Many people use, or are considering using hearing aids, a great big step in the right direction toward combating loss of auditory function. We take a long-term vision of the future, looking ahead to thirty, forty or fifty years from now, and combine detailed study of specific technologies, such as machine superintelligence, with broader analysis of others, including human enhancement, synthetic biology and biosecurity, and surveillance technology.
Devices can be hot-swapped – that is they could be connected & disconnected without it being necessary to reboot a PC. Devices from many thousands of manufacturers can intercommunicate, many devices can be installed without a specific device driver, some devices can be connected to computers without the need for an external power supply and others can recharge by being connected via a USB device.
I guess above all, I’m really passionate about the way humans interact with technology – strip away all the lingo and you’re left with something quite spectacular: which is a society that is dependent on technology, and technology that’s dependent on our society.
While the future versions of wi-fi and cellphones may only pose a minimal threat to user’s health, it is the environmental dangers which may prove the biggest risk to humans: the technotrash which is produced from constantly renewing our gadgets, the using up of natural resources as demand increases and prices drop, the pollution that comes from the manufacture and use of these items.
In designing future scenarios for Star Trek, one might presume that the USS Enterprise is the” future end point (as it has to look the coolest” for the viewer who has paid to see the film), but actually the bio-mimetic design is far more complex and effective.