As we progress into the dawn of 2017, the human race gives itself a pat on its back, relishing in the achievements of technological advancement we only read in books or watched in movies. In retrospect of our adaptability and our perseverance to push past the boundaries of innovation, we have transformed a cluttered workspace into a minimalistic effective workspace.
You might have probably watched the video of the ‘Evolution of our desk’ by Harvard Innovation Lab depicting the historical changes in relation to our office desks from the 1980s until 2015.
You can watch the video here, if you haven’t.
In just a mere two decades, we have taken most office desktop appliances and turned it into mobile software, revolutionising our work place from the two comparison pictures seen above. The advent of Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality conjures a new frontier of possibilities. 4 years ago, self-driving vehicles was merely a fictional afterthought. Today, Uber is toying with the idea of monthly subscriptions for autonomous cars - in where car ownership can take a backseat - especially suited for millennials
We ultimately can only play catchup with the future as technology is only created by today’s technology that is made available to us. Within the restrictions of our current limitations, our current work desk ( Or ‘play’ desk ) have been undone. From that clean zen-like minimalistic infrastructure, we’ve cluttered and sophisticated our desks with a maze of gadgets.
via The Verge
So the question begs.
Will there be that one gadget to rule them all? One gadget to bring them all; and in the dark-future, bind them?
Before this conundrum can be answered, another equation remains half-solved.
The Wireless Equation
We have successfully unlocked the first half of the wireless code - effortlessly transferring information wirelessly, and better yet, storing them in a virtual cloud. The implementation of the upcoming satellite wireless technology will complete the first half of the wireless equation.
The second part of the code remain in its adolescence; and for a very good reason.
Enter Wireless Power - the second part of the unsolved equation.
Truth be told, we aren’t complete strangers with wireless power. Instances of wireless power have been implemented in today’s infrastructure e.g. access cards, close-proximity wireless charging etc. but these implementations are only a handful and limited in terms of practicality for end users. Take wireless charging for example. Wireless charging requires touch-proximity for the phone to effectively charge. It goes the same for access cards requiring to be somewhat in contact with the panel.
Question as to why wireless energy has plateaued, come in a myriad of limitations. For one, line of sight is required where if an obstacle should be in between the source and receiving end, it would be rendered ineffective. Also, its effects on the human body can be detrimental in the long run. Bottom line is, we’re nowhere near the point of breakthrough at this time for wireless power. At least not for daily general end-consumer implementation.
He who cracks this other half of the wireless conundrum, will and deserve to make it into the Forbes 400.
Power to the Nano
Let’s just say, for the sake of this discussion; we’ve completed the entire equation, we return to the billion dollar question. What will be this new grand tech to rule them all?
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(Wireless Information Transfer) (Wireless Power Transfer)
Nanotech has been the rave back in the early millennium where venture capitalists were racing to invest in startups with anything close to ‘nano’ in their name. And then silence. Of course, the nanotech industry isn’t growing at an accelerated rate as most frustrated investors would have hoped for from it. But like every healthy mature industry today, they grew slowly. Nanotech applications have been subtly contributing to everyday living. The nanotech applications for e.g. help create better air quality, cleaner water, space exploration, advancement in nuclear energy etc.
These practical applications are considered mild compared to the vast potential nanotech has yet to offer.
Nano-bots are the answer.
Transcendence (2014), starring Johnny Depp, played as a supercomputer in this deep dark sci-fi story that will make you think twice about living in that future. The terrifying and incredible potential applications of what nano robotics have in store for us in the not-so-near future are the answers to our world’s ever-compounding issues.
Solving the wireless puzzle would be key to entering the nano-robotic era.
As and when, wireless power is available, we can and will be able transfer of energy wirelessly to these nano-bots for daily tasks.
The possibilities are limitless:-
- Nano-robots can be programmed to create more copies of themselves. They too can be made to destroy themselves, making them the ultimate transformative hardware out there to exist.
- Forget 3D printing. Forget cranes. These little things are capable of building anything from nothing. Reduced costs in construction with nano-bots would create better homes and increase in the standard of living worldwide.
- Millions of nano-bots in the air, unseen to the naked eye working tirelessly to remove harmful particles in the air.
- Cancer will be irrelevant. Nano-bots dwell in our blood streams to fight off any strain of diseases.
- Nano-bots to increase our life-span three times over.
- Turning our Iphones into a nano-pool hub where we can create any types of vehicle with the only a simple tap of our phones. Imagine LEGO, only better, and faster.
- Nano-robots could give more accurate readings
Nano-bots could be could be this future tech for the foreseeable future UNTIL man figures how to bend space and time OR create something faster than light.
Nano-robotics combined with the daunting maturity of Artificial Intelligence would be the epitome of human achievement. Although doomsayers would protest otherwise, but there’s no stopping the march of these nano-bots in the dawn of the new era.
Therefore, the questions still stands.
Will there be that one gadget to rule them all?
Yes there will. Imagine a device that stores a pool of nano-robots where it ejects into the air whenever you key in a type of tech you want made available to you perhaps through a one time payment or a subscription. It then proceeds to form the selected gadget in front of your eyes in no less five seconds - be it a laptop, a VR goggle, a rideable or even a drone. And when you’re done using the formed gadget, you can then command it to relay information to your nano-bots to disintegrate from the gadget. Witness the device dissolve into nothing before our very eyes and whatever remaining nano-bots which survived the disintegration will return to the pool. Nano-bots that are left remaining in the pool will then proceed to re-create copies of themselves until the pool is full.
Welcome to the future.