Technology develops fast. We asked the LearnEnglish team what technology of the future they are most looking forward to. Here's what they said.
I heard that 3D printing technology is improving a lot. Potentially, it would allow you to print almost any kind of object instantly. Products could simply be printed when they are needed, instead of needing to be manufactured, sent and delivered. Also, my phone battery drains really fast and I would really love to have a battery that lasts a week or even more.
I'd like to have a smart fridge one day. They exist already, but they'll probably be more affordable in the future. I like the idea of your fridge planning your shopping and meals for you based on what it has inside. I think it could save time, money and effort. I hate always having to think about what meals to make, and it would be great to have someone, or something, to do it for you!
As a teacher, I can't wait for more automatic marking. I'm talking about the boring kind of marking, like grading exams or correcting a language exercise in class. As we do more of these things online, technology can instantly tell a student what's right and wrong, and store the marks in the teacher's record. I don't think artificial intelligence can replace human teachers – and I really hope it never tries! – but it would be great to forget the boring bits of my job and concentrate on the social and creative parts of learning.
I look forward to batteries that store electricity for a long time. We have solar panels that most days generate enough electricity for our needs, but we aren't able to use the excess energy because we don't have a battery to store it in. They're just too expensive right now. And, like Jonathan, if my phone battery lasted two weeks instead of two days, I'd be delighted!
I would love to have a car that parks for me. I know there's a lot of talk about self-driving or totally driverless cars, but I don't really want one of those. I quite enjoy driving. The only part of driving that I hate is parking in small spaces, so I'd like to be able to stop the car nearby and for it to park itself into the space!
As a mum, I'd like to have something that picks up the children's clothes from the floor and decides if they are dirty and need to be washed. It would then sort them into washing piles, like, whites, colours, short washes, long washes, etc. And if they didn't need washing, it would then fold the clothes and put them back in the right place. I guess I'm looking for some sort of robot! ツ
What about you?
- What technology of the future are you most looking forward to?
- How do you think technology will improve our lives in the future?