Technology Education

One of the benefits of future technology education is that people will finally be cloned. Of course moral objections will still remain in some countries like the U. S. but other countries will clone human beings for various reasons, like high IQ, pedigree, athletics and other reasons.

It will be clear in the future that cloned human beings do have a soul and the "soul splitting" or "soul fragmentation" theory will take root. This theory will basically say there are a limited number of souls and too many bodies, so when people die and more are reborn, souls split among many different human beings. This is why finding one's "soul mate" or "soul mates" will be increasingly important to people.

Future technology education will rely on wireless input into one's brain. Downloads of a plethora of textual information will be quickly transported via computer into the heads of students. Distance learning will be common. As well photographic memories for humans will be developed by future medical science.

But this "book learning" of the technology education will be no substitute for experiential learning. This is why virtual reality will play such an important role in the future of technology education.

For years, pilots have known the value of a flight simulator in order to practice take-offs, landings and other flying maneuvers. Video games for young people will lead to jobs in flying drones and doing other distance mechanical, robotic and aeronautical jobs.

But, this will be taken a step further in technology education. Students with the fear of public speaking will be able to practice delivering oral papers and calming themselves in front of a virtual setting.

Teachers will practice in front of virtual classrooms. Those doing technical repairs will also practice in a real life virtual simulation. First responders will be put inside virtual practice fields as will soldiers like stepping inside a video game. No longer will Tron or Total Recall be precursor movies that glimpse the future, but relics of the past.

The combination of this downloaded wireless textual information into one's brain and the virtual reality experiential training will be powerful technology educational devices that may be updated often to keep students and employees engaged in the latest happenings in their fields. No more conference calls and Powerpoint presentations.

Paradigm shifts and disruptive technology will be the norm in the future. Neural networks of computers will mean that both humans and non-humans will be learning at a rapid pace never seen before in the history of mankind.

In the virtual worlds I had previously talked of there will be mentors, guides and teachers combining to help students achieve high academic standards in their technology education program. Some of these will be programmed in while others will be human walk-ons into the virtual scenarios.

In technology education a few years from now, learning disabilities will be a thing of the past, partly due to advances in medical science that will prevent many cases through genetic alterations and for those few who are left, virtual and downloadable textual programs specific to each child's development, plus mentors, aids and teachers will not only strengthen the deficits but also develop the technological educational assets the child may already be endowed with.

Technology education many years from now won't be limited by geographical location. Students may learn the latest German, Japanese or Brazilian technical theories with either translations or by quickly learning a new language via the methods already described.

In the future, social media will have taken over and not just for talking to friends but for chatting with other students and colleagues. Most of these chats will take place by stepping into and out of virtual chat rooms. Wireless "brain alerts" will be given so that students know what chats are taking place at all times and choose to join or not to join at will.

Sleep, while still important will be condensed, focused and an intense experience so that both mind and body can consolidate images, thoughts, feelings (and relaxation) of the day and of the past. Future technology education will help psychiatrists and psychotherapists deal with patients who have experienced trauma, past, present or future.

Psychiatrists will already have the full DNA and genome structure of each patient before he or she walks into his virtual office. Prescribing pharmaceuticals will that will be highly targeted will be the norm. As for psychologists, future technology education will allow them to access and assess areas of trauma, resistance and denial quickly and use one of many psychological templates in dealing with emotional issues. The pain of grief, while not eliminated, will be a far shortened process.

This is just a glimpse into the new education technology of the future. Many other advances will be made that will shift the way we think and learn. The world as we know it will be more fluid, more science and technology based, less political and more about helping mankind solve problems of co-existence.

Future technology education programs will be mind-blowing compared to what we have today. Technology education in the future will rely heavily on input learning and virtual reality experiential reenactment.

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Future Wireless Technology

Right now it is true that we have WiFi hotspots at home, coffee houses, hotels, airports and even cities. And the WiFi network system is constantly expanding. But wireless and Wifi are not synonymous.

Some cell phones for instance may use WiFi hotspots or they may use more traditional means of wireless transmission. In fact the first wireless technology in widespread use was the radio. But, tech has changed at a rapid pace since the invention of the radio in the late 1800's.

Today's wireless technology can be used for satellite communications including voice and picture. Satellite TV is a good example here. And, some other technology that is now wireless is the recharging of batteries.

There are many products on the market now such as wireless recharging pads for cell phones, laptops, iPads, iPods and other small electronic devices. Now the future of wireless technology of this sort is expanding to including larger devices including the transportation system.

Scientists and engineers are working on wireless recharging of electric cars (pictured below), buses and trolleys. One group of researchers is developing a solar / wireless recharging system for roadways that will use renewable energy to recharge vehicles as they pass over the recharging panels embedded in the road.

Future wireless technology also includes laser communications systems. This is similar to fiber optic communication (which most would considered to be "wired" tech). But, instead, laser communication, which is here now, and involves using a beam of intense light through space, will only continue to expand in the future.

Light waves, sound waves, compression waves, electromagnetic energy, microwaves, radio frequency, infrared light, visible light, acoustic energy and ultraviolet light are just a few of the wireless technologies available today.

Some other wireless areas to watch as they emerge are superconducting technology, high altitude platform systems, Wireless Sensor Network technologies and super WiMAX technology. Future wireless technology will expand upon all of these areas.

For instance satellites and spacecraft including space tourism rockets and planes, the International space station and space vehicles that travel to the Moon, Mars, Venus, the Sun and other celestial bodies will expand their use of lasers for communication as well as defense against objects in space be it space junk, asteroids or even other Earthly and non-Earthly spacecraft.

EV (electric vehicle) wireless recharging.

In medicine, wired technology is already transitioning to future wireless technology. Since the neurons in the brain work by electrochemical reactions these can be used by people with disabilities to control computers in the present. Right now, some wires are involved, but in the future this will become a completely wireless situation.

In the medical science lab and on the brain surgeon's operating table, electrodes are still used to gather information and to heal patients. Future wireless technology dictates that one day not too far ahead of us this will become totally wireless as well. Different types of energy already mentioned will be used in place of invasive electrodes to further science in the lab and help heal people in hospitals.

So, you see the future of wireless technology has both breadth and depth. Communications, weaponry, surgery, research and many other areas will be transformed by the leading edge wireless technology that researchers are working on now. The emerging tech happening right now will become mainstream as future wireless technology will be both disruptive and transformative in a healthy way only a few years from now.

The future of wireless technology is not just the use of WiFi hotspots for networking computers and I'll tell you why in a minute. In fact, I'll tell you what we have now and where future wireless technology is heading.

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Future Weapons

Future WeaponsLasers may be used on the ground or in space such as the U. S. plans for a national defense system. A Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response Rifle (PHASR) has been shown to temporarily blind an opponent. The same goes for the Light Emitting Diode Incapacitator (LEDI) that causes temporary blindness, nausea and vomiting and thus has been called the Puke Ray.

A Laser Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC) is an electroshock weapon that uses lasers fired into the atmosphere that causes blooming of the gases to ionize into plasma forming a channel for electricity.

Optical distractors are not future weapons in and of themselves but aid other weaponry or can be used as a "warning shot" so to speak to aggressors. Optical distractors are lasers that use directional energy to overwhelm an adversary's visual acuity, provide a warning or provide the aggressor an opportunity to clarify their intent of action. The affect is similar to bouncing sunlight off a mirror, but with more focused and precise energy.

Another of the future weapons we will see shortly are advanced active denial technology (ADT) systems. Recently, the military has demonstrated the effectiveness of ADT's to the general public through the major media outlets. ADT's were built primarily for crowd control and work by sending out electromagnetic radiation that causes a sensation of heat. Some ADT's have been used to immobilize vehicles and Raytheon has developed a table top unit to be used by police, security personnel and the military.

