Originally Posted by Andreas
I'm kinda rolling my eyes at the camp that are getting excited over this. No one has been able to quantify this for me. Most are completely unable to even put it in laymans terms, never mind tell me what possible practical applications this could have. I've got the whole 'Dude you have no imagination' and 'Hoverboards!' thing several times from people already. Half the super excited people haven't got a shagging clue what this means for us. People need to chill. It's not even been confirmed that it is the Higgs boson, just a boson. It will take several weeks if not months to confirm that. People need to chill, 'specially those like me who have no idea whatsoever about what it actually means.
what it means is:
If they've found the Higgs Boson (they haven't claimed that yet, they've claimed to have found a new Boson, whether or not it's the Higgs is yet to be anounced), then it will have proven the standard model to be correct.
If the standard model is correct, it means many of the currently theoretical models which are hypothesized around the standard model being correct are likely to gain more ground, and therefor more funding and research, which means new waves of technology.
i hope this clears things up for you.
of course "what new technology" is a good question, and it's yet to be seen. it's interesting for sure.