On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels, titled “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with their darkest secrets to subversively cause chaos and disruption for the American government.
Over breakfast this morning I got into a debate with a friend about threats to humanity in the near future. I argued that anthropomorphic influence on the environment and climate represented the greatest threat in the 21st century.
Bigger bucks ahead …because money itself is being re-invented! But it’s not really about the money; material wealth may be a secondary motivator. The new money is 100% Internet-based. It flows free and fast like electrons, and it comes with superpowers.
Imagine never having to connect your smartphone by wire to a plug outlet to recharge it. It's no longer something to imagine with companies like WiTricity and Energous creating wireless recharging technologies that work simply by placing a device within proximity to the power source.
A speaker at the O'Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco this week spoke of our robotic future—with a twist. Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, remarked, "By the year 2020, your household robot will be your house. Not the humanoid robot from science fiction... We're surrounded by robots we don't see while we're still waiting for the robots we imagine."
Continuing the annual list of technological advances that the editors of MIT Technology Review have designated as impactful to the future, today we look at numbers six through ten.
The editors of MIT Technology Review have released their annual list of those technological advances they deem to be impactful enough to influence the future. Each is considered a milestone in problem solving related to current challenges we on this planet face. Here is their list.
Location-based wireless technology is popping up in homes, businesses and local retail shops. Today telecommunication companies are contracting with cities to develop ubiquitous WiFi across downtowns. For businesses and residents this is an added incentive to locate there. But wireless connectivity is still in its infancy, and retailers are in the middle of experimenting with a number of technologies to see which can give their customers the best buying experience ensuring they keep coming back for more.
StoreDot is an Israeli company that may have the most disruptive storage technology to enter the market in the last two decades. It is the development of biological semiconductors that are quick charging. Known as quantum dots, the technology is made from peptides, amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins.
An unprecedented global "supersociety" may be emerging -- in spite of resource depletion, pollution and conflict that seem to be driving us to dystopia.
This surprisingly positive prospect is the fruition of key developments that are now germinating and sending out their first tentative shoots. They all engage a vastly underutilized resource: the best that is in people.