Because of the potential for misuse, injury and potential death from the ADT, the future of this future weapon is now uncertain unless drastic changes are made or its purpose changes, such as exclusively using the technology for the immobilization of vehicles.

Focused acoustics are future weapons that are in some degree already here. Focused sonic and ultrasonic sound waves as weaponry have been developed by the military for crowd control and immobilization of the enemy. Sonic and ultrasonic waves can cause nausea, discomfort, disorientation (vibration of eyeballs) and incapacitation, such as eardrums exploding. Another unpleasant device is called the MEDUSA (Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio) that causes incapacitation.

Future weapons may include infrasonic devices that can pass through concrete walls and steel without interruption to target humans on the other side. Besides the complications listed above for focused acoustics the infrasonic devices can cause severe lung and intestinal problems as well.

The military has expressed that distance vehicle stopping to be one of their main safety concerns. Some of the future weapons being developed to stop vehicles at a significant distance include high output microwaves that disrupt electronic engine components, high energy lasers and advanced ADT systems.

Of course some other future weapons may include the Variable Velocity Weapon System that will let soldiers set their guns to kill, wound or just bruise opponents, depending upon the situation (crowd control versus enemy combat) and non-lethal tetanizing weapons. The non-lethal tetanizing weapon uses a high beam of ultraviolet energy to immobilize aggressors. The target's muscles are stimulated to the point of immobilization and the person falls to the ground.

Two more future weapons on the horizon are next generation unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) and micro UAVs. Both are used today for surveillance and reconnaissance, but in the future the scope will broaden and especially micro UAVs will be used increasingly inside of large or densely packed cities.

Some of the larger drones today can fire weapons upon the enemy. In the future drones will be able to fire lasers, blasts of electromagnetic radiation and biological weaponry.

Biological future weapons will play an increasing role in military warfare in the coming years. Military leaders have been concerned about biological warfare for decades and it is likely that this will be in the arsenal of weapons in future military use. As a nonlethal weapon, a designer virus will need to be introduced that will have temporary incapacitating effects and will not spread beyond the intended community.

Put aside your Honda ASIMO as robots will also be used as future weapons. And these robots will be armed with future weapons themselves. From smaller devices that you mind find in robot battles or devices that the police bomb squad may use to larger size "war robots" it will all be in play not too many years from now.

And if you think robotic exoskeletons are a thing of science fiction such as from the movie, Avatar, then take a look at this video to see what the U. S. military is using right now (see below).

Right now there are rubber bullets and bean bag projectiles used to stop aggressors plus other less and non-lethal weapons as well. Future weapons, however, will rely more heavily on technology and strategy. Some of the future weapons that are now in development include lasers and laser induced plasmas, optical distractors, active denial technology, focused acoustics and vehicle and vessel stopping.

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Future Sports

Future SportsAthletes of the future will include robots, cyborgs, humans who have legally taken performance-enhancing drugs, humans who have illegally doped, bionically-enhanced humans (not as much machinery as cyborgs), mutants of various sorts, "normal" humans and the Special Olympics will have all but gone away.

The venues of sports will also change in the future. For instance space sports will come into vogue less than 5 years from now. Float ball, space sky diving from low earth orbit and space runs (not walks) will be played and viewed by many. Space laser tag using high-powered lasers will also be outlawed.

Also, in the future sports of various kinds will be played on different levels similar to a life-size 3D chessboard. Wrestling, running, and various ball sports will be played on multi-levels.

In future sports there will be many ethical challenges as technology progresses combining man and machine or genetically-altered man. In fact, future athletes will be nothing like the athletes of today. Faster, stronger, quicker thinking and reacting, partly machine and partly the result of future medical technology that includes future gene splicing and other biological alterations the athlete of tomorrow will be placed in different categories than today in order that they may be participating on "an even playing field".

Cyborg Athlete

The problem is that unlike today, tomorrow the playing field will be changing at a rapid page. Professional athletes may be tempted to for instance injure themselves on purpose in order to get an artificial limb or organ that can help them compete more effectively in a different class.

Just like boxers will go up or down in weight in order to compete more effectively in different weight classes, future sports athletes will alter themselves mechanically, biologically or both to compete in different technological classes. In fact, boxing itself will have a major dilemma in regard to cyborg athletes, trying to figure out what is fair and what is not.

The Robot Wars of today may evolve into cyborg wars in the future. And Robot Wars could also involve a blend of machine and animal such as robotic dog fighting (Michael Vick will probably seed this company with startup money).

Future flying sports will evolve in the next 5 to 10 years as personal aircraft will start going mainstream. So, in the coming years we'll see more jetpack races and other small personal aircraft races taking place a few hundred feet above the ground.

American football in the future will become more violent, yet more safe and futuristic carbon fiber pads and helmets based upon nanotechnology will be lighter, stronger, distribute impact and lessen injuries better than at any time in history.

Soccer players with bionic legs and baseball pitchers with bionic arms will be problematic for the leagues in regard to ethics at first. Later, as more players become part machine there will be enough to form new leagues and new classes of athletes. The growing pains will be difficult for several years as fans will want to see the "best of the best" compete but will also want an "even playing field" on which to compete.

For the future recreational athlete, technology will be a blessing. For instance right now the U. S. Army is piloting a device, the HULC Exoskeleton that is much less dramatic than the one in the movie Avatar that will unfold and can be put upon a soldier's feet and legs to assist them in running fast in bursts and over longer distances. This future military technology is happening now.

HULC Robotic Exoskeleton

This same device will allow hikers to climb higher mountains like Mt. Everest or challenging climbs. Even those who are partially disabled will be helped in future sports with this mechanically assisted running device.

Future surfboards will help many more people take up this sport than at any other time in history. This is because the combination of gyroscopes, mini-computers and balance mechanisms will help beginners learn faster, stay on the boards longer without falling off or tipping over when surfing.

Rocket-powered jet skis will become a recreational device in and of themselves. And, they will be used to haul surfers out to monster waves and even the occasional rogue wave. There will even be a few "daring idiots" who will try and success in riding tsunami waves at least partway into shore as they are being spotted by those riding high power jet skis and low flying personal aircraft.

Future Jet Ski

These are just a few of my predictions on how future sports will evolve in the following years. And of course what I would like to hear especially is how you think future sports will evolve?

Future sports and the technology that comes with it will be a mind-blowing experience for those who participate as well as those who watch. Forget Ultimate Fighting or Lingerie Football, future sports will involve various levels of professional and recreational athletes.

Future Space Technology

Future Space TechnologyEven though there are now some definitive lines among these industries, in the future these lines will be blurred. For instance, right now the International Space Station (ISS) is used mainly for scientific experimentation, but a few space tourists have flown there and inhabited ISS as well.

Future space technology will see to it that space hotels and habitats will become not only part of the spacescape along with satellites and debris that orbit the Earth but will be part of colonization of the Moon and Mars and beyond. Of course these hotels and habitats in space will be used for not only tourists, but scientists, business people and military personnel as well.

But in order to get a clearer picture of future space technology let's take a look, one at a time, at space tourism, then scientists in space, then general business in space and finally the military in space. Space tourism is already taking place with multi-million dollar trips to the ISS. Shortly, trips into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) will begin and the Spaceport in New Mexico will be a major hub.

Space tourism will begin with trips into LEO with a few minutes of zero gravity and some picture taking opportunities. But future space technology will evolve quickly and with the aid of government incentives, further X-prizes and private investments, tourists will also soon arrive at the Moon.

Before this arrival, though, space tourists will be treated to stays in space hotels and habitats as previously mentioned. This will open up the doors for further space flights or space adventures.

Space tourism companies are already thinking ahead at the possibilities of space sports and other adventures. To name a few adventures there will be private space walks, space "sky diving", asteroid walking (more in the future), space photo tourism, Moon rock climbing and space skiing on the Moon. Inside the space hotels there will be racquetball, simulated swimming and full gym equipment.

