The Future Is Faster Than You Think

from Reimagining The Future

In a recent Interview, Peter Diamandis talks about the rapid pace of innovation and how it is about to get a lot quicker. Diamandis has always had a positive outlook on the path of innovation – and although I share his optimism, there is no disputing societies need to map that Path. His ability to explore possible futures is very instructive, as leaders everywhere must understand the potential to advance our human development.

Mr. Diamandis believes we will see more change in the coming decade than we have in the last 100 years. He speaks of the Convergence of building blocks in the science and technology domains which contribute to the quickening pace. I’ve explored this notion of intersections in the past, but with a broadened focus. Convergence is occurring across multiple domains, not just science and technology. That additional convergence across society, economy, geopolitics, environment, philosophy, and business introduces a set of additional accelerants – but they also create obstacles.

In looking at possible futures, here are some of his predictions:

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49 Responses to The Future Is Faster Than You Think

  1. Kyle Joseph Spivak January 31, 2020 at 1:26 pm #

    The growth of technology is exponential. Which is part of the reason why futurologists, such as, Peter Diamandis believe that we will advance more in the next ten years than what we have in the last 100 years. I think there is something to be said about the outlook on this. Ethics and religion both have a large part in either slowing down or ultimately preventing growth. Take for example, those that were completely against stem-cell research and cloning.

    There was a majority that was completely against the idea of taking what they believed as a “human beings” and “farming” them to help promote the health and growth of individuals afflicted with diseases. To me, this dilemma and argument had the possibility of setting us back at least five to ten years. In the same sense that in the past the arguments between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison with AC and DC currents respectively had also set us back. So while in some cases, we will advance further and faster within the next several years, our mindsets as human beings need to adapt and change as well. To welcome this change, if we don’t, we will forever be blocked by ethical question after question.

    • Andrew Sciancalepore January 31, 2020 at 7:56 pm #

      I really did enjoy Mr. Diamandis’ views on the rapid progression of our world’s technology up to today and leading forward into our future. I recently had a great discussion with my father about where we, as a society, have come since some of the biggest and most remarkable innovations and events, such as breakthroughs involving space and our solar system, the use and innovation of portable and mobile devices, and the capabilities of potential AI technology as well. I was genuinely interested in Diamandis’ focus on the idea of convergence in relation to the quickening speeds of development in our world, how convergence has benefitted human and technological development over time through past decades and many years. I agree with his notion that convergence needs to be maintained and displayed into our near future, as I believe if we are continuously indulged with innovating without bringing in the considerations of global convergence, that our world might not be ready or capable of accepting and understanding what we are developing.

  2. Tim Foo Siam January 31, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

    In my opinion, Peter Diamandis’ predictions of the future are far fetched. In the article, Frank Diana states that Diamandis believes technological advances in the next decade will be the most that we will have had in the past century. From this statement, it is hard to agree or disagree with Diamandis’ beliefs. However, in the next section of the article, Diana elaborates on Diamandis’ predictions. Diamandis proposes concepts such electric autonomous cars that have beds in them, virtual reality shopping, and a medical world that is heavily based on artificial intelligence.
    In my opinion, such predictions seem far from practical. I do not think that we have the technology just yet to make such electric cars or to develop AI that can tell if I am tired or not. Plus, even if we did have such technology, it would more than likely not be easily affordable. The scenario that is proposed just does not seem realistic to me, I feel that we would need more time in order to achieve such advancements in technology.
    The second scenario about virtual reality shopping seems the most practical to me. It includes technology that we already have, we just need to make further advancements with them. I am certain that we already have the ability to have AI purchase specific supplies and goods for us. The second part of this scenario is a little harder to achieve. Having an AI find clothing for us by using virtual avatars and basing it off of our current wardrobe seems like a reach. Diamandis’ prediction appear practical, but not in the near future. His predictions utilize tools and services that has already been developed, but must be further developed.
    No matter how many technological advances we make in the next decade, I do not think that such technologies will be affordable. Just the concept of an electrical autonomous car arriving outside of my house when I am leaving hurts my bank account. Even if these technologies were somewhat affordable I do not know if I would be the type of person to go out of my way to purchase it. I think features such as these are far from a necessity and simply features that are made to draw in more customers. I could get in my car with a cup of coffee and achieve the same goal as the person with the electrical autonomous car.
    Although I am far from a minimalist, I do like to keep things as simple as I can. If a new iPhone came out, I would not be jumping out of my seat to go buy it. I would only buy it if the circumstances provide that it is a beneficial choice. If technology such as the car and the VR shopping came out, I do not think that I would purchase them for quite sometime.

  3. Tilman Pitcher January 31, 2020 at 6:42 pm #

    I am going to stand (maybe on the dying hill) with Tim on this one. I feel like sometimes we over dramatize just how crazy technology will be in the next ten years. To me it feels like it is a lot more incremental than we give it credit for, or maybe just recently in the past 5 years or so we have hit a sort of a stagnation. The biggest technological innovation I can think of in the past five years has to be tesla cars. And no, not their cool self driving/lane assist or their high tech flat screen in the middle. Instead their battery. They have revolutionized and innovated a product that we thought was close to its peak. But to me, the innovation of batteries being the peak of innovation since 2015 is nothing that the crazy change we saw through the 90s and 2000s.
    This isn’t to say the innovation of technology won’t be drastic over the next few years, but sooner than we think? I beg to differ. To me it feels like technology makes a LEAP followed by a decade or two of baby steps before another LEAP. Think: Moon landing -> hiatus-> internet-> hiatus -> iPhone -> hiatus( we are here) – > ??
    I too am excited for the future of technology… but I’m not holding my breath on that 2030 human mars landing.

  4. Tilman Pitcher January 31, 2020 at 6:44 pm #

    To contend with myself on my previous comment however, I will admit that there is a chance that some crazy innovations are happening that we the public just aren’t aware of. I suspect that the best technology is held in the private hands of powerful corporations and government agencies with no public records of existing. We can never truly know where technology is actually at without a need for its use (aka the military, aka the moon landing and internet).

  5. Derek Diefenderfer January 31, 2020 at 6:50 pm #

    After reading the interview with Peter Diamandis and the articles provided, I feel that Peter is very ambitious. He says in the article and believes that in the upcoming decade we will see more change than over the last 100 years. I do not disagree with the statement that Mr. Diamandis is saying but I do disagree with the pace of progression he implies in both the interview and article. He explains how computation is the foundation, which I agree with, because its faster and cheaper. We can see this today as more advanced computers are being used to control and autonomously drive cars (i.e. Tesla). He then says how in 2030 car ownership is in the past and your AI will have a car waiting for you, knowing your schedule, and it will drive you to work. I firmly disagree with this. Even though autonomous driving cars such as Tesla are on the roads today, we are a long way from everyone in the world having one. The economic challenges, along with the already gasoline, human driven cars on the road today (which everyone already has money sank into), will constrict growth of autonomous driving in the next 10 years. He then continues to say how your repeat (groceries, toiletries, etc.) will be automatically purchased by your AI, which is reasonable, there are services today with automated delivery after a certain amount of time has passed. Then he says how we will use VR technology to select outfits. I can also see this happening but not within the next 10 years. The cost of VR headsets and having commercial businesses support the technology would be insurmountable, in my opinion, by 2030. When it comes to health care, he says we will have annual full body MRI’s. The ability to save lives with this would be great but the cost suggests to me that we won’t see this by 2030. All the examples given by Peter Diamandis are good when considering the far future but not the near. Too much cost and not enough human use will restrict the growth on what he said could be a decade to reinvent every industry. But changing human behavior could help this process. Teaching people to lean more towards electric cars that self-drive to help adapt to the lifestyle. We will continue to advance in every industry thanks to technology.

