Thursday, June 5, 2008

MIT Offers Hope

Nuclear fusion power. Rapid spread of robots. Technology for longer, healthier lives. Better energy storage systems. Harnessing plant-based photosynthesis for solar energy. Cars that drive themselves. Computers embedded in your clothing.

No, this isn't a list of topics from science-fiction novels. It's a subset of a list that researchers at MIT think will help usher in a new era of prosperity.

The MIT News Office asked a collection of MIT faculty and researchers for their thoughts on the potentially life-altering technologies that are on the near horizon. C|Net has more, including photos.

Given that this information comes from MIT, I'm a little surprised there weren't more suggestions about nanotechnology or artificial intelligence.


M. Simon said...

MIT thinks ITER is the way.

I'm thinking a little smaller:

Easy Low Cost No Radiation Fusion

Matt Metcalf said...

I agree that ITER is an enormous waste of resources. The money they're putting into building that could have funded EMC2, Focus Fusion, and dozens of confirmations (or debunkings) of the Japanese "Cold Fusion" experiment. Any one of which would be more energy efficient and economical than the boondoggle that is ITER.

Hopefully, they learn a heck of a lot from ITER and at least get some value for the massive amount of money being blown.