Predictions

What if we all put our heads together and thought about possibilities, things that could happen but haven’t yet. In mapping out the future, let’s lump it into three more manageable categories: Near-Term (10-30 years), Medium-Term (30-100 years), and Long-Term (100-1000 years).

Near-Term would include possible extensions of existing processes and/or technologies.

Medium-Term would include possible extensions of Near-Term processes and/or technologies.

Long-Term would include possible extensions of Medium-Term processes and/or technologies.

I will start this out, but you all are invited to join by submitting comments to this post. Add your predictions to the comments. Try to detail what it will do and/or what impact it will have on us. You don’t need to detail how it would be implemented or invented. I will add more predictions via future posts, just to keep the ball rolling. Here’s my first prediction:

Prediction #1 (Near-Term)

There will be VR (Virtual Reality) bodysuits with tactile points remotely correlated to touch points on a VR glove and mediated by VR goggles projecting a virtual representation of the world, oneself, another living being, etc. The VR platform will tie together a digital representation of the senses of seeing, hearing, and touch. It will allow people to reach out with their VR gloves and touch someone they see through his VR goggles, and to feel the pressure, shape, and heat of the touch via the tactile points on the VR bodysuit. The VR bodysuit will have an embedded dense network of nodes capable of receiving digitally conveyed tactile sensations and reproducing them on the physical skin touching that node. The VR bodysuit will cover the entire body and be form fitting over all appendages. The suit itself will be breathable and weigh hardly anything.

Remote digitization of the senses of taste and smell will probably be introduced to the VR platform later.

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2 responses to “Predictions

  1. I like the post, but I would like to point out two things.
    1. Regarding the VR suit – we’re almost there. We already have VR goggles (at commercial prices, even), that with gloves can interact with the virtual environment.Whole suits are technologically within reach, like those used for CGI in movies, so I don’t doubt that these already exist outside of commercial reach (research, military, etc.) Tactile feedback is already possible, between haptic feedback that has been around for years, and a suit that would just have to “lock up” to prohibit forward motion is not a stretch.

    2. Most futurists consider “near future” to be about 5 years, and “medium” to be about 10. Most cannot imagine what technological advancements we’ll have beyond that. The IPhone is only 10 years old, commercial tablets (e.g. iPads), even less, and smart watches, that allow you to communicate like Dick Tracy are a $150 commodity. We’ve come so far in just 10 years, and our technological acceleration rate is constantly growing!

    Cheers,
    Assaf

  2. Thanks, Assaf, for your well thought and well-spoken opinion. I would hope it didn’t come across that I was predicting VR gloves and goggles. I know they’ve been around for some time. I was only predicting the VR bodysuit to tie those 3 into a much more involving platform. As for the time span of the 3 terms, although I think the assignments are rather arbitrary, I accept your assignments, especially since technological generations appear to be more and more compressed. The framework I wanted to propose was that near-term is an extension of present availability, medium-term would be an extension of near-term, and long-term would be an extension of medium-term. This allows people to think of an architected future rather than a monolithic future.

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