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Old 10-08-2020, 03:20 PM   #1
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Question 1: What would the you of 20 years ago be most surprised that the you of today is using from a technological standpoint?

Question 2: What is your one bold prediction for technology for 2040? So 20 years from now, what will yourself of 20 years from now be shocked that yourself from today didn't know about?

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1. Spotify. As a collector of CDs I would never thought that all music would be in one place.

2. Flying cars. I don't think it'll even happen so 2040 I will be shocked when we all own one.
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Old 10-08-2020, 03:24 PM   #2
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Question 1: What would the you of 20 years ago be most surprised that the you of today is using from a technological standpoint?

That social media became the prime platform for anonymous bullying and propaganda campaigns instead of the sharing of knowledge and porn images.

Question 2: What is your one bold prediction for technology for 2040? So 20 years from now, what will yourself of 20 years from now be shocked that yourself from today didn't know about?

Genetic enhancements of children before birth to boost immune system responses and speed healing while slowing down aging. By 2040 our lifespans will now be short if you die before 85. Retirement age is extended to 80. Boner pill companies go bankrupt. We get people cosmetically enhancing their children to all look like Jennifer Lawrence or Brad Pitt.
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Old 10-08-2020, 03:25 PM   #3
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1. Digital targeted advertising and algorithmic news curation based on implicit user patterns.
2. Pervasive use of technological spying by insurance companies for auditing premiums.
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Old 10-08-2020, 03:34 PM   #4
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1: After having my mom ask what I want to do with my old CD cases (since I've had them in those awesome CD binders for decades), I guess the fact that I have that entire library on my phone (not including Spotify) and instead of needing to go through my beautifully indexed catalogue to find one CD with a song I like and then re-do the process when I want to listen to another one, can just ask Siri to play them for me.



Similarly with Spotify and everything else, my carefully curated playlists that used to have some really difficult decisions in how to piece the best mix because CD space was limited can now just be done and edited with so little ease. I still enjoy playing some of my old burned CDs to see what young Roughneck was feeling that week. I've recreated a few as playlists for ease of listening, but it just isn't the same.


2: I'll go with the plant-based meat equivalent of a food replicator. Using all that plant based stuff like a 3D printer. Won't need to buy 'Beyond patties' or 'beyond sausage' separately anynmore. Feel like chicken tonight? Chicken it is. Burgers? Here they come. One wants sausage and one wants steak? Both get pumped out. Refill the artificial meat sack with base building materials as needed (marketing will tidy this up).
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Old 10-08-2020, 03:55 PM   #5
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1. Surprised at using means didn't see value then, but do now. In that case home automation and voice assistants. Really you cannot set a home alarm yourself, or turn on living room lights? Yup.

2. People will ditch social media and return to human interactions after this latest upheaval shows them that a world of physical isolation is unhealthy.
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Old 10-08-2020, 04:32 PM   #6
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1.) Touchscreen. I remember watching Star Trek NG, and thinking, touch panels look cool, but would never work.

2.) I predict in 20 years, we'll be able to have a translation device that you can wear like ear buds that can translate language into your preferred language in real time. Always thought that'd be a neat idea.
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Old 10-08-2020, 04:37 PM   #7
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1.) Touchscreen. I remember watching Star Trek NG, and thinking, touch panels look cool, but would never work.

2.) I predict in 20 years, we'll be able to have a translation device that you can wear like ear buds that can translate language into your preferred language in real time. Always thought that'd be a neat idea.
No need to wait 20 years, they already have those.

https://www.businessinsider.com/wave...al-time-2018-3
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Old 10-08-2020, 04:38 PM   #8
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1. I was very optimistic about the internet, and thought that it was the great equalizer. Everything was there, and it was epic and horrible and completely out of control. It might have been humanities last taste of freedom.

In the last 20 years, thought has been reduced and curtailed to fit a pretty narrow spectrum. Even the fringe interests don't intersect with the rest of the world, they are encouraged to engage with their own communities. Imagination has suffered, as artists cater to their own groups. Finding new things on the internet has become accidental.

