Synthetic brain, as good as the human brain, for $1000…and many more!


Predictions focusing on technology and innovation say that 2020 will be the year of great advancements in science and technology. Some of the forecasts are remarkable and hard to believe, yet predict a whole lot of interesting developments for the future. Let us take a look.

  1. Japan’s lunar outpost – It is expected that Japan will succeed in building a base on the moon – built by robots, used by robots. Their technology is advanced and the science of robotics is likely to achieve the level of expertise needed to establish the lunar base. The only thing that could hold this back is funds, not technology.
  2. Self-driving cars – This type of vehicle exists in limited numbers in specific fields. But for this to become a global reality for the masses, it requires a wireless infrastructure that can connect all cars to all traffic technology. While experts are optimistic on this count, this particular phenomenon will take a bit longer than 2020 in arriving.
  3. Shift to biofuels – A very feasible possibility, this is also a necessity. With a depleting source and supply of fossil fuels, it makes sense to shift to biofuels which will also lead to a cleaner, less polluting environment.
  4. Using micro-chips embedded in the brain to lead lives and control devices – There have been a few instances in real-life of electronic chip being implanted in the human brain. But this has not been able to replace the functioning of the brain. It just stimulates gross neural activity but cannot think as the brain can. The working of the brain is still a mystery for us, it functions on the basis of chemical and electrical reactions but the way in which neural communications operate has yet to be understood. So this particular advancement may not quite be here by 2020.
  5. Paper-thin OLEDsurfaces – It is believed and thought to be highly probable that LCD monitor screens will be replaced by paper-thin OLED surfaces, most probably with touch capability. Even walls, mirrors and windows surfaces are expected to evolve into computational objects.
  6. Human brain – It is forecasted that the processing capability of the human brain can be replicated by a computer that may cost as low as $1,000. The computer will not have “intellectual” ability i.e. it will not be an intelligent being like humans but in terms of volume of work done, speed etc – anything to do with processes – it can work not only as fast as but in all probability much faster than the human brain.
  7. Translations on mobile – We will be able to access translation across all global languages, easily – on mobile devices. This technology is already in place for some languages courtesy Google Translate and the like. It is thought that translations in future will take place in the cloud and will be fueled by language-based information and knowledge accumulated by governments, companies and institutions in different fields.
  8. Though there is a belief that humans will be able to invent and build a synthetic brain as good as the human brain every which way, this seems a stretch at this point of time.