Technological trends advisor Charles Ostman discussed both the progress and dangers of nanotechnology and other developments. Nanotech, the ability to manipulate matter at the atomic level, can offer spectacular breakthroughs, but it could also be used as a horrible weapon, he said. For instance, it has the potential to selectively alter materials in a vehicle such as a train, in order to cause harm. The technology could also be utilized to target people with specific genetic markers, he noted.
Yet, the future looks bright with a number of advances heading our way. Here is a timeline of some of the things he sees down the pike:
Within 5-7 years:
Within 5-10 years:
Within 7-10 years:
Within 20 years:
First half-hour guest, consumer privacy expert Katherine Albrecht presented an update on microchip implants for humans. She noted that ex-Bush cabinet member, Tommy Thompson has put off being chipped despite his promise that he was going to have it done (more info). Albrecht also warned that the implants are not compatible with MRIs, and that if a chipped person was having the medical procedure, they could be burned from the inside out.
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