2. Electronic tracking on our phones and other devices becomes overt. Targeted advertising, political messaging and control of the news cycle goes individually physical. The world we see changes just for us, as we walk through it.
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Old 10-08-2020, 05:09 PM   #9
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1) (I wish I had said digital targeted advertising - good answer, Ozy), so I will settle for folding digital displays

2) constant monitoring for health, safety, and self-defense from our phones (which won't be phones but simply a a small communication chip inside jewelry. Also, pop-up viewing screens out of thin air (for lack of a better phrase), i.e. holographic projections not requiring local hardware
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Old 10-08-2020, 07:09 PM   #10
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1) when I was 20 we really didn't have computers, emails, internet, smart phones - I guess I never anticipated all the porn

2) nuclear fusion https://www.space.com/nuclear-fusion...parc-2025.html

3) then, immortality
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Old 10-08-2020, 07:28 PM   #11
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Question 1: What would the you of 20 years ago be most surprised that the you of today is using from a technological standpoint?

Computers, emails and cellphones. None of those existed when I was in my 20's.

Plus digital music replacing CD's. I still have a CD player in my vehicle and I still burn compilation discs to play. I'm hoping CD's come back like LP records did.

Question 2: What is your one bold prediction for technology for 2040? So 20 years from now, what will yourself of 20 years from now be shocked that yourself from today didn't know about?

We will have colonies of people living on the Moon. The Moon will become a launching pad for our space ships to explore other planets.
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Old 10-08-2020, 07:33 PM   #12
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I'm an old fart. When I first graduated out of BCIT in `1974, I started working at a big architectural firm in Vancouver. It was the first time I ever saw a Xerox machine. I was fairly early at getting a computer - I had an Apple 64 I think, back around 1981 or so. Anyway, I digress. Things today that would have impressed me 20 years ago, how big social media has become and how everyone is constantly texting. I can't even imagine what it'll be like 20 years from now - hell I'll probably be dead and gone by then.


Also, many above are talking about CD being replaced. Hell, I still have a huge collection of vinyl records that I still listen to. I do have a bunch of CDs also. I don't use spotify or any on line source of music.
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20 years from now we'll marvel at the Xeldonian human processing plants. They'll be able to grind us, freeze us, can us and have us out the door in 6 minutes a person.


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1. I think almost all of it would blow me away. 20 years ago I had just gotten onto the internet where if I was lucky it'd take 60 seconds to dial up, another minute to fully load a website, and sometimes all night to download a video or some songs. Now all of that is instantaneous. The ability to do all of that from a device I can carry in my pocket is also mindblowing. Touch screen technology and voice recognition are up there too.

My favourite advancement though is Google maps/Earth/Street view. I was truly ecstatic when I first encountered Google Earth when it came out in 2006(?). It opened up perspectives I had never even considered. I could revisit places from my childhood from the other side of the world, see what was on the other side of that wall I never climbed or what that neighbourhood on the other side of the motorway looked like.

Now I can use it as a tourist in a strange city or plan a route to unfamiliar places or even as a tool to find a new place to explore. It's impossible to get lost now (which can also be a bad thing, so sometimes I purposely don't take out my phone and just let my instincts guide me)

2. I think I've read that the hand waving tech from Minority Report is in the works. That'll be freaky when we're at a point where we take that for granted and don't even think about it.
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What makes you think we'll reach 2040?

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Old 10-08-2020, 09:47 PM   #17
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1. Voice recognition. It was quirky and problematic and niche then suddenly it's everywhere.

2. AI. Kind of vague and there's already a lot of AI out there and I don't think "strong AI" (i.e. is this a legal person level AI) will be a thing by 2040 but I think AI will change lots of things in lots profound ways.
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1. The transformation social media (and I'm including YouTube in that) has made on the dissemination of news. Setting aside the specific content, the way I experienced the morning of 9/11 is seared in my mind and likely bears more similarity to how people experienced the Kennedy assassination than if it had happened even five years later.

2. An electricity system that features vastly more intermittent renewables than many are expecting with a very substantial green hydrogen industry that will have grown up symbiotically with it.
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Old 10-09-2020, 06:46 AM   #19
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1. Social media has made the life young people live today completely different than any generation prior, including and up to mine.

2. Social credit. Our online and real world personas will have a value attached to them that everyone we interact with will be able to see.
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What makes you think we'll reach 2040?

That's a good answer to #2, never saw that coming!
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