On our 21st birthday, our team at HealthCare21 covered the significant advancements within the healthcare sector that occurred over the past 21 years. We then covered 21 developments that will be shaping the future of medical communications and healthcare delivery, which ends today with our 21st post on what the future holds for us.
21.So, what will 2040 have in store for us with regard to life, health and technology? Experts say we will have computers as ‘smart’ as humans that will conduct research for us, pushing artificial intelligence to a new level. Nano machinery will pave the way in devising new cures for most sicknesses, removing fat from arteries, blood clots from brains and misbehaving cells from the body, i.e., cancer etc.
You will most likely not need to ‘go to the doctor’, but rather establish a simple remote connection so the doctor can view your details, levels of molecules and their variation over time in your system. We will all be wearing a huge range of sensors, chips and implanted devices (Star Trek-style) that would constantly monitor parameters such as blood pressure, blood sugar and blood oxygen levels. Scientists even claim they may be able to erase and store memories – ever had a memory you wanted to watch later like Dumbledore?
Gene therapy, stem-cell and nanoscale medicine may help us live forever and look much younger, barring an accident or fatal disease. The elderly will stay mobile for much longer with the help of exoskeletons – artificial, externally-worn support structures. The world population is forecasted to reach 9,157,233,000 and we will live increasingly urban and substantially longer lives, many of us having embraced our beloved cyborg legacy. Along with artificial limbs, enhanced sight and hearing, integrated circuits will help us with most daily tasks. Most of us will be identified with something akin to an RFID chip, probably in the form of something like a miniscule smart phone or spectacles with mobile displays.
Teaching will probably change…again, away from online classes with thousands of participants to completely personalised tutors acting through your augmented reality contact lenses, i.e., projecting your desired learning course, the world will be paperless. Smartphones will have more or less disappeared, replaced by control centres we will wear in a series of about 19 devices around your body. The global number of internet-connected devices is predicted to reach 171,570,000,000, with global mobile traffic hitting 644 exabytes and global internet traffic growing to 1,628 exabytes, the list goes on. It seems obvious, but technological advancement will continue to accelerate. Progress isn’t linear and so we can expect to see much more change in the years to come than was seen in the years that have passed.
The future certainly holds something exciting for all of us and only time will tell what exactly that will be.