Question: what do you hope will be invented in the future

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  1. Teleportation! Imagine how cool it would be to just zap in and out of places without having to get in a car or plane. No more traffic jams, no more waiting around at airports… There are 2 main ways that teleportation could occur, 1. a person or object is completely dismantled at the atomic level, and then reassembled at the new location, or 2. a wormhole could be used to transport things between two points in spacetime. Clearly there are problems with both of these theories, as we have no idea how to disassemble and reassemble something as large and complex as a human, and although wormholes are theoretically possible, one has never been found or made.

    Luckily there’s not much chance of real teleportation being invented in the near future or I would do myself out of a job as a fuel chemist 🙂


  2. Ooh good question! There are lots of things I’d love to see invented in the future especially inventions that will help address the big issues of cleaner energy, reducing pollution and protecting the environment. I also really like the idea of teleportation that Renee suggested and would love to see space travel improve so we can explore more of the universe.

    But since I have to pick just one, I think it would be amazing if we can invent cures for some of the big diseases – cancer and HIV are two examples. However like Renee mentioned about teleportation, these diseases are really complex and there is still a lot of work to be done in understanding diseases before we can really start work on a cure. Sadly, because these diseases are so complex, and there is still so much work to do, I think an invention to cure diseases like this is a long way off, if ever possible…


  3. A brain computer interface would be fantastic and a matter of when rather than a matter of if. This would allow us to directly interact with computers rather than having to muck around with cumbersome keyboards and mice. Also I am rather keen to experience some of those wonderful virtual environments people have been creating.

    From a work/research point of view, being able to mentally interact with data “visually” or even “feel” it would no doubt give us a better understanding of that data.