One Trillion Sensors Embedded in Humans and Machines by 2020

By: | May 19th, 2013

According to scientists, humanity has begun its next major shift: we are now entering the “Hybrid Age”. Across the entire range of scientific and technological disciplines changes are occurring that were unimaginable a few decades ago.


Emerging as a central theme for this new age is “biomechatronics”: the fusing of engineering and life sciences. IndustryTap has reported on developments from “thinking machines” like Watson to “advanced prosthetics“, efforts to map genomes, the engineering of synthetic skin, mapping the brain, and discovering the fundamental building blocks of the universe. This all represents a completely new platform on which humanity will build new institutions and ways of living.

Like all revolutions the changes taking place are not without controversy. Genetically modifying plants and animals and eventually humans and combining and integrating them with advanced technologies like nanobots has bioethicists, law professors, and religious thinkers wondering what this will lead to.

Human Performance Moditication

Will we be able to, and should we, redesign our minds, memories, physiology, and children? An emerging field, otherwise known as “Human Performance Modification,” may emerge as humanity’s central struggle of the new age in the way nuclear technologies emerged during the Cold War. It is a classic case of not what the technology is, but what humans decide to do with it.



Integrating Technology into Our Daily Lives & Maybe Even Our Bodies

Technologies like bionic implants will radically change the capabilities of average humans. Dexterous robots, avatars and humanoids are already starting to become a normal part of our everyday lives most notably in industrial and business settings but soon in homes and public spaces.

In a recent report by IBM it is estimated that the Hybrid Age will see the introduction of one trillion sensors connected to the Internet by 2015; sensors will be part of every technology from automobiles to fashion to eating utensils, you name it. All of this will add huge amounts of data to the world’s storage mediums.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys research and writing about cutting edge technologies that hold the promise of improving conditions for all life on planet earth.

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4 thoughts on “One Trillion Sensors Embedded in Humans and Machines by 2020

  1. PER89
    May 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

    So many novels and movies about what could go wrong. Murphy’s law will rule and mankind will suffer.

    1. Judith Victoria Douglas Author
      May 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Only if there’s an EMP burst…like from a CME from our sun or the galactic center.

  2. HenryGP
    May 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Let’s face it, sooner or later the reality will overtake fiction.

  3. George Dixon
    May 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    “Biomechatronics”: “Human Performance Modification,” all part of the NEW “Hybrid Age”
    Not only are they new sciences but they are words that 10-20 years ago only existed in “Science Fiction” . The day of “Dick Tracey’s phone, of Captain Kirks communicator or Spok’s note pad has past us. Science and Technology seems to be moving and developing fasted to a speed that will past our imagination, There seems at this stage the major concern will not be the developments but rather the ethics and the ability to ensure that it’s uses are for “Good rather than for “Evil”

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