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Your Predictions for the Big 5 Technologies of this Decade?


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Which 5 technologies do you think will be the biggest or most important that are introduced iduring the 2010s? (You may choose to or not to follow the timeline if you so wish) This can be your personal opinion, my personal choice(s) are: 1. Massively Open Online Courses (Computer Science/Social Media/Internet) 2. Gene Therapy (Biology/Biochemistry/Medicine) 3. Organic (Opto)Electronics/Printable Electronics (Chemistry/Electrical Engineering/Physics) 4. Liquid Metal Batteries (Chemistry/Materials Science/Chemical Engineering) 5. Glycomics (Biology/Biochemistry/Chemistry/Bioinformatics) Honorable Mention: Crowd-sourced Science Projects (Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Mathematics) I think that as many scientists say the 21st century will be the century of Biology and that this decade will be the real beginning of the trend. While I'm sure we will still be moving towards artificial organs during this decade I don't think we will actually see them by 2019. That being said there seems to be 3 major themes to me this decade to me: 1 and 5 both involve the continuation and development of widespread information to educate the public, scientists, professional and other inventors, 2 and 5 both involve the widespread use of biological information to provide new and novel treatments, and 3 and 4 both use the principle of Chemical and Materials Science to increase the efficiency and utility of electronics and electrical systems. That's where I see major development going this decade. Just a little more in depth: 1. I think MOOC's are amazing and are something I intend to use and take full advantage of even if they aren't fully accredited, who can turn down free information and knowledge? I love learning new things about science and tech. I think the success of edX, Coursera, and other online universities are only going to grow in popularity. 2. Gene therapy was just approved this year in the EU for certain rare diseases and I truly do think we are going to see the manipulation of viruses take of this decade to our benefit of destroying diseases and helping use manipulate our own DNA. 3. Organic electronics and printable electronics will be driven as much by consumer demand for cool see through and highly flexible products (how futuristic), as much as corporations who will love these cheap materials that can allow them to have intelligent advertising on their containers, products and so forth. Also organic electronics will continue to push the bar when it comes to display technologies such as widescreen TV's and other ambient lighting for cars and so on. 4. Liquid metal batteries are extremely cool and because they have been able to make them for so cheap they most likely will be the big story on the solar panel from this decade. While solar panels will simply be stuck in a research program trying to make the solar panels more viable and cheap themselves (organic solar panels could possibly tie in to improving this but for now silicon and inorganics or organometallics are the way to go) , liquid metal batteries will eliminate a bunch of problems with solar panels such as generating power when there is no Sun by allowing efficient and scaleable batteries to store energy when it is not being used for later use. 5. Glycomics is probably not something a lot of people hear about a lot buy it is a subfield of Chemical Glycobiology and is similar to Proteomics or Genomics and characterizes the entire body of sugars or glycans. Because sugars are incredibly important to our health and many bodily functions development in this area will likely see new products towards youthful skincare and skin repair, the fight against cancer, the boosting of our human immunity, hereditary diseases involving sugars, and glycoproteins. Special note, on crowdsourcing if you remember FoldIt where gamers managed to crack an AIDS protein, I believe this kind of thing will become more commonplace this decade too. ArXiv which already became popular last decade will continue to grow in relevance for math and physics and we may even see some lone geniuses publish influential works to that database this year as well similar to how Pelrelman did last decade. Maybe another millennium problem will be solved this decade? (S.-Dyer conjecture?) Over to you guys to discuss. :)

Edited by MarcZ, 25 November 2012 - 04:26 AM.


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-Some gene therapies for some health conditions -3d printer - Six senses technology -stem cells therapy for some conditions - portable pcs in a pen

Edited by Italian Ufo, 25 November 2012 - 07:59 AM.


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Personalised genomics 3D printing Stem cell therapy Cloud computing Renewable energy

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1. Cheap DNA sequencing and diagnosis => personalised medicine. 2. Regenerative medicine, lab-grown organs and stem cell therapy 3. Driverless cars 4. 3D printers 5. Cloud computing I don't mention online courses or renewable energy, because they are already here and they will just become more widespread. Fusion energy that would be new and big...
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I don't mention online courses or renewable energy, because they are already here and they will just become more widespread. Fusion energy that would be new and big...


