The year 2017 is almost upon us, and as we move closer to 2020, a number of major scientific leaps forward are expected. Many of the scientific breakthroughs anticipated in the next three years sound like they are right out of a science fiction novel. But they are very real and expected to change the world in which we live immensely. Scientists now feel that we are on the verge of several “quantum leaps” in various scientific pursuits – from space exploration to the cars we drive, to the computers we use and the medical care we receive. Here are 10 of the biggest scientific breakthroughs expected (hopefully!) by 2020.
10. The Average Computer Will Match The Power of the Human Brain
This may sound scary to technophobes out there, but computing power is expected to match the power of the human brain by 2019. This means that, in a couple of years, computers will literally be as smart as the people who created them. This according to Ray Kurzweil, an American author, computer scientist, inventor, and futurist who is rarely wrong and has a better grip on the future than most anyone else. The Law of Accelerating Returns will usher in an exponentially greater amount of computing power than ever before, according to Mr. Kurzweil. The next step, of course, is that computers will be smarter and more powerful than us humans, which, of course, leads to the whole Skynet scenario, predicted in Terminator. Hopefully we skip that step.