Inventions & Events that we’ll probably see by the year 2012!
Posted Aug 10, 2008
These Predictions will cover from Aug 2008 to Aug 2012.
This is a multi-year Prediction Series:
Prediction #1: Vehicles will be equipped with devices that will automatically apply the brakes when you get too close to an object. …***UPDATE July 28, 2010 Headlines: “Nissan Car Brakes Automatically to Avoid Collisions” …’A new safety system developed by Nissan ties together a car-mounted radar and computer to reduce the risk of collisions…The “forward collision avoidance assist concept,” which was demonstrated by the car maker this week at its research center in Japan, keeps a watch on the road ahead with a radar system mounted behind the car’s front bumper….When the system judges the car needs to decelerate, it sounds an audible alarm and gently pushes up the accelerator pedal up and smoothly applies partial braking. If the driver doesn’t act and a collision becomes more likely it automatically applies harder braking and tightens the driver’s seatbelt.‘ …
Prediction #2: High school students can elect to go to class on the Internet. ….. ***UPDATE Oct 21, 2011 Headlines: “Online education for K-12 students” …’Knoxville, Tennessee: A blended education allows students to get through school with an online program, which can prove successful for those choosing outside the public education spectrum. Local 8 News talked to a student and staff member of a K-12 school about the programs and options available. ‘ .. ***UPDATE Nov 12, 2011 Headlines: “U.S. Public Schools Turn to Digital Education” ..’NEW YORK — In a radical rethinking of what it means to go to school, states and districts nationwide are launching online public schools that let students from kindergarten to 12th grade take some — or all — of their classes from their bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. Other states and districts are bringing students into brick-and-mortar schools for instruction that is largely computer-based and self-directed. ..Nationwide, an estimated 250,000 students are enrolled in full-time virtual schools, up 40 percent in the last three years, according to Evergreen Education Group, a consulting firm that works with online schools. More than two million pupils take at least one class online, according to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, a trade group. ..
Prediction #3: Small semi-permanent magnetic tattoos will Identify children if they are lost. …***UPDATE Aug 11, 2011 Headlines: “Electronic skin tattoo has medical, gaming, spy uses” …’A hair-thin electronic patch that adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo could transform medical sensing, computer gaming and even spy operations, according to a US study published Thursday.
Prediction #4: Forensics will ID a person at a crime scene with a device that can see aura like energy patterns.
Prediction #5: New MRI like device uses light waves to see illnesses… ***UPDATE Dec 14, 2009 Headlines: ‘Star Trek’ gadget to detect cancer’ …‘A Star Trek-style gadget that can detect cancers and other diseases without the need for surgery is being developed by scientists’ …***UPDATE Jan 26, 2010 Headlines: ‘New technology gives 3-D views of arteries‘ …’Cardiologists could soon have 3-D images of patients’ coronary arteries at their fingertips and better treat heart disease thanks to a new software unveiled by researchers on Tuesday.
Prediction #6: New Biometrics devices can ID 10 to 50 things about you even what you’ve eaten in last 24-hrs with just a DNA sample… ***INFO Nov 11, 2008 Headlines: “Why veins could replace fingerprints and retinas as most secure form of ID“
Prediction #7: Improvement in DNA research will identify & cure almost all diseases… ***INFO May 17, 2011 Headlines: “San Francisco man becomes first in history to be ‘cured’ of AIDS” … “Timothy Ray Brown, a 45-year-old San Francisco man previously known to the medical community as “the Berlin patient,” has become the first person to ever be cured of AIDS“. …After a stem cell bone marrow transplant, doctors say his HIV, the infection which causes AIDS, was eradicated. …His bone marrow donor was one of a very small percentage of people who are immune to HIV. He received a second bone marrow transplant after a resurgence of Leukemia, which he’s also since been cured of. ..Doctors still aren’t exactly sure what part of his treatment allowed his body to purge the virus, but clinical trials are scheduled to begin in 2012. ..
Prediction #8: Low Orbit Space travel will be commonplace… ***UPDATE Oct 23, 2008 Headlines: “The new Concorde: Supersonic jet will get you from London to New York in just three hours“…***UPDATE Dec 2, 2008 Headlines: “Company selling rides to the edge of space for $95,000” … ***UPDATE Dec 07, 2009 Headlines: ‘VIRGIN GALACTIC unveils first commercial spaceship…‘ …’ Billionaire Richard Branson Monday unveiled the first commercial passenger spaceship, a sleek black-and-white vessel that represents an expensive gamble on creating a commercial space tourism industry’ …
Prediction #9: Home magnetic healing devices will be mainstream… ***INFO Oct 20, 2008 Headlines: “Magnet device aims to treat depression patients“ …
Prediction #10: Electric cars will be the standard that can run all week on a single charge.
