• PREPARE FOR AN UPGRADE:  You’re only human, right? Perhaps not for long.  Advances in biology, wearable technology and pharmaceuticals could give us superhero-style abilities, according to Rohit Talwar, futurist and CEO of Fast Future.  Here are some of the cooler powers we can hope for by 2030.

    PREPARE FOR AN UPGRADE: You’re only human, right? Perhaps not for long. Advances in biology, wearable technology and pharmaceuticals could give us superhero-style abilities, according to Rohit Talwar, futurist and CEO of Fast Future. Here are some of the cooler powers we can hope for by 2030.

  • INSTANT KNOWLEDGE:  ‘In the next 10-15 years, we could be able to perform instant content updates to the human brain,’ say Talwar. This could be uploading a new language, a map or key info before a meeting or date.

    INSTANT KNOWLEDGE: ‘In the next 10-15 years, we could be able to perform instant content updates to the human brain,’ say Talwar. This could be uploading a new language, a map or key info before a meeting or date.

  • INSTANT KNOWLEDGE:  Of course this would require our brains to be connected to some pretty serious wifi, which might raise security concerns, so for confidential information, expect plug-in memory devices.

    INSTANT KNOWLEDGE: Of course this would require our brains to be connected to some pretty serious wifi, which might raise security concerns, so for confidential information, expect plug-in memory devices.

  • HEALING FACTOR:  ‘Subcutaneous implants would detect pathogens in the immediate environment and provide antibodies to protect us from specific contagious diseases,’ says Talwar.

    HEALING FACTOR: ‘Subcutaneous implants would detect pathogens in the immediate environment and provide antibodies to protect us from specific contagious diseases,’ says Talwar.

  • HEALING FACTOR:  This could have numerous benefits. Coughs and sneezes would no longer spread diseases, the impending global antibiotic crisis would be averted and handwashing would become a redundant activity.

    HEALING FACTOR: This could have numerous benefits. Coughs and sneezes would no longer spread diseases, the impending global antibiotic crisis would be averted and handwashing would become a redundant activity.

  • 3D PRINTED WINGS:  ‘We could fly as close to the sun as we like with customized 3D printed wings, which are perfectly designed to bring aerodynamic freedom and flight,’ says Talwar.

    3D PRINTED WINGS: ‘We could fly as close to the sun as we like with customized 3D printed wings, which are perfectly designed to bring aerodynamic freedom and flight,’ says Talwar.

  • 3D PRINTED WINGS:  Powerful and lightweight, these wings could be attached and removed on demand by robot surgeons. Take that, Icarus.

    3D PRINTED WINGS: Powerful and lightweight, these wings could be attached and removed on demand by robot surgeons. Take that, Icarus.

  • SUPER SIGHT:  ‘Gene therapy has cured colour blindness in monkeys,’ says Talwar. ‘Eventually, science may expand our colour vision to include all wavelengths, from gamma rays to ultraviolet to radio waves.’

    SUPER SIGHT: ‘Gene therapy has cured colour blindness in monkeys,’ says Talwar. ‘Eventually, science may expand our colour vision to include all wavelengths, from gamma rays to ultraviolet to radio waves.’

  • SUPER SIGHT:  It raises the prospect of night and, dare we say it, X-ray vision.

    SUPER SIGHT: It raises the prospect of night and, dare we say it, X-ray vision.

  • SUPER STRENGTH:  ‘Physical and genetic enhancements applied to your bones and muscles would improve your body mass index and performance,’ says Talwar. Reinforced bones would be harder to break.

    SUPER STRENGTH: ‘Physical and genetic enhancements applied to your bones and muscles would improve your body mass index and performance,’ says Talwar. Reinforced bones would be harder to break.

  • SUPER STRENGTH:  Best of all, most of this could be achieved with minimal commitment to diet and exercise. Who said there was no gain without pain?

    SUPER STRENGTH: Best of all, most of this could be achieved with minimal commitment to diet and exercise. Who said there was no gain without pain?

  • HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS:  ‘Advances in pharmaceuticals and neuroscience could lead to a breakthrough drug designed to experience a higher state of consciousness,’ says Talwar.

    HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS: ‘Advances in pharmaceuticals and neuroscience could lead to a breakthrough drug designed to experience a higher state of consciousness,’ says Talwar.

  • HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS:  It could be recreational or therapeutic.  ‘This could be perfect for coping with mid-life crises, anxiety disorders or recovering from addiction,’ adds Talwar.

    HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS: It could be recreational or therapeutic. ‘This could be perfect for coping with mid-life crises, anxiety disorders or recovering from addiction,’ adds Talwar.

  • INSTANT BEAUTY:  Not feeling so enlightened? Why not make yourself beautiful instead? Talwar says recent breakthroughs with the CRISPR gene editing technique could be applied to cosmetic augmentation.

    INSTANT BEAUTY: Not feeling so enlightened? Why not make yourself beautiful instead? Talwar says recent breakthroughs with the CRISPR gene editing technique could be applied to cosmetic augmentation.

  • INSTANT BEAUTY:  ‘High street centres could provide services to change clients’ hair thickness, eye colour and skin pigmentation,’ Talwar says.

    INSTANT BEAUTY: ‘High street centres could provide services to change clients’ hair thickness, eye colour and skin pigmentation,’ Talwar says.

  • BODY MASTERY:  ‘Through deep brain stimulation, humans may eventually have total control of how much physical sensations affect them,’ says Talwar.

    BODY MASTERY: ‘Through deep brain stimulation, humans may eventually have total control of how much physical sensations affect them,’ says Talwar.

  • BODY MASTERY:  You could dial down your touch sensitivity before or during pain, but dial up experiences during intimate moments or during a particularly exciting part of a film or game.

    BODY MASTERY: You could dial down your touch sensitivity before or during pain, but dial up experiences during intimate moments or during a particularly exciting part of a film or game.

  • BIONIC HEARING: ‘As humans age, we naturally lose the ability to hear higher frequencies. In the future, we may be able to reverse this,’ says Talwar.

    BIONIC HEARING: ‘As humans age, we naturally lose the ability to hear higher frequencies. In the future, we may be able to reverse this,’ says Talwar.

  • BIONIC HEARING:  Aural implants directly connected to our brains could eventually enhancing human hearing  beyond the normal range.

    BIONIC HEARING: Aural implants directly connected to our brains could eventually enhancing human hearing beyond the normal range.

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9 ways we'll be superhuman by 2030

by Adam Gale
Last Updated: 02 Mar 2018

Images: Shutterstock

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