Brains downloaded to hard drives, space tourism, and self-driving cars are all well and good, but what does the more immediate technological future hold?
One indication of what's coming soon is to see what products manufacturers are offering to brand-name consumer electronics firms. At last month's Hong Kong Electronics Fair there were some telling trends among the thousands of companies hawking their wares. It's the largest tech trade show in terms of exhibitors, with over 3,900 companies crowding into endless aisles of busy booths.
The show is an interesting barometer of what's coming...
The ownership rate of tablet computers in the U.S. has reached 31 percent as of last month, more than doubling the number for this time last year. That's according to the latest version of the Consumer Electronics Association's tablet rankings.