Futurism puts us in the shoes of our great-great-grandchildren, looking at some of the prophesied technological change we might expect in 100 years’ time. Some of it, like suborbital spaceflight allowing high speed flight across the world, or telescopes that let us see the farthest reaches of the universe, might seem like a natural evolution from where we are now.
But how many of us would expect to find underwater cities or ‘earthscrapers’ instead of skyscrapers? What about drones that 3D print homes, or a terraformed Mars?
It’s fun to daydream about what life might be like in the future. In reality though, technology is changing at such a rapid pace that we probably can’t even imagine what lies ahead.
At the very least, there had better be hoverboards.