Emerging Computer Technology

10 Emerging Technologies

Of the numerous technologies now in gestation at companies and universities, we have chosen 10 that we think will make particularly big splashes. They range from bacterial factories to silicon photonics to quantum wires and any one of them could change your world.

Quantum Wires

Of the numerous technologies now in gestation at companies and universities, we have chosen 10 that we think will make particularly big splashes. They're raw, but they'll transform the Internet, computing, medicine, energy, nanotechnology, and more.

Airborne Networks
AVIATION An Internet in the sky could let planes fly safely without ground controllers. By David Talbot

Of the numerous technologies now in gestation at companies and universities, we have chosen 10 that we think will make particularly big splashes. They're raw, but they'll transform the Internet, computing, medicine, energy, nanotechnology, and more.

The technology that underpins the air traffic control system hasn't changed much in a half-century. Planes still depend on elaborate ground-based radar systems, plus thousands of people who watch blips on screens and issue verbal instructions, for takeoffs, landings, and course changes. The system is expensive, hard to scale up, and prone to delays when storms strike.

An entirely different approach is possible. Each plane could continually transmit its identity, precise location, speed, and heading to other planes in the sky via an airborne network. Software would then take over, coördinating the system by issuing instructions to pilots on how to stay separated, optimize routes, avoid bad weather, and execute precise landings in poor visibility.


In the near term, such technology could save travelers time and might reduce fuel consumption. Long term, it could revolutionize air travel by enabling more planes to fill the sky without the addition of infrastructure and staff. Vastly greater numbers of small planes could zip in and out of thousands of small airfields (there are 5, 400 in the U.S. alone), even those with no radar at all. "The biggest holdback to the number of airplanes that can be in the sky is that air traffic controllers are separating aircraft by hand, " says Sally Johnson, an aerospace engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center. "Until you get away from that paradigm, we are at the limits of what you can do."

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Increase in Knowledge/New Technologies

by oldhaymaker3

7. Increase in Knowledge/New Technologies
Studies have suggested that the amount of human knowledge is doubling every 8 years. Some of the technologies that are emerging will no doubt have a role to play in Bible Prophecy.
Revelation 13 describes a mark, in the right hand or forehead that will act as not only a form of allegiance or worship, but enable people to buy or sell items - in fact you can't conduct commerce without it. When you hear comments by the head of MasterCard that microchip implants under the skin could be used for commerce - you can't help but see the path we are on

What do you think about Google Glass?

by ekwity_gone_gone

From the Personal Computer, to the Laptop, to the Smartphone, to the Tablet, to the "SmartGlasses."
It's possible that cellphones/smartphones will be obsolete in about a decade.
When you think about this emerging technology, there a many professions that could benefit from the use of this 'heads-up-display' tech. Doctors performing surgery, police officers, lawyers, engineers, programmers, etc. I'm sure there are many more.
I see that Google is already seeking additional patents with this device. Most popular is the virtual keyboard, and a phone dialing projection in the palm of your hand

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