Gee Whiz Facts
genomics, and stem-cell technologies are rapidly evolving like that
computers, leading to medical advances
ranging from replaced organs to increased longevity. Coupled with high-bandwidth
Wi-Fi, humans will have diagnostic
implant chips and sensors which provide early warning of medical concerns
and recommended remediation. By 2025, people may also be able to rearrange
their genes to change their physical features.
“Cloud computing” will be the next stage in
the internet evolution, providing all needed services from applications
to business and personal records, delivered as needed anywhere, with
request initiation via either touch-screen or voice command. Computationally
intensive processes, formerly the purview of super computers, will be
provided by assets in the cloud. Many technical factors, including vast
social networks, will reshape the web by 2015-2020. The iPad of this
era may exist as a hologram for immersive interaction at levels already
imagined by Apple´s designers.
world is buried in data but hungry for real information. Google is no
doubt developing algorithms to mine the essence of any matter. Even
now, they have a capability known as “Google
to graph the number of searches and plot trends over time for words
you enter. Using conditional
theory to achieve higher information confidence levels akin to “expert systems,” Google will charge
high fees for these vital services to businesses and personal consumers.
made the first
bio-computer using the DNA of living cells
instead of silicon chips. This will make it easier for computers to
attach to and augment the human brain. This will lead to the use of
“cyborgs” for both routine and specialized
tasks by 2025, surpassing the simplistic household robots of today.
Many with the financial means will have humanoid cyborg companions by
Asimov´s famous Foundation Series, his intellectual fictional character Hari Seldon uses “psychohistory” to
predict the long-term statistical trends of cultures. Azimov did not
memetics at the time, but governments
in the future will depend more and more upon using “dominant memes”
to control the masses. As in present times, intellectuals will recognize
the manipulation, but be ineffective at defeating the combined efforts
of the government, big business, and the brainwashed masses. Only vigilantes
will be able to punch targeted holes in this future world of mass control.
future unfolds, the masses will be increasingly attracted to escape
daily stresses via virtual reality home entertainment centers, able
to recreate a wide variety of 3D experiences ranging from hang-gliding
over the Grand Canyon to perfect sex with beings whose attributes they
can shape before each highly realistic virtual experience. This escape
may eventually become helpful to those governments seeking to enforce
unpopular measures on their constituencies.
half of all schools will be using personalized avatars as class instructors,
able to teach and interact with students as if human. They will have
access to vast databases, the latest knowledge in all fields, and virtual
worlds, able to display material in 3D holographic form or through special
eyeglasses worn by each student. Educational programs will also be available
for effective learning by people of all ages as they are sleeping.
an advanced computer to pass the “Turing
and achieve the highest state of artificial
(AI), it must be possible for a team of judges to dialog with unseen
humans and the advanced computer, asking any questions they wish and,
by the responses, be unable to identify the computer. In a famous bet
the former predicts a machine will have passed the Turing Test by 2029.
The first immortal AI device will be invented by 2030 and kept up-to-date
by Google or its counterpart.
will be forced to create greener buildings and cities, including trees
with solar leaves to store electrical energy during the day for use
at night. These will help in dealing with global warming and related
social crises, as needed human resources become unavailable, but will
not save much of Earth´s wild places and biodiversity. The only hope
for the latter lies in the development of microorganisms that can carry
out specific eco-recovery tasks in vast numbers, in mass economic meltdowns
that force less consumption ... or in pandemics that reduce the human population
faster than medical teams can respond.
acts will become more sophisticated than attempting to trigger crude
explosives, with governments responding with more advanced surveillance
schemes. It will be ineffective to carry the battle to putative terrorist
training camps, achieving only increased anti-Americanism and easier
terrorist recruitment. The U.S. government will ramp up anti-terrorist
activities, with invasion of personal privacy for non-terrorists and
greater gate-keeping vigilance to annoy all. It will become
1984, albeit 1-2 generations later
than forecast by Orwell ... but it will not prevent ingenious terrorist