Speaking of sports, the emerging field of "rocket racing" at high altitudes will evolve into spaceplane racing in LEO and beyond. These drag races and "NASCAR in space" type of competitions will lead to further dollars spent in other space ventures.

Scientists and engineers have now been in space for decades. Future space technology provided by these scientists, engineers and researchers will fuel further advances in all areas of space travel, exploration and exploitation (for good and not so good purposes).

Using current technology robotic rovers have already been deployed into space. This will continue, advance and accelerate. Unmanned spacecraft will continue to deploy cameras, telescopes and other "eyes in the sky" at various strategic locations for both scientific and military purposes.

Like today's robots, future robots will start small in scale only to be scaled up over time. These robots will work in teams to achieve various tasks controlled first by those on the ground and then by those is space laboratories orbiting the Earth, then on the Moon, then Mars and beyond. Robonauts will assist astronauts with tasks.

Robotics in space will grow exponentially paired up with future computers including cloud computing and even more advanced software and hardware interfaces. Cyborg technology already exists with robotic arms, legs, eyes and other body parts.

This will also continue. Due to advances in future medical technology cyborgs will be more commonplace as will "super-humans" with more strength, endurance, lifespan and resistance to disease plus quick reparations from other physical and mental traumas. The rigors of space travel will be largely counterbalanced by this future medical technology.

Future scientists will make inventive strides in the areas of energy and fuel. At first hydrogen, solar and gravitation energy will be used as they are now to propel vehicles into space and maintain orbit.

In the not too distant future nuclear fusion will be used on some spacecraft for propulsion. Space magnetism will also be used to facilitate propulsion of some spacecraft. At let us not forget the recently discovered Trinitramid molecule that will also come into its own as rocket fuel.

Lasers will not only be used for telecommunications but also for weaponry and to send energy from one location to another.

For instance, future space technology dictates that vessels be sent closer to the sun the gather energy and then beam this energy around the solar system as needed via laser beams. This technology has also been talked about in the nearer future at shorter distances to beam energy back to Earth as a source of renewable and sustainable solar energy.

Colonization of the Moon and Mars will not only be a boon for space tourism companies but for Big Business on Earth as well. Space infrastructure will need to be setup in order to move supplies into space. Space cargo ships, energy stations and production facilities will be a boon to businesses on Earth.

On the downside, in the near future, Big Business will increasingly use space to skirt the rules, regulations and laws of different countries on Earth. This will be resolved with a patchwork of agreements and alliances between the U. S. Russia, China, Japan, India and other future players in the space marketplace.

Moon cams, Mars cams and asteroid cams will not only be deployed by scientists and the military but by Big Business as well. Joint agreements among all three will be struck along with privacy and security issues addressed.

As general businesses and people move into space there will naturally be deaths. A whole industry will evolve concerning Moon burials, body launches into space and even dead bodies burning during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere (this sounds a little jaded but it won't sound that way in the years to come).

And where there is business in space there will also be the military in space. Forget the Star Wars Program as this is old school. Future space technology will help the military enforce arbitrary boundaries beyond LEO along with loose agreements with countries as is the norm today.

As different nations work both as a team to get into space, the same nations will also work independently to dominate and control space territories, raw materials and supplies. Space currency will evolve and be tied into currency based on Earth.

Just as lasers and nuclear fusion will be used for communications, transfer of energy and propulsion it will also be used for military purposes. Star Trek and Star Wars once seen as silly science fiction will have served as a template for future warfare.

Plasma cannons and other directed energy weapons plus energy defense shields will be used by military spacecraft to engage with each other and engage with geographic sites on Earth. But, unlike dropping a nuclear bomb, the space weapons will be more precise and hopefully more deterrent than punitive in nature.

While future space technology advances at lightning speed mankind will still be bogged down by immature societal issues. Bullying among nations and overly aggressive competition will not have ceased unless there is an extraterrestrial common enemy to combat, then cooperation will be at an all-time high.

These are simple prognostications based upon current and emerging technologies in the space industry. I've purposely left out discussion of avatars and teleportation as while it is possible that these may some day come to fruition, there still needs to be more disruptive technology before one can see a clear path to these inventions in the future.

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Future space technology may be predicted by taking a quick look at the past, the present and the leading edge of current technologies. One can then make prognostications for the years going forward. Four main areas of future space technology are being perpetuated and developed right now which include thespace tourism industry, scientists in space, general business in space and the military in space.

Future Spaceports

Future SpaceportsA spaceport in Kazakhstan is used for that mission. The next round of space tourism flights however will not fly that high. They are intended to go into low earth orbit (LEO) about 60 miles high and cost upwards of $90,000. At least a dozen companies are now working diligently on their aircraft so that they can send space tourists into LEO within the next year or two.

This brings to question, of what about the future spaceports that will need to be built to accommodate such an industry? Right now there are about a dozen spaceports either being built or retooled to accommodate larger aircraft and more people.

Right Now

Right now there are spaceports already in action, being built or built up in New Mexico, California, Oklahoma, Virginia, Alaska, Texas, Florida, China, Dubai, Kazakhstan, Russia, Algeria, Kenya, Australia, Japan, French Guiana, India, Israel, Marshall Islands, Iran, Sweden and Singapore.

Some of the older spaceports such as that in Kazakhstan do not have runways since they have been built for vertical takeoffs and landings only. The Baikonur Spaceport in Kazakhstan has been launching tourists into space to the ISS for the past decade.

Spaceport America

The newer spaceports such as Spaceport America in New Mexico, do have long runways

This is to accommodate spaceplanes, which takeoff and land on the same runway or airplane / spacecraft dual combinations such as Virgin Galactic is using. The Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo airplane will carry the VSS Enterprise (SpaceShipTwo) spacecraft up to about 60,000 feet before launching it.

Besides launching out of New Mexico, Virgin Galactic will also launch its space tourism vessels out of Spaceport Sweden. Space Adventures, which currently sends passengers to the ISS from Kazakhstan will, in the future, be using the United Arab Emirates Spaceport based in Dubai.

In the Future

In the near future, more spaceports will continue to pop up in smaller countries across the globe especially those that have less restrictive regulations for space travel. As the space tourism industry develops, spaceplanes will need shorter runways and vertical launch rocket will need smaller areas in which to launch.

Over a relatively short period of time, regular airports will be able to absorb spaceplane travel and tourists won't have to fly off to exotic destinations in order to go into space. Runways that take off over water such on the U. S. East and West coasts will be the first to allow spaceplanes to take off on airport runways since the risk will be minimal to those on the ground.

Vertical launch facilities will pop up all over the Midwest as some farmers will realize there is money to be made with putting such a facility in their corn or wheat fields. In fact, wind farms and vertical launch spaceports may displace the growing of crops for some farmers especially where land is not as fertile as it used to be.

In the next 5 years, space tourists in LEO will experience only a few minutes of weightlessness. But in the next 10 to 15 years that will be extended to hours of weightlessness. Also, in the next 15 to 20 years the price of space tourism will come down so much that a flight to LEO will be about the same as a vacation to Club Med.

Future spaceports will also be luxury establishments based upon green technology. The future spaceports will be built with methods and materials that make for a small carbon footprint. Wind energy, solar panels, carbon fiber materials, recyclable materials, zero emission fuels and more will be used at the future spaceports to insure they are not adding to environmental pollution.

Of course, future spaceports will be high tech enabled including Wifi, High def, 3D, in-house space simulators. People will be able to upload their experiences beginning to end via high def video to their favorite social media sites.

Beyond the 30 years in the future mark, spaceports will be shuttling people to space hotels, the Moon and most likely a few will be venturing to Mars by then. In fact there will be so many spacecraft in flight by then a whole, complex traffic control system similar to airplanes and airports right now, will have to be worked out internationally to accommodate all of the traffic.

