8117336085_595b352e3dThe rate at which our world is changing is accelerating exponentially. The world today would shock someone born in the year 1850 to their core. Comparatively, someone from 1700 probably wouldn’t have too much trouble wrapping their mind around the world of 1850.

At the current rate of technological growth, we can expect that the world in 2030 won’t be one that we would easily understand today. What we do know is what we’re currently working on that we can expect to see in operation by this time. Here’s a quick glimpse of just a few ways that the world will be different in 15 years.

Artificial Intelligence

AI has been the holy grail of computing for decades, but within the next decade or so we can expect our computing capacity to start expanding to levels where artificial intelligence becomes both realistic and affordable.

In 2015 scientists have made multiple important strides toward creating a real AI, most importantly creating multiple AI’s that have controversially demonstrated basic levels of self-awareness. By 2030 we can expect to live in a world where it’s normal to interact with autonomous AIs that perform a variety of important everyday functions.

GeoEngineering

With the issue of climate change beginning to seriously affect us, geo-engineering is becoming a serious focus in the international scientific community. For example, a private company recently created an artificial plankton bloom in order to sink carbon into the oceans off the western coasts of Canada (in violation of international law).

Of course, geo-engineering will be used for a variety of other tasks as well. Creating new fresh-water resources, making land arable, and sourcing clean energy are all also challenges that this new branch of technology will seek to address.

Custom-Ordered Replacement Organs

If you’re dealing with a problematic heart valve in 2030, it might just be cheaper to get a fresh heart installed than to have repeated complicated open-heart surgeries. That’s because 3D printing technology is being incorporated into stem-cell medicine to produce brand new organs out of your own tissues.

While 3d printed organs are currently relatively simple, replacement hearts, kidneys, or livers will be both an affordable medical procedure by 2030.

Home or Local Manufacturing

One of the biggest inefficiencies in our current economy is the transportation and manufacture of goods. We gather raw materials, ship them somewhere, turn them into components, ship them elsewhere, produce goods, and the distribute them all over for sale. If, instead, we could simply ship raw materials to the end consumer, and they could produce their own goods, we could massively reduce the cost of manufacturing.

3D printing is the first technology that makes it possible for consumers to create their own products, and it’s already evolving. By 2030 it’s likely that instead of end-products, we’ll simply buy a single-use production license online, and then have our home-manufacturing system produce whatever we need.

The world in 2030 will be very different than it is today, but it’s the dreams of today that’ll drive the changes that we’re going to live within that time.

This Article was Originally Published at the InventionIntention blog.