Sony: Children Predict Tech Innovations For The Next 20 Years

Sony: Children predict tech innovations for the next 20 yearsFlying shoes may be just around the corner, as research released today by Sony Mobile reveals that 62% of children expect these by 2037, and 22% predicting that they could become a reality in just five years.
The research, conducted for Sony Mobile’s Xperia Touch projector, explores the vivid imagination of 6-12 year olds globally, comparing their fun and advanced expectations of the future to that of their parents.

Having grown up in a generation where anything seems possible, it’s the creative expectations of these children that best describes the product’s advanced technology.

Will we be able to communicate with our pets in the future? Apparently so, with 63% of children dreaming up a reality where technology lets us speak to and understand our pets. With no limits on their vivid imagination, 65% of children expect to be able to see through walls by 2037, and 55% believe we’ll be able to read each other’s minds.

Parents on the other hand have a different outlook on the future, and think some technologies are too far-fetched to become a reality. Around half think teleportation (51%) and invisibility cloaks (49%) could never be a possibility.

But, whose vision of the future really is more accurate? Ian Pearson, lead Futurologist from Futurizon reveals whether these technologies could soon become a reality:

On flying shoes: “We do have hover-boards that can hover without wheels on special skateboard parks, and self-balancing unicycles too, so if you can get things that hover and self-balance, why not? In timescale, I’d say 5 – 10 years, but there could well be first demonstrator prototype in five years. So on this one the kids win.”

On telepathy: “By 2050, direct connections into people’s brains will be so good that your mind will extend into cyberspace and 90% of your thinking will be outside your head – kids also win on thought recognition.”

On teleporting: “A first win for parents. We can already generate exact copies of a photon or a single atom, but it will be many decades or even centuries before we could do that with a human.”

On talking to pets: “Let’s ignore those near useless devices that claim to interpret barks and meows by their tone. Around 2045-2050, you could theoretically get a brain implant in your pet that would enhance their intelligence and enable this sort of interaction, but the regulators might not permit that.”

To back up the research findings, Sony Mobile enlisted the help of six small experts, who were put through their paces when interviewed about what the future holds. A separate planet for work, octopus pets and teleportation to a holiday destination were some of the predictions, with these innocent answers captured on camera.