Probable inventions within the next 30 years?

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  1. Tribble puncher

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    The beginnings of some sort of Sensory Deprivation Pod or Suit, that shuts out all external stimuli but can deliver controlled tactile experiences to work in conjunction with (By Then) Refined V.R. technology. Basically, it will enable you to touch and interact with a virtual world creating total immersion, like a wearable holodeck. You can touch what you want, bang what you want, and your V.R. service provider will be able to track all of it and build a profile on you. Human Birth's will plummet even more so in first world countries. Marriage may become an antiquated concept. Once the technology is refined people will begin to spend the majority of their free time not working or sleeping in virtual worlds, preferring to live in a fantasy land as opposed to real life. Physical possessions will become less relevant, as people will prefer virtual goods. Of course you'll need to eat, use the restroom, etc. still but you get the idea.
     
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  2. Sgt_G

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    Half the stuff predicted in that song for the far-future have already happened or expected in the near future.
     
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  3. Tetragrammaton Invictus

    Tetragrammaton Invictus I like the new Doctor Premium Member

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    That song is a bit of an anthem for me..... It's a haunting song too.

    And that version is blocked for copyright

    Here's another

     
  4. tharpdevenport

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    Excellent -- I was thinking something kind of in that vein when I pointed out they're still using hot glue guns in the 25th century in "The Orville". It seems unlikely we could even comprehend what would come once we reach that point of singularity. No, I doubt we'd still be using hot glue guns after that.



    I'd point out some of these inventions people are talking about, have already been invented -- they're just still in early stages or testing (and government approvals), like the wireless electricity. In that vein:

    2030:
    Shape-metal (or like) car parts that you just have to heat up or cool off and they pop back into shape (memory retention). Likewise paint -- sometime after that -- will be changed to where it's fused in such a way to the shape-metal alloy that it doesn't chip or break and repels dust, dirt, other contaminates regular paint gets from normal driving, so it stays clean.

    2055:
    Portable, hand-held, lower-powered lasers for cutting wood, metal, etc., that you can buy in stores like Wal-Mart -- no longer a thing of science laboratories or dudes with money and a Youtube channel.
     
  5. Asbo Zaprudder

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    Haptic feedback of a simulated environment will eventually be deliverable by direct nerve stimulation. After that, why bother having a body to support the brain at all? Artificial brain augmentation will eventually lead to ditching the original brain as well - transmigration to a different matter substrate. Whether mind can exist as pure energy as in various Star Trek episodes (whatever that means compared to matter being condensed energy) still seems unlikely but perhaps we just need enhanced minds.
     
  6. Tetragrammaton Invictus

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    So anyone up for medical nanobots?

    They would patrol the body fixing stuff, killing cancers. Doing good things.
     
  7. Asbo Zaprudder

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    We're already adapting existing bionanomachinery to modify DNA, for example, many CRISPR-based therapies are either being trialed or are in development at the moment. Nano implementations of scaled-down computers and other macromachinery might not be achievable in the ways envisaged by Drexler and others - you're fighting chemical reactivity and other interatomic forces to construct structures that are based on stiff, rigid elements. Developing and evolving existing nanomachinery with improved protection against collateral errors seems to be the fastest way forward.
     
  8. tharpdevenport

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    Or doing bad things if programmed to or hacked, and you'd never know -- how in the world are you going to check that?


    I'm for them if I get to create them and get to program them, and get to inject them. And have them removed (or they dissolve or some such method where they are destroyed) afterwards.
     
  9. Asbo Zaprudder

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    I believe CRISPR-based molecules of the CAS9 and similar variety are one-shot editors of DNA. The hit rate is reported to be as low as 10%, which is probably too low to cure cancer, although it might be adequate for correcting inherited defects where protein production is impaired and cell numbers are more limited, especially in ova or embryos. Accidental targetting of matching sequences elsewhere in the genome could also cause cancerous mutations if the natural error-correction and DNA repair mechanisms fail. Newer variants under development should have a higher hit rate and better targetting of the correct sequences to be corrected. It's early days. There is scope for misuse, abuse and programming mistakes, of course. Not my field so I might be wildly optimistic, pessimistic, both, or just plain wrong in my predictions of what is possible. I don't envisage state-machine based nanocomputers being created with any significant degree of AI autonomy in a 30-year timeframe.
     
  10. Tetragrammaton Invictus

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    All valid points........ I'd like to see them either dissolve or go inert once their main functions have been done. Having them active all the time is probably a bad thing thinking about this so yeah have them programmed to do a specific thing and then go inert.