Visualizing "Things To Come" - A Timeline Of Future Technology

Making predictions about future technology is both fun and notoriously difficult.

However, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins explains, such predictions also serve a very practical purpose for investors and business leaders, since failing to adapt to changing industry paradigms can completely decimate a business venture, turning it into the next Blockbuster, Kodak, or Sears.

Today’s infographic from Futurism rounds up some of the most interesting predictions about the future, from trusted sources such as Scientific American and The National Academy of Sciences.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist


The confluence of robotics, artificial intelligence, and increasing levels of automation is a prevailing trend throughout the projected timeline of future technology.

In less than 10 years, we will be able to control machines based on eye movements, while ingesting nano-sized robots to repair injuries from within our bodies. Later on, it’s also expected that the next wave of AI will be a reality: by 2036, predictive AI will be able to predict the near-future with impressive precision. Elections, weather, geopolitical events, and other dynamic systems will be analyzed in real-time using thousands or millions of data streams.

Even further down the line, human brains and machines will be continue to become closer to interfacing directly, creating all kinds of possibilities.


If you think the current progress in clean energy is exciting – wait until you see the technologies in the queue.

The future of battery technology will include carbon-breathing batteries that turn CO2 into generate electricity, as well as diamond-based “nuclear batteries” that run off of nuclear waste.

Meanwhile, solar power will be even cheaper as cells operate at near 100% efficiency, and commercial fusion power will be available by 2044. Climate change will also be tackled by interesting techniques, such as geoengineering with calcite aerosols, and carbon sequestration.


Want to see more bold predictions about the future of technology?

Check out the future of alternative energy, the military, or the futuristic tech that could be inside your home.

Lastly, check out some very speculative predictions about what the world could look like, 100 years from now.


Manthong Conscious Reviver Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:06 Permalink

  Where the F are the sex bots on that list??? Obviating nagging women and trans-gender affiliation should be on the top of that tech list. Think about the word “androgynous” and then contemplate what socialist lib-tards have in store for your progeny. I laughed my ass off whilst penning this... if you do not get a laugh... you are totally clueless. having rethunk this or  ..   A LIB-TARD 

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any_mouse Conscious Reviver Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:21 Permalink

And the over emphasis on the necessity to sequester carbon.

Batteries that use CO2 to produce power, simultaneously solving issues of fossil fuel power gen and global warming.

Then there are the designer anti-virals to defeat the designer virals.

Oh yeah, the NON-hackable Internet? NSA. It will be hackable and the super secret hacking tools will get into the wild.

What is the ROEI for deep sea volcanic mining? I guess better than asteroids.

A diamond with a nuclear core. Okay, that would be a great Valentine's Day present. Here honey, keeps this around your neck and close to your heart.

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Common_Law Crash Overide Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:40 Permalink

They have been suppressing the "spintronics revolution" since Tesla. Also know as zero point/energy from the vacuum/quantum tunneling. It's all a similar way of making useful power from quantum phenomenon.There is so much disinformation on the topic it's ridiculous. They seem to let hobbyists get away with it, but anything that scales or sells gets killed literally or figuratively.http://www.cheniere.org

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wisefool Wed, 07/19/2017 - 03:46 Permalink

Seems legit. If you want to know what happens after this abreviated tech tree, check out the old (1999) sid meir game called "Alpha Centari"

wisefool Byte Me Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:36 Permalink

Yep. But remember that tech tree and game itself was pre-911 physics. In 2001 western civlization reverted back to the stone age when jet fuel melted steel beams, and our NIST said it was true.I don't know who has it worse: Us old timers who knew how things actually worked, or the post 911 exceptional american kids who can not ever truly get there because they have been lobotomized at some percentage.It might be a known known percentage. An unknown known percentage. A known unknown precentage, or an unknown unknown percentage. But no matter what : Donny Rumsfeld is the guy who pushed these kids streachers to the OR.

