Unfortunately, I don't see this happening this year, "2017: Electronic paper is seeing widespread use" I could be wrong though.
I hear humans tend to overestimate the near future, And vastly underestimate the distant future.
Electronic paper may never see light. But It won't matter when you have the more economical and powerful Augmented Reality devices,
That can display interactive information on any surface. Perhaps late in the next decade you can pick one up as easy as a bluetooth headset today.
We actually have the capability to make what could be seen as electronic paper, we just don't need it. Honestly, why do we need something like that when we already have iPads that can function as paper, a computer, can send texts, and more? Simple answer, we don't, and thus, I highly doubt electronic paper will ever see widespread use.
I agree with this statement.
I feel that the electronic paper as we know it will take the form of very thin electronic displays. Pretty much poster-fitted televisions that can be peeled on and off of surfaces. They might be useful for temporary venues and quickly outfitting a room with monitors, but they'll still be far from the disposable and/or cheap "electronic paper" image that the prediction is making.
Electronic paper seems to be one of those fad predictions that sounds cool at first glance, but quickly becomes impractical and unwieldy.
10 nm chips enter mass production
I can't say for sure how well we are on this track, I'm sure some of the more tech-savvy forum members are better in touch with this topic. But it seems like we're well on our way.
Web-connected video devices exceed global population
I feel like this is going to be a difficult one to quantify, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if it gets accomplished soon. I feel like this is one of those predictions that is just sort of a checkpoint along the way, but on its own doesn't stand for much. At least it has a pretty solid definition, nothing vague about it.
Tooth regeneration treatments
I was actually surprised to see that there were a few articles released this year about tooth regeneration. Of course, they seem pretty sensational and hyped, so I'm taking them with a grain of salt. I don't expect any cosmetic orthodontists or dentists to be offering anything new before the year ends. In any case though, I can imagine that perhaps before 2020 there will be more options available for middle-class consumers.
The first human head transplant
I'm fairly certain the procedure will get carried out this year. If not, it'll either be postponed just a few months or it'll never happen. The doctor involved has gotten himself into a publicity pit and he'll never live it down if he doesn't go through with it, so I feel like this one has a very strong possibility of coming true. As for the results of the procedure? I'm neither optimistic nor pessimistic about it. I'm going to reserve judgment about the outcome. There are many questions and obstacles involved in the procedure that would make it one of the most challenging operations in medicine, but I'm sure the doctor has had plenty of time to consider each one of them. I doubt there's any question a layperson could ask that he hasn't already thought of, so I'm going to trust that the team of doctors involved knows what they're doing. I'm eager to hear about it when it's over.
Wireless implantable devices that monitor health in real-time
I suppose this one is a case where the technology exists currently, it's just not out to market yet. In fact, I imagine many of the predictions on the timeline might come into existence sooner than anticipated, but released publicly much later than anticipated. Mass marketing and production, especially for controversial products and devices like this, is a difficult thing to pull off. This is another one that I don't expect to see with my own eyes until some time in the '20s.
The world's first HIV vaccine is available
We still have some time before the year ends for this one, but I'm not too optimistic about its release this year. I haven't kept up with any clinical trials regarding this so if anyone would like to provide some links or further information, I'd be glad to read about it. Whenever the vaccine does get released though, I imagine it'll spark lots of debate and media attention. Especially with the ridiculous AV crowd trying to spread their ideals.
A new treatment for prostate cancer
Like the above mentioned vaccine, I don't know much about progress being done in this field. I don't see anything happening this year about it so this may end up being postponed as well. I really wish the articles linked on the timeline were updated more often, it feels like the timeline is losing touch with modern developments the longer it goes without adjustments. Though I could be wrong and this could very well be a thing before January rolls around. Though in any case, I imagine it'll take a while before oncology clinics are able to adopt the new treatments
BioCassava Plus receives regulatory approval
It looks like this project has been abandoned in light of other projects being developed that have beat them to the punch.
The world's largest mud volcano stops erupting
I get the feeling that this is something that won't be reported even if it occurs since it's such a niche news topic. Aside from the news source posted on wikipedia and the timeline, it looks like there's been no further updates on the volcano.
To be honest, I'm somewhat disappointed in 2017 so far. As much of a mess as 2016 was, at least it was a stellar year for science and tech. So far, many of the developments that were supposed to come out this year have been either abandoned or postponed. We still have a few months left so there's still an opportunity for a nice surprise before the end of the year, but I'm hoping that 2018 will be a much more active year in getting things off paper and into the real world. I'm very excited about the James Webb telescope in particular.