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What's the next big technology?

  1. Mar 30, 2012 #1
    fire 100,000years ago
    Sail 1200 BC
    wheel 3500 BC
    windmills 100 AD
    steamengine 1800 AD
    electricity and dynamo
    electromagnetics
    integrated circuits
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    Whats next ?
     
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  3. Mar 31, 2012 #2

    S_Happens

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    What a silly question. The answer is snarlgenpoogen of course.
     
  4. Mar 31, 2012 #3

    DaveC426913

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    Agriculture - beginning of cooperative labour divisions and cities
    Printing press 1450 AD - mass produced education
    Antibiotics 1920 AD. Dramatic increase in lifepsan.
    Computer 1950 AD. Massive impact on society.
     
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  5. Mar 31, 2012 #4
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    i thought it was Dec 21 st 2012 - end of the world
     
  6. Mar 31, 2012 #5
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    I expect to see a grand synthesis of all human invention. That is to say, a sailboat, controlled by electromagnetic integrated circuits, and powered by a fire in a steam engine attached by a wheel to a windmill that runs an electric dynamo.
     
  7. Mar 31, 2012 #6
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    Heterogeneous computing
    Robotics
    Space
     
  8. Mar 31, 2012 #7

    jtbell

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    The Next Big Thing will be the Cerebrum Communicator, in development since 1967 by TPC (The Phone Company):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdGa0KA8EpM
     
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  9. Mar 31, 2012 #8
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    The future is here!
    qray.jpg
     
  10. Mar 31, 2012 #9

    Evo

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    I want a replicator. "Tea..Earl Grey...HOT!"
     
  11. Mar 31, 2012 #10

    Pythagorean

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    extinction
     
  12. Mar 31, 2012 #11

    Evo

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    Can't argue with that one.
     
  13. Mar 31, 2012 #12
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    I think in the future humans will seek to harvest resources beyond those found on earth - precious and semi precious metals, minerals, and "rare earths" which are used in electronics and technology are ever more scarce, I think eventually it will become economic to harvest these elements from the moon and nearby asteroids, perhaps even Mars and the darkside of mercury.
     
  14. Mar 31, 2012 #13
    Sticks followed by stones and that's if we are lucky.

    Actually I think the next really big thing is pc / brain integration. Followed by sticks then stones.
     
  15. Mar 31, 2012 #14

    jtbell

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    Holodecks would be nice, too. :biggrin:
     
  16. Mar 31, 2012 #15
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    Andriods as well. At least until they started wanting equal rights.
     
  17. Mar 31, 2012 #16
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    Equal rights? They'll probably put humans in zoos.
     
  18. Mar 31, 2012 #17

    Evo

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    Ooooh, yes!!
     
  19. Mar 31, 2012 #18

    Pythagorean

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    or just assimilate us...
     
  20. Apr 1, 2012 #19

    FtlIsAwesome

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    Warp drives.
    Shields.
    Laser guns. :biggrin:
     
  21. Apr 1, 2012 #20

    jtbell

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    A portable, one-person version of the Cone of Silence:

    http://scientopia.org/blogs/guestblog/files/2012/05/cone_of_silence-300x228.jpg [Broken]

    Every person with a cell phone should be required by law to carry one of these.
     
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