Time is our most precious commodity – and it seems there’s never enough of it. But this could be about to change, with a new wave of technology which will revolutionize the way we live and work forever.

1. The Internet of Things

Your phone beeps. It’s your fridge, informing you you’re out of coffee. After syncing with today’s calendar your fridge has realised your parents are coming round later – and they’re both coffee drinkers. The Internet of Things is an invisible network connecting the physical things around you. Smart sensors in the devices in your home, your car at school and your workspace will co-ordinate with each other to help streamline your life.

This technology is already here, but only around 1% of devices have a connective capability. However, it’s thought by 2022 around 50 billion objects will be connected, making day-to-day lives that little bit easier and saving us valuable hours.

2. The Laundroid

For as long as the idea’s been around, domestic robots have intrigued us. Having someone (or something) to take over the most menial of chores saving valuable hours has huge appeal. Robot technology is moving quickly and it won’t be long before mechanical domestic helpers – like the floor-cleaning Roomba device – are found in every home.

Enter the Laundroid, the world’s first laundry folding robot. Developed by Japanese company Seven Dreamers, the Laundroid will be available for purchase later this year, taking over a task that apparently takes up a whopping 375 days of our lives. The sleek tower is fitted with scanners that analyse your laundry to decide exactly how to tackle each item. In its current incarnation, the Laundroid can fold a shirt in four minutes, which isn’t exactly fast, but hey – as long as you don’t have to do it yourself.

3. Mind Control

Imagine if you could change the television channel with your mind, write an email in the same time it takes for the words to appear in your brain, or dream up an object which could then be created by a 3D printer. This might sound far-fetched, but in reality, our brains are electrical devices, already wired with the capability to interface with technology, and researchers are slowly working out how to sync our built-in wiring to man-made technology.

Due to the incredible complexity of the human brain this technology has some way to go, but there’s little doubt the strides we’re already making in brain-mapping technology mean mind control is just around the corner. Some experts are predicting that children born in the next few years will grow up being able to sync themselves to electrical devices and the internet, leaving those of us who grew up grappling with remote controls scratching their heads.

4. 3D Printing

3D printing technology is growing exponentially, and its practical applications are mind blowing: buildings, organs, and weapons are just a few uses of this unique technology. However, on a more prosaic level 3D printers will soon be found in every home, making many aspects of your life that little bit easier.

3D print technology will allow us to make to design and print everything from designer clothing clothes and shoes to musical instruments, toys, games and tools at the touch of a button. Future generations will look back on our quaint habit of online shopping and laugh: why wait for something to be delivered to your door when you can just print it out?

5. Digital Assistants

The world’s largest tech companies are racing to develop omniscient personal assistants who’ll make sense of your digital world and manage just about every aspect of your life, changing the way we live and work forever. These assistants’ capabilities will be far beyond Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana: they’ll be able to anticipate every daily need.

For example: looking at the traffic and the weather each morning your assistant will tell you whether to take your car or your bicycle, what time you should set off and which route to take. It will recommend what you should eat for breakfast based on your dietary needs and current cognitive and physical state. And that’s before you’ve even left the house. This technology is just around the corner, with companies like Facebook, Amazon joining Microsoft and Apple in the fight to become the ubiquitous, indispensable assistant on every smartphone and tablet.

6. Your Smartest Friend

At InsightNG, we’re watching these unfolding technologies closely, excited to see how we can incorporate them into our own technology. We’ve developed our own time-saving solution: a platform called Your Smartest Friend, an intelligent knowledge gathering decision-making tool to accompany you through your life.

Through good times, bad times, school, work and life: Your Smartest Friend will be there to guide you, problem solve and anticipate your needs. Check out our first generation platform, we’d love to know what you think. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more.

About Neil Movold

I am the founder and CEO of InsightNG. I have a career spanning across Canada, Australia, Bermuda and New Zealand. For most of my life, I have been keenly interested in how our human brains function at a cognitive level. When my son Jaden was born with Spina Bifida, my interest in human cognition became more focused, resulting in the creation of InsightNG. My current interests lie in the areas of social learning, open innovation, collective & contextual intelligence, knowledge discovery, findability and content visualization.