Updated: Sep 18, 2017 8:41 pm
We didn't get real hoverboard or flying cars, and self-lacing shoes don't come out until next year. But there's plenty of new tech, and dramatic changes in the way we live our lives that show us that the future is already here, and it's amazing AF.
Here are just a few things happening right now that show us how bright and shiny our present actually is.
During the past quarter-century, there have been several attempts at making VR a thing. Now, it is a thing, and it's really awesome. In March, both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive hit the market as the first consumer-level VR headsets. While the tech is still early on, and the investment is expensive, this could be the beginning of a huge shift in the way we interact, watch, shop, read and more.
Speaking of scary, job automation is real, and it's likely to affect a ton of industries in the near future. Factory, warehouse, restaurant and retail jobs are on the path to automation within the next 20 years. The biggest industry impact is projected to be in transportation, thanks in large part to that self-driving technology. Imagine this: Uber will be driverless, and all those big rigs traveling down the interstate will have no one behind the wheel.
"The Internet of Things" is a major buzz-term in the tech industry, and is a major focus. Even today, you can control your heat and air, your lights, your coffeemaker, your fridge, and even your toilet with a smartphone app. Pretty soon, pretty much everything in your house could be set on a timer or started on a prompt, and all you'll have to do is walk around the place being waited on hand and foot. Here's to hoping the toaster doesn't become sentient.