Applied Technotopia

We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.


We have added a few indices around the site. Though we look to the future, we need to keep an eye on the present as well:

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We will examine emerging technologies based on the following categories. These have been heavily, but not exclusively, based on the work of Michell Zappa and sources listed after the categories (and subcategories) listed below:
  • Robotics
  • Utility Fog
  • Telematics
  • Swarm Robotics
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Embodied Avatars
  • Domestic Robotics
  • Self-Driving cars
  • Smart Toys
  • Appliance Robotics

Biotech

  • Biomarkers
  • PGS (Personal Gene Sequencing)
  • Telemedicine
  • Personalised Medicine
  • Stem-Cell Treatments
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Artificial Limbs / Hybrid Assisted Limbs
  • Wetware (Biofeedback)
  • Artificial Retinas
  • Organ Printing
  • Synthetic Blood
  • Smart Drugs
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Gene Therapy
  • Nanomedicine
  • Reversal of Aging
  • Anti-Aging Drugs
  • Synthetic / In-Vitro Meat
  • Human microbiome is mapped
  • Quantum biology reveals the physics of life
  • Epigenetics informs real-time genome tweaking
  • Organisms become programmable
  • New lifeforms created from scratch
  • Electronic eye glasses

Warfare

Money

  • Mobile Payments
  • Cashless Society
  • Virtual Currencies

Materials

  • Programmable Matter
  • Nanowires
  • Graphene
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Optical Invisibility Cloaks
  • Molecular Assembler
  • Biomaterials
  • Meta-Materials
  • Self-Healing Materials
  • Memristor
  • Personal Fabricators
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Print on Demand
  • 3D Printing
  • Space-time cloaks conceal macro-world events
  • DNA origami constructs useful nanodevices
  • Teleportation scales up from atoms to molecules
  • Metamaterials make invisibility real

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • Intelligence Amplification
  • VR-Only (Virtual Reality) Lifeforms
  • Machine Translation
  • ANN (Artificial Neural Networks)
  • Procedural Storytelling
  • Medical Diagnostics
  • Natural Language Interpretation
  • Software Agents
  • Machine-Based High Frequency Trading
  • Recommendation Engines
  • Machine Augmented Cognition

Space

  • Space Elevator
  • Sub-Orbital Spaceflight
  • Lunar Outpost
  • Mars Mission
  • Solar Sail
  • Space Tourism
  • VASIMIR (Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplamsa Rocket)
  • Private / Commercial Spaceflight
  • Regulatory hurdles drives open standards and “Coopetition”
  • Discovery of extraterrestrial life
  • Personal satellites for $1,000
  • Zero-G biology accelerates drug discovery
  • Orbital manufacturing becomes practical 
  • Moon base
  • Asteroid Mining

Energy

  • Space-Based Solar Power
  • Superconducting Interties
  • Nanostructure Battery Cathodes
  • Enernet
  • Conductive Energy
  • Multi-Segmented Smart Grids
  • Predominant Use of Renewables
  • Tidal Turbines
  • Traveling Wave Reactor
  • Thorium Reactor
  • Nanogenerators
  • Biomechanical Harvesting
  • Piezo-Electricity
  • Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Solar Thermal
  • Photovoltaic Glass
  • Photovoltaics
  • Inductive Chargers
  • Smart Meters
  • Fuel Cells
  • Ultra-Capacitors
  • Bio-Enhanced Fuels
  • Lithium-Air batteries

Media

Natural User Interface (NUI) Software / Interface

  • Multitouch
  • 4K Projection
  • Immersive 3D Projections
  • AR (Augmented Reality)
  • Immersive Virtual Reality
  • Gesture Recognition
  • Speech Recognition
  • Haptics
  • Telepresence
  • Machine Vision

Ubiquitous Computing (UBICOMP) Hardware

  • Tabs and Pads
  • Holography
  • Context-Aware Computing
  • 3D - Volumetric Screens
  • Boards
  • Reprogammable Chips
  • Flexible Screens
  • Modular Computers
  • Eyewear-Embedded Screens
  • Electronic Paper
  • Pico-Projectors
  • SPIMES (objects that can be tracked through Space & Time)
  • Wearables
  • Smart Clothing
  • Fabric-Embedded Screens
  • Retinal Screens
  • Quantum Computing
  • Skin-Embedded Screens
  • Transparent LCD
  • Glasses free 3D TV

Internet (Connectivity)

  • Smart Cities
  • Interplanetary Internet
  • HAP (High Altitude Platform)
  • Smart Infrastructure
  • 4G - 4th Generation Cellular Wireless (WiMax, LTE [3GPP Long Term Evolution]) 
  • 5G - 5th Generation Cellular Wireless
  • Virtual Property
  • Pico-cells
  • Mesh Networking
  • Photonics
  • Reputational Economy
  • Social Graph
  • Remote Presence
  • Exocortex
  • PAN (Personal Area Networks)
  • Cloud Computing
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • Unified Data
  • Semantic Web
  • White space Wi-fi
  • Electronic roads

Geotech

  • Weather Engineering
  • Vertical Farming
  • Seasteading
  • Desalination
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Climate Engineering
  • Arcologies

Sensors

  • Depth Imaging
  • Near-Field Communication
  • Pervasive Video Capture
  • Biometric Sensors
  • Smart Power Meters
  • Biomarkers
  • Machine Vision
  • Computational Photography
  • Neuro-Informatics
  • Neuroscience
  • Machine learning merges with cognitive science
  • Quantum physics explains consciousness
  • Brain atlas built
  • Brain scans record “Mind Movies”. (Being done already)
  • Optogenetics leads to neural switchboard
  • Big data
  • Gamification of science
  • Scientific papers executable as code
  • A wikipedia of science models
  • Data-intensive science spawns new disciplines
  • Massively linked data becomes a public utility
  • The Ocean of the future
  • Seawater fuels fusion
  • Humans plumb ocean´s depths
  • The oceans top millimeter is mapped
  • The majority of ocean species are inventoried


With subsequent blogposts articles will be posted on the main categories and their subcatagories.

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Michell Zappa studied these company events and put together a brilliant infographic on just where the technologies may head in the near future. It’s based upon the predictions from companies within the industries of Warfare, Biotech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet, Money, Materials, Green Energy and Space. There are a ton more categories on this chart, so you should be able to find your interests right in there in the nest of predictions.” - Read more here

Michell recently released the 2012 update of the infographic into a new layout on a separate site:

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Envisioning Future Tech - Michell Zappa 2012 Update
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A look at the future of science in 2021 as laid out by the Institute for the Future:

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Future of Science 2021
 ”That’s the real point behind the group’s new super-visual report, called “The Future of Science: 2021,” (PDF) which you can see above and view in more detail on the IFTF website (you have to really zoom in to read all of it). This may sound like it’s coming out of a cheesy “Star Trek” episode, but by questioning what the future can be, we can help shape what it will be, the group says.” - CNN
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Deloitte Tech Trends 2012 - Would you like to read the full article? Click Here to download Deloitte Tech Trends 2012
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CNN Money - Timeline of the future.

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