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Post by Bianka Walter » 31 Aug 2018, 18:26

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Forty years is a blink of the eye for technology. Remember the first desktop computer? Now we wear our computer on our wrist! We have conversations with our computers. (Alexa, find...). We also have self-driving vehicles, and soon this technology will be applied to planes. The army supposedly has been working on the invisibility shield for planes. So, it seems like a great deal of the technology is already here or being worked on. The danger lies in who is controlling the technology. Will the internet always be free? Will government mandate self-driving cars and them control their use? I do not see danger in the technology, but in who manages to gain control over their use? Who knows how far these things will have advanced in 40 years? We are already using most of them.
Wow, I remember my old DOS 486 computer. The best thing about it was Warcraft. (That's Warcraft ONE...) And SimCity. So much fun. Now look what we have. Warcraft is actually something I really don't understand.
I don't think the internet will always be free. I also don't think that space will be for everyone. That is unchartered real estate. Loads of $$$ there.
It's actually kind of sad...
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Post by Bianka Walter » 31 Aug 2018, 18:40

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40 years is a very long time when it comes to technology. Things are being developed right now that would blow our minds if we knew about them. Just think about how computers have progressed in a short 30 years. So my answer to this is never say never, intelligent machines might actually be a possibility in 40 years.
I think intellectual machines are already a possibility. I don't think us non-professionals quite know how far technology has advanced.
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Post by Kgaelsdottir » 01 Sep 2018, 20:02

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Well, I think the first on ewe would see would be the watch that Agent Sliver uses to access all of his mission data. It's obviously far more advanced than today's smartwatches, but not by that much.

The other technology in this book that I see as possibly in the near future, although I hope to God it never comes to be, is the personalized advertisements throughout the cities. We already have facial recognition, and databases full of our consumer information, so it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to make this type of technology happen.
We already have personalized advertisements on social media; but the personalized advertising as mentioned by JHuschle519--this was already depicted in Minority Report, the Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg movie that had futurists as technical advisers. I can only imagine this will indeed be the case...though I agree it would be completely disruptive!

I think this book is fascinating in terms of its futurism. I just don't doubt that the future is going to be even weirder than imagined in the book!!!

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Post by Power Onyango » 01 Sep 2018, 23:34

The world is changing at a faster pace and every kind of technological advancement is possible. I wouldn't rule out the ones highlighted in the book. They are all feasible.

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Post by jjmainor » 04 Sep 2018, 00:05

JHuschle519 wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 08:56
Well, I think the first on ewe would see would be the watch that Agent Sliver uses to access all of his mission data. It's obviously far more advanced than today's smartwatches, but not by that much.

The other technology in this book that I see as possibly in the near future, although I hope to God it never comes to be, is the personalized advertisements throughout the cities. We already have facial recognition, and databases full of our consumer information, so it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to make this type of technology happen.
I think we already have a few companies employing facial recognition to target ads within their stores.

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Post by Swat3737 » 04 Sep 2018, 14:26

Surprisingly, AI like Franklin isn't far off in my opinion. It basically already exists, I recently saw a presentation on virtual reality and AI that said this kind of thing was 5-10 years away maximum. What worries me is the weapons and nanotech armor, with those capabilities who knows what could happen? I hope that's far away.
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Post by Onyinye Excel » 05 Sep 2018, 13:28

I think the technology of the onboard computer is very possible.Maybe not in the nearest future but sometime in future.The world is fast changing and man is becoming more creative.

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Post by Bluecobia » 06 Sep 2018, 21:23

I think many of the technologies will be available. Think of the changes in the last 40 - 50 years. I remember 4 function hand held caculaters becoming available in the early 1970's. And things are changing even faster now.
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Post by SKS94 » 08 Sep 2018, 03:23

Having observed the current rate of technological advancements - especially over the last 20 years, I don't think that having such advanced technology in 40 years time is a stretch at all. The development of not just the physical hardware but the software we use daily is evolving so quickly. The question would perhaps be more, as some have mentioned, regarding morality and security. I think it's an interesting take nohow things could look.

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Post by Sammuthee » 09 Sep 2018, 03:36

I support technological advancements predicted.

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Post by Kareka88 » 10 Sep 2018, 07:24

Bianka Walter wrote:
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I disagree, I think this technology is right around the corner. Just take a look at Sophia the Robot, granted she is scripted and programmed, but the aim is to get to the point where AI to be more self-thinking. But I think it's important for these people who are developing AI to stay morally good. At this point though, it's a race to see who can come up with actual AI.
So, yes. If you compare where we were 40 years ago, ANYTHING is possible. We didn't even have internet then. I mean, how did we function?? I agree with the technology being close... but I wonder how close to actually having working, intelligent prototypes.
Sure, it’s possible. As many have said, 40 years is a long time. Look how far we’ve come already in technology. But, isn’t that really a part of the magic of sci-fi? Thinking and creating another world and using our imaginations to see how far we can go? Who knows, maybe someone reading this book will create a technology that is so far out of our realm of comprehension it will be even more unfathomable.
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Post by Wahu_m » 10 Sep 2018, 10:29

I was under the impression that we're only a few years from creating Franklin. Artificial intelligence and robotics have come a long way.

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Post by AmySmiles » 10 Sep 2018, 23:07

Just about anything could be possible. Just 40 years ago no one ever heard of such a thing called the internet...
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Post by Oulababe » 12 Sep 2018, 10:29

Franklin is definitely the most possible one. I have seen computers that can talk back. I'm yet to see one that has decision making abilities but I think it's possible

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Post by Vlinstry » 14 Sep 2018, 10:15

I believe that AI technology where they become independent and self thinking could possibly happen in the near future. We already have AIs that turn on our lights, kettle, tv, music and do all our inter et searches for us so why not take it a little further?

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