At Above All Human we’re quietly obsessed with how technology will address the biggest challenges that we face as humans.
So we asked a number of Australians who are knee deep in tech one simple question: How will technology change our lives by 2025?
Travelling will be different – BlueChilli CEO Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin
We won’t be buying as many cars because cars will be a shared service, owned by large companies and government and provide a personalised public transport infrastructure.
Combining Google Self Driving cars with Uber’s infrastructure and Google’s acquisition in the social transport mapping service Waze we have a fleet of cars that know where you are, where you want to be and can optimise the route to get you where you need to be fast.
People will become ‘robot rich’ – TWISTA host and futurist Mark Pesce
It’s 2025, and the fruit of Elon Musk’s OpenAI project has cross-fertilised with Mark Zuckerberg’s desire to have an AI butler. Now that nearly everything has a chip in it, and is connected to a global internet of hundred billion things, nearly all of it can be commanded by almost anyone anywhere – if they have the right privileges.
Most exciting are the projects that bring open-source robots to India, Africa and China, where farmers have started automating their field work – and sharing those automations with other farmers, everywhere. The robots are getting smarter and more capable, yields are going up, soil erosion is going down, and the Rise of the Machines seems to be going hand-in-hand with the Rise of Humanity. Everywhere, people are becoming ‘robot rich’.
Tech will be inside you – UX at Seek’s Kayla Heffernan
More people will have chosen insertable devices over wearable versions in 2025.
People are currently doing things like putting RFID / NFC chips in their hands for access to things such as houses, cars, motorbikes, or unlock devices such as mobiles and computers, to share contact info or store data. It would mean more intuitive interfaces and screen free interactions – not having to stop and interact with devices, the tech is inside you.
No more anti-vax fear – ArtLiveMedia CEO Michelle Bourke
As one of the first to sign up for 23andme, I already know my sensitivity to Warfarin, my likelihood of developing Parkinson’s – I’ve even mapped my DNA against my partners so we know the likelihood of our future child’s lactose tolerance.
The next step? Commercially available personalised medicine based on our DNA will change how we all manage our personal health and how vaccines are delivered at scale (by the creation of synthetic vaccines using X-rays to map their molecular structure). No more anti-vax fear will be required.
Hoverboards – requested to remain anonymous
Actual hoverboards – ones that won’t burn houses…
Mariella Mejia is a digital marketing professional working alongside the humans at above all human, a one-day conference for founders, makers and innovators. It returns on January 29th challenging topics from scale, design, security, misunderstood creations and science.