Space debris reports will be common and communicated to the captains and crews of the spacecraft. There will also be much automation where some craft will fly without captain and crew. By this time, spaceports and airports will have become one and it will be up to each traveler where he or she would like to go that day or on a moment's notice.

Many people don't realize that space tourism is here now. There have already been a handful of astronauts or cosmonauts sent upon Russian Soyuz spacecraft to spend time on the International Space Station (ISS). These flights have cost upwards of $20 million.

Future Robots

Sure, you're familiar with the Honda ASIMO and perhaps even the Toyota humanoid robot, but there are a few future robots operating right now that you may not be familiar with. Let's take a look at the current bleeding edge of technology for future robots.
For instance do you know about future robots such as the MAVs, Chembot, Snakebot, Flossie, A-Pod, WR-07, Robotic Chair, EATR and Rex? Perhaps one of the future inventions you don't know about is a robotic surgery machine that has already been created.

And then there is the whole emerging field of nanorobotics that will one day work wonders in the medical field. In fact, some have been created now. But, let's start with what we know about.

MAVs are small flying robots used for military surveillance. Micro-Aerial Vehicles or MAVs can be fixed wing, flapping or rotary style and are not unlike hobby RC aircraft.

The iRobot ChemBot was developed for the military to fit through extremely small openings in complex environments. The Chembot has no wheels and is extremely soft and flexible.

The Snakebot is a snake robot that slithers across the ground developed for use in search and rescue operations. Another use is to put the Snakebot on other planets to collect data during space missions.

Flossie is a vehicle testing robot designed to ride long hours in extreme heat and other inhumane conditions. It was developed to test Castrol oil operating in two and three wheel vehicles.

The Zenta A-Pod (inventor of hexapods) is a 6-legged robot with huge mandibles and can do a number of tricks. Some of the activities it can perform include climbing a rope and pouring a glass of water.

Hemji Soft Japan has created the WR-07 which is a real transformer like in the movies. It can change itself from car to robot and back again.

Max Dean invented the Robotic Chair that is a simple enough looking wooden structure like many others we sit upon every day. Designed as a piece of art intended as social comment, the Robotic Chair can break apart, pull its pieces together and erect itself back into the original shape.

EATR (Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot) can feed on biomass, gasoline, diesel and coal and is designed to carry heavy loads. It can transport fuel and weapons to places inaccessible to human beings.

Israel Aircraft Industries developed Rex to also carry heavy loads of up to 400 lbs in military operations. Rex provides logistical support and can operate up to 72 hours straight.

Of course there are an assortment of fighting robots, space robots and many other kinds of robots that have been used for years. Robotic limbs are being developed now. But what does the future hold?

Well, some of the most exciting future robots are the nanobots I had spoken about earlier. These tiny nanorobots will range in size from 0.1-10 micrometers and will be used in both the medical industry and environmental fields. One such "car" using buckyballs for wheels has been developed for regulating environmental temperatures.

Nanobots someday will take over the medical field by performing surgery on cancer cells, polyps and taking samples. Medical nanorobots will also give targeted delivery of drugs to specific regions of the body.

Nanobots are in development now to be used for early diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of many different conditions and diseases. Moving among living cells these future robots will be able to be controlled and monitored by humans and move due to catalytic reactions within the body.

This is just an overview of the future robots to come. Many more are in development but have not been shared with the public yet. These future robots are either of military use or commercial use by companies who have proprietary technology and want to avoid competition. No matter what, though, this is just the beginning of seeing future robots integrated into the world in which we live.

Future Privacy

People rightfully say that we have less privacy now than we used to have. Fear of terrorists after the 911 Attack and movement of data across large networks have led to a decrease in personal privacy and feeling of security. Add to this the trade off of using online systems such as Google tools, Facebook and other services and this means that others know more about us now than at any other time in history.

But, in the future this will change to an increase of privacy and security for all citizens. Our spoken words and thoughts will be encrypted along with facial recognition images (visual steganography) and other identifying features. This encryption of words, thoughts and images will not only apply to our online selves as avatars but in our real lives as well.

In the future DNA spoofing will come of age, voice patterns masked, encrypted and spoofed through generic vocal bots and generic speaking characters. Future privacy will be filled with devices such as anonymous e-cash transactions using a string of anonymous remailers, also encrypted with digital signatures.

Identity theft will be thwarted at every turn. But, the compromise will be self identity. The future of privacy means we will have so many controls over who gets to know us and who doesn't that at times we will have trouble proving who we really are.

If you think this is all far-fetched, you should note that all of the technologies I've mentioned or will mention are either available now or in development.

Virtual travel via avatars will be a choice as will actual physical travel. I'm not talking about a Bruce Willis movie or the highest grossing movie of all time. Remember that science fiction precedes science.

Future privacy concerns will dictate that virtual reality worlds will also be encrypted to the nth degree. Only those on the "in group" will be able to participate and many forums will be held in a very democratic nature where members will vote who will go and who gets to stay.

The encryption algorithms in the future, like today, will require public / private key pairs to function properly. Having multiple different public keys stored in multiple and different locations will help to identify a person and keep the bad people at bay. Pulling these public keys from different resources for short periods of time and then erasing all traces will give people temporary identity that will be needed for personal transactions.

Hacking or stealing of smart cards will be an issue for a while. A workaround will be the memorization of several different password phrases that will need to work simultaneously on computers, smart cards, phones and other devices.

But, a new system will need to be found for children, adults with poor memories and especially seniors. Thought interception by malicious people will also need to be addressed. In the future, we will take lessons from paranoid schizophrenics who use a crude form of mental encryption to avoid the perils of "mind reading" and "thought broadcasting". The future computer section of this website explains how people in the here and now can operate machines with just their thoughts.

Some Things to Think About

In the future, free speech and privacy, like now will be in constant conflict. Having an avatar with a good reputation online or in the real world in public will be still valued and trusted, but that value and trust can still be destroyed by oneself and others.

The rebuilding of reputation today involves a long journey of incremental steps of trust. But, what if these "trust points" could be ported over to a new avatar and negative points easily erased? In cases such as identity theft this would be invaluable.

Issues like this will be addressed by future privacy and security advocates who wish to empower people, keep identity private and keep people safe.

In the future, keeping real life and virtual life separate will be tricky and messy with blurred edges to a certain degree. It is already happening now (people erasing their criminal backgrounds, witness protection programs, and others who are on the lamb for their own protection) and will get even more confusing as change in this area will escalate.

In the future all of this will be more technologically driven and we will be more in control of our opaqueness versus transparency and all shades in-between.

Future Movies

Like other industries the movie making industry of the future will be hammered with disruptive technology. This disruptive technology will forever change the moviegoer's life.

In fact, future movies will be played in smaller, more prevalent decentralized theatres across the country. Large movie theatres will not go away entirely but they will be added to the mix of smaller theatres inside many malls and even convenience stores that are able to hold 1 to 8 people and play the most current movies on demand as well as a huge database of older movies as well.

If you're in a hurry, you can start watching a movie in one of these booths, download them onto your personal iPod, iPad, laptop, cell phone, blackberry or the newest personal electronic device and take them with you. As the future advances even more, these movies can be downloaded into a special section of your brain for storage and you'll have access via total recall to these movies on demand.

Future movies will be virtual experiences as well. In the decentralized versions you'll be able place yourself as an avatar inside the version of the movie you are in. You'll be able to limit the number of other avatars in the particular future movie you are watching.

If you don't like this particular crowd, you can easily jump to the same point of the flick in another future movie and join in with another crowd. Approximately 10 years beyond this there will be participatory future movies where you will not only be able to step into the picture as an avatar but become one of the caste of actors in it and join in the plot with the other directors and actors.

