Wow! Another year gone by and a new one just beginning. New opportunities and new challenges to explore. What might the future bring?
In my lifetime, I’ve seen hundreds of transformations. Phone service that has evolved from party lines (twenty or so people on the same phone line) to cell phones that connect me to anyone almost anywhere in the world.
I’ve seen satellite communication evolve from Sputnik (hey, beeps are communication), to Telstar to world-wide satellite networks.
Computers, in the form of my smart phone, that can do almost anything my laptop can do.
Robots (which are a work in progress) that can take my order, make the hamburger and deliver it in short order. I don’t even have to talk to a clerk unless I want to. At the moment, they are ideal “employees”. No coming in late to work, getting sick, taking vacations and no hourly schedules to make up. Just wait until AI catches up, though. Today, low wage employees, tomorrow middle managers and then CEO’s!
If we take AI to the extreme, in order to go into space for an extended period of time, we may even develop the ability to put human consciousness in a robot/android body. In many ways it makes more sense than hibernation or generational ships. If the long-term goal is colonization the DNA of animals, humans and plants could be store more efficiently until a suitable planet is found. By then, the technology to turn DNA back into its original form might be possible. Just a thought.
Warp drive might also become a reality with crews made up of humans and androids. That kind of crew could create a balance between intuitive judgment and programmed responses.
3D printers may evolve to an industrial level with the technology to build an entire fifty-story sky scraper.
Vertical farms, which can feed an entire city from a central location, may also become a reality. Vertical farms are not impacted by changes in weather, making it possible to grow almost any kind of crop year-round.
Nicola Tesla was experimenting with the idea of broadcasting electricity through radio waves. No wires and no infrastructure. His financial backers refused to fund the idea because they didn’t see how they could make a profit. With developments in computer technology it might be possible to “tune-in” to the Earth’s frequency and convert Terawatts to a level a home or even an electric car can use (no batteries.) The receivers could be licensed in the same way radio and TV receivers are licensed in England. Just a thought.
The fun in writing science fiction is exploring ideas and the “what if” of human social and technical development. In fiction, there is no real limit to the possibilities. Even current prejudices can be explored in a future world where there is no war or hunger. Would everyone be treated equally?
Where do ideas come from? Everywhere!
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