The future is happening…

Whether we are ready for it or not, the future is happening, and it’s happening exponentially faster each year when it comes to technological advancements.

I’ve read 2 articles in the past month that excite me about where we are headed. For some people this will feel like and end of an era. But that’s because it truly is. If we do not keep advancing, how will we survive?

1. The rise of autonomous cars.

http://zackkanter.com/2015/01/23/how-ubers-autonomous-cars-will-destroy-10-million-jobs-by-2025/

Some key points from this article that are startling.

-Autonomous cars will be commonplace by 2025 and have a near monopoly by 2030
-Elon Musk, Tesla Motor’s CEO, says that their 2015 models will be able to self-drive 90 percent of the time.
-Such convenience and low cost will make car ownership inconceivable, and autonomous, on-demand taxis — the ‘transportation cloud’ — will quickly become dominant form of transportation — displacing far more than just car ownership, it will take the majority of users away from public transportation as well. With their $41 billion valuation,15 replacing all 171,000 taxis16 in the United States is well within the realm of feasibility — at a cost of $25,000 per car, the rollout would cost a mere $4.3 billion.
-We will see the obsolescence of rental car companies, public transportation systems, and, good riddance, parking and speeding tickets.
-Truck, bus, delivery, and taxi drivers account for nearly 6 million professional driving jobs. Virtually all of these 10 million jobs will be eliminated within 10–15 years, and this list is by no means exhaustive.
-Morgan Stanley estimates that a 90% reduction in crashes would save nearly 30,000 lives and prevent 2.12 million injuries annually.23 Driverless cars do not need to park — vehicles cruising the street looking for parking spots account for an astounding 30% of city traffic,24 not to mention that eliminating curbside parking adds two extra lanes of capacity to many city streets. Traffic will become nonexistent, saving each US commuter 38 hours every year — nearly a full work week.25 As parking lots and garages, car dealerships, and bus stations become obsolete, tens of millions of square feet of available prime real estate will spur explosive metropolitan development.

2. Our search for Immortality.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-09/google-ventures-bill-maris-investing-in-idea-of-living-to-500

Amazing what today’s entrepreneurs are doing!

-He’s looking for companies that will slow aging, reverse disease, and extend life
-The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, published in 2005, is the seminal work by futurist Ray Kurzweil. He famously predicted that in 2045, humankind will have its Terminator moment: The rise of computers will outpace our ability to control them. To keep up, we will radically transform our biology via nanobots and other machines that will enhance our anatomy and our DNA, changing everything about how we live and die.
-“Twenty years ago, without genomics, you could only treat cancer with a poison,” Maris says. “That’s really different from, ‘We can cure your cancer by reverse-engineering a stem cell.’ You can now legitimately invest in a company that could cure cancer.”
-This is just the beginning. “In 20 years,” Maris says, “chemo will seem so primitive it will be like using a telegraph.”


Originally published at brianjacob.com.