  6. Morgan Mooney January 31, 2020 at 6:54 pm #

    While reading this article, I agreed with the author in how the technological field and the scientific field are making great strides in their research for new and better programs and appliances. Some of his hypotheses, however, were somewhat farfetched. I’m not saying that they are impossible, but I believe it may take a little longer than he predicts to get to certain places in science or technology. I do believe that this next decade will be one of the biggest decades we’ve had concerning the growth of technology and the understandings and findings in the science field. Technology stacks on itself, so in other words, the more understanding we have on technology and we can see what works and what does not, we can use these findings to better improve almost every aspect. Each year a new model of an iPhone is released with better cameras, better battery life, and better pixelation. We have also just seen the release of 5G networks, which allows internet speeds to get even faster. This allows people to find and receive information instantly, allowing more and more people to gain information in the snap of their fingers.
    In the article, Mr. Diamandis speaks about how he believes that technology will speed up the process and becoming more advanced. “He speaks of the convergence of building blocks in the science and technology domains which contribute to the quickening pace.” I believe this to be true because we have made such big strides this past decade. The better our technology can get, the better the research we can conduct to receive better results. There are going to still be those who are against advanced research strategies, such as cloning for example. There will be those that say advanced science is against their ethics. This will slow down advancement for some time because this causes debates and arguments and can separate teams. When everyone is not working on one solid goal or achievement, then it will take longer to get a solid solution.
    All in all, the article gave a real view from someone that believes that we are living in the future now. Times have changed drastically from just five to ten years ago. Nowadays everyone has access to the internet and is getting pretty comfortable using it. Social media is thriving right now, especially with the younger generations. Now we are seeing the benefits this brings, but we are also witnessing the downsides. This helps generate newer and better ideas on how to fix these problems. We are seeing so many right now that in the next 10 years they could possibly get fixed. That’s why I believe we are going to see such massive growth in the science and technological fields because we can see what’s not working or did not work at all in the past and learn from our mistakes.

  7. Connor Strack January 31, 2020 at 7:15 pm #

    Reading Diamand’s predictions on how day to day life will be in the near future is both beautiful and terrifying, and it is critical that everyone tries to fully comprehend exactly what this lifestyle will be like in order to avoid massive negative disruption in our societal well-being. While it is true that most of society’s thoughts as to what our future will consist of tend to be a bit over the top, the exponential growth rate of technology puts Diamand’s world more than just in the realm of possibilities. Part of the reason I can see this as our future reality is the fact that artificial intelligence is already in such heavy development around the world. The possibilities within our grasp provide an incomprehensibly more efficient system that can take human error and needs out of our daily processes completely. The room for profit from this exponential growth in efficiency makes the possible negative impacts of this rapid change not even remotely considered in the vast majority of the world. It is truly unfortunate that this is the case, and people will likely not see the error in their ways until it is far too late and damage is already done. It is an inevitable that the amount of citizens unemployed and relying fully on government assistance to survive will increase dramatically. Its for this reason that developed nations should prioritize extensive retraining programs and social safety nets that will reduce the pain.

    That being said, it is definitely not all bad to have such impressive technology affect almost every aspect of society. Artificial Intelligence in healthcare, for example, paves the way for a future that effectively eliminates old and new sickness instantly. As someone who has to get annual MRIs, the potential value of having a machine evaluate your results and ensure that there are no stones unturned is possibly one of the most attractive things about these innovations to me. Looking at the impacts of artificial intelligence on self driving cars and basic retail shopping makes me optimistic that our quality of life has the potential to be positively altered in nearly every way if implemented correctly. As we head into the next decade, it is imperative that we take a very calculated approach to technological innovation in order to create a world that truly changes for the better.

  8. Kevin Orcutt January 31, 2020 at 7:38 pm #

    This article tries to give a very strong opinion and reality of what the future will be like. I think that there are many things to talk about in this article that are significant to his claims. The first being that he said how technology is advancing faster than it ever had before. I would beg to differ and argue that actual creation of new thing has been slowed down. There has never been a recreation of the basic design of engines, or most of the things we use nowadays, they have only been made to be more efficient. But most of the things we use today have been around for ages including cars, washer and dryer, etc. Human innovation has come to a halt in everything but the technology field in my opinion. The technology wave that this article is talking about is going to take a long time to come around. It tries to make it seem like these things are soon to come overnight, but they won’t. These types of things are going to bring mass unemployment and will end up being regulated eventually so that robots cannot take the place of every single human. There will be such a small field to get a job in that you will have to know everyone to get one. Not only will these robots not be able to be afforded by people, but they will end up bringing around a serious depression. Companies will be making products for virtually nothing and have no one to sell them too because of AI being the root of everything. The reality in this article that the author is talking about is only going to be the reality for a small percentage of people. The rest of the world is going to be way behind and in poverty if we allow what the author thinks is going to happen, actually happen. As much as this sounds like a cool reality, I am not lazy enough to need the reality, nor do I want that to ever happen. I am fine with driving my own car because I enjoy it and it gives me the freedom to make my own choices with it. As soon as that power is given to AI, you will have no control over most of the things that you do in your life.

  9. Austin Minogue January 31, 2020 at 8:08 pm #

    Everyone knows that technology is becoming more advanced and it is being integrated more and more into our daily lives every day. People rely on technology more than ever and some don’t know how to live without it at this point. As Peter Diamandis described people will use be using technology and AI in every part of their lives within this decade. If someone told you that even 10 years ago no one would believe that society would ever turn out that way and be so reliant on technology in everyday activities. However, today people encourage technology implementation and begin to use it more than ever. AI makes everything more convenient and simpler. If we didn’t have to drive to work and an autonomous car was there to drive us, productivity would potentially increase by people either taking a nap in the car on the way to work or having more time to take a call or finish writing up a report. Also, the ability to no longer must go shopping or take a trip to the grocery store which most people dread and do not want to do. All these new abilities would be great, but I think that there can be many drawbacks to this occurring as well. One that comes to mind is how the economy and how unemployment would be affected. With AI and technology taking many of the roles that people now hold. Some of these being cashiers, drivers, and store associates. With AI taking over these jobs the people that hold these jobs now would be out of work and the simple jobs that they are suited for will no longer be available, because they would now be the jobs of AI. Another thing is when the body profiles that companies would have to have on each person so they would be able to have the ability to fit clothes to your body and make the shopping experience more convenient for everyone.

  10. Arita Gega January 31, 2020 at 8:23 pm #

    Reading the article provided I tried to keep an open mind. Peter Diamandis makes valid points and seems excited for the future. While he and many others cannot wait for a fast paced change in the future that revolves around AI, I don’t think it will be as drastic as he believes. At least, I hope not, rapid change is not something I am comfortable with, even when it comes to technology. As much as I believe technology is beneficial, there’s only so far we can go until it becomes ridiculous. If we substitute daily tasks and have technology do all the leg work, I only believe we all will become unbelievably bored. It just seems unnecessary and most likely extremely expensive. I understand why there are supporters of technology that can tell if you’re tired for work and put a bed in your car but I personally do not see the point of it. Life will lose its excitement, and I think we’ll all be walking shells of our past selves if people don’t have mundane tasks to balance the good and the bad. I don’t think it will progress society at all. I disagree with Diamandis’s statement that we will see more change in the next decade than in the last 100 years. I believe the last 20- 30 years have had the biggest shift. Growing up there was a distinct shift in technology that I witnessed. We went from using projectors to smart boards in elementary. From having one “computer lab” to having everyone in school having their own laptops. From handing our homework in person to submitting it online. That was only in school. Out of school I remember helping my parents use their emails for direct messaging and the Motorola flip phone being all the rage. We had this big white bulky computer in my parents room and now we have laptops, a PC, and iPhones where we all have access to the internet. When I used to visit my family in Europe, there would be a line at Internet cafes. Even with television, I haven’t watched cable since I was 16. YouTube and Netflix took over along with other social media apps. The examples are personal gadgets that the majority public uses for entertainment though, not actual activities such as shopping. Online shopping has become a hit, but people still do go out to malls as well. I don’t think virtual malls will replace malls because if people won’t go to the mall, grocery stores or even class, what will they do? I refuse to believe people will be content enough to sit back and watch their life pass by.

  11. Paavo Riihijarvi January 31, 2020 at 8:36 pm #

    This article is scaring me a little bit. It sounds so futuristic and scary, yet I believe that it can easily happen in the next decade. The scenario Mr Diamandis created sounds that it is straight from a movie. It will take a while for the technology to get cheap enough for average people, but the elite will probably have this scenario in few years if not already. I am very interested in the Self-driving car scenario. I think it will be a lot safer than human drivers as there will not be any human error. It is just the question of time when the technology will be safe enough to eradicate the human driving.

