What will the world look like 10 years from now? Forty years from now? Will the continuation of Moore’s Law eventually allow us to have a society run by automated robots? Will we have conquered global warming and celebrate as a people as we approach the much-vaunted prospect of the singularity? Some futurists, the people who deal in this kind of speculation, have made predictions of this nature, but there are also those who say these forecasts are inaccurate. In this article, we’ll take a look at some popular ideas about the future of technology that are likely myths.
Predicting future trends or developments, especially in a dynamic field like technology, is inherently inexact, but it is possible to make some informed guesses. Of course, it’s also possible to argue the opposite point of view regarding the reality of some of these technologies, but in these cases, there’s enough evidence out there, particularly from experts, to diagnose them as myths.
Let’s start with one of the great fabled machines of the post-industrial age: the flying car.