While that may be true they did come out this decade, and that is the title the big 5 technologies of this decade, so even if they already started it doesn't necessarily mean that they are big as they are going to be yet, and it doesn't change the fact that they were really introduced to market just a bit earlier in the decade. :)

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1) cellular programming/ stemcell creation ect 2) 3d printing 3) deathstrokes to viral and bacterial infectious disease 4) crowd sourcing/funding 5) Siri and her cousins elaboration: with cellular programming techniques we can turn a skin cell into a stem cell and get the stemcell to reproduce rapidly in volume and then assign them a role as specialist cells, this will allow for the ability to produce all the cells we will need to build new organs replace bones and immune cells and grow blood supplies... but it also provides the means of doing the same things for anything with cells, like meat and plants. we could have all the cells that would be needed to create an orange without growing the rest of the tree. all we'd have to do is find a way to lay them out in the right shapes and put in the intercellular matrix or other frameworks that cells grow into... Which we will be able to do with 3d printers that are reaching maturity. Medical grade printers will be up to cell printing and ICM frameworks that include blood vessels and the like. this will allow for patches of damaged organ and tissues to see replacements as well as possible entire organs replaced. It will allow printing of meat and veg too. There is already talk of two different ways that targetted RNA techniques could be used to wipe out and provide immunity from future varients of viruses like the flu and similar techniques can be used to taget the function of bacteria. we may well see this amazing change in medicines happen in the next 8 years though it won't be commonly available it will be something they have managed to do by then giving us an arsenal against plague and disease. We will still have to contend with cancers, prions, chemical illness, autoimmune diseases, genetic flaws, and the balancing of the beneficial bacteria we need to live. So it won't be the end of illness but it will be as big for us as vaccines were for those that first saw them happen. I really think crowd sourcing ideas and information will be on par with public libraries or things like wikipedia in how they change the way information circulates. And crowd funding will be on par with the stock market with how it effects the realization of things into the world around us. things that couldn't have been known or figured out will get figured out, and things that couldn't have been made will get made. And while we mostly take things like Siri for granted we are on the cusp of having a real world of C-3PO or the star trek main computer like entities all around us. They will remind us of our scheduled appointments, call to make reservations for us, order our food from the grocery stores so that they can be there for us to pick them up. They can balance our bank accounts and research products before ordering them online for us. They can tell us how to get places and what's the address of that place you ate at last month. All we have to do is speak to them and they will speak back and draw up diagrams or pull out net files like a google search, only better because they will learn our tastes as they work with us so that when I ask for skins it won't even look twice at dermis related materials unless I specify human skin or animal skin. They will be able to talk back and forth with us but won't really be anything other than programming, because they will lack the ability to understand intent or creatively originate something. But they will serve well as logical and task oriented entities with calculating capabilities. That's not to say that other important things won't happen but they are likely to happen quietly without notice. They could save the bees from colony collapse and nobody would notice that they did it, but they'd know if we don't do it. A lot of great things will happen that can't be condensed into simple flashy sound bites and so the general public won't call them breakthrough or think of them as big. Just like nobody thinks that a greater than 85% literacy rate is amazing when through all of recorded history literacy has never be so great.
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elaboration: with cellular programming techniques we can turn a skin cell into a stem cell and get the stemcell to reproduce rapidly in volume and then assign them a role as specialist cells, this will allow for the ability to produce all the cells we will need to build new organs replace bones and immune cells and grow blood supplies... but it also provides the means of doing the same things for anything with cells, like meat and plants. we could have all the cells that would be needed to create an orange without growing the rest of the tree. all we'd have to do is find a way to lay them out in the right shapes and put in the intercellular matrix or other frameworks that cells grow into...


that would be a dream but i think is too optimistic..

Edited by Italian Ufo, 26 November 2012 - 09:14 AM.


