2024: Science Fiction Becomes Reality

December 23, 2023
December 23, 2023 Hal Jordan

2024: Science Fiction Becomes Reality

As we approach the year 2024, the once fantastical realm of science fiction is rapidly becoming a tangible reality. The concept of Big Brother watching over us in our modern-day Orbit City (George Jetson’s home) is no longer confined to fiction. Here’s a glimpse into eight futuristic advancements expected to unfold in 2024.

Artificial Intelligence (AI):

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is poised to redefine our understanding of technology. Essentially, AI involves utilizing computers to perform tasks traditionally associated with human intelligence. The ethical implications surrounding AI, particularly in facial recognition technology, have sparked considerable debate. However, as AI evolves, it may bring a lighter side, enabling individuals to be in multiple places simultaneously. For those challenged by saying “no,” AI could facilitate saying “yes” to various requests, with an AI version of oneself managing social engagements while the real person enjoys much-needed rest.

Flying Cars:

While 2024 will witness test flights, the era of flying cars crisscrossing the skies is expected post-2025. ALEF, a California startup, is developing the Model A, an electric flying car capable of both flying and road travel. Priced at $300,000 per vehicle, the Model A anticipates its first delivery by the end of 2025. As private transportation takes to the skies, futuristic traffic signs may caution against entering the “Feathered Friend Lane” or flying at high altitudes.

Haptic Suits:

Utilizing electromagnetic actuator technology, Haptic Suits convert bass sound waves into vibrations, allowing users to feel virtual actions like punches or kicks. The possibilities extend to experiencing sensations without real-world consequences, such as disease or injury, presenting a new dimension to virtual experiences.

Necrobotics:

Necrobotics delves into the creation of robots using deceased organisms like spiders and cockroaches. These robots, equipped with mechanical claws made from insect corpses, hold the potential to revolutionize activities like amusement park claw machines.

Brain Reading Robots:

Scientists are exploring the creation of robots capable of reading human minds. While the idea of doubling our brainpower for the greater good is intriguing, concerns arise regarding potential unintended consequences.

Holograms:

Holograms are already replacing people in various public settings. Imagine sending a holographic representation of yourself for speeches or delicate conversations. Holo pets could provide the joy of companionship without the associated responsibilities.

Cryptocurrency:

Cryptocurrency, a world distinct from traditional monetary systems, offers finite value and stability appealing to younger generations. While it presents advantages over conventional currencies, cryptocurrency is not without risks, requiring caution.

Space Travel:

While moon colonization remains on the horizon, space travel experiences are becoming accessible for those with the financial means. Private entities like Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and Blue Origin offer space trips, providing passengers with moments of weightlessness for a price ranging from $250,000 to $500,000.

In conclusion, the landscape of technology is poised for significant transformations in 2024, promising a future where everyday tasks seamlessly integrate with cutting-edge innovations. Morning routines may involve AI assistance, drone deliveries, and immersive experiences, fundamentally altering the way we live. The convergence of these advancements will undoubtedly shape our lives, whether we actively seek these changes or not.

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