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What will be the next technological revolution?


3D printing:

 

Once the technology is mature enough, you can literally "create" the things you need right at home. Such an opportunity will have a huge impact on the economy, because, in fact, the need for some factories and large industries will disappear. In addition, it will be possible to transfer production to countries with poorly developed industry. Of course, 3D printing will not be able to replace all industrial production, but this technology will affect many areas of our lives. It will play as important a role in technological development as digital technologies.



Plastic (organic) electronics:

 

oday, the topic of environmental protection is extremely important, so we strive to move away from the use of electronics on silicon. Instead, the technology of organic electronics is receiving qualitative development, with the help of which we will be able to supply electricity to every home without harm to the environment. Combining this technology with the concept of the Internet of Things will open up a huge prospect for us in creating smart things and other smart objects.



Nanotechnology:

 

This is an extremely extensive topic, which includes many directions and developments. However, it is expected that in the near future with the help of nanotechnology there will be a revolution in the field of medicine (smart diagnostics, delivery of medicines), the production of materials and much more.

Some put at the forefront biotechnology, which will have a huge impact on medicine, the production of food and materials, as well as on reducing the level of environmental pollution.

As for the field of computer technology, with the progress in the development of quantum computers, performance will be significantly increased, which will give further development to applications.

The technology of "big data" will also receive many improvements.


Robotics.

This area will also continue to develop rapidly.


Another Opinion



I believe that in order to answer this question, it is necessary to proceed from another judgment, namely: "What should have become standard practice long ago, but so far it has not?"

For example, there was once an urgent need at a certain point in time to contact a person and talk to him. But this was not standard practice and became so only with the invention of the telegraph. This, in turn, led to the creation of a phone, and then a computer, because such an opportunity to instantly contact someone is a necessity that should become standard practice.

And, in the end, we will have access to computers built into us, which will give us access to the worldwide network at any time and from anywhere (for example, "smart" contact lenses). In addition, these systems will also track our brain impulses, as a result of which they will be able to send our thoughts to other people, who will pick up and decode these signals using their own built-in contact lenses.

It is possible that these signals will be projected into our brain in graphic form, or with the development and further improvement of technology, they will be instantly converted into a sound wave transmitted to the built-in speaker in our ear. Some people may try to say that this will never be possible, that electronics are not capable of such tricks and these are ideas from the category of magical fantasies, however, I believe that everything that can happen will happen.



At the moment, the main opportunities to which we aspire and which must be achieved are:

  • Completely free, renewable and almost unlimited energy.
  • Space travel and colonization of the moon, as well as other planets, for example, Mars.
  • Free global Internet.
  • Cure of all diseases and prolongation of life expectancy to the maximum period.
  • The ability to create anything with the help of a certain effect on atoms and changing their structural combination.
  • The ability to get to anywhere in the world (and in the future to any place in the solar system) as quickly as possible and at minimal cost (these studies will help to develop and hone teleportation technology).

 

In the very near future (in 5-20 years) we will see various forms of development of these technologies, which will be a logical step towards all these goals. Here are the most striking and obvious examples:

 

  • Virtual reality / Augmented reality / Wearable devices (another step towards the future, in which contact lenses will be available to us, allowing us to access the Internet at any time with their help) – Oculus Rift, HTC Valve, Google Glass, Apple Watch, Pebble.
  • Commercial space tourism and lunar exploration (a step towards the colonization of the solar system and the opportunity to explore the galaxy) - SpaceX, NASA, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic.
  • Expansion of the global network and coverage of remote areas (a step towards a free global Internet) - Project Loon.
  • Gene Therapy/Genetic Modifications/Biotechnologies (a step towards the cure of all diseases and a long, almost eternal life) – Theranos.
  • Quantum physical applications/Quantum computers (a step towards what many call the "holy grail" that will revolutionize technology and give us access to teleportation, superconductivity, and fully secure encryption). Development in this area is carried out in many laboratories around the world, but a potential "goldmine" of scientific research should be considered a quantum computer D-Wave, which is being worked on at the Institute of Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, located in Canada.
     

It is possible that the next technological revolution will be a combination of several revolutions.

And, of course, we are on the verge of a revolution in computing. And as soon as this revolution is realized, everything that we considered a breakthrough and innovative today, in a couple of years will look primitive and elementary to us. Soon we will have access to computers of nanometer thickness, which can be built not only into any material created by man (as well as into some natural ones), but also into any part of our body or even mind. Naturally, we will be able to enjoy the technology of virtual reality, which will be projected directly into our consciousness. The robots we have created will become so complex in their thinking creatures that they will be able to compare in mind with a person.

Think bigger – we have a wonderful future ahead of us!