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THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN IN THIS DECADE (2020s)

uzochukwueddie profile image Uzochukwu Eddie Odozi ・3 min read

According to Wikipedia, the future is the time after the present. Its arrival is considered inevitable due to the existence of time and the law of physics. Well, here we are not going to talk about the laws of physics but instead about the technological events that will happen in this decade.

As we know, sometimes the future is uncertain. Over the years, predictions have been made about the future. According to experts in different fields of endeavours, predictions have been made about this decade. For now, this is how we see the future.

ADVANCEMENT IN QUANTUM COMPUTING

Google scientists announced in October 2019 that they have achieved quantum supremacy. The phrase quantum supremacy was coined by physicist John Preskill and it refers to the use of a quantum computer to make a calculation much faster than we know how to do it even with the fastest supercomputers available. Quantum computers are complicated and fragile machines that will one day work alongside todays computers and supercomputers. It is worth noting that they won’t be ready in the next ten years, but within this decay a significant advancement will be achieved.

THERS'S AI EVERYWHERE

Will artificial intelligence destroy the human race in the next decade? We don't know. What's for sure is that AI will play an increasing role in our lives. The change will be gradual, according to Dan Pitchford, co-founder of AI Business, but it will also be profound. "In ten years' time we will likely be living and working in a way that has AI organically embedded within all aspects of our lives," he says.

OBJECTS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES

We need to get used to the idea of things doing stuff for themselves. That means robots, drones, vehicles and appliances. And it means more than just a machine being programmed to do things – AI will allow machines to interact with their surroundings and with people. According to Gartner research, these ‘autonomous things’ will increasingly be deployed in uncontrolled public spaces. And we may see them acting collaboratively in swarms on the factory floor or working together in the delivery market: an autonomous delivery vehicle could move goods to the target area, and then robots and drones on board the vehicle could affect the final delivery.

5G MOVES TO THE NEXT PHASE

The arrival of 5G and its potential benefits have well been documented. The less well-known phase of 5G technology is focused more on industrial applications. It is designed to improve 5G performance indoors, particularly in environments that have been historically challenging, such as buildings with metal shelving or conveyor belts. Gradually, over the next ten years, this will bring flexible, massive-scale connectivity to the world of manufacturing and logistics, further supporting the rise of Industry 4.0 and the smart factory.

RISE OF COBOT (COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS)

Will you be replaced by a robot in the coming decade? Probably not. Will you find yourself working next to a robot? Possibly. According to McKinsey Global Institute, about 30 per cent of the activities in 60 per cent of all occupations could be automated. So-called ‘cobots’ are designed to physically interact safely with humans in a shared workspace. They’re relatively cheap and can be easily programmed to do a variety of tasks. We humans are likely to concentrate on more complex, creative stuff.

BLOCKCHAIN FOR ALL

The first blockchain technology was introduced in the last decade. There were lots of hype, but it seemed to have stalled. Other than cryptocurrency making lots of money for some and allowing others to lose quite a lot, the technology seems to have had little effect on our daily lives. But with time, once all the elements of blockchain are fully developed and deployed, including tokenization and decentralization, it could well start to change our lives in a significant way.

HUMAN COMPUTER-PLUS

The aim of linking the brains with computers will see a significant development in this decade. It is unlikely we will be communing with our computers in the 2020s, but other ways of augmenting our bodies with technologies may flourish, from chips embedded under our skin to good Google Glass, allowing us to see the world through data-aided eyes.

REALITY GETS MORE EXTENDED

Overlaying digital information onto the real world has countless applications, from healthcare to real estate, and from entertainment to outdoor navigation, and its commercial potential seems equally limitless. This decade will see reality get more extended.

Conclusion

There are lots of technological advancements that will be made in this decade

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But most of these technology advances do not advance society. Especially things like AI will make it worse. Yes, there are good applications of the technology, but the vast majority will degrade the quality of life for the majority (even though they do not realize it).

 

In each revolution there have been losses of jobs but new jobs are also created. I think a lot of people will be impacted by those technologies in a unfavorable way as you said. However new opportunities will be created. Maybe these changes will happen too fast for some of us and will not let us react but the new generations will adapt in a better way and hopefully they will enjoy a better world.

 

This is not about losses of job (types).

A lot of automation was created with the purpose of making work easier for people. So that work was less stressful. In cases where they succeeded instead of people being able to do the same amount of work, with less stress, and with better quality. The bean counters concluded that they could do more work instead. This resulted in more stress and generally lower quality.

With the advent of more processing power and cheaper storage it became possible to store more and more data about people's actions. Now that there is stored and measurable data, people suddenly thing they can extra information from it in a magical way, and predict the present and future. This kind of pseudo science is not new. Things like phrenology, polygraphs, ... are all based on data misuse, and have been used in really bad ways. The same thing has happened, and is still happening, with data retrieved with newer technology. AI and machine learning is adding kerosene to this tire fire. If the AL/ML system has no transparency in they way the come to a conclusion you don't know if they work correctly. This will lead to people being discriminated based on bad models.

Technology should improve quality of life, the larger audience, the better. But it should not reduce quality of life for anybody.

 

New tech often disrupts briefly then if it has value will be adopted and those who were disrupted find other things to do. The social contract needed is to enable that process of finding new things, which has often been lacking previously.