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Byte Me wisefool Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:59 Permalink

TBAH - (Uncommon in these parts) - I was playing the upfeatured (but less enjoyable) Alien Crossfire at daybreak this morning as I had a spare pair of hours.The only constant that has remained constant (and SMAC is now 20 yrs old if you count the early betas), is that tech dev has REMAINED white hot despite MSM and elitist "not so fast" rhetoric.The pace has accelerated markedly in the C21 first decades.Volcanic mining? (Thermal boreholes for you and I) Not too likely on this timeline. IMHO.Super antivirals? Give me a fucking break. Gene warfare seems to have been going on since forever. It's a rich field in sci-fi, the media (from Quatermass to Doomwatch and Out of tthe Unknown just to scratch the surface)Side topic. There was a HEADLINE BBC News at one piece abt 4 yrs ago with a very solemn George Alagaia informing the Brit masses abt Elon Musk's 'game changing' Power Edge' dickwad battery.Utter MSM BS. The energetics and upfront investment costs were bollocks - no ROCI. Nice for berks with too much cash and a poser complex. George average - not so much.And a million other disinfo mindgames.I don't know who has it worse: Us old timers who knew how things actually worked, or the post 911 exceptional american kids who can not ever truly get there because they have been lobotomized at some percentage.We are. They are mostly oblivious. We have to watch this slowmotion genocide with the clear knowledge that it's a crock.

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Superdude Wed, 07/19/2017 - 03:48 Permalink

Nuclear batteries already exist on small scale. If big money get behind the technology no device within ten years will have a power cord. The main flaw in the article is that technology evolves exponentially and the article presents a linear progression. 

OverTheHedge Wed, 07/19/2017 - 03:54 Permalink

I seem to remember NASA tried the eye control thing, but gave it up when astronauts got bored and started looking at things when not needed - chaos ensued. Do you want your tv to turn on, just because you looked in its direction?My prediction for the future - Margaret Atwood  style enclaves of tech amid ruins and peasants grubbing a meaningless existence, talking about the mythical past when life was fun.

mkkby OverTheHedge Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:02 Permalink

A supercomputer in everyone's pocket... But all it's used for is shitty advertising, porn and endlessly texting fake friends about nothing.Until the basic moron human changes, nothing of substance will happen.  Mine the solar system for what?  So banksters can maintain control over resources and tax everything.Create super uber vaccines/antiboitics/etc...  So banksters can maintain a medical monopoly and extract every last dime you have, or you will die.Under sea cities, for what?  So banksters can sell land and mortgages in an untapped market.

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Baron Samedi Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:38 Permalink

Two classic (telling?) misses:  --- Zero-point energy--- Anti-gravityDestroy the energy and conventional transort cartels; effectively annul the transportation "security" (charade) control grid. Also seems to be missing portable (personal) direct energy weapons.Full-sized(+) dynamic holography would more compactly generalize that area of (overdue) advance.   

JerseyJoe Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:08 Permalink

How about people stop wasting money chasing "Climate Change" (formerly known as weather) fraud?

Google ten climate change lies. Epic smack down.