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http://www.scienceda...21121210103.htm - 3D printing of electronics.
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1) cellular programming/ stemcell creation ect
2) 3d printing
3) deathstrokes to viral and bacterial infectious disease
4) crowd sourcing/funding
5) Siri and her cousins


I would put a couple of these in my list.
1: cellular programming (I think I've seen this on the forum about manipulating stem cells to be whatever cell you need it to be, looks promising).
2: crowd sourcing (I think this will be the new way of funding. People supporting what they want. I believe this can go into the way government spends money on infrastructure, etc. eventually).
3: Augmented Reality (with GPS improvements gaming could be moved out into the real world with AR detective-genre games, advertisements, the need to have information at a glance).
4: carbon nanotubes (we've known about them for years but now we're finally seeing the fruit of our progress).
5: wireless technology (vague, but with the spectrum opening up and the years at manipulating the little that we had will enable some incredible speeds and reach areas that normally would have been dead zones. Fiber is the king of speed but once wireless gets to be fast and stable enough most medium-small businesses won't need the wired infrastructure that costs billions ).

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A truly wireless world. No data cables, no power cables no HDMI cables, no more audio cables, and no more tangling wires that look ugly and keep things literally tied down. While I'd love to see this, for power cables and a/v cables, I don't think it will happen. It may replace earphone cords though, and probably a replacement for USB will be available, though not to replace USB entirely.

Edited by SG-1, 26 November 2012 - 10:57 PM.

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Hard to decide, but I will go with this: 1. LENR - This technology will have the most disrupting impact of everything coming within the next years. Think about how cheap, environmental friendly energy could change the world and the possibilities are endless. This could end the climate debate, prices will drop on everything that needs transportation/a lot of energy. This will also drive space exploration to a new level. 2. AI/Robots - Watson, Siri etc. the technology will will increase exponential, at the end of the decade it's probably normal to have a nice talk with you smartphone/tablet or even other devices like refrigerators and cars. Robots will replace human workers in large quantities. 3. Crowdsourcing/-funding - Could speed up innovation a lot. 4. Augmented reality - This will change how we see our world, for me the first real step in the direction of enhancements/cyborgs. Think about google glasses in 2020. 5. Driverless traffic - I not only think about cars here, but they will make the biggest change. Together with AI and LENR a car in 2020 could be more different from a car today than the difference between the car of 1910 to one of today.

Edited by tornado64, 06 December 2012 - 08:36 PM.


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Hard to decide, but I will go with this:

1. LENR - This technology will have the most disrupting impact of everything coming within the next years. Think about how cheap, environmental friendly energy could change the world and the possibilities are endless. This could end the climate debate, prices will drop on everything that needs transportation/a lot of energy. This will also drive space exploration to a new level.


To those who think LENR is pseudo-science or will never be possible, think again. LENR, as it stands right now, is more practical than nuclear fusion in terms of co-efficient of performance stats. There are big name corporations that are backing it with 3rd-party replication confirmations.

http://www.e-catworl...ty-replication/
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1. Increasing use of AR. 2. Beginnings of serious renewable projects and transitions to green economies. 3. Robotics cheap enough for small businesses to consider investment. 4. Primitive modelling of the human brain and "consumer AI" achieving significant levels of intelligence. 5. Renewed interest in space exploration by national, multinational and private organisations. To be fair, pretty much all of this is already happening so I'm kind of cheating. Still, you only need to look in the news of late to see the wave of scientific and technological breakthroughs, so many of which could change our world in unforeseen ways. Of course technology has limits, as we should start to see as resources reaching peak.

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1. Virtual reality and AR 2. Nearly unlimited, clean energy through LENR 3. Debut of primitive artifical intelligence in robotics 4. Cancer-busting medicine via nanotechnology 5. Privatization and commericalization of space industry
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To those who think LENR is pseudo-science or will never be possible, think again. LENR, as it stands right now, is more practical than nuclear fusion in terms of co-efficient of performance stats. There are big name corporations that are backing it with 3rd-party replication confirmations.

http://www.e-catworl...ty-replication/


The spectre of Cold fusion rises once again? Best not to get too optimistic about that... If you're right, though, it really would be the unexpected world-changing innovation of the century (never mind just this decade...)

My 5 predictions:

1) Commercial space travel
2) Atmospheric carbon capture
3) Rollable/wearable printed electronics
4) Cheaper, reliable cloning - both for replacement organs, and to resurrect extinct animals
5) Algal biofuels




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