Most predictions of the future are overly bland or biased or uninformed, or unrealistic. There is no reason to believe this one is any different, but one can hope.
I predict that some forward looking person from an Islamic country (similar to the Ansari family of X-prize fame, who are of Persian origin) will start a program to build a quantum computer. The program will FAR surpass its competitors in less than ten years. This, I believe, could be accomplished if the benefactors of the program install some very wise leaders to oversee the program.
According to this article written by someone called Huda:
“The Qur’an calls upon Muslims to look around them and study the physical world, so that they might appreciate the majesty of Allah’s creation”.
During the Middle Ages (particularly in the 7th-13th centuries C.E.), Islamic science was the best in the world, much better than anything in Europe or anywhere else. During that time, Muslims made significant inventions and discoveries in medicine, astronomy, mathematics, geography, chemistry, botany, and physics. In physics, for example, they discovered the law of conservation of momentum and Snell’s law. Latin translations from the original Arabic of the writings of the Persian Al-khwarizmi (780- 850 C.E.) brought to Europe for the first time the so called “Arabic” number system (first invented in India) that is universally used today. Prior to that, Europeans had been using the cumbersome Roman numeral system for commerce and accounting. According to Huda:
These English words are rooted in the Arabic language, demonstrating the influence of Muslim scholars in these fields:
• cipher (zero)
Abdus Salam (1926-1996), a Pakistani in love with his country and a devout Muslim of the Ahmadiyya sect, won (together with Sheldon Glashow and Steven Weinberg) the 1979 Physics Nobel prize. Salam was the first Muslim to win the prize.
About 20% of the world’s population is Muslim.