Things we might see in the next decade… but which will be established within two:
Ray Kurzweil, a U.S. computer expert predicted in 2008 that computers will have the same intellectual capacity as humans by 2020. With nanotechnology on the horizon, this is a real possibility. The fact that the transistor count will keep on increasing (using nanotechnology) despite the eventual failure of Moore’s law is testament to the belief that computers will be more capable than the human brain sooner than you know it. One other area of research is the use of computers directly through your brain using implants. Intel is on it so expect good results soon.
Imagine a computer this thin, and more computing power than any existing machine:
Next, imagine the variations as they fit inside a USB memory.
Think about a brain in your pocket. Think about Intelligence which has the ability to connect to the Internet, to Cloud Storage, to any system … possibly even any human brain. Si-Fi becomes real. More important for the “Faithful”, Religious prophecy becomes real.
Think about heaven:
NO CRIME … we all know what potential criminals are planning, so how can they commit a crime? NO VIOLENCE – same reason. NO DEATH – we become like DAX in Deep Space Nine, our memories, and our experiences/knowledge, passed on to the next generation.
WE WILL NEED FOOD, … but will we need fuel? We can travel by thought; timeshare bodies in other lands; experience shared.
See those movies and Ads showing holographic pop-ups everywhere? That is not very far away actually. Google Goggles for example does visual search; you take a picture of some object in your mobile and it will search for any information regarding it on the web. The object can be some landmark, some book or a barcode even.
Although solar cells are on top of the list in future energy sources, there are some amazing and bizarre sources for energy that still are in their infancy. For example in the future, sugar might be the fuel running our cars and bacteria lighting our houses. But, it is solar energy that has the lead for now and is expected to fuel the world in the near future. In fact, solar energy is not very far behind from meeting the world’s need for energy and technologies emerging everyday pave a path that can only lead to success in the future. A company called Sandia has produced solar cells which are made of 100 times less material than the current top solar cells while operating at the same efficiency.
What’s in store in the field of medical for us is nothing short of miraculous; artificial organs. A company called Organovo has developed the first commercial 3-D bio printer that builds custom organs cell-by-cell. The printer uses different cells based on the recipient’s own body, thus significantly lowering the chance of organ rejection. Organovo claim that the technology will advance far enough to print out arteries and veins for bypass surgery within five years, with complex organs like a heart or a liver possible within ten. And other than this, we understand the DNA ever more with the passage of time and this makes cures for disease such as ‘aging’, yes aging, possible.
YouTube is a prime example of how lives can be changed in no time; viral videos get millions of views and the owner gets thousands of dollars. As a whole, it is the internet which has made this possible; today people don’t need to take out a loan to get their business started, you just need to have a worthy idea and the internet will let people find you. In the coming years, it won’t be surprise if suddenly Facebook is overtaken by some other previously unknown phenomena.
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