Science fiction is starting to become dated.
Teleportation? Yeah, been there. Flying cars? Done that. You may not have noticed, but science has come such a long way that regular old humans are starting to put the characters on Star Trek to shame. Just check out the slideshow below and see for yourself.
8 groundbreaking ideas that make us really excited about the future
Hyperloop Transportation SystemIf you've ever seen the opening of Futurama, you probably remember people whizzing around in see-through tubes. Well it seems the future is here, because a real-life version is already being built in Slovakia. With the first section set to be completed by 2020, the "Hyperloop" is a transportation system capable of reaching speeds of 1,223km/h--or fast enough to get you from Toronto to Montreal in 30 minutes!Hyperloop Transportation Technologies/Facebook
Beam me up, Scotty!Teleportation might seem impossible, but scientists can already "beam up" objects that are smaller than a particle. Physicists in the Netherlands recently reported that they were able to instantaneously send quantum data from one electron to another positioned about 10 feet away. While human teleportation is still far off, at least this proves it can be done!The Canadian Press
Invisibility cloakResearchers have created an invisibility cloak similar to the one seen in the Harry Potter movies. Physicists in Germany were able to create an object that diffuses light, causing it to bend around the object behind it. Essentially, this makes the wearer look like a mirror is wrapped all around them. The Canadian Press
Masdar CityAh, Masdar City. Already under construction in the UAE, this futuristic city is designed to be the pinnacle of sustainability. It won't produce any waste or carbon emissions, and its subway system will consist of a series of driverless pods that people can ride in. The design of the actual buildings, meanwhile, will help produce and save energy.The Canadian Press
Trips to MarsU.S. commercial rocket maker SpaceX is confident that it will be able to send people on round-trips to Mars within the decade! There's only one problem: The extra-terrestrial adventure will cost you a cool $500,000. To be fair, the planet is 225,308,160 kilometres away. Maybe you can ask your alien friends if you can crash with them to cut costs. Getty Images
Solar roadwaysSolar roadways could completely change the world. They would cover all existing roadways and parking lots with solar panels, which would be used to display road signals and lanes with LED lights - all the while producing clean energy. They're also heated and unbreakable, which means no more road hazards like ice and potholes. And we're not even scratching the surface yet. More details can be found right here.Getty Images
Flying/Self-driving carsDon't bother getting your license, the first round of self-driving cars are expected to hit city streets next year. But you should be even more excited for flying cars, which are expected to become available around the same time. These things can fit in your garage and drive on the roads, but the only downside is you still need a runway to takeoff and land. Getty Images
Print out your dinnerSay goodbye, world hunger. Scientists have found a way to print our food. New 3D-printers called "ChefJet" produce items using sugar, meaning you can design anything from edible roses to cartoon characters. We can only assume a 3-course meal printer isn't very far off. Getty Images