From omnipresent Internet to cloned donor organs, LiveScience picks 10 new technologies that, when fully developed, will transform our lives.
- Digital libraries: When all of humanity's texts are digitized, any factual question will be answerable online.
- Gene therapy/stem cells: The key to curing some of our nastiest afflictions.
- Ubiquitous wireless Internet: WiMAX and 3G point the way to a future where communication between any two devices is possible.
- Mobile robots: Too lazy to go to the store? Just send your car!
- Cheap solar cells: The cost is finally dropping—will your house soon power itself?
- Location-based computing: Point your cell phone at a business to visit their website? It's not that far away.
- Desktop 3-D printing: Download a mug design from Pottery Barn and run yourself off a couple.
- Confirmation of Moore's Law: The Intel co-founder said computing power will double every other year—and he's been proven right so far.
- Therapeutic cloning: Dolly and dairy cows aside, cloning's real goal has the provision of accessible spare body parts.
- A hydrogen economy: This fuel whose only byproduct is water may help reverse global warming and foster energy independence.