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The Future of Computers

Future ComputersComputers have come a long way in the last 50 years. In 1963, computers weighed hundreds of pounds and were the size of refrigerators. They were slow, cumbersome and cost so much that only big businesses and the U.S. government could afford them.

Today, computers are everywhere — on our desks, in our laps and in our pockets. Computers play games and movies. They connect us through sight, sound and text while providing us instant access to virtually the sum total knowledge of all mankind. And they’re so cheap they’re now found in almost every home in America.

But this is just the beginning. As amazing as the last half-century has been, experts tell us that computer technology is still only in its awkward adolescence. What can we expect from computers in the years ahead? Predictions include:

Wearable Computers. Google is already developing computer-enabled eyewear called “Google Glass” that will allow you to access the Internet via voice commands. [1] Apple is reportedly working on a computer you wear like a wristwatch. [2]

Computers on a Chip. David Patterson, professor of computer science at University of California, Berkley, predicts that by 2020, all computer components will be able to fit on a single microchip. [3]

A Cure for Cancer. Patterson also predicts that computer-driven advances in genetic sequencing and nanotechnology (microscopic robots built one atom at a time) will allow us to successfully cure most cancers on a patient-by-patient basis within 10 to 15 years. [3]

Thought-Driven Computers. Apps like Siri and Google can already be accessed via voice commands. But experts tell us that, in the not-too-distant future, we’ll be communicating with our computers via pure thought. (We already have prosthetics — artificial limbs — that can be controlled this way.) [4]

Quantum Computers. The limits to which microchips can be miniaturized are expected to be reached by the middle of this decade. After that, computer engineers will start working in the Alice in Wonderland-like sphere of subatomic — or quantum — physics. The math gets a lot trickier here, but if what scientists are telling us is true, the entire civilized world will be one giant, interactive, thought-controlled computer network by mid-century. [5]

The Singularity. “The Singularity” is the theoretical point at which human intelligence and artificial intelligence become equal. Our leading futurists argue about the year in which this event is likely to take place, but most agree it will occur sometime between 2030 and 2050. What happens after that? No one can say for sure. But we’re told there will be an “intelligence explosion” that will make today’s computers — and the benefits they provide — look like stone hammers. [6]

Join the Tech Revolution with a Computer Information Science Degree from Everest University Online

You don’t have to be a full-on computer geek to be part of today’s technological revolution. Getting a degree in Computer Information Science can make you part of the movement, as well as open a wide range of career opportunities.

Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, offers both associate and bachelor’s online degree programs in Computer Information Science. Both computer degree programs can teach you valuable, marketable skills in such specialties as programming concepts, networking fundamentals and analysis. You’ll also get hands-on training in word processing, spreadsheets, software development and graphic design.

Online learning has many advantages. There’s no commuting involved. You can take your classes (and tests) from home or any other location with a broadband Internet connection. Your schedule is your own, allowing you to hold a full-time job or attend to family obligations at the same time you’re working for your degree. And you’ll be able to interact with instructors and fellow students via a variety of online communications, including real-time video.

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You can earn your online associate degree in Computer Information Science in as little as two years. Or you can earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as four years. For more information on these and other career-focused degree programs, contact Everest University today.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

[1] Source: http://www.google.com/glass/start/
[2] Source: http://www.macrumors.com/2011/12/19/apples-work-on-wearable-computer-concepts-includes-wrist-wrapping-ipod-with-siri/
[3] Source: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/12/06/science/20111206-technology-timeline.html
[4] Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/computer-technology-internet-20-years/
[5] Source: http://money.cnn.com/2006/07/26/magazines/fortune/futureoftech_quantum.fortune/index.htm
[6] Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity

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