Enjoyed your article, Reinaldo, and I agree that the best way to predict the future is to extrapolate trends. You’ve painted a great picture of where technology might take us, and you might want to consider another trend I’ve discovered.
There appears to be a repeating pattern throughout the history of Western civilisation whereby each age seems to be dominated by either left or right brain thinking. If you consider the artistic, creative European Renaissance which peaked in 1500AD as predominantly right-brained, followed by the Industrial Revolution in around 1800AD as predominantly left-brain, we can safely extrapolate to a right-brain dominance that should peak in 2100AD.
An intentionally simple model to explain the challenges of today and predict an optimistic tomorrow.medium.com
Why is this important?
The way technology develops in the next few decades will be heavily influenced by how society develops. Ever since the Industrial Revolution we have built tools and technology that focus on efficiency: making things cheaper, faster, safer, bigger, better. This is a hallmark of left-brain thinking.
I’m more and more convinced that, despite the incredible advances we’ve witnessed, technology has failed one of our biggest needs: the need for empathy, connection, nurture. It’s my belief that as society shifts toward right-brain thinking, our technology will become more empathic. If this is true, the doomsday scenario you hinted at — where the machines take over — will never happen. Instead, the robots we build will become increasing emotional, intuitive and empathic, allowing humans to escape the drudgery of menial work and find more meaning as a collective. If you’re curious, I go into much more detail about this trend here:
What’s the next big tech thing after our rapturous submission to digital technology and social media has run its course…medium.com
We certainly are living in interesting times!