Prediction #11: New anti theft device will virtually eliminate auto theft,
Prediction #12: Every car will be equipped a GPS system and cameras and will record all driving activities on a car computer in case of an accident. ……***UPDATE May 24, 2011 Headlines: “Feds Mandate Tracking Device Be Installed On All New Cars” …’Federal Government mandate to install a “black box” on all new cars means your car will soon become a high-tech tracking device… …The feds will mandate next month that all new cars be fitted with a black box, according to news reports. So-called black boxes record information about speed, seat belt use and brake application. ‘ …***UPDATE Sept 06, 2011 Headlines: “Are Government Mandated Rear-View Car Cameras in Our Future?” …’The new regulation would require all passenger vehicles weighing up to 10,000 pounds and sold in the United States to have the new technology by 2014, requiring 10 percent of all U.S. auto-makers to install the cameras in their 2012 models. The organization says the cameras could help cut these accidents by a third‘. ..
Prediction #13: New understanding of how the brain works will allow doctors to erase bad memories in the brain and reprogram them with pleasant thoughts… ***UPDATE Oct 23, 2008 Headlines: “Traumatic memories ‘could soon be erased from your mind‘… “Scientists say they are able to erase painful memories, paving the way for new treatments of debilitating phobias and stress disorders“ …***UPDATE Dec 10, 2009 Headlines: ‘Bad memories can be erased without using drugs, reveal scientists’ …’It has been the stuff of science fiction for decades. Now scientists have found a way to wipe out painful memories. ..They have shown that if we are forced to recall something negative very shortly after the experience, it can be ‘rewritten’ for the better’.. ..***UPDATE Oct 04, 2011 Headlines: “Pill that can wipe away bad memories?” . Scientists unfold the secrets of how the brain handles stress Traumatic experiences could soon be no more than a distant memory thanks to a ground-breaking pill. …’Scientists have unlocked some of the secrets of how the brain deals with stress – paving the way for a drug that eases painful memories. ..Within a decade we could have a pill that would help those haunted by car crashes, as well as sufferers of crippling phobias.’:
Prediction #14: All televisions screens will be transparent and as thin as a dime.. …***UPDATE Oct 31, 2011 Headlines: “Why your next phone might be bendable” …’Last week, Nokia demoed a mind blowing prototype handheld device that lets you bend and twist the screen to complete actions like scrolling and zooming. …’Meanwhile, Samsung said on an earnings call last week that it expected to debut phones with flexible displays in 2012 and that flexible tablets would follow‘.
Prediction #15: All food labels will have a color coded sticker that will change color when the food is spoiled or tampered. ***UPDATE Feb 11, 2009 Headlines: “Smart label can indicate product freshness, says developers” …’A ‘smart’ barcode for food packaging can inform consumers and retailers whether refrigerated food products such as chicken, milk and beef are no longer fresh, says the development team… .Smart label can indicate product freshness, says developers‘ ….
Prediction #16: Clothing will be able to electrically change colors at a push of a button. . ***UPDATE May 13, 2011 Headlines: “Students Design Futuristic Hi-Tech Clothes” …The garments we’ll wear in the future will be different than our clothes today. Not just different colors, styles or fabrics. Future fashion will be smart. Our clothes may be able to reduce our stress levels or change color based on our mood. ..Several examples of advanced textile technology were showcased by students at MICA – the Maryland Institute College of Arts – recently.. ..
Prediction #17: Pneumatic shoes will be adjustable so you can increase or lower your height at will for comfort.
Prediction #18: Collar devices for animals can be activated to allow the owner to let them sleep while they are away in a state of suspended animation.
Prediction #19: Painless Laser tattoos will be the rave with life-like pictures being placed on the body.
Prediction #20: Computer hard drives will be as small as a grain of sand. …***UPDATE Oct 31, 2011 Headlines: “Beyond Mobile: A Computer the Size of a Grain of Sand” …’Personal computers, notebooks, smartphones, and tablets followed, and the latest entry — a millimeter-scale computerized eye pressure monitor — was displayed last month at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco.’ …
Prediction #21: Body worn devices that can electrically induce a tan will be common.
Prediction #22: Whole computers will be the size of a matchbox and can be plugged into a car to receive the Internet anywhere you go like an Ipod or mp3 player does now.
Prediction #23: Wireless biometric devices will safeguard our homes and allow family members to come and go but will alert you if a stranger approaches…and store that information in case a crime is committed.
Prediction #24: Windows in you car will automatically change different colors based on the temperature outside to cool your car or for protection from the sun.
Prediction #25: Devices used by police can scan a person from a distance to determine their mental threat level & will be used in airports. … ***UPDATE July 20, 2011 Headlines: “Cops to Use Facial Recognition iPhone” ..’ARE U.S. COPS PREPARING WIDESPREAD USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION IPHONE?’ …Starting as early as September, cops across the country may be using a new iphone-based device to identify people based on a picture of their face, iris scan, or a fingerprint reader, raising concerns about how the data will be gathered, stored, and used. ‘
Prediction #26: A merit system will be in place to rank public officials that will determine if they can run for office again.
