As the mobile phone industry giants compete for the best groundbreaking technology, influential industry leaders believe that the next step for phones is to have them implanted in our brains. The finding was based on a survey by the World Economic Forum regarding transforming the global society conducted to the world’s most powerful leaders.
“Now comes the second Machine Age,” said director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy at the Sloan School of Management, Erik Brynjolfsson. “Computers and other digital advances are doing for mental power — the ability to use our brains to understand and shape our environments — what the steam engine and its descendants did for muscle power.”
The survey also includes artificial intelligence, 3D printing and new Internet-connected devices. Apart from that, this may also have implications in the medical field.
Currently, pacemakers and cochlear implants are common so it is probable that future devices will allow patients to connect to their phones and help them monitor their glucose levels if they are diabetic patients. Some future gadgets could probably track activity levels for patients on heart monitors and it may even start sending out alerts that notifies health professionals about the diseases identified from the user.
However, some think that this may be nuisance despite the possible benefits it may bring. Some think that the government will have more tools to spy on them and invade their privacy. Others say that this will basically change how people communicate with one another.
One more prediction is that one out of every 10 cars in the US will be driverless, causing fewer accidents, by 2026. Audi and Google are already testing such cars and other companies are starting to follow their lead.
The elderly and people with disabilities will greatly benefit from these cars. Nevertheless, this technology will leave drivers unemployed and the risk of hacking is also high. Still, Google remains undeterred and will market driverless car in 2020. In relation to this, Nevada has announced that it will permit the use of autonomous vehicles in 2012, making it the first US state to achieve such feat.
Clearly, innovation poses risks but advancement is inevitable. Besides, experts say that mass production and making new technology available to the public is just a few years away.