Technologies now found practically everywhere, robots as smart as people, use of wind and solar energy – these are but a few of the many trends that can seriously affect our future. Futurist Ray Hammond provides a look at some of the trends worth paying attention to.
The most experienced futurist in Europe, who has spent more than thirty years researching and talking about factors that will have an influence over the future and business, will appear at LMT Smart Future forum with a lecture on future trends.
Here are some of the modern trends that Hammond believes should not be ignored.
Robot will keep becoming ‘more human’
Development of artificial intelligence and robotics forces the question as how soon will mankind witness the creation of robots with sentience similar to that of humans. Futurists believe this could happen somewhere between 2030 and 2050.
Even now aircraft manufacturers carry out the development of humanoid robots, capable of moving around in an enclosed space, rough terrain and carrying out maintenance work. It is also clear that space exploration is not possible without highly-developed robots.
«I believe the future belongs to our descendants – very clever self-replicating machines that will inherit the human spirit and will spread out to different star systems to become inhabitants of the Universe,» – Hammond said.
Smart devices that carefully monitor their wearer’s state of health
Small devices like that are perfect for health monitoring and registration of compiled data useful for health sustenance. New and more developed smart assistants are but one of many thresholds for revolutionary changes in medicine and healthcare: from curing dangerous diseases to the improvement of overall quality of life. Even now researchers are developing mobile analysers that help determine the concentration of different substances in saliva
«We live in a time known as the fourth industrial revolution, when one of the main objectives is smart and rational use of technologies. The driving force behind it is smart assistants, powerful 4G mobile communications and innovative solutions. LMT works hard to make Latvia one of the first countries to have 5G mobile network. This means not only the possibility of using the Internet on computers and smart devices, but also the ability to include industrial networks and entire cities into a single network, opening the way for new forms of cooperation and development,» – says LMT President Juris Binde.
E-vehicles that allow manufacturers to replace oil with more ecological fuel
Cars have been using petrol and diesel fuel for nearly one hundred years. Technology has come a long way since the creation of the first car. So much so, that an average electronic car can travel 800 km on a single charge.
«Replacement of petrol with electricity does not mean the replacement of energy sources, because electricity is generated anyway and fumes are produced as a result. Nevertheless, an e-car is the perfect solution for more effective use of resources. Furthermore, it is important to secure new energy sources and change our established lifestyle,» – believes city planning specialist, architect Toms Kokins.
According to experts, it is important to consider ways of making fossil fuel more ecological. Solar and wind energy, biomass and atom energy – only thing left is to pick the most appropriate choice for each region.
Cash will soon disappear, but not banks
«I was convinced that there would be no money in the modern society, but I can bet you have a least a five in your pocket,» – the British futurist mentioned in an interview to CNET.
«In addition to banks, written alphabet, mathematics and navigation, money is one of the greatest virtual innovations ever created by mankind. Banks have done a lot to shape the modern society the way it is now,» – he said.
China as an example of globalization as the best remedy for poverty
Inclusion of China into the World Trade Organization and the collapse of customs borders that followed shortly after is one of the most notable examples that confirm – globalization and international trade were, are and will be the driving force for many changes in the next decades.
«We can describe globalization as a tendency when rich countries exploit smaller and poorer countries and a phenomenon that contributes to peace and decline of poverty. Both descriptions have weight. It is also worth keeping in mind that globalization is the best available option to combat poverty at least to some extent. The key words of a successful solution should be ‘ethical’ and ‘stable’,» – Hammond admits.