Contact lenses will grant us Terminator vision. When miniaturization reaches its full potential, achieving superhuman eyesight will be as simple as placing a soft lens on your eye. Early prototypes feature wirelessly powered LEDs or OLEDs, but circuits and antennas can also be grafted onto flexible polymer, enabling zooming, night vision, and visible data fields.
Checkups will be conducted by cellphone. The technology is no problem. Scientists are hard at work trying to perfect apps that can measure your heart and respiration rates, perform blood and saliva tests—even evaluate your cough. Question is how long will it take the medical industry to embrace them.
More than 200 million books on the planet will be digitized. In 2008, technologies’ company planned to complete the job by decade’s end, but as of February, it still had more than 137 million tomes to go, so we’re adding wiggle room. You might use the time to shop for storage, because given today’s options and the average size of an e-book (2 MB), you’ll need terabyte or petabyte drives to carry the library of humanity with you. It won’t fit into a backpack, but it’s small enough to schlep in a hockey bag. Supercomputers will be the size of sugar cubes. The trick is to redesign the computer chip. Instead of the standard side-by-side model in use today, technology companies’ researchers believe they can stack and link tomorrow’s chips via droplets of nanoparticle-infused liquid. This would eliminate wires and draw away heat. What it won’t do is help you remember where you left your tiny computer before you went to bed.
Scientists will discover direct evidence of dark matter. It may account for 23 percent of the mass in the universe, yet we haven’t confirmed that dark matter exists. Why? “It’s like a hidden magnet,” according to scientists of the planet Science Laboratory. “You can see what it pulls but can’t see the source.” Theoretical physicians believe the proof we seek could arrive within 8 years, helping us to unlock the origins of our universe, and maybe even open the door to another one. Is that really possible?
Battles will be waged without direct human participation (think robots or unmanned aerial vehicles). The first fully functional brain-controlled bionic limb will arrive. Nanobots will perform medical procedures inside our bodies, doctors will successfully transplant a lab-grown human heart, we will fly the friendly skies without pilots onboard and renewable energy sources will surpass fossil fuels in electricity generation. Digital data (texts, songs, etc.) will be zapped directly into our brains, we will activate the first fusion power plant and wage the first battle in space. Scientists will map the quadrillion connections between the brain’s neurons. Quadrillion sounds like a made-up number, but we assure you it’s real. Those connections hold the answers to questions about mental illness, learning, and the whole nature versus nurture issue. Your Body Will Be Truly Connected: Doctors will check your vital signs around the clock via tiny sensors, brain chips will let you absorb data while you sleep, brain interfaces will help you fully inhabit virtual worlds. But do all these will happened before 2040?