The following are some leaps that could occur during this millennium. For each, consider the impact on society and on business. Who will benefit and who will be hurt, at least in the short run?
1-The development of a cheap source of energy that was virtually unlimited, yet small enough to fit in a pocket
2-The development of a "transporter," similar to the one used on "Star Trek," that could ship both goods and people across the street or around the world cheaply and instantaneously
3-The development of special memory chips that could be implanted in the human brain, designed to impart specific skills and knowledge without the need to "learn" in the standard way
4-The development of an easily accessible information source, available virtually free simultaneously to anyone in the world, that allows both information dissemination and simultaneous communication with anyone who had the proper equipment (WAIT that one is already taking shape on the Internet! How will it change our future?)