The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was launched in 1958 and is behind some of the biggest innovations in the military, many of which have made their way to the commercial technology market. Those items include: the GPS, and advanced robotics.
What’s going to happen in 2045?
- Brain implants that can control prosthetics
Scientists have focused their attention on the brain's motor cortex in order to make prosthetics movable by the wearer. Yet, patient’s movements were delayed and jerky. Now scientists are focusing on inserting implants into the higher brain region called the PPC.
- Drones will continue their domination in the civil commercial sector
When the FAA finalizes its regulations for unmanned drones, the industry has the potential to create more than 100,000 jobs and bring in an economic benefit of $82 billion.
- Self-driving cars will make your commute/traffic a breeze
Car companies like Mercedes and BMW have already released or are soon to release vehicles with self-driving features. Tech companies are also entering the market for the self driving car. A report estimates by 2020 there will be nearly 10 million cars with self-driving features.
Structures as strong as steel but as light as carbon fiber
Geologist and director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, Stefanie Tompkins, thinks we’ll be able to build things that are incredibly strong and lightweight.
- Artificial intelligence will replace jobs
Robots and AI are going to transform industries, but that also means plenty of US jobs have the potential to be automated, 47% according to a report.
Only the test of time will tell if any of these predictions will come true, but with the technologies advances we see everyday, I’m sure we’ll see these advances in our lifetime.