Predictions from IEEE Spectrum on what they hope will be achieved in the coming 50 years.
Special Report: The Future We Deserve
We don’t know precisely what the next 50 years will bring. But we have an excellent idea of what will be possible, and we know what we hope will happen. So here are scenarios for some of the most promising of today’s technologies. If they develop along the lines we describe, we’ll get
the future we deserve.
We Will End Disability by Becoming Cyborgs
Neural interfaces and prosthetics will do away with biology’s failings
Robots Will Pave the Way to Mars
Technologies that exploit space resources will finally open up the
solar system to human exploration
Make Your Own World with Programmable Matter
People will conjure objects as easily as we now play music or movies
Wearable Computers Will Transform Language
Smart clothes and accessories will let us share thoughts and sensations as well as words
So, Where Are My Robot Servants?
Tomorrow’s robots will become true helpers and companions in
people’s homes—and here’s what it will take to develop them