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Yea or Yikes? Sci-Fi Level Tech Coming Sooner Than You Think

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

Some innovations and sci-fi level technologies that we once only imagined in the movies are just around the corner…like 2030 around the corner. Is this something we should applaud or fear?

At the heart of all the amazing technologies rapidly making their way into the mainstream are artificial intelligence, robotics and 3D printing. My top future trend technologies coming our way by 2030 are:

  • Artificial general intelligence (AGI)
  • IoB (Internet of the Body)
  • Thought-driven prosthetics
  • Autonomous everything (robots, autos, etc.)
  • Bioprinting (3D organ printing)

Let’s take a look at all of these in more detail.

1. Artificial general intelligence
Perhaps the greatest debate when it comes to pundits sharing their views on artificial general intelligence (defined as “the ability of an intelligent agent to understand or learn any intellectual task that a human being can”) is when, if ever, it will become a reality.

Singularity is the term used among AI enthusiasts to refer to a system capable of human-level thinking. About half of those in the know believe AGI will arrive by 2040, while many believe it won’t be here until the 2080 timeframe (and some even doubt if it will ever happen).

If history is our teacher, all technologies happen faster than foreseen. The real question on whether a technology makes it to the mainstream …


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