Prediction #27: Children under 21 years of age will be running for public office during this time… ***UPDATE June 9, 2009 Headlines: ‘16-year-old runs for city council…‘ … ‘Fremont Teen Runs for City Council‘ .. ***UPDATE Nov 8, 2011 Headlines: “18-year-old wins Iowa mayoral race...” ..’Teenager is mayor-elect in small eastern Iowa town’ ..AREDALE (KWWL) -Decision 2011 ends with an eastern Iowa high school senior now holding the title mayor-elect. Voters in Aredale, in Butler County, cast 24 write-in votes for 18-year-old Jeremy Minnier. It was enough to defeat incumbent mayor, 76-year-old Virgil Homer, who got just eight votes.:.
Prediction #28: New Synthetically produced foods will rival organic foods for healthiness… ***UPDATE Jan 27, 2010 Headlines: ‘No-Kill Test Tube Meat Nears In vitro meat’s evolution’ …’With the meat industry’s demands on the environment multiplying, New Harvest’s Jason Matheny says we’re getting closer to creating a processed product that will have significantly less impact. Coming to the rescue is a dedicated consortium of international scientists, particularly a research group funded by the Dutch government, who have made dramatic progress toward the production of in vitro meat’ …..***UPDATE Sept 16, 2011 Headlines: “The wild possibilities of printing food“… The newest 3-D food printer, now being honed at CCML, can produce: tiny space shuttle-shaped scallop nuggets and cakes or cookies that, when you slice into them, reveal a special message buried within, like a wedding date, initials (image below) or a corporate logo. They can also make a solid hamburger patty, with liquid layers of ketchup and mustard, or a hamburger substitute that’s made from vegan or raw foods….
Prediction #29: Teachers will be replaced with interactive computer generated people in some electronic classrooms.
Prediction #30: Light sources for our homes will last years without electricity.
Prediction #31: Standard work weeks will be cut back to a 4 day week so families will spend more time together. ….***UPDATE May 05, 2011 Headlines: “2 Pennsylvania School Districts Weigh 4-Day Weeks” … …***UPDATE Aug 21, 2011 Headlines: “South Dakota School Districts Eliminate Friday Classes To Save Money” IRENE, S.D. — When the nearly 300 students of the Irene-Wakonda School District returned to school this week, they found a lot of old friends, teachers and familiar routines awaiting them. But one thing was missing: Friday classes.‘ .
Prediction #32: Commercial trucks and cars will be driven by remote control without drivers on routine routes.
Prediction #33: New homes will be built with super lightweight synthetic energy-saving panels that are as strong as steel but allow a home to be built at 1/4 of the cost now without using wood, saving trees.
Prediction #34: Eye glasses will be worn that will have a tiny camera inside that can record & store everything you’ve seen during the day for later playback on a computer.
Prediction #35: Wireless devices the size of a shoe box will heat and cool your home.
Prediction #36: Food will be heated with devices without burning you if you touch it.
Prediction #37: Beds will be designed to protect you and allow you to sleep without interruption from noise or negative energy.
Prediction #38: Water used for showers in our homes will be immediately sanitized and ready for re-use locally…***UPDATE Aug 25, 2009 Headlines: ‘Scientists design plant filtration system that lets you drink your own SHOWER water’ …
Prediction #39: New dissoluble paper products will allow us to reduce trash to a small amount compared to that of today.
Prediction #40: Complete homes will be modular and portable so when you move they can be taken apart and relocated easily.
Prediction #41: Mentally ill people can elect to have brain transplants so they can live a normal life.
Prediction #42: New booths will be common where a person can enter and have their energy fields reprogrammed to remove negative vibrations and balance your system to feel good.
Prediction #43: Children and parents will be able to read each others thoughts without talking… ***UPDATE Oct 07, 2009 Headlines: ‘Brain-to-brain communication demonstrated’ …’Brain-to-brain (“B2B”) communication has been achieved for the first time by Dr. Christopher James of the University of Southampton’ ..
Prediction #44: New Wireless Energy devices placed near beds will safely allow women to keep from getting pregnant if they don’t want too… ***INFO Jan 04, 2010 Headlines: ‘Forget Viagra! Sound waves can send your sex life into orbit‘ …
Prediction #45: Marriages licenses will be based on contracts of 4 yrs, 8 yrs, etc. in the future. **UPDATE Sept 29, 2011 Headlines: “‘Til 2013 do us part? Mexico mulls 2-year marriage“. MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico City lawmakers want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by giving them an easy exit strategy: temporary marriage licenses….”The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends,” said Leonel Luna, the Mexico City assemblyman who co-authored the bill.“
Prediction #46: Multiple partner marriages will be allowed in some States.
Prediction #47: There will not be any (economic) borders with Mexico or Canada in the future, only one continent..
Prediction #48: Schools will segregate boys from girls to promote higher learning in some classes. …***UPDATE Jan 12, 2011 Headlines: “Syracuse school board votes to put boys and girls in separate classes at Clary Middle School” ..’Syracuse, NY — Next fall Clary Middle School will become the first school in the Syracuse district to divide its boys and girls into separate classes.’ …