Here is what some people are saying about future trends and developments in technology:
- The Ultrabook revolution
The PC is undergoing its most radical makeover since the advent of the IBM PC three decades ago. Ultrabooks and Windows 8 are leading the charge. Slim Ultrabook designs succeed where netbooks failed, delivering performance, battery life, and a full-featured computing experience. Ultrabooks, once seen as mere copies of Apples MacBook Air, are now extending its concept. Experiments such as Toshibas Satellite U845W, with its cinematic widescreen aspect ratio, are expanding the definition of what a PC is.
—Loyd Case at ITWorld
- There can only be one: Smartphones are the PCs of the future
In 10 years, tablets computers will be archaic and obsolete. You will look back at the early 2000s, perhaps with an inquisitive child sitting on your knee, and laugh at how you carried around a cumbersome, neck-straining, gorilla arm-inducing, larger-than-pocket-size computer. “It made sense at the time…”
Desktops and laptops too, having already begun their slide into outmoded antiquity, will soon be nothing more than dusty cupboard-dwelling relics and museum exhibits.
The one form factor that will remain — the last and only bastion of consumer computing — will be the smartphone.
—Sebastian Anthony goes out on a limb at ExtremeTech
- Intel hopes to revolutionize the way you charge your mobile devices
(Intel) will team with IDT to add wireless charging capabilities to a reference chipset in 2013 that could eventually let you recharge your cell phone cable-free from an Ultrabook or Intel-powered desktop—Sean Portnoy at ZDNet
- Are self-driving cars really the future?
Car and driver. It’s the classic man-and-machine symbiosis. But are cars about to become the dominant partner, at least as far as who’s in control?—Jeremy Laird at TechRadar
- Harvard creates cyborg flesh that’s half man, half machine
Bioengineers at Harvard University have created the first examples of cyborg tissue: Neurons, heart cells, muscle, and blood vessels that are interwoven by nanowires and transistors.
These cyborg tissues are half living cells, half electronics. As far as the cells are concerned, they’re just normal cells that behave normally — but the electronic side actually acts as a sensor network, allowing a computer to interface directly with the cells. In the case of cyborg heart tissue, the researchers have already used the embedded nanowires to measure the contractions (heart rate) of the cells—Sebastian Anthony at ExtremeTech