Scientists from around the globe are bandying about ideas on how to geoengineer the sky, turn skin into stem cells and make marine parks in the ocean right now. And they’re doing it in San Diego.
In what’s billed the “Olympics of Science,” thousands of researchers are presenting their work, from the academic to the otherworldly, at the country’s largest annual scientific conference at the downtown Convention Center through today.
Locals are well represented in the American Association for the Advancement of Science program.
Qualcomm co-founder and former CEO Irwin Jacobs, in a talk Friday, forecast a world where hundreds of billions of devices talk to each other. In the futuristic “Internet of Things” cars, dog collars and shipping boxes pass data amongst themselves about where they are, what they’re doing and the weather.
A wireless world where our stuff cyber-communicates could mushroom the wireless market to 50 billion devices by 2020. Although Jacobs said a mere 10 billion may be a more accurate estimate. In either case, wireless devices would outnumber people by the billions.
Jacobs opened his talk by pronouncing, “It’s okay to leave your cell phones on.”