Who said having in-depth knowledge of something is a necessary step to talking about it? And, yes, that’s satire, but, even if it makes me hypocritical, I’m doing it anyway. Because, it’s a new year, and the technological singularity is a thing that exists and will only exist more: so, I figured I’d go and tally up some technological innovations I expect to come into a more prominent place this year of 2018.
Don’t hold me to this, but I suspect we are going to at least see…eh, twenty percent of these? Seems likely. I once, before, covered my expectations for the next ten years, but I mean these ones for 2018, by December 31.
I already have a bunch of little A.I.s living in my house. They are all coded female, and that might have societal implications less than ideal…but, still, with the rising prominence of our little voice-controlled friends, I see houses becoming increasingly automated, and housing companies selling pre-rigged smart houses, if they are not already doing so.
More Self-Driving Features
We are still not quite to the days of self-driving cars, but we already have cruise control worlds beyond the old version of it, and I foresee features like that coming more into prominence as the days go along.
Yeah, the Google Glass failed—but that does not mean it was a bad idea. We need to refine it or alter it, or at the very least come up with a cheaper model to allow mass-market sales.
Customization to People
iPhone can recall what our eyes and faces look like. So, there must exist a database somewhere. Since monitoring of our lives is happening anyway, it would not surprise me if advertisement signs or something equally ubiquitous used that data to tailor certain displays to our recorded personalities.
Stronger Feedback AR
So, if you’ve never used one of the new AR gaming set-ups then you are in for some mind-blowing stuff. We can now fool the visual centers easily—but how about more than a person’s eyes? Haptic and temperature feedback, perhaps?
Well, we’ll need to see if I am correct. A one year wait for that. But, in the meantime, look towards the future. Even if it is a tad scary.