The coming technological decade

EDITORIAL: Will increased control or monitoring in this decade eventually leave more to algorithms that carry out actions based on so-called "actionable intelligence"?
Truls Lie
Editor-in-chief, Modern Times Review
Published date: March 1, 2020
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Artificial intelligence (AI) and biotechnology will change what it means to be human – regarding our freedom and values. Shall we believe Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens), the change will be greater in our century than in the entire history of mankind.

My theme here is this new decade from 2020. For example, someones Tesla can be controlled via a keystroke from Musk & Co in Palo Alto – for example, they can decide how far the battery will reach. When Tesla has such control capability, do they really own the car or do they only have a license? And what about Fiat Chrysler, which recalled 1,4 million cars when it turned out that an external hacker managed to remotely control one – stereo system, wiper, motor, brakes, and steering?

And how long do you really own your smartphone, when it is not guaranteed updatable for more than two years (Android) or five (iPhone)? The consumption of new things is so frenetic, that in this decade we must get used to the fact that we only own a license.

In this new decade, your home will be equipped with smart TVs, smart lighting and connected speakers (Google Home). How about a more «vibrant» everyday life where the horror film is combined with the living room lamps that flicker and change colour, sounds heard from other rooms, and you feel vibrations that you don’t know where came from? 

You will still get camera-monitored refrigerators in your everyday life that help you with your purchase. Remote controlled heating provides a warm homely welcome. Your doorbell with a camera and auto-lock can lock in the ones you want, even when you’re away from home. Today – at least in Italy – surveillance cameras are automatically included when you install the Internet.

With the surveillance mentality comes sanctioning – especially for deviant behavior.

But what about this connected world’s hackers? Do you have one of those hospital-controlled pacemakers or insulin pumps? Then one day you might be exposed to a new killing method if someone wants to stop you.

We will probably also see an …


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