Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rosie scenario

Glenn Harlan Reynolds reviews Michio Kaku’s book Physics of the Future in the WSJ, Mar 23, 2011.

He points out that this is not really a professional futurist we have here, but a sort of blogger—but it’s still interesting. Hey, bloggers are people, too!

First, we won’t need those dopey phones in a few decades, dense info streams will be fed directly to our retinas and into our brains. Since I barely have one retina, that’s a relief. I can be stupid.

Oh—and this will be connected to your nervous system, so forget worrying about being paralyzed.

Our bathrooms will analyze our…well, anyhow, our bathrooms will talk to our doctors, who will doubtless be overjoyed to hear from our bathrooms.

MRIs will be the size of blow dryers—we can get inside info anytime!

Material wealth will be available to all—through molecular assembly plants powered by the sun.

OK, OK, but where the heck are those jet packs we were promised? And Rosie, the robot maid? I don’t count those creepy little vacuum cleaners that sneak around the floor.

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