Accelerated Living

September 7, 2001 | Source: PC Magazine

“Imagine a Web, circa 2030, that will offer a panoply of virtual environments incorporating all of our senses, and in which there will be no clear distinction between real and simulated people.” That’s part of Ray Kurzweil’s imaginative view of the future in PC Magazine’s special “20th Anniversary of PCs” issue.
Among Kurzweil’s other forecasts for the next 30 years:

  • Miniaturized displays on our eyeglasses will provide speech-to-speech translation and very-high-resolution images written directly to our retinas from our eyeglasses and contact lenses.
  • This will spur the next paradigm shift: highly realistic, 3-D, visual-auditory virtual reality.
  • Noninvasive nanobots will work with the neurotransmitters in our brains to vastly extend our mental capabilities.
  • Computation will be everywhere, yet it will appear to disappear as it becomes embedded in everything from our clothing and eyeglasses to our bodies and brains.
  • Medical diagnosis will routinely use computerized devices that travel in our bodies
  • People will beam their entire flow of sensory experiences and, if desired, their emotions, the same way that people broadcast their lives today using Webcams.