11.29.2006

Educated Guesses

It's going to be a few days before the next "Big Question" post. In the meantime, I thought I'd let the scientific luminaries speak for themselves:

The New Scientist has asked top scientists from a variety of fields to "forecast the future." I was particularly struck by Oliver Sacks' and Antonio Damasio's predictions. And those who found the "Quantum Physics for Artists" entry intriguing will want to check out Nobel Prize winning Theoretical Physicist Gerard 't Hooft's submission. Hooft believes that physicists will construct "a theory that not only unites quantum mechanics and gravity, but also predicts every single detail of the evolution of the universe," within the next 50 years.

If that whets your appetite, you may want to spend some time browsing the "Dangerous Ideas" on display over at The Edge. They're a bit older, but no less fascinating.

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The future: surgically implanted bluetooth capable transmitter chips inside the portion of the brain which controls motion to operate prostheses or wheelchairs. Perhaps even a method to connect to the speech center of the brain to assist stroke victims or others similarly afflicted. Imagine if Hawking could speak without flashing his eyes at a computer screen. Something like this could also be used to settle the Persistent Vegetative State controversy once and for all.

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