In 1989 the film Back To The Future Part 2 predicted what the future would look like in 2015 with some very accurate results including drones, video chat and even thumbprint payment! We have spent some time this week looking past 2015 to the not so distant future to find out some of the changes that our world may face.
Self Driven Cars
Techcrunch released an article this week stating that driving your car could soon become illegal! Not because of the environment or because of improvements to public transport but because of the number of accidents that driving causes; traffic accidents account for one of the greatest causes of premature deaths around the globe each year. Over the past few years Google has been testing out its autonomous vehicles and they have now logged more the one million miles on roads full of human driven cars and they have yet to cause a single accident!
With the popularity of the recent Channel 4 program Humans, machine intelligence has become a popular subject matter over the past few months. Scientists are coming ever closer to understanding how a mind works and can be built and we will inevitably reach a point where we will no longer find ourselves alone.
As we have focussed on the internet, biology and technological developments on earth, space exploration has taken a back seat over the past few decades. This will surely change as we coast into the future with companies and rich individuals taking on the space exploration challenge rather than the richest countries. We are already seeing programs being worked on including Virgin Galactic and Space X.
As a species we have caused rapid changes to the global climate, often changing landscapes and environments wherever we settle. There is evidence that we are in the sixth massive species extinction of the history of our planet and it is predicted that many different species will likely be killed off as we go on. It has been predicted that 75 percent of the planet’s species will disappear within the next 300 to 2000 years and disappearances have already begun.
It only takes a small observation to notice that we are becoming more and more reliant on services that allow us to share amongst ourselves. If we think about some of today’s fastest growing apps and services, many of them seem to be dependant upon sharing. Fundraising websites like Shareagift are also seeing users flood their sites looking to collect money for all sorts of things from charitable causes to birthday parties and wedding gifts. Group saving is becoming more and more popular with people being able to achieve goals together that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to reach on their own. If this trend carries on eventually the majority of products and services that we use will become shared and we will no longer see the need to own bikes, cars or even homes.
If you have any ideas or plans that could affect the future then why not start a Shareagift campaign and raise money to get your idea off the ground. Shareagift provides you with an easy way to collect money online for anything and everything from group gifts to funding events for parties and charitable causes.
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If you are planning on going away with friends or family this year and are looking for something a bit different then Shareagift has you covered. This week we have sought out some of our favourite natural sights from across the world and they are all well worth a visit!
1 – Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus in South America. It is located on the Guiana Shield in Venezuela. It is considered one the oldest geological formations on earth and dates back over two billion years ago! At its highest point it is 9,219 feet high.
2 – The Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
This unusual train track is surrounded by greenery and has become a huge tourist attraction in Ukraine. The track is used for wooden work and a train transports wood to a local factory via this track three times a day. Legend says that couples who ride through the green tunnel and make a wish will get what they wished for.
3 – Lake Hillier, Australia
Lake Hillier is a saline lake off the South coast of Western Australia. The lake water is permanently pink even when taken out of the lake and the colour is due to the presence of the organism Dunaliella salina which is a type of micro-algae especially found in sea salt fields. The chemical is often used in cosmetics and dietary supplements.
4 – Naica Mine, Mexico
This mine in Mexico is best known for its extraordinary selenite crystals. It is a working mine and contains lead, zinc and sliver. The cave of crystals, which was discovered, whilst mining, is approximately 1000 feet below the surface in a large chamber. Hydrothermal fluids from the magma chambers below formed the crystals.
5 –Seaside Park, Hitchai
This seaside park in Japan brings in thousands of tourists each year to admire its millions of flowers. Covering an area of 190 hectares, the park feautures blooming flowers all year round.
If this has given you itchy feet then head over to Shareagift and start saving for this year’s ultimate group holiday. Shareagift is the easiest way to collect money online and you can use it to collect funds online for anything from group holidays to plane tickets and even shared meals. Collecting money online has never been so easy, so head over to Shareagift now and start a campaign today.
It was announced today that the UK population grew by almost half a million last year and that no country of the UK or region of England experienced a population decrease! Here at Shareagift we love learning about new and interesting ways in which our world is changing! We have put together a list of 15 facts that we find amazingly interesting about the world we live in today.
- Every house in Bermuda produces its own water supply by using rain-catching roofs.
- Downloading copyrighted material in Switzerland is legal!
- Women in sub-Saharan Africa are as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as women in nineteenth-century England!
- Around the world approximately 37,000 child marriages take place each year.
- No one knows how many people live in the country of Bhutan. As of 1975 no census has ever been taken.
6. After Rhode Island accidentally legalised prostitution, reports of rape decreased!
7. Buying or selling chewing gum is illegal in Singapore.
- 90% of all adoptions in Japan are adult adoptions.
- There is around 200 times more gold in the world’s oceans, than has been mined in our entire history.
- It’s a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
- There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.
- The total weight of all the ants on earth is greater than the weight of all the humans on the planet.
- Italian banks accept Parmesan cheese as collateral for loans.
- The population of Ireland is still 2 million less than it was before the potato famine, 160 years ago.
- Rain of fish is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the Honduran city of Yoro.
Want to discover some world facts of your own? Use Shareagift to raise money for all sorts of experiences for you and friends, from honeymoons to wedding anniversaries and birthday presents, or even just a well deserved holiday!
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