How will technology and science advance in the next thousand years?
How will technology and science advance in the next thousand years? “'Wonderful!' he breathed, almost reverently. 'Some of it seemed - well, realer than real!' Then his engineer's curiosity, never far from the surface, started nagging him. 'Even that short demo must have contained an enormous amount of information. How's it stored?' 'In these tablets - the same your audio-visual system uses, but with much greater capacity.' The Brainman handed Poole a small square, apparently made of glass, silvered on one surface; it was almost the same size as the computer diskettes of his youth, but twice the thickness. As Poole tilted it back and forth, trying to see into its transparent interior, there were occasional rainbow-hued flashes, but that was all. He was holding, he realized, the end product of more than a thousand years of electro-optical technology - as well as other technologies unborn in his era. And it was not surprising that, superficially, it resembled closely the devices he had known. There was a convenient shape and size for most of the common objects of everyday life -knives and forks, books, hand-tools, furniture... and removable memories for computers. 'What's its capacity?' he asked. 'In my time, we were up to a terabyte in something this size. I'm sure you've done a lot better.' 'Not as much as you might imagine - there's a limit, of course, set by the structure of matter. By the way, what was a terabyte? Afraid I've forgotten.' 'Shame on you! Kilo, mega, giga, tera... that's ten to the twelfth bytes. Then the petabyte - ten to the fifteenth - that's as far as I ever got.' 'That's about where we start. It's enough to record everything any person can experience during one lifetime.' It was an astonishing thought, yet it should not have been so surprising. The kilogram of jelly inside the human skull was not much larger than the tablet Poole was holding in his hand, and it could not possibly be as efficient a storage device - it had so many other duties to deal with. 'And that's not all,' the Brainman continued. 'With some data compression, it could store not only the memories - but the actual person.' 'And reproduce them again?' 'Of course; straightforward job of nanoassembly.' So I'd heard, Poole told himself - but I never really believed it. Back in his century, it seemed wonderful enough that the entire lifework of a great artist could be stored on a single small disk. And now, something no larger could hold - the artist as well.” – 3001: A Final Odyssey, Page 17, Arthur C. Clarke With this extract in mind, here are my questions: 1.Will it be possible, at least physically, to store the entire data content of the human brain into some form of medium (like a hard-drive)? Give your views on this matter. 2.Will it be possible, in the future, to create a sort of “Braincap” that can connect to the person’s skull and put the person into a virtual simulation, almost dream-like? What will be required to make this a reality? 3.Will it be possible to store an “actual person”? What was meant by nanoassembly and reproducing the person? So does it mean you could make a “copy” of a human being and store it in a hard-drive, ready to play back every one of the memories and experiences the person had during his life. This is a very ambigous implication. Either you can literally copy a person's brain and store it in a hard-drive, where the person will be both conscious and senstive to outputs from the outside world, or be placed in a virtual simulation, or the person's MEMORIES are stored in a hard-drive that is optomized for audio-visual data only - meaning that you can play all the memories back in relative time, on an LCD screen, just like watching a DVD or video file.
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Nothing much will change!!!
Answered By: Wilhelmina A - 9/9/2009
You can"t just imagine !
Answered By: krk - 9/9/2009
Probably human race will not survive more than 500 years, So there will not be any tecnology or science.
Answered By: Alwin - 9/9/2009
Technology is in an upward logarithmic spiral and will likely not go beyond the next 300 to 400 years.
Answered By: Billy Butthead - 9/9/2009
People twenty years ago didn't see the iPhone coming, so I sincerely doubt we'll predict where technology will be in a THOUSAND years.
Answered By: Chris P - 9/9/2009
If technology does not mirror the soul, or spirit, then the upward trend of technology will eventually destroy us....which is more than apparent to this day... More
Answered By: demondoppel - 9/9/2009
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