Skip to comments.Quantum Leap
Posted on 07/28/2006 3:46:51 AM PDT by Neville72
Brain prosthetics. Telepathy. Punctual flights. A futurist's vision of where quantum computers will take us.
(FORTUNE Magazine) -- She awakes early on the morning of April 10, 2030, in the capable hands of her suburban Chicago apartment. All night, microscopic sensors in her bedside tables have monitored her breathing, heart rate, and brain activity.
The tiny blood sample she gave her bathroom sink last night has been analyzed for free radicals and precancerous cells; the appropriate preventative drugs will be delivered to her hotel in Atlanta this evening. It's an expensive service, but as a gene therapist, Sharon Oja knows it's worth it.
And today is the 20th anniversary of the very first quantum computer.
Sharon laughs. It is her 24th birthday, and she has little idea what the world was like before the qubits - the smallest pieces of quantum information - took over.
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All this advancement and the threat of terror still exists? I guess Hillary must have won in 2008.
Great read.......can't wait !!!!
I am still waiting for my flying car...
I suggest you not hold your braath while waiting. A tiny part of this "might" happen by 2130---but not 2030.
What I`m really interested in is genetic engineering. That stuff is mind blowing. We start getting a handle on that, it`s going to be nuts. You have a bad heart, you can grow a new one, bad lungs, grow a new pair.. if someones brain is defective like Hillarys, you can grow her a new one that is sane. Or like salammanders, if they lose an arm a new one grows....Can you imagine human amputees doing the same? You could make mutants as well....For example I could grow my tool box 12" (well another 12") and my wife could grow triple DDD breasts and be programmed to shut up after sex and have an uncontrollable urge to get me a beer when the football game is on. I love it!!!!
DAMNIT Jim...Where are we, the dark ages?!?
Our subject is also being monitored by chips implaneted at birth that keep track of where she goes, who she associates with and even what food she eats. This data is collected into a massive government database at the Ministry of Truth.
Read Ray Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near" and you'll see that this article is actually a bit pessimistic, in another 15 years medicine will be completely unrecognizable from what it is today and computers...lets just say well all have a good laugh when we think back to the computers of today. As for being implanted with chips to track us; most of us will be chipped by them for medical reasons, security, and perhaps even neural interfaces (we have primitive but working examples of all those already). The rest is in the realm of politics and that is what were here now for.
Linear predictions based on current and anticipated technologies are pretty iffy. The human factor, what people like and don't like, is the wild card. Things have to be commercially viable to set the pace, not just possible.
The genetics companies are making slow progress. Still not many products to show. It is one of the supposed massive growth industries, but longterm.