Futurism is one of the most enthralling studies. We love to speculate eagerly on what splendors the forthcoming decades will hold.
What will the future app look like?
The general consensus among experts is that by 2025 a massive Internet of everything (and everyone) will be linking nations, communities, companies and individuals to all knowledge in the world. Mobile app development is going to be at the heart of IoT.
Wearable mobile devices will cover the world. They will continue to grow thick roots deep into our physical, emotional and intellectual lives and become extensions of ourselves.
Menial tasks, small annoyances and first world problems will be eliminated by the app development gold rush.
Download food and clothes
Molecular gastronomy is the science of breaking down food to its basic building blocks and either putting it back together or rearranging them any way you want. You just have some food cartridges of protein, carbs and fat loaded in your fridge and let the magic happen. 3D Food Printing fridges are possible. And food orders will be made by… you guessed it, apps!
There is currently a Startup called Modern Meadow, which takes tiny pieces of animals, leaving them unharmed and uses it to grow meat and leather in a lab. This saves energy, water and chemicals, but is also harmless to living creatures.
Imagine an app with a library of items that you pay for with in-app purchases and print out in your home with your very own 3D printer. Any huge retailer, like Ikea, would kill the market if they offered you the chance to print a coffee table in your basement. No waiting for delivery, no overcrowded stores, no checkout lines. This could eliminate the mall as we know it. Sounds amazing.
Hopefully someone develops a 3D printer infused wardrobe, so I can order a Gucci dress from the app and have my closet print it out over night in my exact fit.
3-D printed dresses
Volumental, a Swedish Startup, has recently launched a collaboration with Intel to make the world’s first cloud-based 3D scanner. Their platform enables everyone to create an accurate 3D model of their body and customize products and services for a unique shopping experience.
Material currency will become extinct and money will be entirely virtual, sparing us from fumbling around in our wallet for coins and notes. Cryptocurrency and digital payment could evolve into one new global economy.
The applications for digital payments are pretty much endless, but I think the tendency is going to be towards unifying all payments in a single app, whether you are buying at a vending machine or amazon.com
This would increase quality of life for people working in retail and also the shoppers, saving time and reducing stress by allowing payments to be made beforehand with an app and having the item available from any location, anytime. Your smartphone could and should be a ticket book with prepaid passes for everything- theaters, public transport, concerts…
I wonder how people will be getting mugged in the future with no physical money.
I feel certain “to shazam” will officially become a verb in its own right very soon. Image recognition technology is pretty advanced already. So be prepared to snap a photo of an item of clothing you happen to spot and have the app offer immediate purchase from your device.
More creepily, we will most likely be able to “shazam” people and have their online presence displayed.
How cool would it be if you could “shazam” perfumes you happen to get a whiff of on the street?
Talking about shazaming smells, this feature could be used for marketing purposes.
Like, for instance, spreading aromas in populated areas and letting people “shazam” the scent, there by, letting us advertise to ourselves voluntarily and having a nice moment associated with the brand by enjoying the scent.
The prospect of significant improvement to our physical well-being and life expectancy is exciting. But even more interesting to me is how advances in app development can treat mental health problems.
Our digital activity could be interpreted and diagnosed by an app for certain mental problems. For example you keep playing break-up songs on Spotify and it displays you the following message:
“ You might be depressed. May be it’s time to get out of the house.”
From which point help and treatment can be administered immediately by an AI doctor,digital prescription and meds ordered and paid for online.
“The evolution of M-Health (mobile diagnostics, bio-feedback and personal monitoring) is set to revolutionize treatment of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Apps designed by medical professionals will provide efficient real-time feedback, tackle chronic conditions at a much earlier stage, and help improve the lifestyles and life outcomes of communities in the developed and developing world”
Dr. Anne Lise Kjaer, founder of London-based trend
forecasting agency Kjaer Global
Tyto has created a handheld device enabling anyone, anywhere to perform an accurate physical examination for remote diagnosis.
Communicating will be freaky
In an overpopulated world many anti-social applications will surely be created. For instance an anti-four square to avoid certain people. We will also have a lie detector app which measures timbre, speed, breathing and pronunciation of speech and gives you a discreet alert when you are being lied to.
An Ouija board App is something I read about in a lot of articles. The first time I saw this idea in an episode of “Black mirror”. A woman, living in the no- too distant future, loses her husband in a car accident. She uses an app to gather all her husband’s online information – search history, past message threads, photos, interests and feeds it to an AI. The AI subsequently creates his online double and impersonates him in chats and phone calls with his wife. Creepy yes, unlikely- not at all. Already bots are being taught to be more human like.
“We will be able to create avatars of people who have passed away from all of the information they have left behind (their emails and other documents, images, videos, interviews with people who remember them). These will be compelling but not fully realistic, not until the mid 2030s, so some people will find this ‘replicant’ technology to be in the ‘uncanny valley,’ that is, disconcerting.”
Dr. Ray Kurzweil, inventor, pioneering computer scientist and director of engineering at Google
It really does sound disconcerting, but that’s never stopped humanity before.
Kids will love school
Virtual Reality technology has made a pretty big leap forward in the past few years, but is still just one small step towards creating a fully immersive experience that engages all the senses.
Still even today I see no problem in having educational VR apps using an Oculus Rift to teach history lessons from a first person POV to kids, who are adverse to reading. This is a potential key to making education fun for them.
Entertainment and art will be mind blowing
Art will imitate life and vice versa more than ever thanks to the applications which engage all your senses while entertaining you.
Movie theaters can be quipped with VR sets and each viewer could get their very own tailored version of the movie, based on the preferences listed in the movie app.
While you read your e-book, eye tracking knows what text you are on and plays the perfect accompanying music, synced with your heart beat from you smartwatch to compliment your mood.
Then again wouldn’t VR make reading books an archaic and inefficient way of obtaining information?
You will enter the world of your favorite book or movie and finally get your Hogwarts letter or fly the Millennium falcon in VR. Any book or movie, from any character’s perspective.
“We are living toward incredible times where the only constant is change and the rate of change is increasing.”