Lumpen Pro Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:08 Permalink

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Now, second, consider textile technologies… These major developments in textile technology, as well as those of Wyatt and Paul (spinning frame, 1758), Arkwright (water frame, 1769), presaged the Industrial Revolution, yet they owed nothing to science… Much of all of this is a religious belief in the unconditional power of organized science, one that has replaced unconditional religious belief in organized religion…Bent Flyvbjerg… showed in his Black Swan management idea that the bulk of cost overruns by corporations are simply attributable to large technology projects—implying that that’s what we need to focus on… As they say in the mafia, just work on removing the pebble in your shoe…Antifragility implies—contrary to initial instinct—that the old is superior to the new, and much more than you think. No matter how something looks to your intellectual machinery, or how well or poorly it narrates, time will know more about its fragilities and break it when necessary…At the restaurant, I will be using silverware, a Mesopotamian technology, which qualifies as a ‘killer application’ given what it allows me to do to the leg of lamb, such as tear it apart while sparing my fingers from burns. I will be drinking wine, a liquid that has been in use for at least six millennia. The wine will be poured into glasses, an innovation claimed by my Lebanese compatriots to come from their Phoenician ancestors…Technothinkers tend to have an ‘engineering mind’—to put it less politely, they have autistic tendencies… And they typically share an absence of literary culture. This absence of literary culture is actually a marker of future blindness because it is usually accompanied by a denigration of history, a byproduct of unconditional neomania. Outside of the niche and isolated genre of science fiction, literature is about the past. We do not learn physics or biology from medieval textbooks, but we still read Homer, Plato, or the very modern Shakespeare. We cannot talk about sculpture without knowledge of the works of Phidias, Michelangelo, or the great Canova. These are in the past, not in the future. Just by setting foot into a museum, the aesthetically minded person is connecting with the elders……technology can cancel the effect of bad technologies, by self-subtraction… Even now, we are using technology to reverse technology… The shoe industry, after spending decades ‘engineering’ the perfect walking and running shoe, with all manner of ‘support’ mechanisms and material for cushioning, is now selling us shoes that replicate being barefoot… And the great use of the tablet computer… is that it allows us to return to Babylonian and Phoenician roots of writing and take notes on a tablet (which is how it started)… My dream would be to someday write everything longhand, as almost every writer did before modernity.So it may be a natural property of technology to only want to be displaced by itself.Next let me show how the future is mostly in the past…Now, what is fragile? The large, optimized, overreliant on technology, overreliant on the so-called scientific method instead of age-tested heuristics…”

See also:Extinction and Overspecialization: The Dark Side of Human InnovationMonocultured Man—Specialization Leads to Fragility Burnt

Lumpen Pro Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:19 Permalink

Real technology is that which is purely democratic and not proprietary. Technology by the ~10% for the ~90% is 'sandbox technology for kids', or pseudotechnology. Do your homework, kids.

JailBanksters Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:51 Permalink

But there is one future technolgy not listed, Replicators.The very day that Replicators are Invented, will change everything.Anybody could Replicate their own Gold Bars from any Nuclear Fuel, rendering all Monetary Systems worthless. 

Too-Big-to-Bail (not verified) Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:58 Permalink

If it showed a chronology for financial and banking innovations, it would show just financial derivatieves with different marketing names but with progressing dates the terms would become more and more complex, opaque and incoherent 

Horseless Headsman Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:18 Permalink

Sounds like a nightmare to me. Good job I won't last long enough to see it. CO2 will be eliminated, so no further plant growth, The earth will get warmer through capturing energy that would otherwise have missed the planet, and you'll all live under the sea, as its your last option. Good luck!

Pol Pot Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:30 Permalink

And a cure for the common cold? Still waiting futurists....
How about a vaccine for greed, arrogance, stupidity, ignorance.....
We will also need immediate releif for hemmoroids as we will all be taking in the backside like champs on a constant basis from our overlords....

Iconoclast421 Wed, 07/19/2017 - 08:24 Permalink

The diamond battery is bs. There isnt much practical use for a battery that generates only 1 milliwatt per gram. If you tried to power an LED with a 10 gram diamond battery, you would just barely be able to see it in the dark. With a 22 pound diamond battery in a suitcase, you would be able to trickle charge your phone over the course of a few days.

barysenter Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:05 Permalink

The future is already here.High density living and associated aggression Everywhere.Coppertops in msm space.Mass sterilization and euthanasia by quota to meet halfass, malevolent political agendas.Keep the slaves too busy to think how badly they're being screwed by a system that threw them under the bus a long time ago.Scientific status quo (until the meteor).Don't Panic. The next Emanual Goldstien will save you.The Empire Never Ended.