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4 Ways Your Kids Might Get Around in the Future

4 Ways Your Kids Might Get Around in the Future

Many adults can remember movies like Back to the Future or Star Trek from when they were kids. They may even look back at these movies with fond memories and note that many of the technologies that seemed so impossible in those movies actually exist today. That sentiment leaves many of today’s youth wondering what their old age will be like. How will kids be getting around in ten, twenty, or thirty years? Here are four ways they just might be getting themselves from point A to point B.

1. Hyperloop

The hyperloop[1] is the brainchild of Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla. The concept is similar to that of a train, except ten times faster. To make the technology work, a hyperloop between two cities must be created. It is essentially a tube that has been vacuum sealed, and people ride in pods from one end of the loop to another. Because it takes place in a vacuum, it is expected to be able to travel at over 700 mph.

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If hyperloops become mainstream, then residents of the future can travel at speeds faster than most planes, and interstate travel can become much simpler. Kids of the future will step into a pod and exit an hour later two states away.

2. Hoverboard

If you have followed hoverboard news at all, then you know there were many issues with the original hoverboards and catching on fire. Fortunately, most of that has been resolved. What is more unfortunate is that what we call hoverboards today actually do no hovering whatsoever.

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Fortunately, there are plenty of companies out there pushing for real hoverboards. And, there is a decent list of real hoverboards,[2] and the various technologies that they are using to fulfill many people’s sci-fi dreams. They range from hoverbikes to hoverboards that resemble skateboards.

3. Smart Car

Many people have heard of Google’s smart cars or Tesla’s nearly-smart cars that are already on the roads. These cars have the ability to drive themselves. Most major players in the auto industry are already hard at work with their own version of a smart car.

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Many of these auto makers expect to have the vehicles road-ready by 2020.[3] This means within three years society can expect smart cars to begin selling to mainstream consumers.

One way smart car technology will change the world is with rentals. Some experts are already envisioning a world where no one owns cars. Imagine just pulling open an app on your phone, saying you need a car, and within ten minutes a completely autonomous smart car has pulled up, and is ready to take you to your destination. When the car needs servicing it will take itself to the auto shop.

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4. Flying Cars

Perhaps even more exciting than smart cars are flying cars. Henry Ford himself actually dreamed of a day when cars could fly and everyone could own their own “personal airplane.” Unfortunately, reality was much more complicated when it came to planes, and nothing ever came of it.

Recently a company called Skycar[4] has been pushing for flying vehicles. The biggest obstacle to overcome has been a necessary ability for vertical takeoff. If a personal flying vehicle had to have a runway to get into the air it would likely never become mainstream. Fortunately, Skycar claims they have resolved this issue and are currently in the prototype stage.

Whichever technology ends up going mainstream, you can expect that kids of the future will have a much simpler travel experience than those of today. Whether the journey is easier, safer, or faster, it will definitely be an improvement. Some industries will explode with these changes, and others, such as insurance or defensive driving courses may find themselves readjusting or desperately clinging to an old way of life.

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Last Updated on October 15, 2019

To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

We are all about doing things faster and better around here at Lifehack. And part of doing things faster and better is having a solid personal productivity system that you use on a daily basis.

This system can be just about anything that helps you get through your mountain of projects or tasks, and helps you get closer to your goals in life. Whether it’s paper or pixels, it doesn’t really matter. But, since you are reading Lifehack I have to assume that pixels and technological devices are an important part of your workflow.

“Personal Productivity System” defined

A personal productivity system (at least the definition that this article will use) is a set of workflows and tools that allow an individual to optimally get their work done.

Workflows can be how you import and handle your photos from your camera, how you write and create blog posts, how you deploy compiled code to a server, etc.

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Tools are the things like planners, todo managers, calendars, development environments, applications, etc.

When automation is bad

You may be thinking that the more that we automate our systems, the more we will get done. This is mostly the case, but there is one very big “gotcha” when it comes to automation of anything.

Automation is a bad thing for your personal productivity system when you don’t inherently understand the process of something.

Let’s take paying your bills for example. This may seem very obvious, but if you can’t stick to a monthly budget and have trouble finding the money to make payments on time, then automating your bill payment every month is completely useless and can be dangerous for your personal finances.

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Another example is using a productivity tool to “tell you” what tasks are important and what to do next. If you haven’t taken a step back and figured out just how your productivity systems should work together, this type of automation will likely keep you from getting things done.

You can only automate something in your personal productivity system that have managed for a while. If you try to automate things that aren’t managed well already, you will probably feel a bit out of control and have a greater sense of overwhelm.

Another thing to remember is that some things should always be done by yourself, like responding to important emails and communicating with others. Automating these things can show your coworkers and colleagues that you don’t care enough to communicate yourself.

When automation is good

On the other hand, automation is a great thing for your personal productivity system when you understand the process of something and can then automatically get the steps done. When you know how to manage something effectively and understand the step-by-step process of a portion of your system, it’s probably a great time to automate it.

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I have several workflows that I have introduced in the last year that takes some of the “mindless” work from me so I can be more creative and not have to worry about the details of something.

On my Mac I use a combination of Automator workflows, TextExpander snippets, and now Keyboard Maestro shortcuts to do things like automatically touch-up photos imported from my iPhone 4S or open all the apps and websites needed for a weekly meeting to the forefront of my desktop by typing a few keys. Once you open yourself up to automating a few of your processes, you start to see other pieces of your system that can benefit from automation.

Once again; none of this works unless you understand your processes and know what tools you can use to get them done automatically.

The three steps to determine if something is “ripe” for automation

If your workflow passes these three steps, then automate away, baby:

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  1. You can do this process in your sleep and it doesn’t require your full, if any form of attention. It can (and has been) managed in some form prior to automating it.
  2. The process is time consuming.
  3. The process doesn’t require “human finesse” (ie. communicating and responding to something personally)

Automating your personal productivity systems can be a great for you in the long run if you are careful and mindful of what you are doing. You first need to understand the processes that you are trying to automate before automating them though. Don’t get stuck in thinking that anything and everything should be automated in your life, because it probably shouldn’t.

Pick and choose these processes wisely and you’ll find the ones that take up most of your time to be the best ones to automate. What have you automated in your personal productivity system?

Featured photo credit: Bram Naus via unsplash.com

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