"For the first time in history, the fields of neuroscience, biomechanics, robotics, mathematics, computer science, materials science, tissue engineering and nanotechnology are starting to merge — sharing their expertise on an unprecedented scale. Writing in Scientific American magazine earlier this year, Bill Gates captured this sense of excitement when he declared that the emergence of the robotics industry today is comparable to the development of the computer industry 30 years ago. All of this, coupled with exponentially increasing computer power, and falling software price and size, has experts predicting that our future relationship with technology will be much more intimate [than one can imagine]."
Robotics, according to the Times Online, is the wave of the future: "Forget iPods and BlackBerries. Soon, we will transfer information by thought, run faster and further without tiring, and orgasm on demand. What started as a quest to help the disabled will revolutionise the lives of the able-bodied."
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