In this blog, I’m turning my attention to Dr. Robert Goldman’s future predictions on NANOBOTS
Nanobots (miniaturized robots as small as an atom or electron) could become commonplace and in the future, may even integrate with our brain matter allowing us to merge with computers and the ‘Cloud’ for a ‘Singularity’ or merging of our minds with machines & computers.
Nanotechnology (“nanotech”) is manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale.
The earliest, widespread description of nanotechnology referred to the particular technological goal of precisely manipulating atoms and molecules for fabrication of macroscale products, also now referred to as molecular nanotechnology which is the manipulation of matter with at least one dimension sized from 1 to 100 nanometers and such technologies deal with the special properties of matter which occur below the given size threshold potential applications (including industrial and military). Governments have invested billions of dollars in nanotechnology research and can be as diverse as surface science, organic chemistry, molecular biology, semiconductor physics, microfabrication, molecular engineering, etc. The associated research and applications are equally diverse, ranging from extensions of conventional device physics to completely new approaches based upon molecular self-assembly, from developing new materials with dimensions on the nanoscale, to direct control of matter on the atomic scale. Nanotechnology may be able to create many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications, such as in nanomedicine, nanoelectronics, biomaterials energy production, and consumer products. On the other hand, nanotechnology raises many of the same issues as any new technology, including concerns about the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials, and their potential effects on global economics, as well as speculation about various doomsday scenarios. These concerns have led to a debate among advocacy groups and governments on whether special regulation of nanotechnology is warranted.
So with nanocircuitry, we may be able to live, basically, in a virtual world — Matrix style….and perhaps even Reincarnate deceased ones virtually and be able to “bring back” those lost through artificial intelligence states some scientists. By the 2030s perhaps we send nanobots into people’s brains to extract memories of loved ones. Augment that with a DNA sampling of the deceased, and it may be possible to create a convincing virtual version of somebody who’s passed on. This progress is so profound, that within 30 years, computational power of artificial intelligence will be a billion times that of human intelligence, allowing us to upload our minds and maybe even our very souls to a computer, leading to a form of connective ‘Singularity’, a term created by Google scientist Ray Kurzweil. Even Stephen Hawking thinks it’s possible; “I think the brain is like a program in the mind, which is like a computer, so it’s theoretically possible to copy the brain onto a computer and so provide a form of life after death,” the physicist said.
This may, in fact, lead to virtual bodies like the wild video games and Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) devices we seeing exploding on the scene.
I know all of this sounds rather far-fetched! However, you only have to go back to watch some of the old episodes of tomorrows world to see that we’ve always been looking to break new boundaries in science and technology, and the rate in which we have broken these boundaries is forever increasing in pace. Therefore, things that we predicted would be within realisation within the next 30 years are now often coming into realisation within 30months! It’s not that hard to believe (having watched a number of recent Sci-fi films) that they are really not that far-fetched!
My question for you today is: Are you stuck in the present? How many times have you asked for answers to today’s problems? The simple fact is, you can work those out for yourself. The fact that you’re here at all today is because you’ve got a proven track record of X years of getting by and working it out for yourself. No, my question is: Are you thinking BIG enough? Are you thinking FAR enough into the future that ONCE you have discovered the answer you have a bigger impact than you do right now?
In some of the more forward thinking colleges, schools and Academies we are seeing local business owners integrate with the pupils to advise and share with them the problems they envisage having in the next 3, 4, 5 years time! They are looking towards their future business plans and opportunities and posing the questions they don’t yet know the answer to as it hasn’t happened yet. This modern take on problem-solving is giving the youth of today (the leaders of tomorrow) the opportunity to think, test, determine, create solutions READY for when the problem arises, and with the knowledge, background, experience, and confidence to make a real difference in the future business.
Forward thinking isn’t just about covering your brake as you approach a set of traffic lights. It’s about looking to the future, both within our own communities and outside, within our own industry and beyond, within our own country and beyond, and saying: What can I do NOW that will make a HUGE impact THEN?