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Predictions of the most incredible technological advances

Predictions of the most incredible technological advances

X-ray vision and invisibility cloaks like Harry Potter's are among the inventions on the experts' predictions list for 2039 published in New Scientist magazine.

Experts believe that X-ray vision, which will allow you to see through walls, could be possible thanks to an extension of current ultrasound research.

Invisibility cloaks, such as those used by fictional characters including Harry Potter, may also be available in stores by that date; There are already researchers working on the development of tissues that fool the human eye by deflecting light waves.

Meanwhile, a material that mimics gecko legs could also be developed for use in gloves and boots, allowing people to stick to walls and climb like Spiderman.

The predictions have been compiled by New Scientist magazine in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the first mobile phone network, launched by a Japanese company in Tokyo in 1979.

Scientists surveyed by the magazine also believe that a portable translation device, such as the Babel Fish from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," could be developed over the next 30 years, which would allow instant translation of foreign language words heard by the user. It could be built on the basis of a technology, already used by US soldiers in Iraq, that recognizes common speech patterns to translate from Arabic to English.

A "portable healing machine," similar to the one used by Dr. McCoy on Star Trek, also appears on the list. Scientists believe it will be possible to target it at the human body to discover internal damage and enhance healing.

According to experts, a “rocket backpack” (affordable and readily available), like the one used by James Bond in the movie “Operation Thunder”, could also be part of our daily life in 2039; it would allow users to travel short distances quickly and avoid roads.

There could also be by then a device that harnesses human energy to charge devices such as mobile phones and iPods.

The list of possible technological advancements includes:

  • X-ray vision
  • Invisibility cloak
  • Healing handheld device
  • Materials like Spiderman for gloves and boots
  • Human Power Based Phone Charger
  • Jetpack
  • Personal spaceship.
  • Artificial gills for diving
  • Translation device.

Source: The Telegraph Science and Technology



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