    This technology will come with bad side effects. As medicine keeps improving, there will be less deaths and that means that overpopulation will be even a bigger problem in the future. Mr Diamandis mentions that global warming would be solved with newer technology, but we have limited time to save the world. Other massive problem that I see in this scenario is jobs. In this scenario so many jobs have been taken over by AI and eventually the unemployment rate is going to be too high. I think that all jobs can be done by machines eventually. Diamandis’ scenario already has lost all driving type of jobs, retail workers, medical science jobs and probably bunch of others. I am very curious about the future, but also it sounds very intimidating. If there is no jobs, is there any money? How will everything work? Is the world going to burn? No one know. I’m here just for the ride.

  12. Connor Kupres January 31, 2020 at 8:54 pm #

    Thinking about the future that is described in Frank Diana’s article is an interesting way to look at the future. Saying that it is closer than we think really makes you realize how far as a country that we have come in terms of technology. Having a phone that talks back to you once was just some kid’s wild imagination. Especially a car that can park itself or come pick you up outside of a store, ten years ago seemed to be years away yet. Thinking that all of these things are now a normal part of our society make you realize how possible and even probable all of his statements are. The work with AI going on now backs every claim frank has made. AI would be able to collect all sorts of data on you if you had it connected to your schedule and home electronics. The car driving itself has always been a thing for me that I felt I could never get behind. The feeling of driving a car for me as been part of my life that has always brought me joy. But if it will be allowed to sleep in a car or use future commute time for me time, I don’t see any advantage to driving yourself to and from work at least. From having clothes specially tailored to you that is a good idea but unless everyone in the future is somehow making more money not everyone will be able to afford that luxury. This part of his argument and really anyone that talks about the future, they seem to forget that the things that will happen probably won’t happen for everyone. Just because it is thirty years in the future that does not mean everyone will all of a sudden become wealthier there will still be people that are struggling to make a living. While the future holds a lot of benefit potential for everyone it also needs to be known that having more technology will not automatically make everyone better off. To have everyone benefit equally from something like better technology in the future, the middle and lower classes would need more buying power. Technology has never been cheap and thinking and in-home AI system that makes everything you do easier would be cheap is outrageous. In terms of healthcare I do hope that one day America figures out how to successfully make healthcare free for all. Doing so is just the best move for the country, there should not be a person sick in America that doesn’t get help due to the cost. Also, if AI is used in diagnosis and in the world of noninvasive surgeries the cost will drop on it’s own either way. Using AI wherever possible will allow for more people to access to the healthcare they need, and this is only a good thing in the long run. While being involved in technology as a college student I say anything that makes life easier is something that should be looked into. Making life easier and more affordable for all should be the goal that technology strives to achieve.

  13. G February 3, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

    Reading the article I believe Peter Diamandis is very optimistic about the future concerning technological advancement in the next decade, but I disagree that the next decade will change more than the last hundred years. Change is more than physical, and mentally pleasing new innovations that make our lives easier and faster. Peter left out the human development of our species, as well as the fact that many of these new technologies are used for greater convenience to humans and not advancement of the US. We all know the old saying “too much of a good thing is a bad thing” which applies here.
    I will begin with the fact that the last hundred years, we fought in 7-9 major wars, advancement of ideologies such as acceptance of all genders, race, and sexual orientation in certain countries. Once impoverished countries are becoming economic superpowers (Globalization). Each single event has created changes that affect all areas of life in the future tangible and intangible (Emotions, ideas, religion). Our world has become more aware of their actions due to connectivity,and the last HUNDRED years. These are the human advancements that technology cannot create naturally but artificially. The rise of tech has helped society and the individual with tasks , but hurt the human capability to understand his environment any more (includes himself as well).
    Many of the new great gadgets such as the mobile devices, wifi, and the internet did not come free. Someone has to pay for these great innovations not only through monetary value. The ones who pay are the ones working 12 hours a day making Iphones for 2 dollars a day in questionable working conditions. Or the R&D team works 14 hours a day whose jobs depend on a break through. Innovation now isn’t for advancement of society or people, but a new synonym for profit. Companies are here for profit, which are the ones that are doing the R&D for these products.
    Tech has redefined our values, culture, and experiences, which i believe will continue to slow down true organic growth in our world. Today now consists of forcing down our throats new products that we did not know we needed until tech made us want it. The future in the next decade will have changed in our society, but will set back humans from accomplishing self-actualization and understand this meta-physical world.

  14. Garret Potter February 3, 2020 at 8:03 pm #

    I would have to agree with several of the previous responses in regards to the fact that Mr. Diamandis’ ideas of what technology will look like in 10 years is a little over exaggerated. He is certainly correct by saying that technology is advancing and growing at a rapid pace, but to say that there will be absolutely no need for car ownership is a little extreme. The section where AI shopping is discussed is not too out of the ordinary considering that Amazon has opened grocery stores across the country and AI is used extensively already in those stores. Mr Diamantis is quite optimistic about just how fast technology is expanding, which is not necessarily a bad thing considering that humanity has made incredible technological strides in recent years. However, there are several things that must be addressed first before we move onto abandoning car ownership, despite the fact that there are several vehicles already on the market with self driving technology available. Technological efforts should be pushed towards more productive and pressing matters rather than not having to get up and physically go shopping for clothes. The health of our planet as well as the people in underdeveloped countries should be a priority. This issue was only barely discussed by Mr. Diamantis and should have been given more emphasis. Overall, he is correct in his analysis of the growth rate of technology, but is rather generous in his ideas of what we are going to be capable of in the near future.

  15. Sabrina Wojcik February 3, 2020 at 8:40 pm #

    Peter Diamandis has quite an extreme view when thinking of the future. He sees more change coming in this decade than we have seen in the past 100 years. While I do believe that change is inevitable and only gets faster as time goes on, I also believe that some of his ideas are a bit far fetched, and I do not think we will see them happening for a few more decades if we ever do make those advancements. To begin with his idea of eliminating cars in the near future, I see where this idea comes from. As cars such as Teslas and BMWs have had the capability to self park for a few years now, the technology is now being used by more and more companies. Self driving and parking cars are becoming more accessible every year, but I do not believe they will ever allow the driver to sleep while the car is operating as this can lead to a lack of control.
    As for Diamandis’ next ideas involving AI shopping, I believe we are already on pace to make those transitions. Repeat purchases are used by companies such as Amazon to recommend products, and will even notify you when they think it is time for you to reorder the product. This goes hand in hand with subscription services that send groceries automatically to your home, eliminating the need to go and pick the items off the shelves yourself. Younger generations do a majority of their shopping online, so it would be of no surprise to see the VR shopping that Diamandis speaks of. Some issues that I see arising with this form of online retail are the effects it will have on the job market and economy, as well as the increased price of clothing production if every piece is made specifically to fit you.
    Finally, I think that climate change is something that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, as the changes will soon be irreversible. I do agree with what Diamandis said about human behavior — it is extremely hard to change. With all new plant based products and companies such as Burger King starting to sell vegetarian options, I think his prediction is likely. The solution to stop overfishing would be to give people a substitution for fish.
    Overall, this lifestyle that Diamandis predicts coming in this decade is plausible, but not realistic. Even as these technologies continue to advance and become more accessible, it will never be at a point where all economic classes can afford to live this lifestyle. If these changes were to happen, it would create an even larger social and economic imbalance than we have today. But, that all being said, many others have brought up in their responses that the technology we have today seemed impossible just 10 or 15 years ago. So, I suppose only time will tell!

  16. Robert Adelson February 5, 2020 at 4:25 pm #

    I believe that Peter Diamandis’ predictions are somewhat outrageous, but also exciting. The world is rapidly growing and evolving. It is evolving even faster scientifically and technological. This the reason as to why Diamandis thinks that this new decade will be a historical one. He believes that everything is lined up, in place for this decade to experience more change than any other of the past. It is great to have predictions and with the constant growth of technology anything is possible. However, I believe his predictions are a little far-fetched.

