June 7th 2014
12. Embedded / implanted technology A natural evolution from wearable technology is the notion of embedding a variety of devices in the human body. Already millions of people have been fitted with pacemakers and cochlear implants. A combination of permanent and biodegradable devices could be embedded within the human body – with applications ranging from credit card chips and personal identifiers to health monitoring sensors and memory augmentation.
48. Brain-link technologies These build on the idea of mapping the function of the brain and the idea of directly uploading and downloading to and from the human brain. This could lead to “mental telepathy”. In the far future, brain-linked technologies could be used to manipulate the brain, to spot bad behavior, or possibly to reengineer somebody’s brain to stop him/her from carrying out criminal behavior.
81. 5G phones / communications 5G phones are the next generation of smartphones. They could offer ultra-fast download speeds, artificial intelligence, low power consumption, 3D displays and pervasive access, enabling the user to connect to multiple wireless networks simultaneously.
82. 6G phones / communications One vision for 6G phones is that they will integrate communications systems with users’ bodies to connect them to the internet wherever they are.
123. Computational overhang This is the idea that AGI could develop to such an extent that futures AIs could make far more efficient and optimal use of existing computational power than current algorithms. This could lead to a massive explosion of AIs which could eventually overtake the number of humans on the planet.
173. NBIC Convergence The accelerating pace of development and convergence of advances in nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology (especially AI) and cognitive science (NBIC) is giving rise to an era of potentially transformational and highly disruptive developments such as super-smart materials with memory, engineering of new life forms and radical enhancement of the human brain and body.