Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Nanotechnology Columns > Brian Wang > Reviewing predictions article published at nanotech-now

Brian Wang
Z1 Consulting

Abstract:
I had made about 156 prediction back in March 2006 in a nanotech-now article. 15 of the predictions appear either to have come true, are partially true or are coming true. Most of the other predictions are for events likely to be many years away. I will review several predictions which appear to be substantially accurate.

September 18th, 2007

Reviewing predictions article published at nanotech-now

http://www.nanotech-now.com/products/nanonewsnow/issues/033/033.htm#Wang

I had made about 156 prediction back in March 2006 in the nanotech-now article at the above link. 15 of the predictions appear either to have come true, are partially true or are coming true.

Three appear to be correct but one requires confirmation

Thousand CPU, FPGA simulator 2007-2008
Advanced microscopes with 0.5 angstrom accuracy and repeatability 2006-2008
Cellular life found on Mars 2010+ (being confirmed)

Three appear to be partially correct:
Carbon nanotube fiber inexpensive and with over 50GPa tensile strength 2014-2018
Gecko mimicing wallcrawling suits for military and enthusiasts 2008-2012
Jet airtaxi's (5000 existing regional airports in USA, 450-550mph, park and fly) 2006-2008

Seven are on track to come true:
100 qubits 2010-2014 [expect 2008]
Customized [biological] cells 2010-2014 (close)
80-200mpg cars - mainstream, batteries, ultracapacitors 5-10 times better 2008-2012 (close)
10 petaflop computer by 2012-2013
Clean fission (possible, projects underway)
Nuclear Fusion (several promising projects)
Thousand+ CPU workstations- mainstream chip vendors 2009-2012 (Nvidia has 128 core GPGPU. Systems with 8-24 of the 128 cores expected soon)

Two are in the neighborhood of being correct and are coming closer to being correct
US War with Iran 2007 (saber rattling, Hostage incident with British soldiers, various talk of bombing)
US war with Syria 2008 (A US ally, Isreal, used 8 planes to bomb Syria on Sept 6, 2007.)

Prediction: Thousand CPU, FPGA simulator 2007-2008
ramp blue 1008 CPU FPGA machine

http://ramp.eecs.berkeley.edu/index.php?pictures

The RAMP Blue v3.0 rack, with 21 BEE2s, each with 48 cores, for a total of 1008 MicroBlaze cores

Prediction: Advanced microscopes with 0.5 angstrom accuracy and repeatability 2006-2008

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/09/team-project-achieves-005-nanometer.html

New 0.5 angstrom microscope, latest in the FEI titan series

When the new TEAM microscope is delivered to Berkeley in 2008 then I would consider it a fulfillment of my prediction.


Prediction:Cellular life found on Mars 2010+

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/08/mars-soil-could-be-01-extremophile.html

Recently a scientist indicated that his review of the Viking Mars probe data shows that the martian soil could turn out to be made of 0.1% extremophile single cell life. If this is confirmed to be accurate then that would definitely be a hit for my prediction that there is a discovery of cellular life on Mars.


Prediction: Carbon nanotube fiber inexpensive and with over 50GPa tensile strength 2014-2018

The second portion of this prediction may have been fulfilled:

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2006/10/superthread-100-times-stronger-than.html

Carbon nanotube Superthread made at Los Alamos National Lab

Superthread made by Los Alamos may have over 50Gpa of strength.

In terms of the first half of the prediction of inexpensive carbon nanotube fiber, this could be resolved by 2010.

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/07/carbon-nanotubes-production-in-2007-and.html

Production of carbon nanotubes could ramp up from the current 60 tons per year. Bayer has scaled up its production pilot plant from 30 to 60 tons/yr. The next step reportedly will be to boost capacity to 200 tons/yr in the next two years, with an industrial-scale 3000-ton (6.6-million lb) plant envisioned for 2011-12. This could reduce prices from $250-1000/kg now down to $10-50/kg in 2012.


In the wildcard predictions was:
US War with Iran 2007
US War with Syria 2008

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/09/interesting-middle-east-news.html

There was recent news that Israel bombed Syria on Sept 6, 2007. This is a fairly close hit for one of my predictions from Mar, 2006

I would view a US proxy war where Israel (as a US ally and in some view proxy for the USA) has a war with Syria as counting as a reasonably successful prediction for "US war with Syria". I would count this bombing run with eight planes as a partially successful prediction already. My predictions are way more specific, clear and accurate than any by Nostradamus.

The USA appears to be on the brink of war with Iran. A portion of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was placed on a United States list of terrorist organizations.

While this is not a US war with Syria, it was a close US ally, Israel, bombing Syria with a bombing run of 8 planes. A lot more than nothing in terms of military conflict. So it is some small portion of a hit in the prediction of US war with Syria.

The prediction with Iran is not fulfilled, but there was the Iran taking British soldiers hostage incident and now a lot of talk about bombing Iran. If the US or any of its allies bombs Iran then I would consider this a fulfilled prediction. I don't think that a US or US ally bombing of Iran would be the end of the matter, so marginal hair splitting may not be necessary in judging whether I was correct.

Note: I would be very happy to be wrong about these two predictions about war.


http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1228085820070912

Prediction: Gecko mimicing wallcrawling suits for military and enthusiasts 2008-2012

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2006/05/human-wall-crawling-product.html

gekkomat in use

What we have now is the gekkomat.