    Diamandis predicts we will be so advanced with technology we will have autonomous electric cars and VR shopping malls, where ” you can conjure up a VR fashion show of 100 of your avatars wearing different outfits, to decide what you like.” While this would obviously be fascinating, I just cannot see this happening. It is the start of the decade, and we are still in the beginning stages of our usage of AI. It is indeed expanding across the country, but it is expanding slowly and also cautiously. AI is not cheap for the companies to develop for themselves and to use either. It will cost companies a lot of money to be able to properly implement AI into want they are already doing or planning on doing. This also creates a high risk for the companies. If their new product with AI fails it will hurt both their brand and finances. Not every AI product is or will be a success. It may be very technologically advanced, but that does not always translate it to being good or being wanted and used by consumers. I am excited at the potential for all the new technological changes, but I do not believe that the predictions Diamandis make, will come true this decade.

    Even though I do not believe in his predictions, the predictions excite me. The creativity and imagination that can potentially be created and used with AI intrigues me. The sheer idea of having an electronic car is something I am all for. The growth of AI continues, and the more it grows, potential inventions increase. I would love to be able to sleep in a bed, while my car drives me. Even though I do not believe the examples Diamandis gave will happen as fast as he does, I do believe that we will continue creating more AI advanced products. If you compare the world, we live in today to the one at the start of last decade, there almost like two different worlds. If someone traveled back in time and told my younger self what the world would have in the future, I would not believe them. We have been getting smarter and more advanced as humans alongside technology, we will continue to do so this decade and so on.

  17. Christopher McGowan February 5, 2020 at 11:54 pm #

    I agree with Peter Diamandis about the rapid pace of innovation in the 21st century, I feel over the last ten years there has been massive changes and innovations to technology and sciences over the word. The tools that society has access to today are much greater and smarter than anything innovators have had in the past, this is what Diamandis believes is the reason for the fast pace in innovation we have today. Diamandis and Diana agree there is also major growth among society, economy, geopolitics, environment, philosophy, and business, but with this growth comes challenges and obstacles we may have never seen before.
    Diamandis predicts ownership of cars will begin to fade away, instead everyone will use self driving electric cars that will be AI controlled and can be accessed at any time, allowing the passenger to do what they please during the ride, I understand we already have self driving cars in some parts of the country, but to be honest I don’t see this becoming a reality in my life time, as this system of everyone having access to AI and self driving cars seems very expensive which would mean only people who can afford it would use this service making it very hard to only have AI electric cars on the road, until there is some sort of government regulation on driving your own car I dont see this becoming reality for at least another 100 years but with that said I realize in the next 20 years there will be a massive increase in self driving AI cars but not on the scale Diamandis is describing. In shopping retail stores are quickly becoming a thing of the past as online shopping has taken over, there is still a large amount of people who prefer to shop in store but it is declining, honestly there needs to be some massive innovations in VR technology in order for it to be used commonly in shopping, I am someone who has used VR for gaming and while the technology is very advanced there is still alot of work to be done to make VR a comfortable experience for the user. I definitely agree there is big changes coming to the retail market I just dont know if VR is the best option. I also agree there will be major changes in health care, I can see one day there will be a full body MRI scan to tell you of any diseases or cancers in your body, I just have no idea how this will become reality. Diamandis has a very bright outlook on the future of innovation and while I agree with how fast we are moving I feel there are just so many people in the world that need to do there part in order for this future to become a reality.

  18. Alicia Weismann February 6, 2020 at 3:06 pm #

    I also agree that these predictions are somewhat outrageous. However, technology and Artificial Intelligence are always evolving and improving so, in reality, the sky’s the limit. In just a few years companies have created watches and apps that track your health, how many steps you’ve taken, and if you have remained motionless or not. Regarding car ownership, I do agree with some aspects of this prediction. Tesla has already created a fully working autonomous car that can pick you up at your location, stay cooled or warm when you are running errands, and drive on its own while you sit in the driver’s seat. However, I do not think people will not keep their cars in their garage or driveway. I think people like to show off what they own, especially cars. Cars can be a statement piece to some people and a way for them to show off how much money they are willing to spend. Yes, they could still own an autonomous car but I think people will still enjoy the ownership of their own car. Also, with everything being digitized also uncovers the risk of hackers retrieving information from someone and using it against. For example, what if someone hacked your autonomous car and drove it wherever the hacker is?
    As with shopping, I think people will wholeheartedly take advantage of “virtual shopping” because it is easier than physically going to the store to try things on or order clothes online where you cannot try anything on. Also, ordering online will prevent the buyer from seeing how well the clothes fit since not everyone has a perfect model figure.
    Overall, technology will definitely continue to improve and be made to make people’s lives more and more convenient. However, I think the risk to consider is how easy it may become for others identity and information to be hacked and taken advantage of.

  19. Nicole Kania February 7, 2020 at 12:40 pm #

    I enjoyed reading Peter Diamandis’ predications about the upcoming decade. His predictions were very entertaining to read, and it almost sounded like a movie. His predictions make me excited for the technological advancements this decade, but I also think that his predictions of the future are unbelievable and outrageous. I agree, the society is undergoing innovation at an extremely rapid pace. When looking at the beginning of the 2000s, even 2010, the world is very different now than it was then. In my lifetime, I feel like times were very different growing up in the early 2000s, versus growing up now. I got my first phone, a flip phone, at the age of ten. Now, children are getting iPhones or using iPads at such a young age. When I was a child, technology for me was not my biggest priority. I would rather go outside, play with my toys, or play with friends. I believe that children now are obsessed with electronics. Children do not even play with toys anymore, retail stores such as ToysRus have gone out of business. Now, society is obsessed with technology, this is because everything is done electronically. There are constantly new products, new features, and new advancements on the market. I agree with Diamandis, by the time this decade is over, it will be a totally different world. Although, the idea of having an Al, that tracks every movement, will commute for you, and have a virtual reality world, seems absurd. The idea that a virtual Al will do pretty much everything for people seems unreachable in a decade. It is a very fascinating idea, it excites me but also scares me that this may be a possibility for the future. Life would change drastically, many car brands such as Tesla and Mercedes already have the self-driving car feature. The next decade, there will be innovation in Al. However, there are many factors to consider with Al. Technology will have to transform for everyone to have an Al in their home. It is also an expensive feature, the majority of people will not be able to afford such an expensive technology, especially in a decade. Self-driving cars are a new feature, it is not common for people to have that feature in their car today. Not only is the Al going to be an expensive feature to purchase, not everyone will want to purchase an Al. This product will transform lives drastically, technology will really do everything for a person. People may not be comfortable with the idea of technology knowing your schedule, driving you to work as you sleep, being able to pick out what you wear and eat in a virtual reality world, etc. I know personally, I think this would be a cool feature but it scares me to think that technology can do everything for me. Another factor to consider is how much the economy is going to change, businesses will be affected by Al. If Al is going to be doing everything for people, people will not have to leave their house to go buy groceries or shopping. It could be possible that companies such as Shop Rite won’t exist, because people will not even go out of their house. The prediction made by Diamandis see intriguing, but unreachable in a span of a decade.

