Exponential Technology: 4 Ways We Still Haven’t Reached Our Tech Potential
Just after the end of the Baby Boom when humans were exploring space and the transistor changed the landscape of all things electronic, Gordon Moore established what has become to be known as Moore’s Law. This was more of an observation that each year the total count of transistors in integrated circuits was doubling. Overall, this meant faster processing of whatever the circuit was designed to accomplish. In computers, the CPUs exponentially increased in speed and power each year. If you can remember the 5 1/4 inch floppy disk, you know how far technology has come in such a short time. However, there is more to attain.
Even if you do not know the metric system of measurement well enough to visualize it at the same level of accuracy that you can estimate imperial measurements, you still know that a millimeter is small. Now, imagine one-millionth of a millimeter. That is incredibly tiny, and it is called a nanometer. There can be machines made that are the size of a single atom. They can be mechanical or electromechanical. The jobs these machines can do are limitless, but the potential is mostly theoretical at this point. Swarms of them in the trillions could assemble and reassemble like you see nanobots do in the movies. Small amounts of them could be injected into your body for repairs on the genetic level.
The Medicine of Medicine
Look at the surgical kits of the Civil War era as compared to the DaVinci surgical robot today. Comparing them demonstrates the advances in medicine attained in a little over 100 years. Nursing, which culturally took a back seat to those with medical doctor degrees, now holds a position of prominence where highly trained nurses are providing specialized patient care rivaling that of those with medical degrees. There are even jobs in nursing management that requires experience in multiple medical disciplines to manage the high-tech nursing specialists involved in everything from ICU to surgical nurses.
Apps and Technology
Apps have come a long way since they first came on the scene. They are now more integrated into our lives than ever before, and they will only increase in popularity and usage. They are so easily applicable to many different facets of our lives, and they will only become more integral to everyday life as time draws on. Apps are now used in conjunction with all sorts of other apparatuses. For instance, many are used in tandem with medical devices to deliver and track daily dosage of medications, and to adjust setting on things like blood pressure cuffs, and many other everyday medical devices.
Apps in the Future
Apps will continue to get more complex and more applicable to everyday activities. Even now, they are used daily for reference, scheduling, and all other sorts of applicable uses. They are also used for networking between individuals and companies, and groups can use them for coordination. There will be a time when we will not be able to do anything without referring to or using an app, but we are not there yet.
The Cumbersome Speed of Light
Nothing is supposed to travel faster than the speed of light. Earning an online master’s degree in electrical engineering lets you understand the flow of electrons in everything from a toaster to the motherboard of your computer, but even electricity does not travel faster than light. Fiber optic technology uses pulses of light on thin and flexible glass or polymer strands to transmit data at the speed of light. This, and radio waves traveling at light speed, is great for terrestrial communications. However, when communicating with a rover on Mars, it takes a minimum of five minutes for a command sent from earth to get there. It takes up to 20 minutes depending on where Mars is in relation to its orbit around the sun. The speed of light takes more time the farther something is away. Exploring quantum entanglement—Einstein’s spooky action at a distance—is a way to communicate information instantly between two locations no matter how far apart they are.
If you could invent a cheeseburger that had no calories, was made of plant proteins, had no chemicals that could cause any harm to your body from your lipid profile to being a carcinogen threat, and tasted fantastic, you would be a billionaire overnight. If you could invent a way to control gravity so that massive objects could be made weightless without a massive expenditure of energy, your financial retirement would definitely be secure. Space exploration is still limited regardless of our present computational abilities because humans have to use fire to launch things into space. It takes huge amounts of fuel, along with a corresponding net global warming effect, for each rocket launched. Make a way to beat gravity at a low energy expenditure, and the door to space becomes wide open.
Discovery is only waiting on those who will explore. There really is no limit. Quantum entanglement shows that even the physical light speed barrier is not really a barrier. Your tech potential is limitless. You just need to begin with learning the fundamentals to position yourself to discover the extraordinary and make things better for yourself and your fellow human beings.