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5 Normal Things Our Kids Might Never Experience

It's hard to prepare our kids for the real world when we have little idea what that "real world" will look like.

Of course there's always been futurists predicting outlandish changes in the far-off future (where are our damn hover cars already?), and every generation has advanced and shifted in unpredictable ways, especially in the last 100 years. I know my parents couldn't have known how valuable computer coding and digital know-how would be back in the late '80s. They wouldn't have understood how the Internet would change virtually every aspect of daily life.

But the technology keeps advancing at record speeds—faster and faster and faster. The very structure of our daily lives is so drastically different than when I was a kid, and experts believe it'll be even weirder for our kids.

In fact, our kids' generation might outgrow the most basic things:

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1. Taking a driving test

Our kids will look at stick-shift cars like they're ancient relics of yesteryear.

I'm sure driving will always be a life skill they'll need to learn, but it might not be as practical as it is today. According to Futurist.com, driverless cars could be ready in a 5-year time frame, so imagine the kind of cars our babies will be driving in the next 15 to 20 years.

In fact, one study from the Boston Consulting Group estimates about 12 million fully driverless cars on the road by 2035.

Thomas Frey, futurist and author of "Communicating with the Future," claims that driverless technology will soon "creep into everyday use as much as airbags did"—first in luxury cars, but eventually as a mandated safety feature.

If this technology takes hold the way it's predicted, our kids will look at stick-shift cars like they're ancient relics of yesteryear.

2. Going to a traditional college

Frey also predicts that a new education industry will emerge by 2030, with half of all traditional colleges replaced with "Micro Colleges" requiring "less than six months of training and apprenticeship to switch professions."

Considering my son graduates high school in 2027, I wonder what the digital education climate will look like. But wait—does that mean our 529 savings plans are a waste?

3. Sitting in waiting rooms with their kids

Dr. James Canton, CEO of the Institute for Global Futures and author of "Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends that will Transform Your World," told HuffPost Science that by 2025 "human and robots [will] merge, digitally and physically, to treat patients … around the world."

"Robo-surgeons will operate remotely on patients," said Canton. "RoboDocs will deliver babies and treat you over the cellphone."

Frey agrees, predicting that, "by 2013 over 80 percent of all doctor visits will have been replaced by automated exams."

Canton and Frey are part of a growing group futurists predicting massive change to our healthcare options with the development of mobile health services, monitoring apps, implanted devices, and advanced diagnostic technologies, hopefully making our children (and our grandchildren) have longer life spans.

4. Clothes shopping

If there's one game changer up the pipes, it's definitely 3D printing.

"By 2025, 3D printers will print clothing at a very low cost," said Dr. Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google. "There will be many free open source designs, but people will spend money to download clothing files from the latest hot designer."

Kurzweil went on to predict how 3D printers will print everything from human organs to module homes, sooner than we think.

(If you're feeling doubtful, here's a fun tidbit about Kurzweil: He predicted the Internet in the '80s, the exact year computers would beat humans at chess and even the fall of the Soviet Union. So I'd trust his foresight.)

5. Living in only one reality

Augmented reality enhancements will completely transform our world with portable, wearable and implantable technology.

Most experts will agree that our virtual-reality developments are set to change how we interact and experience the world, through gaming and beyond.

Kurzweil—dubbed "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbespredicts virtual reality will infiltrate more than video games within the next 20 years.

"We'll be able to send little devices, nanobots, into the brain and capillaries, and they'll provide additional sensory signals as if they were coming from your real senses," he told RYOT News. "You could for example get together with a friend, even though you were hundreds of thousands of miles apart, and take a virtual walk on a virtual Mediterranean beach and hold their hand and feel the warm spray of the moist air in your face."

Twenty years or less!

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In fact one of the biggest trends from the Pew Research Center's report "Digital Life in 2025," a collection of 2,558 predictions from leading experts and technology builders, is how "augmented reality" enhancements will completely transform our world with portable, wearable and implantable technology.

All by the time today's babies are in high school. Wowza.

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