  20. joseph penagos February 7, 2020 at 1:23 pm #

    Peter is making some wild predictions in my opinion for the future. I really don’t see virtual reality mall rooms or artificial intelligence buying things for me on a regular basis. Although I do agree with us becoming more accustomed to technology in our daily lives including its use for our day to day routine. I do believe however half of the point with an A.I. self-driving car. Tesla is practically right there almost perfecting the use. Tesla will of course develop the tech and as electric cars begin to be the norm so will people no longer driving them. Car insurance will most likely drop completely off the map as robots are more reliable than people. The sale of cars however will possibly become like the sale of phones today, with a new model coming out every six months that is not so different from the last very similarly to apple phones and products. The car companies will try to market their cars better to suite this market and possibly make the automobile market to mirror that of smart phones. I still think ownerships of cars will continue to exist and become more of a luxury, especially human driving cars with a combustion engine inside. Companies like uber and lyft will thrive off of these inventions by making them their only source of employment. They’ll cut their regular employees and replace them with self-driving cars, cutting cost.
    I disagree with Robert Adelson when he says, “the predictions excite me” (Adelson) in paragraph three sentence one. To me I think that is a scary future to imagine. It is more likely to have less human to human interaction and more human to robot. There will be more of a struggle to communicate with each other properly and in the most extreme sense we could either end up in the same world as the ones found in the films of Wall-e or Terminator. Yes, technology is an amazing thing for us, it makes life easier. Artificial Intelligence is even better, I mean who doesn’t want to ask Siri or Alexa a question instead of going through the extra hassle of typing the same thing into google. When it comes to virtual reality it just becomes more of a want because the implications it has on entertainment, especially video games. It really does transport you into another world. To use it with shopping though is a little farfetched to me because we don’t get the hands on feel for the material or overall quality of the product. Christopher McGowan does point out that “online shopping has taken over” (McGowan) in his second paragraph, that is very true. Many people are making money by selling over amazon, Facebook, websites, and more through online. Now a business can just be only through the use of online sales. Stock X is a sneaker and clothing resale website. It is a third party to help people flip their unworn shoes. Today the company is valued at “over $1 billion” (Reggie Wade) as reported through yahoo finance. All the company does is take a percentage of the sales through their sight, verify that the shoes are legitimate, unworn and ships it to the buyer. For virtual reality to be used in the shopping world would not only upset the retail stores themselves but what would happen to people who don’t have the technology or prefer to shop in store.
    For me Peter is making wild assumption of the future. Some sound very likely but also impossible to happen. With technology moving at an exponential rate we will soon see what happens.

  21. Selina Govani February 7, 2020 at 2:35 pm #

    I agree that researching for the future in needed so one knows what to prepare for currently. The future happens faster than people think and that is very true. One doesn’t realize how fast time goes and how little time one has to do things. One day goes by so fast and next thing you know deadlines are ahead and right in front of you. Change has not happened as fast as before but due to our advances in technologically, it is about to happen even fast in the future.

  22. Marshall McGrath February 7, 2020 at 5:48 pm #

    The future has always provided a sense of mystery, being the source of endless tv shows or movies trying to predict what will come next or what the world will look like 100 years from now. In the past twenty-five years, there has been a rapid amount of change in the realm of technology. Completely changing society as we know it, with the invention of items such as the smartphone and some forms of artificial intelligence. These inventions and many others have shaped our current world while also providing society a window into the future, giving experts a better chance to understand the future possibly. In the article titled The Future is Faster than you Think, predicting the future is talked about in great depth. The articles explains how in a recent interview Peter Diamandis the Founder & Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, believes that in the next decade, there will be more change then there was in the past 100 years or so. He states that in these next ten years, “Car ownership will be a thing of the past. You’ll turn your garage into a spare bedroom and your driveway into a rose garden. After breakfast in the morning, you will walk towards the front door of your house. Your AI will know your schedule, it will see you moving, and it will have an autonomous electric car waiting for you”. To some, this change may seem completely unfeasible; however, when reflecting upon it almost seems somewhat likely. With all the changes to self-driving cars brought about by Tesla, the evolution of robots being able to do nearly quadruple the amount they used to even five years ago. To say that in ten years, we won’t even be driving ourselves is entirely feasible, and if not in the next decade, then definitely within the next fifteen years. The progress to the tech made between 2000-2020 was unprecedented and to say that with that new technology that was developed that we as a society won’t progress at an even faster rate is almost ludicrous. With this said, however, it does make some wonder is the future that may happen the one they want, with so many typical daily actions now automated. Seemingly taking humanity out of life and possibly making the system that we are already in feel even more systematic and making the average human seem even more insignificant. One thing can be said the future doesn’t stop just because humanity has cold feet; the future is coming, with the next day holding something different from the last. Whether or not it will be like the future described in the article is unknown; however, one thing the article said is true the world is changing fast, and in the next ten years or so, there will be unprecedented changes. With humanity will have to adapt and gain new sets of skills so not only will the world around us change but we as people will change as well.

  23. Eli Garay February 7, 2020 at 5:54 pm #

    While Peter Diamandis explains the ideas he believes will be coming in the near future in this article, I disagree with him to an extent. While the ideas he proposes sound great, such as an automated car pulling up with a bed for you to sleep during your morning commute while it takes you to work, I feel it is something that might not be as near as we would hope. The idea seems extremely unrealistic to me in the sense that it will not be as common as we would hope. When Elon Musk announced his new cybertruck, he announced that there would be a self-driving option to purchase along with the truck. According to Tesla’s own website however, the price is expected to go up for the feature up until the release of the truck. As majority of cars currently on the road lack a self-driving feature, I do not see people going out and swapping their current cars for a much more expensive car just for a self-driving option. I also do not feel that artificial intelligence is even remotely close to being intelligent enough to be able to recognize such things as lack of sleep, or even the ability to send a custom car with a bed for you. If that the case, would people just be paying for the ride to work, or would you spend tens of thousands on a car that can fully cater to your needs whenever? Paying for a ride everywhere you would like to go seems highly cost-ineffective, and having a car that can not only drive itself with an advanced artificial intelligence, but also fully be able to customize itself by inserting things such as a bed when you need it, does not seem like it will be possible in the next 10 years. 50 years maybe, but not 10. While he does propose advancements that do seem possible, such as annual MRIs with the use of artificial intelligence, or being able to hop into a VR set and shop for clothing and having an AI order basic products such as food for your household, the whole car situation doesn’t seem possible as near as we would hope in my opinion.

  24. William Segers February 7, 2020 at 5:57 pm #

    The view Peter Diamandis has on the future is not as unlikely as it may seem. Many components have already been developed that were mentioned within the article. Such as AI knowing an individual’s daily schedule, and depending on the product used, it could also order items, play your favorite music, as well as keep you organized. For example, look at the Amazon Alexa AI, it simply does most of the actions Diamandis mentions. The only difference is you would have to manually tell the Amazon AI what your schedule is, instead of it naturally learning your daily habits. But the way technology is advancing, that ability would be able to be integrated sooner than later. As far as self-driving cars go, Tesla and many other companies have been integrating self-driving AI into their vehicles. The technology is not 100 percent yet, but of course features like this will be perfected in the next 10 years because of its early development, and they can work out the glitches holding it back. We currently have an early version of VR, with products such as the Oculus for the gaming community. The way this technology like VR and AI assistants are advancing so fast Diamandis view of the future is not sound crazy at all.

  25. John LaFrance February 7, 2020 at 6:28 pm #

    In Frank Diana’s article, “The Future is Faster Than You Think,” he lays out some of Peter Diamandis’ predictions for the future of technology and AI in our everyday lives. It is no secret that AI is the future and that everyone is trying to incorporate it into their daily routine. I found Diamandis’ predictions to be quite fascinating. His assertion that, “we will see more change in the coming decade than we have in the last 100 years” is right on point. We have been progressing at increasingly faster rates since the Industrial Revolution. AI technology will only enhance these rates of development.
    Diamandis’ first prediction about autonomous cars was particularly interesting. I have not heard anyone bring up the bed idea before. When autonomous cars are rolled out to the general population, it will truly change the world. A car is an essential part of most everyone’s lives nowadays. To think that the ownership of something so important will soon become obsolete is very interesting. The idea of the car knowing how much sleep you got last night is actually very realistic. You can already use devices like the Apple Watch to track the amount of sleep you get. So the thought of that being linked with the car is not far fetched at all.
    I also believe Diamandis’ prediction about VR while clothes shopping is accurate and possible. VR is already widespread and can be found in many households. It is now mainly used for video games or theme park attractions, but I could see it being utilized in a retail clothing store. The idea of it pairing with your wardrobe at home is something I had not considered. This would be incredibly useful and beneficial while shopping.
    Overall, I believe Peter Diamandis’ ideas and predictions about AI technology in the future are interesting and practical. While it may take a long time for these developments to be widespread, they would certainly have a huge impact on the way we live our lives.

