reply to post by ninjas4321
I was thinking about what will be the next big invention or what the future will hold what do you guys think and what will be the next big
thing in technology
There are several big things on the horizon, any one of them individually will radically change our world, and it's difficult to see how all of them
will shape our society and existence.
First, though not necessarily the most important, is already happening right under our nose. The amount of power and utility in a smart phone is
absolutely incredible. Two major advances in this area will be super-capacitors that can supplant Lithium-Ion batteries in 'battery life' and allow
for charges within minutes as opposed to hours; the other will be advances in interface technology - which leads us into the next major advance:
Second is digital hardware interfaces with the human brain. Don't get too excited - this isn't Matrix type stuff - but more like being able to
navigate your computer/phone with the simplicity of looking in another direction or making a simple hand-gesture (it will be more of an extension of
your perceptive 'body' as opposed to some kind of lucid dream).
Third is "cloud computing" - which already exists, but it will become a more common thing in the future. All of the computers in your house may
exist as a single virtual computational and storage entity with additional resources being offered by your ISP. In essence - you will be able to
access not just the storage, but the processing power of your home networks and/or leased "cloud space." This may be more gimicky to the average
person - but be a huge asset to hobbyists and engineers who can run complex simulations from anywhere in the world, using their portable device to
display the results to them as opposed to having to pack around devices capable of several TeraFLOPS of processing power.
Those three technologies combine for some pretty amazing results that will, more than likely, result in "AI expressions" being created from our own
personalities. We will create (as programmers or within the parameters of certain programs) lists of data to be mined from the internet and analyzed
for relevance to what we want to learn or amuse ourselves with. These AI expressions will evolve out of this desire to search through the internet
and present us with relevant data and keep it for ready access and reference. As time goes on - these could get quite advanced - perhaps becoming
worthy of being considered a self-standing AI program that may even 'look' and behave like us (particularly in those who use programs to respond to
technical support requests or fan mail). Others may even evolve into more of a companion figure - "Cortana," if you will. This has interesting
implications for the mortal nature of our bodies.... these programs will persist well past a person's corporeal death - possessing many of their
'memories,' interests, and records of their life that continue to run and even compile information on the 'cloud' systems.
That has interesting implications for society - leading to a sort of hereditary memory, of sorts... as you could talk to something that was literally
created from the interests, goals, and dreams of deceased members of your family.
Do note that this would not be a "at once" sort of thing... it would be an evolution of the programs one uses to sift through the massive amounts of
information on the internet, reduce work-load of using programs (such as short-hands for 3d construction or programming), etc.
Four and Five are as much biological as technological. Four is the elimination of age related death. This is far closer to being reality than many
people understand. It won't be a gradual increase of the human life expectancy into infinity - it will be the discovery of how to preserve accurate
RNA transcription from DNA along with selective regression of certain tissues (to allow for the regrowing of teeth, limbs, and even some organs) as
part of outpatient procedures.
Which leads to Five - genetic engineering and the practical application of genetic re-sequencing on a mature organism - and/or the targeting of
selected tissues for genetic modifications. This would be the internet of biology... hard to really see what all it will impact and/or do until it's
already happening. The ability to modify other organisms for symbiotic purposes should not be overlooked.
On the engineering front; we have number Six - nanobot construction and assembly of materials. Combine this with the capabilities of 1-3, and you
have the ability to build out of trace materials almost anything you need (provided the energy necessary can be gleaned from the environment or a
practical source). Specialized production chambers would allow for rapid and efficient construction of materials impossible to create with today's