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What 2030 Will Look Like

If you have babies or preschool-aged kids at home, it's probably weird to imagine the day they'll go off the college. Do you want to know whats even more weird?

The world that our kids will consider normal as college students will be almost unrecognizable to us. Technology is growing at an exponential rate, and here are some of the most popular predictions by scientists and futurists about what our world will look like in the year 2030.

Everyday Technology: Robots and holographic avatars will likely be common in positions like personal assistants and tour guides, and automated, driverless cars will be a common sight on the streets of any major city. Meanwhile drones will probably be a common sight in the sky, performing deliveries, security, and other tasks.

Computers: The computers we use today will be comically huge and simple to our kids when they're in college. There will be tiny unseen computers embedded in things in clothing, products, contact lenses, and all throughout our homes. And computer keyboards will likely be a thing of the past, with other less clunky ways to interact with our computers being the norm, possibly even connecting directly to our brains.

Home Life: By 2030, most cities will contain living buildings covered in plants and ecosystems. The world may also see it's first self-sustaining vertical cities like the one already proposed for the Saharan desert earlier this month. Appliances will probably no longer need power cords. Instead we'll be using outlets that transmit energy to our devices remotely. 3D printing will lead to "personal fabricators" being common household items in the same way we have printers or DVD players in our homes now.

Space: Your daughter might be asking you for money to go to space on spring break, because space tourism will probably be a thing by 2030, and so will asteroid mining. Humans will likely have completed a manned mission to mars and we'll probably know what that mysterious "dark matter" in the universe is made up of .

Medicine: By the time our babies are in college, there may be a vaccine to prevent AIDS. Nanotechnology will have completely changed basic medical treatments because we'll be able to intervene with the effects of disease at the sub-cellular level. People will be aging slower because anti-aging medicine will advance by leaps and bounds in the coming years. Medicine will be personalized to best compliment individuals based on their DNA. Exoskeletons will become an option for increased mobility and support for the elderly. The rich elderly will be able to afford these and have access before the middle and lower class.

Nature: Take your kids to the zoo while you still can. Countless species of animals that were part of your kids childhood will likely be extinct they the time they're in college. But by 2030 some predict we will see the first mated pair of an extinct species because of DNA extraction. Jurassic Park, anyone?

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