  26. Wasima Rashid February 7, 2020 at 7:32 pm #

    “The future is faster than you think”- yes, it is so true. Engineers, scientists, doctors, researches are investing all of their time every day to invent new technology. This article mentioned the thoughts of Mr. Peter Diamandis, who is a famous Greek American engineer, physician, entrepreneur, and such as role model for the young generation. He believes that people will witness a vast amount of changes in the world in the upcoming decade, which we never had before. I agree with his statement, and it makes sense. Nowadays, a huge number of people use laptops, cellphones, electrics and automated cars, different kinds of Bluetooth devices, smart locks, etc. All of these are benefiting and helping people in every step of their lives. I believe that all of the inventions were out of the imaginations of ordinary people in hundred years ago. I can bet that whatever technologies we got today were the results of the hard work of some exceptional persons who saw a dream in those days.

    Some people assert that they do not like new technologies, formulas, products at all. They believe new inventions are ruining people’s intuitive skills, physical strength and natural growth of brains, and so on. For example, a lot of people use Alexa, Siri, Bixby because these help them to make phone calls, tells about the weather, read messages, controls smart tv and lights, play a song, etc. Those things are making everyone lazy, are not they? But the big questions are that can we avoid it; can we spend a day without technology; is it possible? The answer is: No. We cannot spend a day without science and modern technology. We all need electricity, refrigerators, ovens, cellphones, computers, smart vehicles (which could save someone from a crush), etc. to live spontaneously.

    This article is talking about some new inventions, which we all are going to see in the near future. I found this interesting, and I would like to see them in reality as soon as possible. If we can make a difference in the world by consuming synthetic food and can make our life easier by using new devices, then why not? If someone tries to bring new technology with good intentions, then everyone should support it. I cannot wait to see the new advanced upcoming digital world.

  27. Cj Happ February 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm #

    Mark Diamandis is correct. The future is faster than we think, it is so fast that it has already arrived. The seeds of innovation were planted years ago, and automation is casting a shadow that no citizen can be unaffected by. In this article, Diamandis discusses the notion that the next ten years will bring about more change than the last 100 years have. Considering how much more human civilization has evolved in the last 100 years than in the previous 2,000 years, Diamandis’s point is not one of science fiction or hopeful thinking. The innovation of the world we live in is becoming more efficient with everyday that passes. The reduction of television providers has already commenced because of the movie and TV steaming services available. Cashiers, gas station employees and truck drivers are all being phased out as we speak. Soon we will not even have to drive our own vehicles. A.I. will ensure that our decision-making is at a bare minimum. This loss of job opportunity for citizens will be on a scale which has never been seen before. It will be much greater than the luddites of 19th century England and will see many citizens of the world out of work. Even today, every grocery store could be 100% kiosks, but companies need to keep people working. Whenever I got to a store, self-checkout is the better and more efficient way to purchase goods. You can cut the tension between automation and low skilled workers with a knife. Companies do not want to pay more money to keep someone employed when they only need to pay the initial purchase and wear and tear fees for a kiosk. This is the negative side that I anticipate, but automation does not necessarily have to be a bad thing. With innovation comes great ideas and that can lead to better ways to produce food, shelter and an abundance of water without natural resources. The world of 2030 will almost 100% look immensely different from what the world today looks like. Even though we are stepping into a new and strange world, I believe innovation will aid us, rather than hinder us in the long run.

  28. Cameron Nuessle February 7, 2020 at 8:21 pm #

    This article gives us a good insight on how the last 100 years of innovation has prepared us for this moment when technology starts to skyrocket at a never before seen pace. As Peter Diamandis predicts, in 10 years we will see more of this innovation than we have ever seen before. In my opinion this is a little out of reach considering in the late 1900s we have made a lot of overbearing predictions that we have not quite lived up to. We are currently in the process of developing the intelligence of AI and it is a little bit of a stretch in my opinion to say that this will be the thing responsible for handling our medications, travel affairs, and daily tasks in as early as 10 years. I think this will have a big impact on financial issues considering this will cost money tight people a fortune just to utilize this technology. As Diamandis says, we have groundbreaking potential to advance our human culture and at the state of our technological development, we are due for a massive improvement. Technology grows at an exponential rate and it is hard to say if humans can handle this because everyone is content with familiar technology. From architecture to computer speed, AI will play a huge role in this and there is growing concerns that this will end up taking jobs, making people have less knowledge, and ultimately stunt the growth of communities and those surrounding us. This will benefit the planet however, considering we have more solar energy than we have ever had before and utilizing this will leave fossil fuels and inefficient wind farms in the dust. It will be hard to trust AI with your health but the new abilities to 3d print organs and adding veins and arteries over the next 10 years could save a massive amount of lies. We arent sure if technology of the future will benefit us but it is the inevitable so we must prepare.

  29. Casandra Medina February 7, 2020 at 8:42 pm #

    After reading this article, I would have to say that Peter Diamandis has a rather “creative” view on our future. His examples sound as if they are taken from previous ideas. For instance, when Diamandis explains the future of shopping as a “VR [Virtual Reality] fashion show of 100 of your avatars wearing different outfits to decide what you like.” Coming from a person who LOVES to shop this sounds amazing but it also sounds super familiar, as if I heard this concept before. The movie “Clueless” which was released in 1995 has a scene almost identical to the description that Diamondis shared on the future of shopping. In the scene main character, Cher, picks an outfit by going onto a screen which has various avatars wearing potential outfits she’d might like to wear. To me this weakens Diamondis’s predictions because now it seems that he is just taking past theoretical scenarios of what could be the future of tech. Yes, this could just be a coincidence but in Diamondis first example he talks about an AI having access to not only your daily schedule but potentially your health vitals. This sounds in itself sounds like an episode of Black Mirror. Overall, I feel as if Diamondis’s predictions are not reliable theories to base the direction technology is going in because technology like this is still too advanced, even for this day and age.

    Now, my opinion on the rapid innovation of technology is that it will hurt us more than it will help us in every single aspect. The idea of making technology smarter than us it terrifying and it is astonishing how even after countless movies on how this is a BAD idea, minds such as Elon Musk push for smarter and smarter tech. Soon there will be no jobs. AI systems will be trained to every job just as good or better than a human. Though having a world where there are no mistakes seems ideal, it is actually quite harmful. In a metaphorical sense, no mistakes means no learning and no learning leads to no growth. So technically we as humans will reach our “full potential” before our time. Looking at this from an economic point of view, if everyone is out of a job then how will the market be stimulated? How will we survive if there is no money to be made or to be spent? The reality on AI’s replacing us is far more complex for me, a nineteen-year-old business major, to fully understand but just looking at the surface of our potential future, all I see is disaster.

  30. Alexander Silverstein February 7, 2020 at 8:42 pm #

    In the article “Future is Faster than you think”, Peter Diamandis explains how quickly innovation is growing and how it won’t stop anytime soon. Diamandis begins by explaining how we as humans own cars, “Car Ownership will be a thing of the past. Your AI will know your schedule, it will see you moving and it will have an autonomous electric car waiting for you. It will know you didn’t get much sleep last night, so it will have pulled a car with a bed in the back so you can sleep on your way to work. Your commute time will be yours”. This quote by Diamandis is very interesting but also scary at the same time. For someone who has to be at work at 8 am and has an hour commute, being able to get extra sleep can be very beneficial to your work day. On the other hand, car innovation could be detrimental to the United States employment. If every car was automated, millions of drivers would be out jobs. This would increase the employment rate dramatically.

    Diamandis continues by stating, “Shopping will be handled by repeat purchases done by your AI. To shop for clothes, you will enter a VR shopping mall where you can conjure up a VR fashion show of 100 of your avatars wearing different outfits, to decide what you like”. Again this quote by Diamandis further shows that AI will further disrupt the US economy and employment.

    Also, Diamandis explains how AI will change human behavior, “Mr. Diamandis believes that changing human behavior – for example, telling people they have to stop eating fish because of over-fishing – is hard. If we can use cell-grown meat technology to replace over-fishing, we should”. Throughout this article, it is obvious that Diamandis is very confident that AI will change our future forever. If social media completely changed how we view society, AI will do the same.

    In my opinion, this article shows that the United States is not prepared for the future of innovation. There is no plan by the Trump administration to combat this future crisis. Eventually, millions of Americans will be out of jobs due to AI with no chance of earning high paying jobs to feed their families.

