Not even science fiction has been able to capture the next world. The human being is on the way to becoming an authentic machine, connected to the Internet and with the same smart capabilities that a mobile phone could have today. That is, at least, one of the predictions, and artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and robotics will have much to say about it.
This is determined by the American Singularity University, located at the Ames Research Center of NASA, and whose predictions in the report Countdown to the Singularity pose several of the scenarios to which the society will focus due to technological advances until 2038. The first of them will arrive this year through quantum supremacy, a challenge faced by giants like Google for creating a processor with a margin of error so small that it exceeds current supercomputers.
Quantum computing is based on the laws of quantum physics, which overlap with the norms of computer science. According to the predictions of Singularity University, this same year will be the first resolution of a quantum calculation impossible to simulate using classic supercomputers.
This year, emotions will also be implanted in artificial intelligences. Companies have identified this feature as a necessary factor to establish a more humane and effective link with the user. This will make it possible for a person to scream angry at the name of Alexa or Siri and they answer with a «please, do not do that, you have hurt my feelings».
In the next two years, 5G networks will host connection speeds of between ten and one hundred gigabits in smartphones, artificial intelligence will be used to offer support to medical professionals, recommending diagnostics and therapies in most of the health services in the United States, and the first flying vehicles will take off in some cities of the world.
At the beginning of the next decade, 3D printing will be able to print clothing and modules for the creation of homes, according to Singularity University. Users can travel legally in autonomous vehicles throughout the United States and children’s toys will be smart, so they will have built-in machine learning.
In addition, the robots will coexist with middle-income families and will be able to read lips, gestures and have facial recognition. These will also have the ability to understand the conversational context, so they can interact with people working as receptionists and assistants in retail stores.
In 2024, the human being will tread Mars after having made the first manned missions to the planet, there will be ten million daily flights by drones (which will distribute packages), electric vehicles will account for half of total car sales and autonomous driving will conquer the highways. The manufacturing will begin to be replaced by automation and the tablets will be distributed free of charge in the regions of greatest poverty as part of a right to information and electronic commerce.
Virtual reality will become, on the other hand, a concern for some groups, since some people will live constantly connected to another world, according to Singularity University. The trips will begin to lose weight before the realistic experiences of the virtual reality, that will be able to transmit the sensation of being in a place with great verisimilitude.
In 2028, electric and autonomous cars will represent half of the vehicles that will circulate in urban centers and robots will maintain more human relationships with people. These will take care of the elderly and will be functional for personal hygiene and food preparation.
In the next decade, artificial intelligence will pass the Turing test, which means it will equal or surpass human intelligence in any area. Multiple oil companies will have declared bankruptcy due to the scarce use of fossil fuels and medical nanorobots will expand the immunological capacities of people.
By 2038, longevity treatments will be available routinely and covered by insurance policies, extending the average life of people between thirty and forty years. Smart cities will be a reality on a global scale, functional with solar energy and with ubiquitous services powered by artificial intelligence.
Everyday life will be, according to Singularity University, unrecognizable as we imagine it, since hyperreality will be part of the daily life of the human being thanks to technologies attached to the body. The virtual and augmented reality will be coupled to what people will see in the real world, which will make the individuals are connected at all times to the Network.