How Will Technology trends Change Our Lives In The Future

How Will Technology trends Change Our Lives In The Future

I discuss several technology trends in my book, Tech Trends in Practice, which are already permeating daily life. However, the following five, in my opinion, will have the most effects on our society and the human species as a whole.

Artificial Intelligence

 A machine’s capacity to learn and act intelligently is referred to as artificial intelligence, or AI, and machine learning. This means that robots are able to make decisions, perform tasks, and even predict the future based on what they learn from data.

You might be surprised to realisee how much more of a part AI and machine learning already play in daily life. Every Google search you conduct, Alexa, Siri, Amazon’s product recommendations, Netflix and Spotify’s tailored recommendations, security checks for unauthorized credit card payments, dating applications, fitness trackers… Each is controlled by AI.

AI will change practically all facets of contemporary life. According to Stephen Hawking, “The biggest event in human history would be the success of developing AI.” “Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we find how to avoid the risks,” said Hawking in response.

For society and human life as we know it, there are potentially enormous concerns, especially in light of the fact that certain nations are vying with one another to develop autonomous weapons with AI capabilities. Many more technologies are based on the foundation of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. We wouldn’t have made the incredible strides in the Internet of Things, virtual reality, chatbots, facial recognition, robotics, automation, or self-driving cars, to mention a few, without AI, for example.

AI will also change how human occupations are done. Automation powered by AI will have a big influence and could result in the loss of many employment. But I don’t subscribe to the idea that robots will take over all human occupations in a gloomy future; instead, I think AI will improve our lives at work. Human work will be improved by AI, and new jobs will appear to take their place.

Additionally, I think that our distinctively human qualities, such as creativity, empathy, and critical thinking, will become even more valued and precious in the workplaces of the future as machines grow more intelligent and capable of performing more human duties.

Genetic Engineering

Biology’s interdisciplinary discipline of genomics focuses on deciphering and modifying the DNA and genomes of living things. A group of technologies known as gene editing makes it possible to use genetic engineering to modify the DNA and genetic makeup of living things.

As a result of biotechnology’s advancements, it is now possible to change a cell’s DNA, which will affect the features that its progeny will inherit. In plants, this might have an impact on the number of leaves or the color, but in people, it might have an impact on things like height, eye color, or the propensity to get sick. This creates an almost infinite number of opportunities because it implies that any inherited trait in a living thing might possibly be altered.

The field of medicine is where gene editing is being used extensively. The correction of DNA abnormalities, which can result in major ailments like cancer or heart disease, is one of the most fascinating ongoing efforts. However, there are a lot of ethical, legal, and hypothetical considerations when it comes to genetic modification and editing, possibly more so than with any other technology. Human genome editing is currently prohibited in many nations, including the majority of Europe, because its long-term effects remain unknown.

When anything has the potential to change society as much as genomics, it’s easy to get carried away with ideas of how it could be possible to eradicate cancer or even forever extend human life. Such significant advancements are most likely still decades away, assuming they are even conceivable. In the short run, it is probably more productive to concentrate on solving smaller issues that will have an immediate influence on the real world.

Computer-Human Interfaces

Wearable technology and human-computer interfaces are created to enhance human performance physically and possibly mentally and to help us live longer, healthier lives. Fitness tracker bands and smartwatches are two of the most widely used wearables on the market right now. These compact, simple-to-wear gadgets usually monitor our activities and give us information about how to live healthier, better, and more productive lives.

The term “wearable” refers to a variety of devices that are not necessarily worn on the body or on the wrist, such as smart running shoes that can analyze your stride and performance, robotic prosthetics, and robotic wearable technology used in industrial settings.

The sheer variety of wearables will increase as technology becomes smaller and better, and new, smaller, and smarter goods will replace the wearables we are accustomed to today. For instance, smart contact lenses are anticipated to replace the smart spectacles that are already available. After that, smart eye implants are anticipated to take the role of smart contact lenses.

Many people are of the opinion that technological advancements like these may eventually lead to the creation of really augmented humans, transhumans, or “humans 2.0,” whose bodies have been given a sports car makeover in order to attain improved physical and mental performance. This would revolutionize the medical field and ultimately, perhaps even put our conception of what it is to be human in jeopardy.

On a societal level, there may be a danger of an increase in the gap between the Haves and the Have Nots. Technology holds out the possibility of extending our lives and making them healthier, possibly even giving us the ability to live forever, but most likely only for those who can afford it. Imagine a world where the wealthy are essentially immortal superhumans, while the rest of the population is average and poor. There is also a more general ethical debate over whether we should desire to live extraordinarily long lives in light of the enormous strain such a lifestyle would place on our earth.

Long-Term Reality (XR)

The extended reality, or XR for short, refers to the use of technology to produce more immersive digital experiences. It includes virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality.

In actuality, XR is being utilized to improve workplace learning, increase customer service, let customers experience products before they buy, and other organizational procedures.

People can experience the world in thrilling and brand-new ways thanks to XR technologies. The world is already using XR technology in very practical ways, and it will probably fundamentally alter how we use technology. In fact, over $3 billion was made globally in 2018 through mobile-based AR experiences like the Pokemon Go app. XR is also the user interface for the metaverse, a concept for a virtual environment where we can assume any identity while playing games, interacting with others, attending events, or doing anything else akin to what is depicted in the movie “Ready Player One.”

Given that XR headsets can be expensive, large, and cumbersome, accessibility and availability are apparent challenges to be overcome. But as the technology becomes more accessible, economical, and pleasurable to use, the likelihood that it will be widely adopted will only rise. The privacy issues and potential psychological and physical effects of highly immersive technologies will be the main hurdles.

3D Printing

Additive manufacturing, sometimes referred to as 3D printing, is the process of producing a 3D item layer by layer from a digital file. While gene editing and artificial intelligence may seem like higher-tech advancements, 3D printing has the potential to drastically change the manufacturing and other industries.

Future manufacturers could easily produce replacement components for equipment on-site using 3D printing. The use of 3D printers could replace entire assembly lines. We could print food, weapons, and even human tissue for organ transplants.

Although 3D printing technology offers numerous advantages, there are also drawbacks, difficulties, and problems that must be faced. We must take into account the environmental impact of the printers themselves, even though it has the potential to lessen the environmental impact of manufacturing by using fewer resources overall.

The ability of 3D printing to easily and cheaply generate fake license items creates issues for intellectual property owners as well. Another issue is the ease with which weapons can be 3D manufactured. The possibility of mass product customisation offered by 3D printing is one aspect of it that I find really interesting. Products and Designs may now be altered to accommodate special requests for orders thanks to 3D printing, and this includes everything from customized sneakers to food that is tailored to each person’s nutritional requirements.

Watch out for these developments because, in my opinion, they have the greatest potential to affect how people live today and how our society develops. Join my email and check out my books, “Tech Trends in Practice” and “Business Trends in Practice” to stay up to date on these and other trends.


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