In spite of the continuing messages, technology has often provided global improvements in the life of mankind, from the invention of fire to the assistance of increasingly powerful computers.
Despite this pessimistic vision, and even the apocalyptic messages of the Neoludites (dressed by Frankenstein's syndrome), many are the authors who propose a much more promising technological future. A relevant message especially in Spain, where 23% of Spaniards declare themselves a technophobe, according to the study of Capgemini, prepared in 16 countries to measure online shopping habits.
Some points listed below may be too utopian, but it is also true that this gives us a broader horizon to travel. One of the most powerful books in that regard is Abundance, from Peter H. Diamandis, which addresses some of the advances that await us in a short time of this guide:
as our increasingly fast computers help us design better technologies, we humans will begin to use them in our own bodies: as a neuroprosthesis to increase our cognitive ability; nanobots to repair the ravages of diseases; Bionic hearts to postpone decrepitude. In Steven Levy's book, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives, Google co-founder Larry Page describes the future of research in similar terms: "This Google will be incorporated into people's brains When you think of something you don't know much about, you will get the information automatically. " Kurzweil welcomes this possibility. Others do not feel comfortable with such a situation, and they think it would be the time when we would stop being "we" and start becoming "them", although this may not be the case.
On the advances of computers and robotics, the specialists Eric Schmidt Y Jared Cohen, they write the following in their book Digital future:
Other advances in areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence and voice recognition will introduce efficiency in our lives, providing more means of connecting with technology in our daily routines. Fully automatic human-looking robots with magnificent artificial intelligence skills will likely be out of reach for most people for some time due to the price, but the average American consumer will soon find it affordable to have a different number of multipurpose robots. IRobot's Roomba technology, the progenitor of this field of “domestic” consumer robots (introduced in 2002), will eventually become more sophisticated and fulfill other additional purposes.
Relying on these increasingly sophisticated integrated systems, both the personal and professional part of our lives will be easier, and we can also use our free time more effectively:
As security guarantees are implemented to protect privacy and prevent data loss, these systems will free us from many small burdens; including errands, lists of things to do and various “supervision” tasks; which today add stress and occupy our minds throughout the day. Our own neurological limits, which lead us to forgetfulness and neglect, will be supplemented by information systems designed to facilitate our needs. Two of these examples are memory “prostheses”; calendars and lists of things to do; and social “prostheses”, which connect us instantly with that friend who has the relevant knowledge for that task that must be faced.
Chris Andersonin his book Makers, is strongly optimistic with this technology. Too Peter H. Diamandis in Abundance:
While the first machines were simple and slow, the current versions are fast and agile and capable of printing with a wide range of materials: plastic, glass, steel and even titanium. Industrial designers use 3D printers to do anything from lampshades and glasses to custom artificial prostheses. They are even used in hobbies, producing robots that work and airplanes that fly autonomously. Biotechnology companies are experimenting with 3D organ printing, while inventor Behrokh Khoshnevis, an engineering professor at the University of Southern California, has developed a large-scale 3D printer that releases cement for house building Cheap with several rooms in developing countries. Technology is also ready to leave our world. A company that is a spin-off of the Singularity University, "Made in Space", has built a 3D printer that works in the absence of gravity, so that the astronauts of the International Space Station can print parts when they need it.
The democracy of the future could be in real time and, in addition, delegate our vote to the people we consider most competent in matters on which we must decide. In this scenario, professional politicians or parties would not even be important. You can read more about it in Do you no longer trust any political party? Welcome to liquid democracy.
Internet of Things
A new quantum leap could occur shortly thanks to the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things concept was proposed by Kevin Ashton at the MIT Auto-ID Center in 1999. In a nutshell, it means that many of the objects around us will acquire some characteristics of a smartphone. According to ABI Research, more than 30,000 million devices will connect wirelessly to the Internet of Things by 2020. And what will we do as such amount of data? This explains Jeremy Rifkin in his book The society of zero marginal cost:
they will be processed through advanced analyzes and transformed by predictive algorithms that will be programmed in automated systems to improve thermodynamic efficiency, drastically increase productivity and reduce almost marginally the marginal cost of producing and distributing a whole range of goods and services throughout the economy.
And you? What technologies do you think will change our lives more? If you like to play with the imagination, you can even participate in a prize for the most striking idea (as long as it fits in a 140-character tweet with the hashtag #cocinaconBosch) and do so with a kitchen robot).