#1 Posted by Seastalk (123 posts) -

What technological advances do you want to see within the next ten years?

Do you want to see new forms of renewable energy?

A wider use of steam-cells in restorative/rehabilitative medicine?

Or maybe hydrogen fuel cells/or something similar in your everyday electronic devices?

#2 Posted by JustKamToo (662 posts) -

Holographic porn. Porn always seem to lead the way in technology these days.

#3 Posted by Kidavenger (3511 posts) -

Improved battery tech, mostly for residential solar power storage, but also for smartphones and electric automobiles. So much technology relies on batteries, it's kind of strange that battery tech is so primitive.

#4 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (2571 posts) -

In ten years...nothing of any substance. Maybe a few research projects that show the way towards better ideas or efficiencies with what we already know, but there will be zero progress towards implementation. In twenty years is when you will see progress and mostly because in 15 years it will be UNAVOIDABLE to not see petroleum based energy going through the roof in price, changes in ecology/arable land due to climate change, and the fruition of China as a super power. Energy changes, climate changes, and political changes will spur innovation in the western democracies and in the eastern Hegemony of China.

#5 Posted by Management (596 posts) -

Fusion power.

#6 Posted by PenguinDust (12453 posts) -

Flying cars. Robot hookers. The three shells.

#7 Posted by Jimi (1126 posts) -

Improved battery technology.

The rise of electric cars out of necessity.

Holographic displays/UI (This is probably a bit further off, but I want my minority report UI!)

Hoverboards.

#8 Posted by PillClinton (3290 posts) -

Astroid-sourced minerals, fusion power, better rockets for travel further out into the solar system, more substantial proliferation of stem cell research, wearable computing, more focus on free higher education for all using the power of the internet (already happening).

#9 Posted by GetEveryone (4455 posts) -

@Kidavenger said:

Improved battery tech, mostly for residential solar power storage, but also for smartphones and electric automobiles. So much technology relies on batteries, it's kind of strange that battery tech is so primitive.

Funny you should say that...

I'm fairly sure there was another article just a few days ago about another breakthrough....

#10 Posted by crusader8463 (14414 posts) -

Better Fleshlights and other sexual devices. The world is going to shit no matter what we do. Might as well have some fun while it all burns around us.

#11 Posted by Liquidus (946 posts) -

@JustKamToo said:

Holographic porn. Porn always seem to lead the way in technology these days.

You know, as weird as it is, you're probably right.

#12 Posted by SmilingPig (1337 posts) -

Organ regen tech and afreaking cure for baldness.

#13 Posted by Neferon (262 posts) -

@GetEveryone said:

@Kidavenger said:

Improved battery tech, mostly for residential solar power storage, but also for smartphones and electric automobiles. So much technology relies on batteries, it's kind of strange that battery tech is so primitive.

Funny you should say that...

I'm fairly sure there was another article just a few days ago about another breakthrough....

Isn't it every other month that they say this and then figure out that it's either not possible after all or would make batteries cost a silly amount of money?

Also, Hovercats!

#14 Posted by Marz (5643 posts) -

we'll probably start seeing nano machines and nano transistors coming into our lives.. early versions of applicable uses.. 

#15 Posted by CptChiken (1987 posts) -

I would very much like to see us get away from fossil fuels, though i doubt its going to happen.

I think i saw somewhere that honda are selling a hydrogen powered car, but ive never heard of it since then.

#16 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4930 posts) -

Ghost In The Shell. Make it a reality, smart people!

#17 Posted by theguy (796 posts) -

I recently say a talk about how MIT used viruses to develop biological batteries and solar cells. That would be cool to see if it can be done efficiently.

#18 Posted by Dagbiker (6939 posts) -

I hope to see chips implanted into the brain that wirelessly control robotic limbs. Not for any one who just wants to get their limbs replaced but for people who lose them and need replacements.

#19 Posted by Unilad (555 posts) -

I'm not sure...but I bet they'll still be Call of Duty.

#20 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

I want small unobtrusive pads that make things float. This would be the single most useful technological innovation since the wheel.

#21 Posted by Natesaint (148 posts) -

Stem cell advancement would be nice. I would like to see the church having less influence in politics also as they stagnant our progress as a species. Politicians stagnant also, but they go where the money is.

We should also focus on space exploration. Colonies on the moon and Mars and perhaps something on Vesta. I know NASA and America are in the gutter now, but we need to join with Russia and China to move forward. It's just where we are at. We have a lot of people out of work from their "dumb factory jobs" and such, but perhaps there is a way for private corporations to create plants building materials for space exploration. Virgin Galactic and the like can also work with countries to advance our place in this small corner of the universe. We have to large of a population to think as small as we often do.

#22 Posted by gamefreak9 (2344 posts) -

Probably space colonies! If they can be self sustainable then no more overpopulation whining.

#23 Posted by Pezen (1562 posts) -

I want to see the how they further the metamaterials that may eventually lead to cloaking technology. I want to see how much more we get ourselves integrated to the internet. I want to see if the Planetary Resources venture leads to anything interesting. I want to see the results of Qualcomm Tricorder the X Prize competition and what that technology might eventually lead to. I want to to see the further advances in robotics and AI. I want to see if we ever get away from camera gestures, mouse and keyboard into direct control by the brain when we're computing, and perhaps more than simply moving things around I would be curious to see if they could adopt that technology to eventually let you freely write with it. Imagine thinking a line of text and not having to type it out. I also want to see the further advances in 3D printers, that may eventually lead to the idea of a "replicator" type of product.

Also, give me the goddamn holodeck already.

#24 Posted by believer258 (11663 posts) -

I'd be happy with faster internet. Like, 100Mbps for everyone.

But I'd take half that. Yeah, I'd be fine with 50Mbps for everyone. Also:

@AlexanderSheen said:

Ghost In The Shell. Make it a reality, smart people!

It's been a really long time, so I don't remember if this is true or not, but wasn't Ghost in the Shell in a dystopian, 1984 ish setting? If so, I want the cool without the drool. New robot bodies for everyone! Provided it doesn't tie us down to lifetime work with one company and an utter lack of privacy.

#25 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4930 posts) -

@believer258: It's more like Deus Ex: Human Revolution, because of the implants/enhancements and the lack of Big Brother.