Think of this as a kind of virtual workshop for actors and fans to join together and improvise the movie in the making. This Karaoke approach will appeal to many who don't like to be passive in the movie experience but would rather join it. If you would rather remain passive, then you can do so and watch a different version of the future movie that is non-participatory from the fans. Or you will be able switch between both venues at will.

Of course, future movies will be HD, 3D with full motion and sensory appeal. Both live streaming and immediate playback will be offered.

Future movies will hit large theatres, small personal public theatres, home theatres and personal electronic devices at the same time.

Future movies will also join with social media where you won't need a Hollywood studio to create a wonderful picture. In the future anyone can post their own homemade movie on today's equivalent of Youtube, Facebook or Myspace.

Friends and the public at large will be given permissions to alter these movies, join in, be excluded from or work on them as a large group project. Different versions of these social media movies will go viral as excellence will be achieved through group effort.

The same technology as stated above will be afforded the masses so that Hollywood no longer has a stranglehold on how future movies are made and distributed including the large budgets and advertising campaigns behind them. Think of how the music industry has changed on the Internet in the past few years and you'll get a glimpse of things to come for the future movie industry as well.

Future movies will be more democratic through social media in shared creation and enjoyment of the flicks. Just as Wikipedia has created a more accurate dictionary than Miriam Webster, using the power of the people at large, future movies will be transformed through this same collective conscious engagement and experience.

Future movies of the next generation will far surpass the current generation, not only in technology but in shared experience as well.

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Future Inventions

Future Inventions
One of the future inventions that is progressing is the use of robotic surgery. Having robots do routine surgery such as remove moles plus mold and implant caps on teeth will be nothing. One of the future inventions that will be considered disruptive technology is robots doing major surgery.

Robots in the surgical rooms will be equipped with compact X-rays, MRI machines, lasers, scalpels and other equipment. They will be able to draw blood, collect urine, and analyze the data against huge medical databases. They will make diagnoses and conduct treatment much more quickly than is humanly possible.

In the not so distant future there will be a comparison website for pharmaceutical prices that is real, robust, fair and democratic. With this future invention you'll be able to compare prescribed drug prices locally instead of driving to each individual pharmacy and doing comparison shopping this inefficient and ineffective way.

The "addiction pill" will be developed as one of the most important of the future inventions of our time. People who suffer from a wide variety of addictions from substance abuse to Internet addictions to relationship addictions will be treated with pills that either excite or inhibit parts of the brain responsible for both feelings and behavior.

Another of the future inventions that will be high on the coolness factor is 3D printers. Already, scientists are using inkjet printers to lay down solar cells for energy and microscopic cells for medical research. This is happening now. In the not too distant future, however, the 3D printer invention will enable viewers to change different angles of the paper and see other sides to objects. Magazines may be the first to employ this followed by home printers.

GPS shoes, clothing, glasses, TV remote, cell phones (even when turned off) will all be future inventions that will make life easier and they will all be networked. If you don't know where your child is you can look up their GPS cloths on laptop, desktop or cell phone. If you don't know where your glasses are or where the TV remote is you can do the same.

And if you can no longer see your future gadgets then you may receive an artificial eye or two implanted by robotic surgery. No longer will you need to wait for a donor to expire, but artificial robotic eyes will be available at your own pharmacy (by prescription of course). Think that this is too science fiction for you? Right now scanners can turn pictures into braille. The human mind can control personal computers and robotic eyes are just an inch away from being a reality.

A future invention whose time has come is the development of a world currency. Sure, the Euro is a good start, but either expanding this or developing a new currency that can be used anywhere will help consumers travel and buy anywhere they like with ease.

On other pages on this site I've already talked about the future invention of facial recognition home security software. Cameras outside the house and inside the house can record, detect and recognize friend from foe.

It will be able to run people's faces against a database of criminals as well as give a history of that person and even pull up their different social media accounts, work history and even more personal history. If you think this is farfetched check out Google Goggles and you'll a glimpse of this technology in action.

Space tourism is one of those future inventions that is almost here. In fact, in a way it is here as several so-called tourists have made it to the International Space Station. What will happen though in the next couple of years is that tours to low earth orbit (LEO) will be conducted routinely and economically like rides in Disneyland or upon a cruise ship.

One of the future inventions that scientists are working on now that could be revolutionary is wireless electric car recharging on roads. Right now the technology is there for buses to run automated routes wirelessly with transmitters in the road every several feet. Also, there have been prototypes built embedding solar panels in the highways and byways to create energy.

But this energy and automated navigation could also be applied to electric cars as well. Wireless recharging for home devices is already happening. And not too far ahead this will be on the roadways for electric cars as well. This will not only make life easier but will also be done in a green and energy saving manner.

Now, to continue on with this thread about future inventions that will save energy, let's talk about some competing technology of hydrogen cars. Hydrogen car zero emission prototypes are here right now. And most of them are either hybrid or plug-in hybrids as well. The advantage of a plug-in hybrid hydrogen fuel cell car is range and refueling time. This technology could compete with wireless recharging of electric cars.

Inventions for the near future will include smart energy savers for home electronics. Right now, peripheral devices plugged into home electric sockets continue to suck down energy even when not in use. In fact, Bill Nye the Science Guy has said on CNN that 8-percent of all household electric usage is due to this kind of peripheral usage.

In the future some young inventor will come up with a way to save this power, by shutting down these peripherals and the power to them either through smart home technology or a combination that includes technology inside the peripheral itself.

There has been much talk about an Internet neural network, which of course will be one of the wildest future inventions in regard to communications. And part of this will be the worldwide smart neural network power grid, based upon green energy, which will allocate resources where they are need to each continent.

Some of this will be done through cables, fiber optics and power lines but advancing past that will be the use of lasers, lasers in satellites, ultrasonic transmissions and wireless electricity.

People have been seeking and working on free energy sources for hundreds of years. In one of the most astounding groundbreaking and disruptive technologies we will get it.

Free energy from electromagnetic motors will free us from our dependence upon foreign oil and the national power companies.

Before we finally get to this free energy source, however, we will have to go down the path of solar, wind, geothermal, smart grids, electrified highways and other sources of almost free energy. The final missing piece will be the future inventions that will lead to free energy through electromagnetic fields including large and small motors.

Of course, these future inventions are only predictions. Even Nostradamus gets it wrong on occasion. But, if you think these are wild, wacky and never will happen, then you need to check on what engineers and scientists are working on right now. In fact, they are working on all of these future inventions right now. In a few years time, will see how the progress goes.

Future inventions will both make life easier and save energy. Let's start first with the future inventions that will make life easier.

Future Gene Splicing

Future gene splicing will be based upon current, emerging medical technology. Gene splicing is one of the most advanced techniques of genetic engineering that involves direct human interference or modification in the genetic material of an organism in such a way which is not possible by nature.

Future gene splicing in a way is already here. Recombinant DNA techniques are being used now for gene splicing or gene modification. In 1973, a certain bacteria became the first genetically modified organisms and in 1974, mice were developed by using recombinant DNA techniques. In 1994, genetically modified food gained its entrance in consumer market. Future gene splicing will prove to be one of the center-stage items in our developing civilization.

The idea of gene splicing is not new. In 1902, Hans Spemman became the first scientist to master it and to establish the fact that genetic materials can be removed from a cell to produce different cell or even another adult. He separated one single cell from a 15-celled embryo to create two identical adult amphibians.

Currently, scientists are able to use advanced or future gene splicing techniques to remove genes to clone them so that they can be replanted into the same organism from which they were taken out, or to a different organism. Future gene splicing is dependent on improving emerging recombinant DNA techniques. Many futurists and science fiction writers have talked about the possibilities of future gene splicing techniques as a savior of humanity or as a dangerous after effect due to a lab accident or an ill-minded plot.

