Experts predict a future in which, by the year 2100, humans will reside in underground cities and be guided and mentored by artificial intelligence (AI). The advancements described below, both promising and challenging, offer a glimpse into what might become our reality, as discussed by various experts, according to Daily Mail.
‘Digital Humans’ Integration
Humanoid robots and ‘digital friends’ are anticipated to coexist with people, handling tasks from everyday chores to complex procedures like surgery. Rob Sims, CEO of Sum Vivas, envisions a future in which technology fully supports digital humans, with AI-enabled entities becoming integral companions in our daily lives.
He emphasizes a need for society “to develop in line with technological advancements to ensure we don’t become an insular and self-facing race.”
AI ‘Mentors’ Technology Shaping Lives
AI ‘mentors’ are projected to play a pivotal role, making decisions for individuals, including career choices. Ed Johnson, CEO of PushFar, describes a future in which quantum computing empowers these mentors to swiftly analyze infinite possibilities. He notes that there will no need “to weigh up which job to take; your AI mentor will do the work for you.”
It is hoped that this transformative technology will eliminate the struggle of decision-making, offering guidance rooted in extensive data analysis.
Underground Cities, or ‘Earthscapes’
With space above ground becoming scarce, by 2100, city infrastructure is expected to move underground. Robots will excavate tunnels, and augmented reality will be employed for the mapping of new living spaces below ground. Steve Jordan from HyperTunnel anticipates a paradigm shift in city planning, utilizing advanced tunnel-making technologies to create sustainable and efficient living environments.
Watermarked Videos Due to Deepfakes
As deepfakes become more prevalent, governments may enforce regulations requiring cameras to embed digital watermarks on content to ensure authenticity. Tim Callan, Chief Experience Officer at Sectigo, emphasized in speaking to Daily Mail the need for digital trust and proposed encrypted timestamps as watermarks to differentiate authentic recordings from deepfakes. He asserted that “with the acceleration of deep fake technology, people will no longer be able to trust the authenticity of a digital record.”
Virtual Schools Led by Avatars by 2100
The landscape of education is expected to transform with AI ‘mentors’ conducting lessons in virtual reality (VR). Nimesh Patel, CEO of Kabuni, envisions a future in which avatars serve as teachers in virtual realms, offering immersive and personalized learning experiences.
“Envision a world where the cornerstone of education isn’t the brick-and-mortar school but an avatar teacher,” he said. Students could engage in multisensory educational journeys, exploring subjects such as astrophysics and history through virtual space elevators and time travel.