Student Minds

Students ponder what the future will hold

By Patrick Fleming
On April 6, 2017

Several students around ASU were asked, at random, what technological advances they thought humanity would make in the next 100 years.

Using some of the many science fiction movies, video games and books, these students now found themselves asking which ones were the most realistic.

Most of the students maintained optimistic views about what humanity would either end up creating or becoming.

Many of them unanimously agreed that there would be advancement through holograms of some sort both for recreational purposes and work.

"Everything," Joshua Ellington, junior joked. "Maybe some advancements in virtual reality, I was thinking of was some holographic stuff."

Some believed this would be through developing a completely new type of technology altogether, while others believed that this would be done by further upgrading the phones and computers that are already widely used today.  

"Maybe some really cool phones." Stephen Meira, freshman, said. "Sort of like Face Time, but someone is a hologram."

The belief that Virtual Reality would become a major part of people’s lives was also one that many students shared.

One student talked about how they believed that instead of physically going to their regular classes, future students would instead use this new technology to attend all of their classes virtually.

"Maybe educational stuff, like Virtual Reality," Christian Salamila, junior, said. "Instead of going to classes, you put on a virtual headset. It’s like a video in the virtual sense."

Yet, not all of the opinions were positive, with some people fearing that there may be a nuclear annihilation or some sort of technological failure that would bring humans back to the Stone Age.

Some students simply believed that humanity would remain stagnant.

"There’s not really any time for anything," Christina Vieirla, freshman, said. "Maybe a new computer."

Yet, as was argued by her friend Audree Cross, there always seems to be a company that comes out with a new computer every year, which helped give the idea that the next major change in human technology may come from many smaller changes each year.

Even the Virtual Reality that many of them brought up is currently seen in video games as well as phones.

The two proceeded to bring up possible advancements in medicine, eventually talking about an upcoming attempt at a head transplant surgery that is highly experimental.

"It’s not gonna go well," Vieirla said.

Salamila and Meira joked about how this is a time that they will not get to see.

However, most of the optimistic views outweighed the negative ones.

"I could see [us having self-driving cars]. Justice Saucedo, freshman, said. Definitely."

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