10 Profound Innovations Ahead
We are living in very "wiggy" times. Science fiction doesn't seem like fiction anymore. We have robots that are increasing in complexity and sophistication; we are in constant real-time contact with virtually everyone in the world; and our bodies are becoming laboratories for longevity.
LiveScience.com has identified the following 10 Innovations already in the development "pipeline". They will undoubtedly have profound implications for what it means to be human.
1. Mind Reading Devices
during specific task experiments, and even to observe when a person
will make a mistake up to half a minute beforehand.
2. Space Planes
3. A Perfect Artificial Limb
4. Augmenting the physical world with digital information
5. Regenerating the Body
6. Feeding the World
7. Eliminating Waste
8. Global Climate Control
Geoengineering has almost become reality, which raises the question of whether scientists and policymakers want to risk the side effects of such schemes
9. Tapping into fusion's unbeatable energy efficiency
10. Reverse-engineering the brain
There are plans to create a functioning, artificial human brain within the next decade
Migrating through these particular quandaries will require that we imagine, collaborate, communicate, and adapt.