- The first terabyte SD card is released
Announced at CES 2019.
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I'm new here, to the forum, not the website and this site is both a guilty pleasure and place of discomfort - so hello to all the fellow folks like me who spend an inordinate amount of time pondering the future!
My predictions for the next decade are:
Mass unemployment by 2027 - automation will have made most manufacturing and skilled labor jobs obsolete, forcing the U.S. (and other western nations) to adopt a "basic standard living wage" form of welfare/unemployment.
Healthcare industry will continue to boom as humans want to live better and science will continue to see money in this endeavor. Especially with greedy wealthy babyboomers seeking to live longer.
Gen Xers like myself will begin to take over the political and economic landscape and "hopefully" adopt intelligent strategies to combat climate change, wage disparity, crumbling infrastructure, cultural discrimination and incorporating diversity into our society. White people (which I am) will need to adjust to becoming the minority and make monumental changes to society. White supremacy ideology will begin to fade as millennials become the dominant generation with much more progressive views (THANK GOD.)
Climate change, mass extinction, pandemics, scare resources will have to be confronted with cutting edge technology and emerging sciences to create solutions. There is no way to stop it, only guard against it and find scientific solutions. Desalinization, renewable energy will become prevalent within the next 15 years.
Space mining will become a very important part of our future, as will scavaging massive dump sites for minerals and repurposed materials. Recycling will become a booming industry as future generations cut down on packaging and post-consumer waste which will be a huge problem for future generations. I can see in mind's eye companies hired to scavage dumps sites for old electronics as we become more dependent on robots and tech for solutions to our past wastefulness. Dealing with these toxic environmental disasters will be a HUGE business for someone. Elon Musk?
Food will become scarce in most parts of the industrial world due to climate change, this will cause major conflicts around the world. Rogue nations will get access to bio-weapons and use as leverage. The future is exciting, and terrifying. Science will be the problem and the solution.
I encourage everyone to harden to your resources for what's to come in the next 15 years. I'm what they call a liberal prepper. Check it out.
Whether or not you trust either company with that much control, such a grand undertaking will be limited by what voice assistants can understand. And compared with other subfields of AI, progress in natural-language processing and generation has kind of lagged behind.
But that could be about to change. Last year several research teams used new machine-learning techniques to make impressive breakthroughs in language comprehension. In June, for example, research nonprofit OpenAI developed an unsupervised learning technique to train systems on unstructured, rather than cleaned and labeled, text. It dramatically lowered the costs of acquiring more training data, thereby increasing their system’s performance. A few months later, Google released an even better unsupervised algorithm that is as good as humans at completing sentences with multiple-choice answers.
All these advancements are getting us closer to a day when machines that really understand what we mean could render physical and visual interfaces obsolete—and usher in the full potential of an OMO world. For better or worse.
Synthesized 3D objects you can view from different angles in VR (3D VR still images) may be a big thing in 2019. There have been some impressive advances lately:
Note that this is much harder than synthesizing 2D images. And 3D VR video is even harder, still.
Also, GANs have recently been shown to learn things about the world that border on "commonsense":
It’s been unclear before now whether there was any way of learning this kind of thing... That it *is* possible suggests that deep learning can get us closer to how our brains work than we previously thought...
So, the 3D image synthesis might include details you might not expect machines to be capable of producing.
I think various groups are looking to "the next big thing" in GAN-based media synthesis, having shown they can get good results for 2D stills. 2D video synthesis is one possible direction; but 3D VR scenes will probably be easier, so they way focus their effort on that in 2019. I expect to see several more results like the above, perhaps for whole scenes, instead of lone 3D objects.
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