  31. Vasudave Taneja February 7, 2020 at 8:54 pm #

    Peter Diamandis is without a doubt a renowned innovationist and whether his ideas sound far-fetched or not, there is always a somewhat viable point to be made in the. There is no doubt in the fact that within the coming years, artificial intelligence will be the leading platform in a new level of convenience for humans. Although it is currently in its primal phase, major companies have allocated significant amounts of money towards researching and developing this technology to make sure that their iteration of it is viable for the Automated Armageddon that is about to take place.
    From the surface, Diamandis’ predictions as to what the future of innovation entails seems to be quite hard to believe and sounds more like a futuristic movie like “Total Recall,” but when thought about in a literal standpoint, the rate at which technology is being released and refined these days, his ideas seem viable. In his response, he says that most of the day to day functions we do will no longer need to be done by us and rather, they will be done by our soon-to-be AI counterparts. Personally, the ever-growing expansion of technology does seem a bit hard to imagine and frankly, a bit scary due to the loss of human touch in anything.
    I can confidently say that I grew up in the last generation that will know how to manually do things and that appreciates doing things with others as compared to robots, and this is why I find it hard to imagine the day when I can try on and buy the clothes I want without having to interact with any other person. At the same time, however, many of the predictions Diamandis speaks on seem to be quite useful and will make good use of the innovations such as the AI-led healthcare, which will be able to pinpoint problems in one’s body and hopefully, avoid illnesses, to begin with. This idea of AI is intriguing, and I am interested in seeing how far technology will go and how long it will be until the human becomes obsolete.

  32. Samuel Appah February 7, 2020 at 10:21 pm #

    In the Article, “Future is faster than you think”, Mr. Diamandis talks about very descriptive and detailed ideas about the future. It amazes me how I can personally envision these ideas he describes. Mr. Diamandis has a very unique mind and it fascinates me how his thoughts seem so real. At the moment, I believe the future is bright and constantly changing for the better. According to the author, it might be brighter than I perceived it to be. The world needs more human cooperation and creativity in the current economy more than ever. We live in an era where we do not know our limits. As everyday goes by, someone is working on something they are passionate about and looking forward to produce a product that will improve lives. On the other hand, there are a lot of research in the field of AI development. We are in a period of time where AI development is constantly being redefined and improved. At the current rate, the expectations from AI’s a decade from now, will be very interesting to experience.

  33. Michelle Issac February 7, 2020 at 10:24 pm #

    The perspective that Peter Diamandis has is definitely an interesting take on the new era of technological advancements. In his interview, Mr. Diamandis mentions how the next decade will consist of more progress than we have seen in the last 100 years. In some aspects, I do agree with him on this statement based off of the most recent developments that we have experienced so far. For example, the invention of the Tesla with all of its features, blockchain and the key role that AI plays in our world goes to demonstrate how quickly things are changing in our reality today. I think he makes a great point with emphasizing how all of these advancements have started to integrate amongst themselves too. As mentioned, AI is now being used within robotics which only enhances productivity and efficiency levels. Since more and more people now have access to these technological devices and platforms, the progression of its development is faster than ever.

    On the other hand, a few points that were made by Peter Diamandis were definitely on the extreme side of this argument. As much as I appreciate the level of enthusiasm and positivity he has, it is important to stay realistic when discussing about possible implementations in the future. Some points that were brought up about cars with a bed, not having a garage and shopping in a VR mall all seem like it is very unlikely to get everyone on board with these advancements. This would also require a much higher level of execution as well since majority of our day-to-day lives would be controlled by technology. For me personally, just the concept of driver-less cars is not one I can imagine even utilizing, so taking a car that will drive me to work with no supervision is definitely not something that everyone will trust. By leaving all shopping purchases to be left to AI, it brings up a whole other area of issues as well especially when it comes to privacy. AI would be able to track every move and action a user takes as it does now and it starts pulling products, in this case clothes, based off of what a customer’s behavior is.

    In the future, it cannot be ruled out that maybe one day all of these innovations mentioned by Diamandis will be implemented in our every day life. Even though they do seem a little unrealistic, looking at all of the accomplishments made in the last decade show that maybe there is potential in achieving these as well. We will just have to wait and see what is to come!

  34. Mihail E February 8, 2020 at 3:43 pm #

    Looking from Mr. Diamandis’s perspective, the future is coming for us faster than we really think. In recent years and in the coming decades, technology has and will be continuing to grow rapidly. Although I believe that technology will become better at a much faster pace, I think there is something to be said about Mr Diamandis’s perspective on this topic.

    I think that Mr. Diamandis’s predictions of the near future are very reliant on the services of AI. Although I do see AI becoming a valuable aid to human lifestyle, I believe if we get to the point that AI will do everything for us, it would not only be a very bad idea but disastrous for human kind.

    For example, when Diamandis brings up his prediction that we would use AI to do everyday simple tasks, like driving to work, I feel like that would be a bad thing in the long run. It would cause us to get lazy. Although, AI may drastically prevent accidents and such, this could lead us down a path that we would probably get carried away with. As a species, humans are wired to sort out comfort and ease. If we start to let AI take control over our everyday tasks like driving to work, we lose a sense of being human, being in control. Therefore, I see Mr. Diamandis and others ideas of the future alike a little too far fetched. I believe that if we rely too much on AI it could be the downfall for humanity and we may lose what it really feels like to be human, alive.

  35. Kevin P. February 9, 2020 at 12:00 am #

    Mr. Diamandis’ beliefs about the future sound like a dream that’s too good to be true. I do not think that we can even come close to the technology Mr. Diamandis’ believes we will have in the next decade, like autonomous cars. Don’t get me wrong, a vehicle that knows I am tired and can take me to school in the morning while I catch up on sleep would be absolutely amazing; the technology that we have today, however, is not innovative enough to be able to complete a task so involved. An innovation like this would cost millions of dollars and cut thousands of jobs like delivery or Uber drivers. To a certain extent, I think this may be achievable in the next 20 to 40 years, but certainly not in the next decade.

    One big problem that makes me skeptical about the technological world we are growing into is the fact that computers make mistakes, just like humans. My computer at home has glitches and/or sometimes malfunctions and does not work properly. A computer is programed to make a million different decisions but sometimes they fail us. Elaine Herzberg was the first recorded causality in 2018 when Uber was testing its self-driving mode in one of their cars. Out of the approximate 328 million people in the United States, one death may not seem like a lot but if there was a human in complete control of the vehicle, it may have been prevented. Computers are very quick and may be able to react faster than a human, but humans are the ones who program computers to have certain functions and work in certain ways. Humans are the ones who produce information not the computers. A computer can only see and do what the human programs it to do. For instance, I might see something jogging down the street on their phone and walk out into the middle of the street last second. I can prepare myself to slow down but if the computer reads the situation too late, that person can be injured or worse.

  36. Cameron Craig February 9, 2020 at 3:14 pm #

    The article posted by Mr. Diamandis was well thought out and well detailed, but taking a look at the past and the predictions made in the future (the time in which we are living in today) are nowhere close to where expected. I think that humanity has the idea of expectations that are higher than what is achievable in the future. I do not believe his ideas of AI bringing a car in the morning or virtual reality malls as being too far fetched in advancements, but there are topics of discussion and advancement that are more important and problems currently at hand. This will bring a halt to progression for advancements such as at home MRI, electric cars called from AI, and VR shopping.
    To use as an example, the electric car industry is behind where predicted in the past, and there is only one true leader that makes a fully efficient full electric (non-hybrid) vehicle. To compete with this idea of the car that comes to your door for you, the whole car market needs to transition as such. But to do this, the competition with oil industries, and markets for other things such as combustion motors all need to be addressed.
    Many people would love to have this future and progression at their fingertips as soon as possible, but when making predictions as such people get trapped into the atmosphere of moving forward only and not the troubles at hand that need to be solved at the same time, and this is the setbacks that need to also be addressed when making such predictions. Yes, we want flying cars and at home MRI machines, but these things were supposed to readily available today, but yet the human race is still far behind it. Mr. Diamandis has a good idea, but I believe we are still far away from such.

