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  1. Nice post.
    I’m a big fan of Arthur C Clarke, and I’ve read most of his books.

    Is my future technology predictions for the coming decade:
    I’m going to stick my neck out and say AI. But that might be wishful thinking.
    A massive increase in self-driving vehicles.
    The start of space tourism.
    The first manned mission to Mars, and definitely return to the moon.
    Virtual reality will finally become feasible.
    Medical science being able to grow replacement organs.
    More implantable medical devices.
    Foldable displays for phones and tablets.
    Smart devices in the home will become much more ubiquitous.
    A massive increase in robots in the workplace.
    A massive loss of jobs, because of further advancements in technology.

    What do you guys think?

  2. An easy one

    The Apple Watch and other such devices will continue to rapidly develop as sophisticated and affordable medical devices that more and more people will use

    Health insurers in the US are sometimes Giving them out for free to their members now

  3. // I’m going to stick my neck out and say AI. But that might be wishful thinking.//

    Depends on what you mean by “AI”, which in itself means very little. If you mean “smart” systems that react to language up to a certain level or that make decisions based on quantitave analysis, then we’ve already got that and it’s still far from “intelligence” in the normal meaning of the word and will most likely remain so.
    The trick is to somehow input world knowledge into systems and get them to simulate experience through such perception, and develop a certain “awareness”, which is very difficult without a physical body and emotions etc.

    But you’re right in that stem cell research will lead to great leaps forward in medicine. In fact, I think – and certainly hope – that the coming decade will see a huge fad for medical research among the young and researchers, sort of like the sudden fascination with digital technology in the 1980s that brought generations of bright young minds to this new world and lead to astounding results.

  4. Noel. Good post.

    Depends on what you mean by “AI”, which in itself means very little.

    Yes I should have made that one a bit clearer. Being an IT guy, when I say I actually mean true AI. As in being self-aware. In all honesty though, I don’t think we’ll see this in the next 10 years.

    I agree with you about the technology leaps in the 1980s. it’s thanks to Clive Sinclair and his ZX Spectrum that I did 30 years the fascinating work in IT.

    Another prediction I’m hoping will come true is that this text to speech will get better. 😁

  5. Text to speech and vice versa will get better by necessity. The US courts have ruled that the ADA applies to company websites and lawsuits (not so much for $ but for equal service) are being filed across the country. The Supremes refused to hear the big test case earlier this year meaning the state court’s ruling stands and major corps are rushing to make their websites accessible. I won an Amazon Cloud hackathon for innovation on digital accessibility last year. Immunotherapy therapy like stem cell therapy is the wave of the future. Tried to get my better half into a Car T cell trial–Chimeric antigen receptor T cells are T cells that have been genetically engineered to produce an artificial T-cell receptor for use in immunotherapy–last year. Sadly, he didn’t qualify but many will be ‘cured’ of incurable blood cancers going forward.

  6. AI like Dave refers to is exciting. We just acquired an AI company. No more outsourcing this type of IT…it’s too important.
    About tech taking away jobs–yes jobs as we know them but also creating new jobs. I did a youth project with the NY Academy of sciences last year. They estimated that 60% of kids in elementary school today will have jobs that currently don’t exist in today’s world.

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