What has been seen only in the science fiction movies where contact lens used as virtual tools connected to the cyberspace would become a reality in the next decade as the world enters into the fourth wave of generational revolution.
Dr Michio Kaku, world-renowned theoretical physicist and best-selling author of Physics of the Future, reiterated this forecast before a mesmerised audience in his talk recently at the QITCOM 2012 as he described the next generation as a combination of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and biotechnology.
“The future of computer is to disappear. It becomes a wall, a floor and a ceiling,” Dr Kaku said explaining that by 2020, computer chips may just cost a penny scattered around the world.” Computers can be everywhere and nowhere,” he added.
These realities in the coming century are the aftermath of the what he called the “third wave” generation at the peak of an advancing technology in relation to the global financial crash in 2008. Dr Kaku earlier outlined the historical events that unfold before these two recent generational waves of change which started with the industrial revolution in 1880 followed by the invention of electricity in 1929.
He cited the “Internet on the contact lens” as the cyberspace will become a magic mirror that will recognise faces and display the biographical profile of a new acquaintance that will “change your love life.”
Dr Kaku explained that such technological advances will no longer give a problem to college students who don’t have a date on Friday night by just merely turning to his wall and say “wall, who is available tonight?”. And the wall will contact all the other people who are also staring at their walls and set up a date.
He forecasted further about the future of living rooms where one can just glance all sides 360 degrees that becomes intelligent wallpaper and give the user voice-activated Internet access.
Computers in the office will just be disposable scrap which has no identity of its own while cars of the future will be driverless using only GPS, radars and chips to lead motorists to their destinations. “At the office, you could scribble on an electronic pad, then throw it away. Your scribble would then become a file and follow you down the hallway, he said. Everything would be metered in a “cloud,” he said. The next generation will be the age of “perfect capitalism” when consumers know everything they want to buy perfectly suited to their needs that it would shift from mass production to mass customisation.
Smart pills would also become a breakthrough in medical sciences when “smart pills” have embedded with a camera and nano particles with the size of molecukes that once it would be swallowed and go through the inner parts of the body can locate and kill cancer cells in lab experiments.
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