5 Ways Technology Will Transform Our Lives in the Next 50 Years

By: John Culkin, Director of Information Management, Crown Records Management

What Will the World Look Like in 2065?

In 1965, NASA was working on some of the most challenging engineering, physics and computing problems known to mankind -- preparing to get a man to the moon.

In fact, the USB storage device you may have in your pocket has more computing power than it took to get Neil Armstrong to the moon and back.

It may come as even more of a surprise that every time you do a Google search it uses more computer power than could be dreamed of back in 1965.

This year Crown Worldwide is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and we’ve set a challenge to reflect on how the world might look in 2065.

Robots, Robots Everywhere!

Robotics will be at the fore. Driven by technological advances in sensors, computing and materials, biomimicry will inspire new abilities that make the car-building robots as antique as old steam trains today.

Changing demographics will be another factor pushing this development, as the population ages and needs caring for.

Hospitals are clean and controlled spaces, so expect robot nursing assistants to appear before your own robot chef in the kitchen.

Goodbye Silicon, Hello Bio-Computing!

The silicon age will pass into history as bio, quantum, DNA and photonic computers make today’s supercomputers seem primitive in some aspects.

Where the body’s nerves are severed -- such as spinal injuries -- bio-computers will help people walk again and the blind see.

An IBM Watson in Your Pocket!

Watson, the room-filling IBM system that beat the humans in the TV quiz show Jeopardy!, will eventually become “Pocket Watson.”

Today’s machine learning will evolve into instant speech recognition and, importantly, the content and semantics will be considered.

Looking at small screens will be as quaint as gathering around an old wooden cabinet wireless set.
Wearables will be the norm, and some people will want to be directly connected to computers with implants to monitor health and interact with computers to enhance their normal abilities.

Finally! Safer, Easier Driving!

Travel by car will be safer -- even if not faster for environmental reasons. A car will predict traffic delays and never get lost, it will talk to traffic lights and other cars to smooth the journey.

Google already has driverless cars, and Volvo has demonstrated platoon driving to allow driving very closely more efficiently.

Avoiding travel that is not emotionally worth it will finally start to be optional.

Telepresence for businesses will finally deliver on its promises with 8k quality pictures taking up an entire wall that display realistic imagery of your choice but also for virtual meetings -- like Skype on steroids -- in 3D.