Because of the exponential nature of technological improvements, 10 years is a long time to consider technology development. Sylvain Rochon, Int’l speaker, futurist, writer and author of the book ‘Engineering Paradise: Are you Ready?’ talks about which known technologies will mature in the next decade and how they may spur new advancements.
Technology We Can Look Forward To
First, let’s establish certainties. High speed internet (5G or better) will cover the whole globe, thanks to companies like SpaceX and others within the next 10 years. This gives the entire world access to highly reliable, very low latency wireless Internet access, which means universal access to all the information anyone could ever want.
Impactful certainty is the maturation of weak AI tools in all markets and every industry: art, industry, commerce, entertainment, engineering, management, research, sports. You name it, AI will be there to take on every repetitive task we can imagine. This will occur because these AI will be more cost efficient and give better results with more reliability than any human expert on the planet.
Many of these AI will also network with other expert weak AI to solve much larger problems for us. This will indeed change the nature of work and what humans will do for work, if there is anything left…
What AI Will Mean for the Future
While these technologies mature, they will enable several exciting possibilities for our society that we could not even consider before:
- Transportation networks that operate as a crowd of intelligent, learning vehicles that dynamically adapt to situations on demand without human intervention.
- Completely automated supply chains, increasing efficiency, convenience, and cost to the consumer while reducing waste, energy consumption, and environmental impact.
- All software-as-a-service will become possible with most handheld devices; computers now converted to mere terminals, with all computing done on high-performance servers or quantum computers. No need to install and update software on your device ever again.
- With the help of maturing 3D printing technology, automatic production of most simple items is commonplace using custom files downloadable from the Internet, even at home. Businesses need much less inventory, and what inventory they have is maintained by intelligent software solutions to minimize use of space. Items can be printed and shipped on demand to destination from raw materials at cost.
Jobs Markets Will Be Affected
These developments, among others, will create fundamental shifts in the job market that politicians cannot ignore. We cannot retrain everyone as technologists or engineers. Therefore, our economy must change how it has been operating for the past thousand years. Our political and social systems will have no choice but to adapt to the new realities these disruptive technologies bring.
For more insights on what the future will hold for us, visit Rochon’s website.