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Biomedical

Biomedical

Transhumanism is a biomedical goal to fundamentally transform the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.

This is achieved though Cybernetics, Genetic Engineering, Life Extension, Medicine and Stem Cell Treatments.

Computing

Computing

The effect computers have had on the world is unquestionably great, however with their capabilities increasing exponentially we are living in a time where, with the development of quantum computing, their effects on us has barely scratched the surface of what is to come.

Artificial intelligence, Augmented Reality, Holography, Quantum Computing and Virtual Reality are all around the corner.

Energy

Energy

As the planet’s resources are rapidly depleting, perhaps the area of most intense global interest at the moment is finding alternate methods of producing energy and efficiently feeding our populations.

Some of these methods include Artificial Photosynthesis, Biofuels, Fusion Power, Genetically Modified Food, Solar Power, Vertical Farming and Wireless Energy Transfer.

Leisure

Leisure

Consumer goods, with the help of emerging technologies, are changing our day to day lives at an increasingly rapid pace. From the internet to mobile phones and 3D printing, the past 30 years has changed the way we live.

The next 30 years includes Holographic Displays, Immersive Gaming, Smart Clothing, Virtual Reality and Wearable Computing.

Military

Military

Although military may not seem the most constructive of tech focuses, it often has the budget to pioneer new technologies which are refined and used commercially later; for example electronic computers, satellite technology or the internet.

Current military interest includes Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Hypersonic Aircraft, Particle Beam Weapons & Stealth Technology.

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology

One of the most exciting progressions of the 21st century so far is our ability to create on a nano scale – allowing us to produce new materials that have never been seen before, and build machines so small that they can even carry out tasks within our blood stream.

Nanotechnology has created new fields of interest within Biotechnology, Computing, Energy and Medicine.

Physics

Physics

Although some people may find physics to be the dull cousin of technology, it is only through the understanding of physics that many of our technologies and understandings of the universe are possible – it is the language to describe and therefore can create our reality, and is incredibly exciting for people who take the time to understand it, as it is the key which can open new doors for our future.

Robotics

Robotics

A very tangible physical embodiment of technology for humans is robotics; we can relate and interact physically with robots and in the future develop relationships with them.

Also as artificial intelligence evolves alongside human intelligence, there will be a time where this technology will increasingly find the need to embody itself in the physical world through robotics.

Space

Space

The final frontier.

The exploration of space holds endless possible discoveries – however one which we may be on the brink of observing which will change the world and the way we think about ourselves as human beings, is the discovery of life on other planets (or moons, such as Jupiter’s Europa or Saturn’s Enceladus, as it may turn out.)

Transport

Transport

Driverless Cars, Jetpacks, Magnetic Levitation, Space Elevators, Fusion Rockets and Teleportation – all areas of intense interest and each offering huge potential for the development of civilisation.

Transport is a practical constraint which touches people daily, which is why future developments could change our lives and the world’s economies on the whole.

Predictions

Predictions

Technology futurists make extrapolations on scientific progress – for example it is predicted that quantum computing will become commercially viable around 2020, based on current advances in technology and projected milestones. This is turn will facilitate breakthroughs in medicine by enabling an accurate virtual model of chemical reactions – thus building an ever-growing web of forecasts.

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Quantum Teleportation Breakthrough Sets Distance Record Of 100 Kilometers

This is not the same as “classical” teleportation akin to Star Trek. Just to get that out of the way nice and early.

Scientists say they have set a new distance record for quantum teleportation, which could be important in terms of quantum computing, but probably less so in beaming yourself to a spacecraft. So, what is quantum teleportation? Let’s take a look.

The term “teleportation” is admittedly a bit of a misnomer, although it is the term used by scientists. Quantum teleportation is basically the transfer of information relating to a photon across large distances. It involves reconstructing the quantum state – set of information – of a photon in a different location. In this instance, the information was transported across 102 kilometers (63 miles) of optical fiber, four times further than previously possible. For a more detailed description of how it works, check out our previous article on the last record.

In this latest breakthrough at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratory in Colorado, the researchers used new single-photon detectors to increase the distance of quantum teleportation. Only 1% of photons make it all the way down the fiber, so the detectors must be extremely sensitive. In this study, they were able to record more than 80% of incoming photons; previously, fiber transmission resulted in too great a loss of quantum data, making teleportation over long distances impossible. “We never could have done this experiment without these new detectors, which can measure this incredibly weak signal,” said NIST’s Marty Stevens in a statement.

The research, published in the journal Optica, also described how this technique could be used to make “quantum repeaters,” repeatedly sending the data to allow for greater distances. This could be one step towards a high-speed and ultra-encrypted quantum Internet.

Now the researchers want to up the rate of teleportation in photons; currently, the effect only occurs in 25% of transmissions. It’s a long way to go until this technique becomes truly useful, but it’s a start at least.

Thanks IFL Science

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