Five predictions about our virtual future

Michio Kaku tends to be a bit pie in the sky, but his views are always interesting.

LAVREB Laboratory of Virtual Reality and Economic Behavior


A Scientist Predicts the Future

When making predictions, I have two criteria: the laws of physics must be obeyed and prototypes must exist that demonstrate “proof of principle.” I’ve interviewed more than 300 of the world’s top scientists, and many allowed me into laboratories where they are inventing the future. Their accomplishments and dreams are eye-opening. From my conversations with them, here’s a glimpse of what to expect in the coming decades: 1. Computers Will Disappear. According to Moore’s Law, computer power doubles every 18 months. That means in a decade or so, chips will cost about a penny, the cost of scrap paper. Computers as we now know them will disappear; they will be everywhere and nowhere, ubiquitous yet hidden, just like electricity and running water. The cloud will follow us silently and seamlessly, carrying out our wishes anytime, anywhere. 2. Augmented Reality Will Be Everyday Reality. Remember the…

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2 thoughts on “Five predictions about our virtual future

  1. Interesting, even with a hint of “pie in the sky[ness]”, but overall I have to agree with “the importance of science and science education”, with the often stated caveat of teaching our children *how* to think rather than *what* to think. Oh, and don’t miss predictions 6-10 on page 2.


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