Where will technology lead us?

by Stefan Tanevski

Where will technology lead us?

Can we even imagine a world without technology? The very thought of it brings us chills. Many of us says that they can live without technology, but can they? Imagine a world without computers or without television or without mobile phones, but let's not go so far, imagine a world where we would have to do everything by hand, and by that I mean no washing machine to help us clean our clothes or no refrigerator to store our food, just imagine that. Yeah, it's kinda frightening and hard to imagine doing everything by hand and that's normal bearing in mind that we are generation that's raised with technology and we can not change that fact. We are all aware that our lives are highly affected by the technology that surrounds us and that's not bad, not bad at all. But what are the boundaries of the advancing of technology? When will it stop going forward? What are our limits and do we even have limits or are we capable of doing almost anything?

Expanding of the technology

Nowadays, practically there is not a single area of our lives that haven't been affected by the technology. Here is one fact known to all, technology is going forward and is going fast. Twenty years ago we couldn't imagine that we will have such powerful computers, we call mobile phones, in our pockets, or that we could take photos with our phone, or that we could watch movies in 3D. It is something that we could dream of (or we couldn't). Many people have at least once asked themselves, how did we got here, what did we do to advance so much in such short time? Is the human race the one that has been developing so fast or is it something else at stake? We can't answer on any of these questions for sure, but we could try to go back and see how it all started.

Microchip and microprocessor

microchip A microchip, or simply called chip, is a term that covers all electronic circuits. It is made from silicon with very small dimensions and it is used in almost every sphere of living. The invention of microchip was enormous step ahead for the technology. It was like putting the entire electrical circuit on a piece of semiconductor. It was huge discovery, it became even bigger when it led to development of the microprocessor. Microprocessor is a chip that contains the whole CPU (central processing unit), and it is responsible for carrying information that are contained in a program. The inventor of the microchip is Jack Kilby, an engineer employed in “Texas Instruments“. But there are many different theories about the invention of microchip, I have heard one that says that aliens gave us the microchip in exchange for some human DNA, I don't know if that is true, but that's not the subject here. Microprocessor was invented by the “Intel” engineers in November 1971. They named it “Intel 4004″. It was smaller than the thumb, it could execute 60 000 operations and has 2 300 transistors. We've gone long way from the first microchip and microprocessor. Today we are surrounded by microchips, they are in our phones, in our computers, in our TVs, in our cars, literally everywhere, except in our bodies but that is about to be changed in the near future, at least that's what scientistс think. A microchip that can manipulate with vital functions of the living cells with the electromagnetic field is already made. That way for the first time in the history of science is created a system that combines living cells of the body and cybernetic machines. The German company “Infineon Technologies” published a recording of neuro-chip, which has 16,384-sensitive sensors that react to electrical impulses of the cell, they where amplified and sent to the computer. Something different is so called. bionic chip (biochip). It is a kind of sandwich of three silicon layers between which lies the living human cell. Electronic instruments built into the brain can significantly assist in treatment. For example, surgeons of the Center for epilepsy in Victoria (Australia) use new technology for the treatment of epilepsy, they insert a network of highly sensitive electrodes on the surface of the brain, this way they determine the “epicenter” of the so-called epi-attack. However, scientists are not only interested in making electronic prosthesis. Competition to a Brazilian research scientist Miguel Nicolelis, who was able to replace functions of organs with microchips, and claims that microchips can replace all the functions in the body, is the research of the “Brain Gate”. According to a statement published in the magazine “Der Spiegel“, the length of four millimeters microchip embedded in the brain enables man to control a variety of objects with his thoughts. Hundreds of electrodes arranged in a microchip are implanted a millimeter below the surface of the cerebral cortex. According to the ideas of the constructor computer receives a signal from the brain and creates a mental performances. Clinical trials are being made at the moment. It is already possible to mentally move the cursor on the monitor of the computer using tape, hoops and a helmet that is being placed on the head and the thoughts are being transformed into impulses.

What could go wrong?

This is great, we could increase our life expectancy, we could improve the quality of life and we will never be sick again. What could go wrong? The answer is: everything! Eventually we will become slaves of the technology. There will be nothing that we would do without computers. Even we will become cyborgs (half human-half machine).  We will have microchips and all sorts of computers implemented in our bodies and whoever produces the parts will have the power to control our emotions, our reactions or he could just end our life with a single click of a button. This will lead to a new order, a society of slaves and owners.

Look on the bright side

Let's not be pessimists, maybe none of this will happen and maybe, just maybe, we will use the technology to colonize other planets and even other galaxies. Maybe we will travel through time and space like it's nothing. Maybe we could create energy from nothing. Maybe we will be able to live 200 years. But all of this is one big maybe. It's up to us how would we implement technology. But one thing is certain, technology is advancing and we can't stop it.