The second quarter of the century is still a far ways off. However, technologies you didn’t even have the capacity to dream about are well on their way, all of them debuting in the second quarter. We didn’t believe most of these either, but when these claims are backed by respectable scientists, you do have to sit and take note. So here are five things to wrap your head around, while we recover from blunt force trauma.
5. Ubiquitous Computing.
These days, wherever you look, you only see computing devices. You might even think of them as being ubiquitous, but we’re not even scratching the surface here when we use the term, ubiquitous computing. Ubiquitous computing will be here before you know it. It will be in your clothes, in your shoes, your curtains… Even your eyes!
The promising field of micro-electrical systems promises all of this and more, leading to a world where, unhindered by clunky interfaces, you will be able to communicate with all your devices in natural language, with all your colloquialisms of course. By the 2030s, this field of technology is predicted to take over the entire world, leading to a completely connected reality where your environment works for you, and you sit back and enjoy the breeze.
4. Organ Manufacturing.
The main problem, and this is the only major hurdle, that organ donation and transplantation faces is tissue rejection, something known as the major histo-compatibility complex. Ridiculous dosages of immuno suppresants and lifelong care are the norm for all transplant patients.
Promising to change all of that is the science of engineering organs, specifically tailored to each individual, resulting in zero rejection symptoms. Whole ears implanted with electrical sensors have already been manufactured, and with the slow ubiquity of 3-d printers, the promise of Shamballa is just around the corner.
A hologram is pretty much alien technology. The only rendition of holograms you see are in sci fi films, and for that reason, they are a little unbelievable. However, with Microsoft launching Holo lens a while back, the Holographic dream doesn’t seem all that far away. But a hologram unassisted by headsets and wires is a serious proposition. One that can’t be easily achieved.
But, massive breakthroughs in projection technology has many industry experts salivating over the full blown promise of clutter free holograms by the late 2030’s. Needless to say, your flat-screen will be to holograms what the wheel is to Maglev.
Happy Tony Starking.
2. True Anti-Aging.
Man has always been afraid of eternity, and it’s implications. He is the only species on earth cursed with the knowledge of his fragile mortality.
In the past two decades, technology has progressed human advancement more than all advancement combined in the past millenniums of our existence. But recent advancements in biotechnology and nano-technology point towards a very near future where man will have achieved a significant level of control over his aging.
Researcher Cynthyia Kenyon recently extended the life of roundworm by more than half of it’s lifespan using gene modulation. Similar advances, telomere regeneration etc make this fantasy much closer to reality than one would expect. If that’s the case, man’s eternal struggle against eternity will have found a rest in the 2030’s.
1. Hive Minds.
But what will probably be the most astonishing of all leaps man makes will be the ability to develop a hive mind. What is a hive mind? Well, a hive mind is when the brains of a species are connected together, in a neuro-electrical fashion using programmable interfacing technology which would assume a wireless nature later on.
A little dense for digestion? Don’t worry, was for us too.
So we’ll just boil it down to one word.
Yes, you read that right.
As to how this will be achieved, methods vary which include nano gels, amplification head bands etc. But the sentiment among neuro scientists is very positive at the moment. Naturally, wired interfaces will be needed at first, until we can figure out how to transmit wirelessly, but a wireless interface will soon follow.
While you won’t see telepathic noospheres ( what the scientists call a functional group of telepaths) around every corner of the block, you can be pretty sure that this groundbreaking technology will be well on its way to ubiquitization in the 2030s, by conservative estimates. What this means for humanity, is hard to put into words. Developing an entirely new mode of communication will metamorphose our society, along with our civilization. Communication will be instantaneous, intangible.
Naturally, the ethical concerns regarding research in the area are of prime importance, and which are being followed to the hilt, the development of a hive mind will change humanity forever. It’ll be the first step in making human, trans-human.