12 Futuristic Things That Actually Already Exist

12 Futuristic Things That Actually Already Exist

As this list of items will reveal, the space-age electric future that we once only dreamed about is here. (Yes, right now!)

The future is now

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The speed at which technology is evolving and changing every aspect of our lives is astounding. Think about it. As futurist Thomas Frey has pointed out, before 2007, our phones were…phones! They did not have the ability to stream every song in the known universe or tell us how to beat traffic on the way to the mall. And now? Your phone does everything. You use it to monitor and control your finances. It keeps you entertained in myriad ways. It checks your heart rate, how many steps you took today, and so much more.

In fact, many things that were once solely the dreams of science-fiction writers or only existed in episodes of The Jetsons are now basic parts of our everyday lives. Take a look at some of the crazy futuristic things that actually exist right now. And while you're at it, check out these other products that will become "smart" in 2020.

Self-driving cars

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As reported by The Motley Fool, many cars on the road come with technology like lane correction, potential collision detection, and automated parking. And Elon Musk's Tesla vehicles take things up several notches with assisted-driving features like lane centering and adaptive cruise control. Of course, that's just the beginning. Business Insider reports that 55 companies, including Uber and Waymo, have permits to test Autonomous Vehicles just in California alone.

But as far as we've come with this technology, Matthew Johnson-Roberson, cofounder of Refraction AI, told CNN that there are significant challenges preventing self-driving cars and trucks from taking over the roads at the moment. There have been accidents and malfunctions, and these vehicles' sensors struggle in bad weather. Plus, they "lack the human touch to smoothly navigate four-way stops and merge into traffic," he notes.

So, we're getting there with self-driving cars, but to all you teenagers out there: You're still going to have to practice those three-point turns to pass your driver's test. And if you're looking for an affordable option in the meantime, here are some of the best car deals you can get for under $18,000.

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