Creating the future

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Nov 2, 2013 (3 years and 11 months ago)

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Creating the future

Thomas Abraham


The most interesting stories are about the
future…and the future that is being created
now.


http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120518
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reaching
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for
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the
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stars


http://www.darpa.mil/


Michio Kaku’s vision


“By 2100 our destiny is to become like the
gods we once worshipped and feared.”


The tools: computers, nanotechnologies,
artificial intelligence, biotechnology;
quantum theory



MichioKaku’s

predictions


We will be able to manipulate objects with
the power of our minds


With bio
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tech, we will create perfect bodies
and extend our life spans; We will create life
forms


With
nano
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technology we will create
something out of nothing


We will ride in vehicles that will soar with no
fuel

harness the power of the stars


Some of this is already
happening


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health
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18087949



1950s
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Vacuum tubes: room sized computers


1960s: Transistors: Mainframe computers for
businesses


1970s: Integrated circuit boards
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desk sized


1980s:silicon chips and
pcs


1990s
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Internet connects computers


2000s
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chips freed from computers


By 2020
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the word computer would have
vanished?

Vision of the future based on
ever cheaper computing power


Moore’s Law: Number of transistors in a chip
will double every two years.


Expected to end by around 2020, when
technological and physical barriers will be
reached

The future of artificial
intelligence


http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/ray_kurz
weil_announces_singularity_university.html


http://singinst.org/


http://www.bbc.com/news/technology
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14574747


http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/
business_analytics/article/cognitive_comput
ing.html

Some technological possibilities


Computers “smarter” than humans with AI;
who controls who?


Hardware, software and wetware Human
brains networked into computers? computers
implanted into human brains?


Does any of this make life better, or people
happier?


Perhaps we have survived because we are
cavemen and women


Following the AI story


http://ailab.ifi.uzh.ch/


http://singinst.org/


http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/
business_analytics/article/cognitive_comput
ing.html


Read Nature, Science and science news for tip
offs




http://jmsc6089.edublogs.org/