2015 has its fair share of problems, and a lot of times it can feel like the world is going to hell in a hand basket. However, there are still plenty of reasons why now is actually a great time to be alive, and most of them are due to the incredible technological advances we’ve made in the last several years.
Below are 18 awe-inspiring technological advancements that will remind you why now is a totally compelling time in history, a time that many people never even thought possible. Check out the incredible inventions, plans, and prototypes below — if we can do this in 2015, imagine what we can do in another 15 years.
#1. Developers are working on an insane new jet concept that could take you from London to New York City in 30 minutes.
#2. Specialists are now able to print 3D prosthetics at a fraction of the cost of previous ones.
#3. Cars really are capable of driving themselves. There’s even one Tesla that can do it all on its own.
#4. Wireless phone charging exists: Simply place your phone down and wait for it to charge up.
#5. And there is a new kind of countertop that could actually charge your phone.
#6. This 3D printing pen is basically the best thing ever.