Inquiry Question: Based off of technology's past, present and theorized future advances, how could it change the world around us in the future?

Hello everyone! For this round, we will be looking at how different inventions may affect our futures, and what this change may look like. How will they affect how the world functions and what change will they make to our lives? In this round we will follow the same format of choosing 3 different plausible advances and then looking into the topic of that round, in this case, what change will they cause to our world? In this round, we will be looking at 2 from the last round, loon and 3D printed food, and Self-driving cars.

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The first and most obvious benefit is actually the main focus point of google loon and that’s providing an internet connection to places where it’s weak, non-existent or too expensive normally. At the moment about 3.2 billion people have access to the internet, while 4 billion do not. That’s puts the majority of the world not on the internet, with google loon the goal would be to connect more of the world (1). By allowing more people access to the internet, and the more people that have the opportunity to learn and converse the more we can advance, the more people that are connected the more benefits there are too the world as a whole (1). This will also be a great to help to Google, as obviously they would charge for the use of Google loon, both to providers that want to improve their connection in regions that they currently can’t access very well (2). In theory, they believe that Google loon could bring in 10 billion dollars, more money then even YouTube does at the moment (2). That’s not the end of it either, with the fact that there will be many more people connected to the internet so will the number of people that use Google’s services, such as their search engine, YouTube and more which in turn will also raise more money for them (1). Overall Google loon, would probably increase the size of Google drastically, meaning more funding for more Moonshot programs, like loon. The main point though is that it will be able to connect more of the world together and allow for further research and discovery at a speed faster than where we are currently.

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3D printed food
One of the more obvious contributions that 3D printed food are evident right from the start in that it’s their main appeal. They can be made right in front of you, right at home. There is no need for all the different transport costs that are generally associated with food (3). They would also be able to save a lot of resources as they would only require the raw materials required in building the dish as compared to normally where a lot of excess ends up going in the garbage (3). Another benefit is that they are much more precise, and like computers, they can repeat the same process a thousand times without making a single error, and with a constant pace and quality, which means that in the future we may end up with more dishes that are very intricate and cool looking. Currently someone has to take the time and pay attention to the detail, making it a long process that requires a lot of attention that would be better spent on easier to make dishes, thus making the price of the intricate dish more expensive to make it worth the time, or simply removing it as it isn't worth it. With the 3D printer though it would be worth it, and better in every way (4). It would also allow for less time to be spent having to cook, better portion control and due to It requiring less time you could still use fresh ingredients and not have to spend the time cooking and preparing that you usually would, overall saving you time and allowing you to stay healthy while also being able to spend your time on more productive things (4). Overall providing healthier options to those with less time on their hands and allowing for less time spent in the kitchen and more being productive.

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Self-driving cars
First and foremost many accidents on the road are caused by human error, so with the removals of this, and cars being able to communicate and respond to issue together synchronized it’s thought that accidents could be reduced by 90% by 2050 (5). Another result may be that we won't own cars anymore, instead, it’s possible that the cars will be owned by a large ride company such as Uber, and in a way, the car could be shared among everyone in a way. It would also be quite a bit cheaper than today as there wouldn't be the need for a driver of any sort to actually drive the cars (5). Due to them being smarter about the results of the ways that we drive they would also reduce carbon emissions greatly, with some estimating up to a 60% decrease in emissions from cars (5). A recurring topic between new advances though seems to be that they require less time and attention than previously to get certain things done. This remains true for self-driving cars, with the fact that you no longer have to pay attention to the road and just sit in the car it allows for time to do different things like work on your laptop, rehearse and prepare for that presentation you have later in the day, or it could even allow you to forgo the trip altogether, rather then having to drive your kids to school the kids could just get in the car and they would take them there (5). On that note of automated delivery, you could do the same with grocery’s and other items as well, for example instead of driving to the grocery store and getting things, you could use an app or their site, order what you want, send your car their, and it could be loaded into your car that would then return home, saving you even more time!

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Sites that were used:
3. https://www.flatworldsolutions...ct-food-industry.php

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Can’t wait to see you all next round! In the next round, we will actually be doing the Conclusion/Metamorphosis, and giving a response to our original question.

Original Post

Hey Bogdan,

Interesting research round! I admire how you briefly described each invention before explaining how they would benefit us in a future society because some of the inventions aren't very common thus not every reader has a basic knowledge on the topic. Personally, I find it quite amazing that in our near future we could be eating 3D printed food, but 50 years ago most food was naturally grown on farms. Although I'm looking forward to reading your metamorphosis, I hope you stick with this topic for the next cycle or even pick one of the new inventions and focus on it. For example, 3D printed food has many benefits such as reducing waste, however will it adequately produce food that's nutritious and financially would this invention be beneficial? Anyways another awesome round and here are some links for the future.

 Hi Bogdan, 

 Great round of research - I liked that you looked into different ways technology is used and the variety of technological advances in our world. I believe the innovations you mentioned would have a drastic impact on the world in the future  - it's hard to imagine sending young kids to school in a car on their own or eating 3D printed food. 

 I agree with Lauren, it would be interesting to choose on of the inventions and do some deeper research for one of them. For example, what would negative aspects of 3D printed food be? Is this idea as credible as it seems? 

 Neat research, I look forward to reading more! 

Hi Bogdan, 

Great round of research! It was really fascinating learning about these new technologies that could have a large role in our future, and how they would impact our lives. I'd actually never heard about Google Loon before, and neither did I know that 3D printers could print out healthy meals. It blows my mind that 3D printers can construct buildings, and it blows my mind even more that they can make food too. If you decide to continue to do research on this topic, perhaps you should consider looking into other negative effects these types of technology could have on society.

I look forward to reading your metamorphosis! 

Hey man,

Great research, I really enjoy your posts. And I know you've mentioned this before, about people thinking that certain technology is good or bad, but do you think that technology will overtake us (as in humans) or will we destroy it if it potentially gets self-aware, just a question lol. And also have you thought about how this would affect our lives as social creatures? I'm definitely not against technological advances, but could you see the negatives in them. Like the 3D printed food, which is great for time efficiency and for healthier habits, but could you see for an average family which has time to cook and host meals, this could lead to less time spent together? That would be extreme but in this article, it says that " In the last 50 years, rates of loneliness have doubled in the United States." (1) which is oof drastic. I know you probably don't want to look into that, but it's just something to think about.

But back to your post, when you said that self-driving cars could "reduce carbon emissions greatly, with some estimating up to a 60% decrease in emissions from cars", why would you think that by the year 2050 we would still drive on gas? I think that by this time we would make all self-driving cars electrical since the technology would be widely available (I hope you get what I'm trying to say). This would potentially put our carbon emissions from cars down to zero. Maybe look into that just to pair it up with the self-driving cars. Also fun fact, countries will start banning gas cars in 10+ years, look at (2) for more info, the second chunk of writing where it says "The World is Going EV".

That's all I got for ya, keep up the good work!



Hi Bogdan,

Great research round! I found it really interesting to read! I also really appreciate how you formatted your research in a way that was easy for me to understand.  Last year, I did my inquiry project about how the world could change within one hundred years and one of the biggest topics I researched about was self driving cars. I remember one of the biggest discussions I found about them was whether the technology could possibly glitch or be damaged. For an example. I’m sure we’ve all seen like a glitched device of some sort, so what if that were to happen to the self driving cars. It makes me wonder whether it would be better to have self driving cars or just still have people drive cars, as there is probably going to be at least a minor error in the technology at some point.

Overall, outstanding research as always, and I am excited to read your metamorphosis.

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