In today's world, it is scientifically possible to create exact copies of DNA fragments by using the Polymerase Chain Reaction Technique. This technique can be used to create a living adult from the DNA structure of its species. This idea was used by famous science fiction writer Michael Crichton in his book Jurassic Park in which he speculated about the future of gene splicing while depicting re-creation of dinosaurs.

Scientifically, it is not yet possible to re-create dinosaurs or mammoths from their ancient frozen DNA remnants, however, future gene splicing using recombinant DNA techniques are certainly changing our world in an interesting fashion. Genetically spliced plants and animals are being used to create cheaper biotechnology medicines and improved food.

Recently in the year 2009, the Food and Drugs Administration of the United States (FDA) approved sale of antithrombin which is a pharmaceutical protein that is produced in the milk of goats that were genetically spliced.

By means of artificial selection and mutagenesis, humans can alter their genomes. In 2010, the first synthetic living organism was developed by the scientists of J. Craig Venter Institute.

Currently gene splicing is being used in medicine, research work, industrial and agricultural production. However, genetically modified food has faced various controversial issues. At present, gene splicing is used for:
Change bacteria to produce proteins

Change hormones that may be used for treating illness

Increase the amount of specific antibodies

Alter rapid-growing cancer cells

Treatment of genetic disorders

Future gene splicing has a large scope of implications as does the whole field of future medical technology. Society, as a whole, may need to come up with a set of moral issues that need to be addressed including clear guidelines on how this technology is to be used. For instance, will "designer babies" be acceptable on a worldwide scale? What will the boundaries of cloning be?

The same goes for genetically modified crops, animals used for food, pets, and parts of people. Because some countries are more progressive than others, once the "cat is out of the bag" in regard to future gene splicing, so to speak, then this technology will become normalized (as it is already in the process of becoming).

Of course there will be backlashes against the downsides, but ultimately the positive nature such as medical treatments, healthier food leading to longevity for humans, animals, and pets will outweigh the mishaps and misuse along the way.

It is hard now to imagine ALL of the probable aspects of future gene splicing. There is immense potential in recombinant DNA techniques and which will be used to further the cause of cloning and medical assistance. Otherwise the crystal ball is now a little cloudy on this issue.

Future Energy

Future EnergyBut, the future energy model for mankind will be different from dependency upon fossil fuels with other energy sources leading the way. Alternative energy in the future will become mainstreamed with oil, coal and natural gas fading off into the sunset.

Two of the largest suppliers of energy outside of the Earth's atmosphere will be major players in the future energy supplies for mankind. Energy from the sun is almost limitless during the daytime and the moon has a significant gravitational energy that influences the tides.

So, looking into the future a bit, solar energy, wind energy (really a part of solar) and wave energy from large bodies of water will play a significant role. Right now, as human beings we don't do nearly enough to capture, contain and store the energy resources that surround us constantly.

Forget about the typical renewable energy sources for a moment of wind, solar, geothermal, hydro and bio-energy. Let's talk instead about some of the most powerful forces of nature of which only a miniscule percentage is being captured.

Future energy development will be focused on capturing the forces of Mother Nature such as hurricane winds and storm surges, tornado energy, lightning strikes, the jet stream, volcanic energy, earthquakes, floods, wildfires and even avalanches and landslides.

In the near future, as is the case right now, we will not be able to control Mother Nature and the storms she brings upon us. But, as we build bigger and more robust devices for capturing and storing "storm energy" (which will be at first considered alternative energy), this will help to ease the increased power demands of the Earth's growing population.

For a moment consider the use of ultra-robust wind turbines in hurricane alley that store the wind energy at its peak. The same can be said for off-shore and on-shore wave energy mechanisms that capture and safely store the energy from the most violent storms and storm surges.

Also consider high flying "electricity balloons" that capture inter-cloud lightning strikes during monsoon season. Now to switch gears a moment lets talk about some other future energy sources that are now considered "not for prime time" but have been under development for a while.

Future energy from nuclear fusion, gravity and anti-gravity, magnets and electromagnets, plasma and zero point energy are just a few of the promising technologies of today that will be major players tomorrow.

Of the sources I've just listed, fusion may just be the game changer in future energy development. When the ITER project finally proves that more energy can be created than consumed and done in a safe manner, then this will spawn the commercialism of the Age of Fusion.

Of course the Age of Fusion may also loosely parallel the Age of Traditional Renewable Energy and the Age of Storm Energy Capture. Even though future energy will involve advanced methods of conservation, this will ultimately be a losing battle. Conservation will slow down the need for more energy temporarily only for the so-called dam to burst at one point and with an explosive needs for more energy to support human life on Earth plus our adventures to low earth orbit and beyond.

It's no secret that the Earth is running out of fossil fuels and that some argue we have already passed peak oil. The major oil companies want to extract every last drop of oil inside the planet because that is their business model. The same is true for coal companies and natural gas companies as well

Future Electronics

Future Electronics

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How can this be you ask? Size does matter. Indeed it does and there is a way around the size issue. Future electronics technology dictates that one day soon virtual holographic screens and keyboards will appear on the market.
What this means is that you'll be able to have small piece of hardware the size of a USB drive and it will project a virtual holographic screen, keyboard and keypad that is of the size to your liking. From this virtual image you'll be able to type, dial, surf the Internet, watch TV, movies, listen to music, take photos, find yourself and friends locally through GPS, do facial recognition of strangers, run background checks in real time and other items the imagination can't quite grasp right now.
But future electronics will not be all about one product as there will be many open source technological products in the marketplace from which to choose. While walking or hiking would you like to scout out the area ahead? Well, you'll be able to do this with your own personal drone.
Miniature helicopters and airplanes will become so sophisticated and automated you'll be able have them take real time video and do your scouting from miles away. Even while in your car, your vehicle will communicate with these drones about traffic conditions, crowdedness of restaurants, who is at work or school already and too many functions to list.
Decades beyond this your future electronics will be a small device that you'll think into and this will do away with the virtual holographic keyboard, screen and keypad. Think this is farfetched? Humans can already think into computers and do quite complex tasks using current technology. The human brain is made up of billions of neurons running complex electrical processes every nanosecond.
But, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves yet and only go into the foreseeable future of electronics. Within the next decade, Wii and XBox will join forces along with an MIT development of a "Personal Global Playing Area". What this means first is that all Wii-XBox games will be experiential so no matter whether it's Call of Duty or a game of golf, you'll be actively and experientially involved.
The second part of this is that you'll be suspended inside of your personal 360-degree globe where you can run, fall, do summersaults and other stunts in real time without getting injured. This will be 3D, HD interactive play at its finest. This will be quite the opposite of a sensory deprivation chamber and more like a sensory stimulation globe.
In your personal globe you'll also be able to switch to doing work if needed, talk to friends, and take a 3D vacation. No "Total Recall" movie here as you'll have control of stepping into or out of your virtual world at will.
Future electronics also dictate that with your small electronic device you'll be able to control the every move of your robotic personal assistant. Not only that, but a decade after this robots will go semi-holographic in that you'll be able to project them when and where you want them and have them do tasks that they physically will be able to do in the real world.
For instance, you'll be able to project your holographic robot from your personal electronic device and have it cook you a meal, prepare your bed, or do what little laundry you'll have at this time. Your hologram robot will have physical properties and will be able to move objects and do other physical tasks. When finished you'll be able to recall your personal robot into your small electronic device and go on with your business.
Future electronics will continue to evolve, mutate and integrate with one's brainwaves and neurological being. Practical and ethical dilemmas will slow progress but only for so long. Electronics integrated into one's body will be inevitable, but then progress past this point will take place and future electronics will no longer be necessary inside or attached to one's body.
As you already know, the future of electronics changes rapidly. Gadgets, gizmos, computer hardware, software, biology, genetics are all quickly changing fields which are moving together at a rapid pace.
In only a few years time, the invention of the laptop will be on par with us looking back at the invention of the printing press or steamboat. Newborns of today will grow up in a vastly more personally power electronic world than we can even imagine today. And they won't even realize the here and now as we know it.
Future electronics and gadgets will be way beyond iPads, iPods, iPets and the like though the near future will be filled with these gizmos, gadgets and apps. I foresee one day in the not too distant future iPads, iPods, iPhones and all of the associated apps will be combined into one product. This is the future of electronics.

