22 Aug 2017 16:24 UTCTue 22 Aug 2017 - 4:24 pm UTC
We're looking for ideas for emerging technologies. Things that are starting to become technically possible, but are not yet commercially exploited in a big way.
We can rule out:
- 3D printing
because the big money is already behind those. A few years ago, those would have been perfect answers.
I'm sure you guys can come up with some interesting ideas.
Larry and Sergey
23 Aug 2017 23:56 UTCWed 23 Aug 2017 - 11:56 pm UTC
larrysergey...so nice of you guys to drop by after all these years. I know you're busy reciting the Alphabet and all, but sheeeesh...stop in and say hello now and then to the old GA crowd (or what's left of it).
Anyway, as for emerging tech, what better source of inspiration than Star Trek:
Dematerialization/Rematerialization transporter technology is still a way off, but quantum entanglement is getting us a few steps closer:
The Physics Of Star Trek: Quantum Teleportation Versus Transporters
Phasers are in the works, too...if only all our weapons could be set to "Stun":
Scientists are Closer to Recreating the Star Trek Phaser
and best of all, the Tricorder may be just around the corner:
The Contest To Build The First Star Trek Tricorder Has A Winner
Have fun guys, but remember, stay away from Q....AND NO TIME TRAVEL!
24 Aug 2017 08:12 UTCThu 24 Aug 2017 - 8:12 am UTC
Those are interesting suggestions, David.
There appears to be a theoretical limitation to Quantum Teleportation. Any interesting candidate for teleportation (such as our hamster) has more states than there are particles in the universe. Since an entangled particle is needed to transport each state, that ain't gonna work. Ever.
As for quantum computing, Google is already working on that in a big way. But it's a weird field of research. Many scientists still don't accept that any quantum effects are really being used in quantum computers. And the current state of the art is that a quantum computer can multiply 1415 by 2983 and get the right answer. Some of the time.
Furthermore, it seems to us that the big breakthroughs in quantum magic are likely to be made by the NSA, given its usefulness for the breaking of encryption, and following Edward Snowden's revelations of their active research work and extensive funding.
The tricorder suggestion is the good one. We will put a tricorder into every phone within a few years. Why not?
So please mark this question as answered. Not just for the tricorder suggestion, but also for the more general idea to trawl through old TV shows to check which fantastic ideas are finally becoming practical.
PS: If we do manage to get the rematerializer working, we will drop in for lunch next Tuesday. With our hamster.
24 Aug 2017 21:58 UTCThu 24 Aug 2017 - 9:58 pm UTC
Hope you can make it for lunch (don't forget...I'm on Eastern time!). Glad I could rustle up a few ideas for you to consider. While we're on the topic, though, don't forget about personalized medicine:
This refers to a cluster of technologies, some on the shelf already, but many others in the emergent stage, that will provide a great deal more precision in diagnosing, monitoring and treating diseases. I only posted one link on the topic, but if you need more information, just let me know.
Or...you can always just, er, Google it.
26 Aug 2017 16:38 UTCSat 26 Aug 2017 - 4:38 pm UTC
Hey, here's one more to chew over: true holographic projections:
Why Don't We Have Princess Leia Holograms Yet?