Most of the things that we enjoy today in the world of technology may seem commonplace. The internet might seem such a basic necessity that a lot of people would have a tough time imagining life without the world wide web and the rest of the internet technology.
Keep in mind that the commercial internet has only been around since 1996, and that is not a long time. If you were to describe what you can do on the internet as well as the possible future developments that could take place using this technology, people would think that you are crazy.
As recently as 20 years ago, there were people in the media who seriously thought that the internet is a kind of passing trend and that pretty soon all the hype will die down. It’s because the technology that we’re living with at that time was evolving at warp speed. You only need to look at the original home pages of Amazon, Yahoo, or even Google to see this reality.
A lot of this stuff has fundamental scientific foundations that have been around for decades. The reason why a lot of this future technology seem so groundbreaking and unimaginable is more because there is a failure of imagination. We are living in modern times, where a lot of our old paradigms as to what can and cannot be, where we can and cannot go, and the things that we can and cannot do are continually changing.
When you look at the matter, it’s very tempting to think that because you can touch, taste, hear, smell, and see it, it is somehow “real.” Quantum electrodynamics is going to challenge how you define what real is. Because when you don’t have the interplay between light and matter where the light turns into matter and matter turns into light, you really can’t quite put your finger on what is solid or tangible. Because something as fleeting as light easily gets turned into matter and vice versa.
You may think this is an excellent concept for some Physics nerd in some University lab somewhere. Quantum electrodynamics technology stands to revolutionize computing. The computer or mobile device that you are using to read this article runs on a processor that is going to be left in the dust by processors that use quantum electrodynamics technology. Because when companies can build microchips that could control the interaction of phonons, which are quantum vibrations activated by sound, they can finally achieve quantum computing.
This technology is revolutionary because it makes possible looking for new drug compounds, solving complicated mathematical equations, and processing a tremendous amount of data to make crucial decisions. All of that can be done quickly using Quantum Computing powered by microchips that use quantum electrodynamics technology.
Nanotechnology enables scientists to create machines at the cellular level. This possibility means that a lot of medical work done by large machines like imaging bio in bioengineering, prosthetics, and others can be shrunk to the cellular level and enable physicians to treat illnesses at their very root. In other words, instead of cancer cells being bombarded by chemotherapy drugs that don’t discriminate between healthy and sick cells, the future nanotechnology-based pharmacology can be very discriminating. We can reach a point where we can treat diseases at the cellular level with a high degree of specificity and control. Tiny machines run by nanotechnology can send medicines to targeted cancer cells and take care of the problem at the root level.
You probably heard crazy news stories of entrepreneurs claiming to have technology that would enable machines to read people’s minds. This type of idea has been around for quite some time. Comic book series like Marvel Comics and the X-Men have been big on mind control, mind-reading, and mental hacking.
Scientists have also discovered brain activities and predictable brain wave patterns. It turns out that there is some sort of intelligible code called “brain wave language” that you can feed into machines. This reality opens a wide range of possibilities as far as the direction of technology goes. At the most basic, you can have devices that can be activated, deactivated, and controlled by your mind.
Imagine if you developed quadriplegia, and you lost control of both your arms and legs. With neurohacking, you only need to think about where you want to go or what you want to do. You’re plugged in a neuro-controlled wheelchair, exoskeleton, or other devices that can perform actions for you.
Another new possible application of neuro hacking involves the world wide web. As you probably already know, there is a tremendous amount of content on the internet, but that pales in comparison to what people can think up. Every single day billions of people all over the world generate all sorts of exciting ideas. Still, they only bother to write down or even record or say a tiny fraction of all that mental innovation, breakthrough intuition, and hunches.
Thanks to neurohacking, all those ideas could be harnessed. The worldwide web can then be filled with thought content harvested by devices that are strapped onto human beings from all four corners of the globe. Talk about exploding the information content of the World Wide Web.
According to NASA, the developments in propulsion technology are proceeding in such a way that space travel can be sped up dramatically in about four to five decades or as little as fifty years. The snail’s pace of our current jet propulsion technology stands to be revolutionized. It’s not really out of the realm of possibility to see travelers to a planet like Mars that only astronauts and unmanned buggies can reach for now.
The Final Word on Technology Trends
Technology and commerce can fuel each other’s growth. All the trends that I mentioned above are undergoing a tremendous amount of work and innovation because there is a large sum of venture capital money or government funding devoted to these areas of knowledge. For the longest time, there used to be a thick iron wall between fundamental academic research and commercial technology.
That wall has grown thinner over the years. In the case of Space X and Google’s theoretical innovations, that wall has disappeared entirely. As more basic research is funded or influenced by venture entrepreneurialism, expect the development time of revolutionary technologies to get shorter and shorter.