Future Devices

If you have a cell phone, laptop, iPod, iPad, PC, TV, several remotes for your TV, stereo or home entertainment center you'll soon realize how overwhelming it is and how easily these devices can get lost. The solution of course is to put all of these into one small electronic gadget and this is just what future technology devices will do.
Future Devices

Future devices will incorporate the best practices and top technology of current day emerging technological devices. Imagine, if you can having one hand-held device that can control all of the other devices I have previously mentioned?

This is just what today's manufacturers are trying to do and will someday succeed at. But, also let's supposed that you're not all that good with your hands or have poor eyesight or a disability. Future devices will also be like today's Bluetooth technology in that you'll be able to speak and command your other electronics to perform as you wish.

In the future, robots that do our work for us will be the norm. We will be able to control them automatically or manually. If we control them manually or automate them manually we will do this with either small hand-held electronic controllers or an earpiece and give the robots commands.

This is also true for our computers, home appliances, home entertainment centers and anything else electronic that you can imagine inside your house.

Now, when out in public it will get a big trickier since your needs and the power of future technology devices may differ among people. There will need to be a democratic system setup similar to how we obey the traffic laws today.

Only this system for controlling things (such as street lights so we can walk in intersections when there are no cars around) may compete with someone else's needs such as a driver that you didn't see coming around the corner or over the hill.

Ordering food from a restaurant with future technology devices will be the norm, too, but you'll still have to wait your turn in the queue as others ahead of you will also be making this request. The good news is that with your future device you'll be able to check out those orders ahead of you, the expected waiting time and your time and distance from a particular restaurant before placing your order.

Of course your future technology device will be wired in as far as GPS is concerned so you'll know geographically where all the restaurants, other stores, homes, and other geographic landmarks are in real time as you travel by foot, car or other means.

Future hologram
Much of our shopping will be done with our small future devices as well. With this device you'll be able to project a hologram that you can physically touch, move, try out in real time before you buy it. Ordering it will be as simple as the press of a button or a vocal command to "buy".

Or you'll be able to project yourself as a hologram and talk to another person such as a store clerk or file a complaint with the supervisor.

You'll also be able to simultaneously know how much money is in your bank account, (before the system of banking is revolutionized) and not go over your limit.

Future technology devices will empower individuals like never before but remain democratic in their interaction with other devices and the people behind them.

Future Computer

Future computer technology trends suggest that mankind has not even begun to tap into computational power and networking. In a few years, cloud computing will be so Old School. The PC will be what the mainframe is today. And, Web 5.0 will have finally kicked in for future computers.Future Computer

Not too many years down the road people will drive their future car inside their future city and then go back to their future home and tell their future robots what needs to be done. In the near future, wireless technology and nanotechnology will have taken over the world.

Nano neural networks will be the standard. Our brains will be connected directly to this vast future computer technology that has been miniaturized, broadened and made to be more powerful. Sound like science fiction?

Right now in medical settings several quadriplegics have been fitted with microelectrodes in the motor cortex of their brains.

Just by thinking, they can move robotic arms. Microelectrodes placed in different parts of the brain allow people with muscular dystrophy and other disorders to move cursors and type keys rather adeptly on a computer.

No longer are these experiments done with rats, monkeys or the episode of "House" where a patient move a cursor for "yes" or "no" by thinking about it. There is so much future computer technology that most people don't know about that is happening right now, right under our noses.

And, so what does this bode for 5, 10, or 20 years from now? Trends in future computer technology dictate that microchips, processors, hard drives and all computer components will get smaller.

WiFi, MiFi and other Fi's Foes and Fums will take over the marketplace and become common. Just by thinking we will be able to connect with networks most likely aided by small electronic devices that we keep on us at all times.

But a step beyond this will be the elimination of these small electronic cell phone, palm pilot, laptop, DS, GPS, facial recognition devices that have been rolled into one. Networks will be so widespread that there will be no need to carry small handheld devices.

Just by thinking about logons, passwords, text, photos, music and whatever our heads hold we'll be able to navigate, communicate socially from miles away, Tweet just by thinking and do work on the run.

Future computer technology will allow people who have lost the use of their limbs to use robotics as well as tap into these same networks empowering disabled people like never before.

Some level of Cyborg technology will develop (that will be both morally positive and morally questionable).

Future computer technology will help solve many medical problems such as dyslexia and ADHD by reinterpreting sensory data and modulating brain activity. A whole host of other medical illnesses and conditions will be cured or managed by future software controlling dosages of medicine such as those with diabetes now experience, but the scope of the conditions healed or managed will be much more vast.

Future computer software will know when to stimulate neurons, how much, and will communicate with nanorobots that perform microscopic surgery or deliver medicine to very small, specific areas of the body.

The future of computer technology is a very bright one indeed. The current trends tell us this, as well as the research and development that is happening at lightning pace. The children today will have a whole new technological world waiting for them tomorrow. And tomorrow isn't that far away.

Future City

Many people are wondering what the future city will look like. If I were to look into my crystal ball, what I would see is that future cities will be clean, green and full of optimism and hope.Future City

The city of the future will be cleaner and greener because of solar and hydrogen energy. Elevated hydrogen trains will be powered by solar energy that electrolyzes water for fuel cells. This electricity will power MagLev Hyrail trains.

Also running through future cities will be, at ground level, hydrogen fuel cell trains . While Hyrail will most typically be passenger trains, hauling people around the future cities, Hydrail will be using the power of hydrogen fuel cells to haul cargo inside and outside of town.

The future cities of America and elsewhere will also be heavily equipped with solar panels. There will be photovoltaic panels on the rooftops on almost every building and the windows of each building will double as solar panels as well.

And, of course what would a future city be without a future cars for every driver? These future cars will run on hydrogen, electricity, biofuels and even air. There may even be a few future flying cars that sail above traffic during rush hour. Thing Jetson or Flux Capacitor, then think again. Prototypes are here now.

In the cities of the future, every building will have smart technology. The smart technology will distribute and conserve energy through the building where it is needed most. Also, many buildings using solar energy will produce more electricity than they consume. They will be tied into the smart grid, selling power back and the smart grid will redistribute the energy in sections of the state and country where it is needed most.

The future city will also be inhabited with huge balloons filled with algae the produce hydrogen. This hydrogen will then either be run through stationary fuel cells to provide energy or be used as fuel for cars.

City life in the future will be a bit different than it is today. Future phones and laptops will have merged into small hybrids with WiFi everywhere and VoIP the standard for carrying voice and video data.

Future Cities
Life in the future city will have people even more plugged in than they are today. Virtual conferencing using virtual reality will be standard.

Future robots will have taken over the many tasks. The Honda ASIMO robot will be in a Tech Museum right downtown. Other kinds of robots will inhabit the future home..

People will only travel for vacation as the need to travel for business will be eliminated with the virtual business world. And for people who do want to go on vacation will do so either on supersonic jets or Maglev bullet trains.

The typical future city will also be filled with people using jetpacks instead of driving their own vehicles or in addition to their vehicles. Fuel grade hydrogen peroxide will power these jetpacks that only emit water vapor and will be able to travel for miles before refueling.

This vision of what the future cities will look like is all based upon emerging technology that is available now. This emerging technology of course has to be refined, downsized in many cases and of production quality. Look for nanotechnology to have taken over in many fields.

