Three ways technology will change the world in the next decade

Cars that drive themselves, casinos that come to you and deliveries that don't involve humans makes the future look rather exciting

Amazon Air Drone. Airborne! – Photo by Mike Licht,

Technology moves at such a pace, it can sometimes seem hard to keep up. Less than 10 years ago, nobody had seen an iPhone, let alone an iPad. It is therefore fair to assume that, in another decade’s time, we’ll be accustomed to seeing things we can barely imagine now – all in our everyday lives.

That said, it is possible to make some predictions as to new technological developments. We can base these on technologies that are already beginning to emerge right now. Here are three examples that one can reasonably assume will be fairly ubiquitous in the years to come.

Drone deliveries

We can already (in certain cities) get packages from Amazon delivered without any human interaction. Drone delivery is rather exciting, however disconcerting it may seem the first time someone sees a drone instead of a human being on their doorstep.

Drone delivery still has some issues, and some barriers to overcome before it can become commonplace, but the technology is improving by leaps and bounds each day. One has to wonder how long it will be before McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell get in on drone delivery!

That may be the turning point, when fast food is available hot, straight to your door with no human interaction! However much this may sound like the stuff of science fiction, Deliveroo is already testing food delivery robots in London.

Virtual reality casinos

In years to come, poker players and slots enthusiasts may not feel the need to even leave the house to fully replicate a “bricks and mortar” casino experience. By utilizing virtual reality (VR) technology, the online casino of the future will offer players the full experience of being in a casino – from pulling the arm on a slot machine to staring into the eyes of a poker opponent.

As Jeffrey Lande says in an article published on bgo, VR poker will “not just mimic a live poker game but augment it in many ways to improve social interaction.” By pooling people from all over the world, cash pots will be much larger too, and not reliant on only the people who can attend in person. But there’s more. Daniel Lazarus predicts a rise in VR skills-based casino games, while there are already some skills-based slots available to play online, like Max Damage and the Alien attack at SlotsZilla.

In some ways, VR technology right now is simple and clunky, requiring large headsets that aren’t particularly intuitive to use. However, this tech is reaching maturity, and we’ll very soon see better graphics and improved integration between users and the virtual world. This will provide a true sense of “being there“, in the same way that a live casino game such as the ones on offer on 777 tries to do when streaming games to players’ screens.

Self-driving cars

Self-driving cars may sound far too futuristic to fit in with some people’s comfort level, but the technology is already rather advanced. If anything, it will likely be legislation, along with human dilemmas and objections, more than the vehicles themselves that hold the technology back.

A recent Accenture report shows multitudes of places where self-driving cars are already in use or being trialed. These include driverless taxis in Singapore, pod shuttles in Amsterdam and Google cars in California. While autonomous vehicles may not be ubiquitous within a decade, it seems unlikely they’ll be anything but commonplace.

So, cars that drive themselves, casinos that come to you and deliveries that don’t involve humans. The future’s looking rather exciting.

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