Smart Dust And Ratbots In Our Future
from the I-just-can't-wait dept
For the aspiring science fiction writers out there who need some ideas on technologies coming down the road, take a look at the new predictions from IDC about nine technologies that have the potential to change lives, but which are still off the radar screens of most technology research firms. Of course, there’s a good reason why most of these technologies are off the radar screen – they’re mostly a long way off. The list of nine is: smart dust, lily pads, ratbots, nanotubes, nanomachines, quantum computing, plastic transistors, the semantic web and grid computing. Some of these have been talked about for a long time, and are still in the very early stages. I’m not sure that things like the semantic web and grid computing are really “off the radar” either. They seem like the type of things that certainly do have the potential to change lives, but which also have been hyped up quite a bit.