FutureDr. José Cordeiro is a member of Nasa’s Singularity University and global think-tank The Millennium Project, and one of an increasing number of researchers encouraging everyone from schoolchildren to business leaders to think big – very big – about the future.

He said, do you want mental powers of calculation that make the most powerful supercomputer of today seem like an abacus? No problem. Do you want to beam your thoughts directly into the minds of others? Technology will provide the means to do so. It will even, Cordeiro proclaims, grant us immortality. What’s more, it may be coming sooner than many of us ever imagined.