A Period of Profound Scientific Change

photo-1452796907770-ad6cd374b12dFindings from the Pew Research Center suggest that “The American public anticipates that the coming half-century will be a period of profound scientific change, as inventions that were once confined to the realm of science fiction come into common usage.” I submit that we’re already seeing these inventions in our daily lives, most of which have been in the making for decades, and in some cases even centuries.

Some of the technologies that we take for granted as part of our routine environment have been fermenting as conceptual ideas for hundreds of years before their inception. Leonardo da Vinci’s helicopter in 1493, Rene Descartes’ contact lenses in 1632, Charles Fritt’s solar cells in 1883, and Nikola Tesla’s AC induction motor from the 1880’s have all found their way into our daily lives. What’s more, the incubation time for the implementation of these ideas is quickly decreasing. We are seeing today the manifestations of some technologies that were theorized as little as 50 years ago:

Suffice it to say, we live in an exciting time where technology is brought to consumers and monetized faster every day.

What predictions do you have for under-utilized technology and how it will affect our daily lives in a period of profound scientific change? Are you optimistic about a future technocracy or do you believe a cold mechanistic dystopian judgement day is coming? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

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  • Juan May 25, 2016, 2:06 pm

    I firmly believe that technology will play a large role in the demise of the human race. Let’s look at social media for instance, never has there been such a large disconnect between us all and there is nothing social about “social” media.

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  • Aaron Strong May 25, 2016, 3:19 pm

    I respectfully disagree with the above comment. Technology will continue to benefit the human race. Technology will always be used in nefarious ways, but the ‘good’ will continue to be victorious over the ‘bad’…I will leave with a quote from the great Ronald Reagan as it touches on this subject, “I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”

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  • Jeff Schneider May 25, 2016, 4:24 pm

    Hello Morgan,

    We have experienced what we coin as a (Technical Time Compression) such as the highly suspect idea that both driverless and driven cars can share the same roads safely? Talk about disaster, this is one waiting to happen.

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) Former Marketing Analyst/Strategist Rockefeller I.B.E.C. Group) (Licensed C.B.O.E. Commodity Hedge Strategist)

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  • Amanda May 25, 2016, 11:28 pm

    I find it frustrating to spend year after year keep up with technology. I am old enough to remember when VHS came out and now we have Blu-ray with Archival Disc soon to be launched. Phones, computers, TV’s and gaming systems all have newer and better advances every year. When can we stop for awhile and be happy with what we have and move onto improving the world around us instead of what entertains us?

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