Welcome to the Future!
Technical director of Google and the most famous technology futurologist Ray Kurzweil made a new portion of the predictions.
Most people will have several computers, although the meaning of the term itself will also change. The computing power of computers worth up to $ 4000 will reach 20 quadrillion calculations per second. Microcomputers will be built everywhere - in clothes, jewelry, furniture, and even in walls. The same applies to photos and video cameras, whose lenses are reduced to the size of a pinhead.
People will get virtual reality systems that form an image directly on their retina. Users will communicate with their computers through a two-way voice and gestural interface, almost without using the keyboard. Peripheral cables and wired interfaces will almost completely disappear.
All students will have access to computers. Basic training will be built in the form of distance adaptive courses, in which students and teachers will be present remotely.
Blind and visually impaired people will be able to wear glasses that will interpret the real world with speech. Similarly, deaf people will use wearable devices that convert speech into text or signs, and music into images or tactile sensations. An artificial retina, a bionic ear and other neuroimplants will also appear, but they will exist in a limited number.
Patients with spinal cord injuries will again be able to walk using the exoskeleton controlled via the brain-computer interface or direct commands from their own nerve endings.
Numerous tactile feedback devices will appear. For example, gloves or even entire costumes that broadcast remote touches. They will be used in virtual reality systems and for more emotional communication of people via the Internet, including virtual sex.
Volumetric grids of nanotubes will push silicon out of microelectronics. Instead of traditional algorithms, parallel neural networks and genetic algorithms will be massively used.
Automatic translation systems will become so effective that they will be widely used in professional fields and everyday life.
Internet access will be available from 85% of the earth's surface. It will become predominantly wireless and very cheap. Formal payment for it will be charged automatically.
Computer programs will learn to create objects of art at the level of contemporaries, or even better than them. There will be created AI paintings, musical compositions and sculptures.
Paper books will become a rarity. The main means for viewing texts will be thin, lightweight, portable displays with very high resolution.
Robots will become as familiar as pets. Governments in developed countries will begin to enact laws governing the relationship between humans and robots. A few years earlier, this will happen with virtual characters, with whom some will devote more time to communication than to conversations with living people.
Autopilot and driver assistance systems will be widespread in cars, trucks and public transport. In a number of countries, people will not be allowed to drive a car without an electronic assistant driver. Between 2020 and 2025, compact personal aircraft will appear.
Wearable electronics will begin to be crowded out by implantable. We will learn how to effectively deal with the aging process and will constantly extend our life with the help of nanorobots and other technologies that do not even have a name yet.
Alternative energy will be one of the key technologies for the development of all others. It will be approved as the dominant concept. Solar panels will become so efficient that they are enough to cover most of the energy costs.
The program will not only be able to fully pass the Turing test, but will make it better than many real interlocutors. A computer for a thousand dollars will be orders of magnitude superior to the brain of the average person in most areas.
Brain modeling will be much more accurate. The functions of hundreds of different subregions, the algorithms of their development and operation will be determined. They will be decrypted and included in the algorithms of neural networks.
Many people will voluntarily become cyborgs, and because of the abundance of implants, the term “human being” itself will be rethought. Bodies will make cars in any large hospital.
Computer implants with direct connection to the brain and separate groups of neurons will appear.They will be able to endow a person with supernormal abilities - to enhance perception, improve memory, increase reaction speed and reduce training time.
Computers will be trained without human intervention. Non-biological forms of intelligence will combine the subtlety of the organization of the human mind with speed, memory and endless possibilities for sharing knowledge of machine intelligence.
Almost all cars will become self-driving. Agricultural work and transport systems will also be fully automated.
The development of AI will lead to the emergence of social movements for the rights of machines. The global orbital defense program will effectively prevent large meteorites and asteroids from falling to Earth.
Transhumanism will be one of the key areas. Neuroimplants will allow you to quickly get career guidance and any specific knowledge. Own cells of the body can be programmed for new functions and treatment of diseases.
Internet traffic will increase hundreds of millions of times, and search engines will be embedded everywhere. Requests to them can be sent even by thought through BCI.
The first realization of physical immortality: nanorobots help overcome apoptosis and protect the body from any negative effects.
Food is usually assembled by nanorobots from scrap materials. Such food is completely indistinguishable from the "natural", but can be arbitrarily modified by a simple modification of the program. For example, it may become more or less high in calories, change the content of amino acids, vitamins, microelements, or even initially incorporate enzymes into its composition for its digestion. Technology for the production of synthetic food will solve the problem of hunger and make food extraction independent of climatic conditions and the availability of natural resources.
The distinction between virtual reality and what is commonly called the “real world” will be completely erased. Contribute to this will be the development of augmented reality systems, and the fact that almost all physical objects will be able to perform immediate self-assembly or change their properties.
2072 — 2099
Nanotechnology will generate picotechnology. People will learn to manipulate structures with a dimension of one trillionth of a meter.The era of technological singularity will begin, which will spread beyond the Earth along with humanity. Our thinking no longer has advantages over artificial intelligence. People and cars have merged at all levels of being. Many people do not have a permanent form. They exist in the form of programs, their consciousness is able to control several different physical bodies at once and create new ones. The boundaries between the real manifestations of personalities are gradually erased, so it is impossible to determine exactly how many people live on Earth and beyond.