Friday 5 September 2008 4.25pm
Do you think we'll see as many life-changing inventions as in the past 100 years?
In fact, probably even more. Throughout history, technology has been progressing at an exponential rate. Look at Moore's Law
for example which has consistently shown a doubling of computer power every 2 years. By the 2050's the combination of processing power, advanced AI, lifelike graphics and superfast net speeds will start to produce entities which are almost scarily humanlike. The Internet will evolve into a series of 3-D environments where you can interact with these "virtual employees" to buy products, or obtain advice and other services.
In 100 years and beyond, these computers might be so powerful that they could actually replicate a human brain, with an artificial body created through nanotechnology.
There will be major advances in biotechnology, genetics, medicine, etc... human lifespans will increase dramatically. Perhaps we'll even find a way of halting the ageing process altogether.
However, this will happen in parallel with catastrophic climate change, and most of humanity's efforts will need to be geared towards green technologies, energy efficiency, etc. to avoid a major crisis.