He had originally participated as part of the Fark series, but his answers were so good, so thorough and so professional, he got his own whole unique story.
Here are Rex’s entries:
1) Smart implantable technology becomes commonplace and is able to power itself without the use of an external battery or power source, but instead operates by generating power directly from the person’s blood glucose. Nearly 15% of the population will have smart devices implanted within them.
2) Data follows you everywhere – all your data – your computer data, your photos and it can be automatically transmitted into most smart ubiquitous systems by your mere presence. Remember that commercial where the guy walks into the store and puts stuff in his pocket and when he leaves, a clerk runs up to him to give him a receipt? Yeah, it’ll be like that. Geofencing would be a prevalent way of doing this sort of operation, especially for payment.
3) Nanotechnology will create a revolution in material sciences – nanoscale batteries can provide weeks of charge for devices, metals can flex and alter shape on command. We can create nearly frictionless surfaces or materials and we can create incredibly hard or incredibly resilient materials. We would be working on the first nanoscale assemblers, but they will not be available for use.
4) Air travel will use hypersonic or supersonic jets made either with ultra-light carbon fibers or smart metals that can alter the shape of the wings to faciliate faster-than-sound travel.
5) Air travel for business purposes will be in the process of transitioning towards telepresence systems (sort of like the video conference, but larger). Business people will conduct meetings through telepresence augmented reality systems where they are able to see a projected form of their counterparts projected into their vision.
6) We will have hit Moore’s law. CPUs will have single-atom transistors. Most semiconductors are graphene based at this point. We will be beginning the transition to optical transistor devices.
7) At least some low-level legal (i.e. doc review) and medical work (i.e. urgent care diagnosis) will be performed by AI systems similar to Watson.
8) We would be starting construction on a space probe with gravity tethers for purpose of moving asteroids and small heavenly bodies.
9) Most large-scale and medium-scale constructions will be pre-fabricated in massive 3D printer facilities.
10) Integrated smart sensors built into building materials and paints will create smart connected houses – instead of a centralized heating and cooling controls (your thermostat, for instance, or for the state of the art kind of stuff – the Nest Thermostat controllers), the house will now be able to detect temperature, presence of people, airborne allergens, local weather, humidity and other information and be able to compensate for the environment all around the house in every room dynamically. This will yield a lot of energy savings.
11) 3D printing, especially with newer 3D printers that can print circuitry directly into materials, will create a revolution in small-scale manufacturing. Companies can now create devices for individuals on demand should they choose.
12) Replacement body parts can be created using 3D printed collagen meshes as a base with biological materials added. Body parts can be tailored for specific individuals. Implanted tissue rejection will be relegated to the third world as all tissues will be built from the donor’s own body.
13) Alzheimer and Dementia therapy by deep-brain electrode implantation will be approved by the FDA to help the generation of Baby Boomers who are afflicted with the maladies.