The BBC published an article recently about some scientists in Switzerland unveiling of the world’s first thought-controlled wheelchair. To control the wheelchair’s movement you simply have to think about moving your arms left or right and the chair follows suit. Quite a remarkable invention that will lead to great things!
The near future: I expect to see this type of technology integrated in daily tasks which are currently housed in smartphones, car dashboards, and personal computers. Imagine changing channels on a TV or switching web pages on a browser simply by thinking about it.
The distant future: A universe of information at the tips of your thoughts; conducting Google searches by thoughts while in the middle of an intellectual conversation with a colleague — without any indications in the physical world that you are conducting such research. Integrated with some sort of optical-neural device such as the contact lenses I discussed earlier this year.