We’ve Been Dreaming of These 10 Inventions, and They’re Almost Here

We’ve Been Dreaming of These 10 Inventions, and They’re Almost Here

Innovation is moving so quickly that technologies bordering on science fiction may be within our reach shortly. Creative minds are able to think beyond size and cost limitations to build some truly stunning prototypes quickly and efficiently. Even projects that start out as mere concepts can become reality when the right minds and technology are blended. Take a look at these 10 future inventions that might be on the horizon, thanks to modern breakthroughs in science and technology.

1. Thought-Controlled Computers


    What if you didn’t have to lift a finger to interact with your computer? We would be able to save so much time and energy typing out documents and building user interfaces that cooperate with mouse and keyboard inputs. How will future website look when you can control your computer with your mind?

    Just search for “brain-to-computer” interface, and you’ll discover many devices that already use inputs from our brains to perform tasks. For example, the New York Times describes how gaming companies, such as Emotive and Neurosky, are pioneering the brain-to-computer field by creating wearable brain-wave monitors that allow you to control virtual games. So far, the games are extremely simple. However, this technology could pave the way for entire computer systems controlled by our thoughts.

    2. Bionic Contact Lenses



      TVs and computer monitors cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. They aren’t always portable, and we have to replace them every few years as they wear out. But what if you could replace these machines with bionic contact lenses that project images directly onto your eyeball? This could give you an extremely private and personalized view of electronic content.

      Google Glass is probably the most accessible consumer product that gives us an inkling of what it could be like to have a wearable digital display. However, it’s possible that Glass is just the beginning. Researchers at the University of Washington are currently working on “microlenses” that project images directly onto the cornea of the wearer. So far, the bionic lens project has passed through animal trials, but has not been made available for human testing.

      3. Automated Cars


        Think of all the hours you spend sitting in traffic. For drivers, the wait might not be so unbearable if you could take your eyes off the road and do something else during that commute. Perhaps you will be able to, soon. Google is working on a line of automated cars that might hit our future roads. The Google Self-Driving Car has already received road testing approval in four states: Nevada, Florida, California, and Michigan.

        4. Consumer Space Travel



          Are you looking for your next relaxing getaway? Or perhaps you’re a thrillseeker, looking for some adventure. Soon, you might be able to escape Earth’s orbit and get a closer look at the stars. Programs like Virgin Galactic seek to bring everyday people out into space. Despite the recent space-plane crash tragedy, Virgin Galactic plans to continue to move forward with flight testing and development.

          5. Android Bodies


            Soon we’ll be able to escape the mortality of skin, blood, and bones by escaping our corporeal bodies for cybernetic parts. Current innovations in prosthetic and robotic limbs are quickly transforming our concept of humanity. Just take a look at the LifeHand2, a prosthetic arm and hand that not only gives wearers greater motor control, but it also delivers sensory input directly into their brains, allowing users to actually feel shapes and movements.

            6. Water-Makers


              Potable water is a commodity that many of us take for granted. While the Western world is inundated with taps that give us quick access to drinking water, there are many people around the globe who fear water scarcity. But what if you had a device that could somehow produce drinking water? Well, something like this already exists. Skywater has created a machine that pulls moisture from the air and turns it into drinking water. This company suggests that these machines can be used to provide emergency relief or in remote locations where water can’t be easily accessed.


              7. Cancer Cures


                Many believe that a cancer diagnosis would be one of the most terrifying things to hear at a doctor’s office. However, medical researchers have made leaps and bounds in early detection, treatments, symptom management, and risk mitigation. These factors have been turning the tides in fatality numbers and helping even more people survive a fight against cancer. These steps are helping us get even closer to a true cure for cancer. Organizations like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center continue to move forward with treatment development and testing.

                8. Age Reversal


                  Being able to undo the damage of the years, restore your vitality, and remove wrinkles sounds like a sci-fi fantasy. However, it might soon be reality. Google is funding an anti-aging research company known as “Calico,” which is attempting to solve some of humankind’s biggest obstacles when it comes to aging: neurodegenerative disorders. This organization has partnered up with a pharmaceutical company to develop drug treatments that could prevent the loss of our cognitive abilities in old age.

                  9. Artificial-Reality Escapes



                    Sure, many of us are used to escaping mundane life by playing video games or watching TV. But as graphics and haptic technologies become more sophisticated, we have the potential to create even better virtual worlds. Luckily, Kickstarter seems to attract a significant amount of artificial-reality projects. Two noteworthy developments include the Oculus Rift 3D gaming headset and the Omni movement controller. Oculus Rift’s expansive field of view allows you to become immersed in the graphics of a game, blocking out all visual distractions. And the Omni platform controller enables you to run, jump, crouch, and walk through virtual environments unimpeded. You might even get to burn some calories while exploring your favorite first-person shooter.

                    10. Post-Scarcity Food Supply


                      As human lifespans get longer and the world’s population grows, many of us wonder how we’ll be able to sustain the human race with enough food. There are already global populations who suffer from starvation, while other societies waste food products. What if we could find sustainable ways to create an abundance of food? While it’s not a magical meal in a pill, projects like the Soylent food substitute indicate that we might be able to distill all the nutrients we need into a single drink.

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                      Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                      If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                      1. Create a daily plan

                      Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                      2. Peg a time limit to each task

                      Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                      3. Use a calendar

                      Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                      Google Calendar is great – I use it. It’s even better if you can sync it to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are.

                      Here’s more tips about how to use calendar for better time management: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                      4. Use an organizer

                      An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                      Check out these Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools and pick the ones that fit your needs.


                      5. Know your deadlines

                      When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                      But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                      6. Learn to say “No”

                      Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                      Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                      7. Target to be early

                      When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                      For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                      Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                      8. Time box your activities

                      This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                      You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.


                      9. Have a clock visibly placed before you

                      Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                      10. Set reminders 15 minutes before

                      Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                      Find out more here about how reminders help you remember everything.

                      11. Focus

                      Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                      Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                      Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                      12. Block out distractions

                      What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                      I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                      When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.


                      Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                      13. Track your time spent

                      Egg Timer is a simple online countdown timer. You key in the amount of time you want it to track (example: “30 minutes”, “1 hour”) and it’ll count down in the background. When the time is up,the timer will beep. Great way to be aware of your time spent.

                      But besides Egg Timer, you can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that fits yourself the best.

                      14. Don’t fuss about unimportant details

                      You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                      Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                      15. Prioritize

                      Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                      Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                      16. Delegate

                      If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                      When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)


                      17. Batch similar tasks together

                      For related work, batch them together.

                      For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                      1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                      2. coaching
                      3. workshop development
                      4. business development
                      5. administrative

                      I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                      18. Eliminate your time wasters

                      What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                      One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                      While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                      19. Cut off when you need to

                      The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                      Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                      20. Leave buffer time in-between

                      Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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