Ten most wanted technological innovations in the future:
- Hundred terabyte thumb drive: This small device, can be used for storing data. The device can be kept in pocket. Protein will be used for storing data.
- Universal translator: This hardware device would be used like Babel Fish, translating multiple languages on the fly.
- Battery replacement: The purpose of the new device would be to replace batteries and act as a new-genre battery that last longer (for ages) than an ordinary battery/ cell.
- Real virtual reality: Real virtual reality technology is something similar to what we have seen in the movie matrix,which makes no difference between real and virtual world.
- Matrix knowledge: This technology would enable the user to plug into data source and instantly know how to do something or anything (similar to something which one has seen in the movie Matrix).
- Mind control user interface:This is a device which a person can control by using his/ her mind.
- Faster travel: By utilising this technology, a person can travel to any place in the universe instantly. (Something similar to the Star Trek transporters or Ringworld Stepping disks)
- Real Al: These are smart computers or computers with artificial intelligence.
- Safe nanotech: During the advance stage of nanotechnology, there will be options to utilize technology for curing human ailments and prevent environmental degradation. However, the technology will be used for positive purposes and not for wars.
- Tech invisibility claok: Modern technologies is taking away the privacy of the individual. So on demand, there will be a technology that makes one invisible to all of the RFID, video scanners, GPS trackers etc.
Internet users as a percentage of population is 9.9 in Asia, 36.1 in Europe, 68.6 in North America, 14.4 in Latin America, 2.6 in Africa, 9.6 in Middle East and 52.6 in Oceania/ Australia. 35.6 percent of world Internet users is constituted by Asia, 28.5 percent by Europe, 22.2 percent by North America, 7.8 percent by Latin America, 2.3 percent by Africa, 1.8 percent by Middle East and 1.7 percent is constituted by Oceania/ Australia. The percentage growth of Internet users during the period 2000-2005 was 218.7 percent in Asia, 177.5 percent in Europe, 110.3 percent in North America, 342.5 percent in Latin America, 423.9 percent in Africa, 454.2 percent in Middle East, 134.6 percent in Oceania/Australia. 'Digital divide' in the world of ICTs (Information and Communications Technology) accrues from various factors such government spending on IT related infrastructure and education, per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP), gender inequality in access to health and education etc. Indicators related to ICTs have been provided, in order to see regional divide in ICTs penetration and access. Expenditure on ICTs as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) in the year 2005, had been the highest in Latin America and Carribean (5.9 percent), to be followed by South Asia (5.7 percent), East Asia and Pacific (5.3 percent), Europe and Central Asia (5.1 percent) and Middle East and North Africa (3.1 percent).
Source: http://etech.eweek.com/content/infrastructure/the_ten_most_wanted_future_technologies.html, Internet World Stats, Internet Usage Statistics