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Things to come that will change the world.

Businesses have a massive influence on how we live. Think about it next time you wake up and check Facebook on your iPhone, before browsing flights on Momondo for your next trip. Predicting the next big business successes or failures is a fool’s game. But with each iteration of emerging tech, the writing is on the wall for a world a lot of us will live to see. Not to mention the effects they will have on the industries that some of our customers work in. Here are some of the more probable things that will alter the fate of human beings.

Floating farms

By the time your young children are in their 30s, they will share the planet with some 9.7 billion other people. That’s a whole lot of mouths to feed. According to the UN, 80% of the population will live in metropolises. Since most food we eat in urban centers are trucked in, ‘demand’ and ‘supply’ might not see eye to eye. The solution? To have farms suspended above the sea and inland lakes close to cities that will drastically lower food mileage. A design for such a thing features a 3-tiered structure with solar-powered panels. One of the tiers grows 51 000 m2 of vegetables using nutrients in liquid instead of soil. These nutrients then drop to the bottom tier to feed fish that are farmed in an enclosed space. .

Self-driving trucks

Logistics is what makes modern life tick. Since driverless cars are increasingly adopted, it makes sense that logistics companies would want trucks to follow suit. The technology allows for a smoother drive using less fuel in doing so. There’s no need for rest stops which allows for longer routes. And they could drive in convoy bumper-to-bumper to lessen wind resistance. Is this how machines take jobs away? Not quite, as many companies insist that these trucks would still need a human chaperone to ensure cargo safety. On the other hand, some trucks will have no place for a driver, pedals, steering wheel or windshield. 

Internet for everyone on earth

A Wi-Fi signal no matter where you are? Yes, please. This is the vision of SpaceX’s tech wizard, Elon Musk who plans to launch over 4000 mini satellites into low orbit. These probes will then beam high-speed wireless signals to everyone down on earth. Even Virgin’s Richard Branson has plans of the same nature, which means that an internet signal for everyone is a very real possibility in the next decade. Connecting billions more people opens up unprecedented new markets, meaning carriers and other businesses will have to adapt wisely.

These things might only be coming in the “future”, but there’s evidence of their development today, in the form of hydroponic (growing crops in liquid instead of soil) farms popping up all over the world – like in Vietnam. The self-driving trucks are scheduled to hit the road by 2018, according to large brands like Scania and Volvo, where the latter has been testing the trucks both in mines and on the streets.

 

// Keenon Daniels, copywriter