If they get this improved with smaller canisters and better adhesion, so that it has some adoption by some military and enthusiast users then I would count this as a successful prediction.

Some could feel that the extra suction is a cheat and I can see that is valid in terms of human gecko wall crawling but not for a practical form of human wall crawling in general.

Here is some information on how a gecko walks on walls. (13 page pdf)
http://musr.phas.ubc.ca/p438/phys438/Reports/Gecko_Report.PDF

There is other work on pure reusable adhesive by BAE Systems Advanced Technology Center and others.
http://www.ingenia.org.uk/ingenia/issues/issue30/Acker.pdf

Hybrid glue work from Northwestern University in Illinois. They built an array of nano-sized pillars from a soft flexible polymer. They then dip-coated these arrays in solutions containing different polymers designed to mimic the mussel proteins.
http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn12291-hybrid-glue-borrows-tricks-from-geckos-and-mussels.html

Professor Nicola Pugno, engineer and physicist at Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, has formulated a hierarchy of adhesive forces that will be strong enough to suspend a person's full body weight against a wall or on a ceiling, while also being easy to detach.

Carbon nanotube-based technology could be used to develop nano-molecular hooks and loops that would function like microscopic Velcro. This detachable, adhesive force could be used in conjunction with van der Waals forces and capillary adhesion

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070829090146.htm


From bionano predictions:
Customized [biological] cells 2010-2014

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2007/sep/06/2

I would count the successful creation of synthetic life as fulfilling this prediction. We are pretty close to achieving this.


Prediction: Almost all fish (for food) comes from massive ocean ranches (over 100 ranches, each larger than a cubic mile in area) 2015-2025

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/07/aquaculture-meat-factories-and-vertical.html

Almost all the fish that we eat in the world comes from fish farming. So fulfilling this prediction would be if we shift the bulk of fish farming from fresh water farms to the ocean.

Prediction: 100 qubits 2010-2014

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/06/dwave-systems-quantum-computer-update.html"

Dwave System 16 qubit quantum computer, 1024 qubits expected in 2008

The current 16 qubit demo system

Dwave Systems of Vancouver could fulfill my prediction of 100+ qubit Quantum computing system sometime in 2008.

Prediction: 10 petaflop computer by 2012-2013

There are several competitors who could achieve my prediction.

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/06/sun-and-ibm-supercomputer-pricing.html

Sun Microsystems and IBM have announced multi-petaflop computers

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/06/japans-10-petaflop-supercomputer.html

Japan has funded a ten petaflop supercomputer project with an expected delivery of 2010 or 2011.

Prediction:Jet airtaxi's (5000 existing regional airports in USA, 450-550mph, park and fly) 2006-2008

This seems likely to become a partial hit very soon:

http://www.dayjet.com/News/Default.aspx

Dayjet is starting service in Florida in about Sept, 2007 to Oct 2007.

Prediction: Thousand+ CPU workstations- mainstream chip vendors 2009-2012
http://www.nvidia.com/object/tesla_computing_solutions.html Nvidia's Tesla GPU has 128 cores and has been made into a supercomputer workstation
The Tesla D870 deskside supercomputer is a PCI Express workstation powered by two 128-processor computing core GPUs. The Tesla S870 GPU computing server is a 1U form factor server with four 128-processor computing core GPU. (512 processors).

If the 3U rack mount with eight Tesla GPUs is built that would be 1024 processor cores. http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/06/nvidia-tesla-supercomputer-for-1500-to.html A 12 Teraflop system (24 GPUs) that will cost $60,000-70,000 will be selling soon from Evolved Machines would have 3072 processor cores.


Prediction: 80-200mpg cars - mainstream, batteries, ultracapacitors 5-10 times better 2008-2012

When Toyota releases its next Prius or the one after with 80+ mpg or one of the competing car companies then this prediction would get fulfilled. There is already 80mpg cars in Europe.

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/08/cars-that-are-more-fuel-efficient-than.html

There are other diesel and electric cars that could fulfill this prediction if they achieve enough commercial success to be considered mainstream options with widespread availability.

Prediction: a breakthrough in handling or reducing long term waste from nuclear fission - makes nuclear fission "clean" 2010+.

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2006/10/norway-considering-thorium-reactors.html

Molten salt nuclear fission reactor

I would consider the development of thorium nuclear reactors or any of the Fourth generation nuclear reactors as completing my prediction of clean nuclear fission

Advanced nuclear reactors could handle most of the long term radioactive materials (Uranium and Plutonium) and leave only materials with 30 years or less halflife and making up only 3% of the material by weight.

There are Fourth Generation nuclear reactor projects underway now and research on Thorium reactors in France and India.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/01/th_better_than_1.php

Prediction: Develop useful power generation from forms of nuclear fusion 2020+

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/08/bussard-fusion-may-be-funded.html

Bussard Fusion prototype

This is a prototype of the Bussard fusion system

If Robert Bussard's Inertial Electrostatic fusion system is made to work that would definitely fulfill my prediction.

As would

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/06/tri-alpha-energy-raises-40-million-in.html

Trialpha Energy has been funded for over $50 million and is working on colliding beam fusion

This a diagram of a colliding beam fusion system

Trialpha Energy's colliding beam fusion system

or

http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/05/follow-up-on-rapid-fire-z-machine.html

a rapid fire Z-machine fusion system
or the European laser fusion project or the ITER fusion project if they reach net positive energy generation capability.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE







  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE