66% of Americans surveyed predict drone pizza delivery will be considered “normal.”
Amazon and Google have already built advanced drones capable of ferrying packages, but current regulations set by the American government make it criminal for businesses to use drones. The US Federal Aviation Administration is currently developing and rolling out new rules that would permit commercial drone use.
60% of Americans surveyed think it’s likely driverless vehicles will outnumber “regular” vehicles on major roads.
Tech giants including Google, Uber, Apple, Tesla, and China’s Baidu are racing to bring self-driving cars to market, in the hopes of making roads safer and less backed up. A Business Insider Intelligence report estimates there will be 10 million driverless cars in use by 2020.
Bringing down the cost of ownership and clarifying the regulations around self-driving vehicles will help the market grow among mainstream consumers.
49% of Americans surveyed expect communication devices to be embedded inside the human body.
The human body may be the last frontier of connected devices. The body-hacking, or biohacking, movement involves embedding microchips under the skin (among other, less invasive enhancements) to create a smarter, happier human race.
The trend is gaining momentum, though its enthusiasts vary in objectives and applications.
One noted biohacker and Transhumanist, Zoltan Istvan, has been running an underdog presidential campaign for months. He had a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip implanted in his hand, which can do things like open doors to a home and office and store information.
69% of Americans surveyed think cashless technologies will fully replace physical money.
More and more young people are cashing out using mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay and Square. Apps like Venmo and Splitwise let friends and roommates track shared expenses and pay what’s due.
Millennials are more likely to ditch their wallets because they’re more comfortable using their phones than older generations, according to some experts. The total value of of mobile payment transactions is expected to grow 210% in 2016 alone.
52% of Americans surveyed guess it’s likely the first cloned human being will have been born.
No human has ever been cloned, though scientists around the world have successfully cloned other mammals. In South Korea, there’s a lab that will clone your dog, no matter its size, age, or breed, for $100,000.
The National Genome Research Institute explains cloning humans is a far more difficult task than cloning other mammals from a technical perspective. Even when the technology becomes available, it’s unlikely to take off considering the ethical qualms. Cloning has a very low success rate, with only 1% of cloning attempts ending in a viable animal.
65% of Americans surveyed expect doctors’ appointments to be routinely conducted via virtual reality.
In 2016, doctors are already seeing patients by phone, email, and webcam. Last winter, I got a prescription for medicinal marijuana by video-conferencing with a physician.
Virtual reality may be the next generation of telehealth technology. Patients could strap on a headset and seek medical advice without ever leaving the couch.
BigScreen is a virtual reality application that lets friends interact, watch Netflix, and play video games together in a luxury-style apartment. It’s not hard to imagine a virtual doctor’s office down the line.