2021 has arrived and with it comes the prospect of a fresh digital decade. But how will artificial intelligence shape our lives across the coming 10 years?
Technology has made a huge difference to all of our lives since 2010. Looking back, you’d have to say that the 2010s belonged to social media as the online community was rehoused in applications like Instagram and Pinterest. With technology hardly looking like it’s going to take a back seat across the coming decade, it’s time to look at some of the possibilities for technological champion of the 2021s. One of the prime contenders is artificial intelligence. Once merely a distant and thrilling notion reserved for science fiction, artificial intelligence (or AI), spent much of the 2010s quietly working its way into daily life in subtle ways. Far from sentient robots, AI has found work helping you choose the right Friday night movie or offering you customer service assistance when you want to return that questionable pair of shoes. These mundane uses have served as quality disguises for the immense power that AI truly has, a power we will likely see released at full force in 2021 and beyond. So, let’s look at how our lives could be altered by AI through the 2021s.
Life Expectancy Boosting Wearable Devices
Smart, the wearable devices are already on the market, but their potential uses haven’t quite been revealed. “Artificial intelligence will find widespread use within wearable devices that will warn individuals of impending health scares and get them to get help before anything goes wrong”, suggests Mark Puskas, medical technology expert at Writinity and ResearchPapersUK.
Similarly, diagnosing illnesses ahead of time and based on patients’ activity in the lead up to contraction will be made possible through smart devices powered by AI. The data trends will be trackable and the overall efficiency of healthcare will genuinely add months to the general life expectancy statistics.
Vast Improvements To Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is a real issue and has been for years. Technology advances so quickly that the protection needed to use it safely frequently lags behind it considerably. AI can and will step in in a big way over issues like authentication and protection against malicious intruders.
The biggest practical change will relate to passwords and biometric authentication which will fall back in popularity when AI can be used to identify users through more convenient, safer methods. It will be a gradual shift, likely beginning with your mobile devices. But it will certainly be for the best.
Again, voice command has been around and some people do actually use it semi-frequently. But we’d be fooling ourselves if we were to seriously suggest that it is at a level that represents anything even close to dependable and ubiquitously usable.
Voice commands will become more and more popular across the decade. “From your personal assistants, Siri, Bixby and Alexa, through to unlocking your devices, dictating letters and running software, voice command has always had potential that it is finally time to capitalize on”, says Kaia James, tech blogger at DraftBeyond and LastMinuteWriting. Voice command will be absolutely everywhere, so get ready for this one particularly.
Ok, admittedly robots probably have a few more decades before they are genuinely slotted in our society amongst our regular citizens, serving helpful functions. But, the 2021s will no doubt prove an important time for them in terms of testing them out on the average consumer. Firstly, in things like self-driving cars and smart homes we will have an increasing robotic presence even if they don’t look like them. Secondly, more traditional humanoid robots and assistants will also begin to play a part across the decade, seeing how people adapt to having physical AI assistants as well as digital AI assistants. It will be exciting to see how they perform commercially.
AI is guaranteed to be a big part of the 2021s for technology and simply in life. We’ll have to wait and see how it progresses but you shouldn’t be too surprised if you come home for the holidays one year and a four-foot-tall robot is helping your mom prepare the dinner.