The future city will be a bright, hopeful place filled with green energy, interconnectivity and applied virtual reality.

Future Car

Decades from now will the next big future car be powered by hydrogen, electricity, biofuels or even nuclear energy? Many people want to know the future of the futu

Perhaps the flying future car will be perfected in our lifetimes. But, let's take future cars one by one to see which is more likely to grace our highways and roadways a few years ahead.

Hydrogen fuel cell cars are here now and all the major automaker at least have one prototype on the roads. The Honda FCX Clarity and Chevy Equinox FCV are future cars that are here now being loaned or leased to multiple consumers.

The only current problem holding hydrogen cars back is the lack of adequate refueling infrastructure. At this point in time, it looks like Germany and Japan will be leading the charge in building this hydrogen refueling infrastructure within their countries.

The electric car is also a vehicle that is here now and has been for a while. Like the hydrogen car (which is also an electric vehicle), the electric car also lacks a viable recharging infrastructure.

Couple this with a short range before recharging and hours of recharge times and the electric car isn't quite ready for prime time (although Tesla, Fisker, Phoenix Motors and a few others will tell you differently).

Biofuel cars are also here and have been for a while. Ever hear of someone running their diesel car or truck on veggie oil? Yes, that is a biofuel. Gas stations in the Midwest have been selling gasohol (10-percent ethanol and 90-percent gasoline) for many years.

Most of the major automakers have some form of flex fuel vehicle that has been rolled out to the public. Many Brazilian cars run on 20 to 25-percent ethanol blends.

But, then what about nuclear-powered cars? In 1958 the Ford Nucleon concept car was introduced to the public.

The Nucleon was supposed to have been powered by a small nuclear reactor in the back, but a prototype was never built.

There have been many people working on nuclear powered cars or plasma powered cars but none has been successful yet. But, just give it another 20 or so years and you could be driving one to your future home.

Then what about future flying cars? The Moller flying car (Moller Skycar - pictured below top) has been in development for a while. It runs on diesel or biodiesel but it isn't ready for primetime just yet.

The Terrafugia Transition flying car (pictured bottom) has actually made a documented flight but it is classified by the FAA as a light aircraft and is much more of this than it is a car.

A couple of other notable attempts at flying cars were the Waterman Aerobile and the Taylor Aerocar.

So, what future car holds the most merit? It's hard to tell at this point. Each future car has it's own strengths and weaknesses that must be overcome by innovation and political will. With enough time the future car of tomorrow will be the standard automobile of today.

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Future Athletes

Future athletes combnied with high tech sports medicine will be rife with moral implications that will need to be addressed. Intertwined with future medical technology, sports technology in the years to come will be far-reaching and travel into unforeseen territory.

In order to understand the future let's travel to the past for a moment. Already with the Barry Bonds scandal the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs have been put front and center. The authorities in sports have decided that these drugs give one set of athletes an unfair advantage over the other athletes plus they justify their decisions because steroid use can be dangerous to the athlete.

So, now let's take another angle as that is of athletes who are disabled but are still able to perform well with a little mechanical help. One such case is that of Casey Martin who is a professional golfer with a degenerative disease known as KTWS. The PGA said Martin could not play in its tournament because he was physically unable to walk the golf course. He needed the accommodation of a motorized golf cart and the PGA said this was an unfair advantage and denied him play.

Let's take another case of the disabled sprinter from South Africa, Oscar Pistorius (pictured above). He calls himself the fastest man with no legs. Instead just below the knee he was fitted with some carbon fiber ski-like device that gave him an extra spring in his step when he ran according to sports officials. His J-shaped blades were known as Cheetahs (which could be a dual purpose word for fast cat or one who cheats).

Pistorius was not allowed to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing because his prosthetic legs would "give him an unfair advantage".

In order to understand the future let's also talk about what is unraveling here and now. One place in which future athletes may be developed is in sperm banks. Dr. Robert Graham conducted eugenics experiments on approximately 230 children.

The purpose of breeding these "super babies" was to create exceptionally smart children, not necessarily super athletes. But, who is to say that there is no underground Sports Sperm Bank offering just these services. Think this is far-fetched?

Then check out California Cryobank which is a place where sperm donors need to be celebrity look-alikes. But, these celebrity look-alikes also include the likes of celebrity athletes such as Brett Favre and Jeremy Shockey. Shocked?

Predictions for the Future

Since what I've already stated is already happening here and now, let's make a few predictions for future sports technology and the impact this will have on athletes and the games they play. These will be more in the form of questions as things to think about as the field of sports develops and technology plays a bigger role in people's physical makeup.

A few years ago famous baseball player Mickey Mantle was looking for a new liver and on a donor's list because his was failing after years of alcohol abuse. Mantle died of liver cancer when he was 47-years-old. Now let's suppose for a moment that his heart was still good and that he was an organ donor and the recipient was a golfer who couldn't walk the PGA tour because of his heart condition.

Would Mickey Mantle's heart transplant give him an unfair advantage or would it just give him the same advantage as all of the other players on the field?

The genetically engineered super baby athletes is a discussion too long to hold here but do you think this should be allowed or would this create an unfair advantage for future professional athletes? If so, how would one stop this from happening? Even without the use of sperm banks, people could hook up via word of mouth, Twitter, Facebook, some matchmaker service and fornicate au natural with the same effect.

Now, let's look at both genetic engineering and bioengineering for a moment to see if these are both "ethical" and "moral" in creating super future athletes. Gene splicing and genetic modification may have both intended and unintended consequences of which we aren't even aware of yet in regard to sports. The same goes for bioengineering. We have some idea of the benefits because of recent tests and even mainstreaming of genetically modified crops and farm animals but creating super athletes is still a bit down the road (or is it?).

Future sports technology will need to deal with artificial limbs and other body parts. If an athlete is injured and receives a new hip or knee or lower leg will this give them an unfair advantage? If an athlete receives a bionic eye with telescopic properties will this be acceptable or not?

What is say a pitcher in baseball receives a bionic arm, but not his pitching arm, would this be acceptable to the Commissioner of Baseball? What if his bionic arm is his pitching arm and he doesn't throw the ball as well as he used to using the new arm, but still good enough the play. Would this be acceptable? What if in a few years, this arm got an upgrade and now the pitcher throws harder, with more movement on the baseball and faster than before. Will he be kicked out of the game?

The same can be said of artificial legs for soccer players or those who participate in track and field.

Suppose a long distance runner received an artificial heart because of necessity. The artificial heart happened to be more efficient than the real heart in pumping blood through the body and the runner could now run longer distances with less fatigue than before. Would this be fair? How about boxers with bionic arms? What will it take for cyborg athletes to be accepted?

Now, to go on the dark side for a moment, if these medical modifications and adaptations were allowed in sports, what would stop top athletes from seeking out artificial organs and body parts (even though they aren't injured or sick) in order to stay competitive with other athletes that are using bionics or genetic modifications?

The tipping point may come when the number of "technologically modified" athletes or would-be professional athletes out-number those who have not been altered before or after birth in some obvious way. When the "best athletes in the world" are no longer those who have never been modified by science and technology and there needs to be a place for those who have there will most likely be a huge paradigm shift in future sports.

In the future there may be such things as the "Special Olympics", "The Olympics" and the "Super Olympics". Will the best athletes in the world (the ones who have been modified) become the most popular venue or more like a circus attraction? Only time will tell.

But, one thing is for sure. We will not be able to separate future sports technology from future medicine. The two are forever intertwined. We will have to decide as a society what is and what is not an acceptable use of technology. And these guidelines may vary from one country to the next. When we compete with these countries internationally we'll have to work this out. And keeping on the international level a moment longer, let's not even talk about emerging technology and future soldiers right now since this is a whole different discussion altogether.