  37. Sara Cruz February 9, 2020 at 6:22 pm #

    While there are many of those that share the optimistic view of the world mainly being technologically driven, I see it being more of a curse rather than a blessing. Peter Diamandis discusses the rapid pace of technological innovation and believes that within the near future, people will not find the need to have cars, go through the annoyance of trying on clothing, as well as requiring Al to be apart of diagnosis within the healthcare system. It goes without saying that some of these advances are quite essential for the betterment of society, however, it could also become detrimental if the perfect medium is not found. Moreover, if a happy medium is not found, it could consequently lead to people becoming extremely co-dependent on these kinds of technology (in this instance being AI).

    As technology continues to advance, people become more and more dependent on what it has to offer. Not only is it used as a medium for communication, it has also become an essential aspect within everyone lives. It has allowed us to make incredible discoveries ranging from the invention of X-rays, to the something as simple as a microwave. That being said, to what point does it stop enhancing society and instead, becomes detrimental?
    Diamandis poses the idea of AI dominating people’s lives in such a way that it would be pre-programmed to know our daily schedules. We would have an autonomous electric car waiting to take us to go where ever our heart desires, even containing a bed within the vehicle for some of our restless nights. Living such a way would only result in societal dysfunction, relying extremely on the aid of technology, forgetting how to live on our own and slowing deteriorating our minds. Furthermore, this just happens to be very reminiscent the Disney Pixar film “Wally”. Although this film is purely fiction, I believe that it presents pretty vital questions on our approach of losing our personal control within society. Not only does this film depict the consequences of being overly dependent on technology, it also causes people to lose their sense of reality.

  38. Joshua Han February 13, 2020 at 4:32 pm #

    I believe some of his ideas such as VR shopping malls and full body MRI scans will likely be feasible technologically within the next decade. Virtual reality just a few years ago was niche since the technology was in its early stages at best with a setup for controllers, a bulky headset, and several motion sensors. Now, the technology has become far more compact and faster with less sensors required making setup easier alongside a price drop. Some types of programs and technology would be needed to calibrate a body to have a near accurate model, but then it would just be on companies to create their own programs to allow consumers to try clothes on in virtual reality. Full body MRI scans and healthcare improvements in general seem like the most logical next step forward since they have developed surgical systems such as the da Vinci to help surgeons. The only real issue outside of errors would be viability in terms of cost for patients.

    Self-driving cars are becoming more likely with each passing day. The word self-driving in this sense refers to cars that do not require any type of input from the driver other than destination. Uber and Lyft are already experimenting with these kinds of self-driving cars in public and they’re not the only ones. Waymo and Tesla are two of many others that are part of this upcoming change as well. For electric cars, they’ve been in the public mind as of late due to climate change and former President Barack Obama’s subsidies for electric car manufacturers. As long as subsidies continue to be given, then electric cars will eventually become the norm.

    For everything mentioned above, the only part of Mr. Diamandis’ statement I would disagree with would be the time frame of a decade for all of this change to occur. Computers were originally used for military purposes such as missile guidance systems in submarines and decrypting codes, but it took far longer to be technology that would be normal in everyday life. Of course, computers had to go through many more obstacles such as size reduction, increase in processing power, and actual application for public use. However, this example shows us that there’s a lag time between creation and marketability. Mr. Diamandis’ examples such as VR malls and self-driving cars are inevitable, but there are still many obstacles that companies have to go through. If we were to extend his prediction to fifteen years then I believe he would be correct in his statement.

  39. Mason Lai February 13, 2020 at 5:56 pm #

    The word “future” sounds like its decades away or even eternities away. True, but obviously you know that the future is only a second away (even less as long as it’s longer and more than 0 seconds). In the article “Reimaging the Future”, Diamandis believes that in the next decade, the human race would see more changes than we have in the last 100 years. My response? I think it’s totally possible and true considering the fact that the first personal computers were invented approximately four decades ago while no one even owned a computer three decades ago. Around a decade ago, smartphones didn’t exist yet now, it seems that everyone is staring at one whether they are walking down the streets to even driving a car (don’t try this).
    The evolution of technology and it’s devices are all possible because of “Moore’s Law” which in simple terms is a law that explains the acceleration and advancement in technology: a computer’s processing speed doubles every 18 months. This is crazy if you put this into perspective; being able to receive information twice as fast compared to 18 months ago, that’s the equivalent of your computer be able to load up “Fortnite” or Slack twice as fast and your electronic device being two times cheaper compared to 18 months ago.
    All this adds up to improvements and newer inventions in the world and therefore in society. It’s like me and among other Americans can be identified twice as accurate by the security cameras out in our streets and even on the Seton Hall Campus just like what it says in the article “We’re Banning Facial Recognition. We’re Missing the Point”.
    I believed all that Diamandis envisioned and believed in his article will eventually come to pass given enough time. Take for example, shopping for clothes using AI and VR. I personally don’t think it’s going to be that hard to make this a reality (unlike other people) because you can shop for clothes through the comforts of your home; It’s like playing a video game using VR but you can actually click on the links and it totals up your purchase for checkout. If there are AI’s invented already such as Tesla’s AI that can autonomously drive on the road, how hard would it be to configure one in which it checks out and contacts delivery services to deliver it right in the front of your house?

  40. Philip John Cabardo Mabalatan February 14, 2020 at 7:31 pm #

    In high school, I had a teacher who swore by a statement regarding history and the future, “Nothing changes except technology. The implication being that history will always repeat itself in one form or another, but technology will always continue to progress. Regarding our current society, technology is melding itself deeper into the facets of our functioning society. Technology can be a backbone of different societies and many are differentiated by such. Different generations are even differentiated by the many technological advancements during that time. Ergo, as technology advances, it affects and ultimately progresses the society it is applied in.
    Technology is also at a high functioning rate; we are amidst a technological renaissance of the 21st century. Naturally, many of the major technological advancements are possible because we stand on the shoulders of giants. All the hardship endured developing the basis of the modern day, allows us to progress at an exponential rate.
    Diana speaks on the future of many social domains, but I happen to disagree with his outlook on their futures. I do believe that AI will take over automobiles at some point, just not to the degree that Diana outlines. I don’t believe that we will fully get rid of human control. Self-driving cars will have the support of technology and can be more accurate then humans, but if the technology cannot adapt to an active situation, they will falter in that area. Humans are fallible, but so is technology, it’s a matter of which you decide to put your trust into. Also, this technology will hurt many workers whose job involves driving. Transport trucks, personal drivers, and other professions that require will be victim to a loss in jobs. When you have technology that allows you to accomplish the same job without having to pay someone, which choice will you make?
    The medical field and healthcare are valuable sectors to apply evolving technology. Looking at the strides modern medicine has made; technology has become commonplace is the practice. There are readers that measure heart rate, breath sounds, etc., all these which were not present in the past. However, like automobiles today, not everything is fully automated, there is still the need for human control. Until technology can perfect medicine, human control is still integral.
    Visible in all areas are common themes: technology is becoming more integrated, the need for human support is being lessened, and until AI is perfected there will be a need for humans.

  41. Edwin A February 14, 2020 at 10:58 pm #

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article about Peter Diamandis’ views on what the future has in store for the world. I do agree that in the upcoming century we will see a great amount of technological advancement. It amazes me to see how far technology has advanced and become so innovative looking back to when I was a child. Technology has drastically changed the world we live in; now making it difficult to live without it. While growing up the only access I had to the internet was using a desktop computer in my home. But now just about every person can access the internet and all of its resources anywhere they go. To the point where most parents today, are now buying smart phones for their children who are still in grade school.
    Peter Diamandis made some very interesting points about what he thinks the future entails. The first being that in the next ten years cars will be completely irrelevant and just a thing of the past. He then goes to state that people will have an AI that will send you an autonomous electric car that will drive you to your destination. Although I do agree that technology is advancing rapidly I believe that this statement is far fetched. I certainly do not feel that the car industry will be eliminated in the next ten years and will be completely replaced by electric cars. Tesla, the leading manufacturer for electric cars, prices their cars at a range of $35,000 – $124,000. I strongly disagree that all cars will be electronic and automated in the next ten years. Despite the rapid growth of technology around the world affecting all ages I believe that it will take more than ten years for technology to play that significant of a role in our lives.

  42. Colleen O'Keefe February 16, 2020 at 11:19 pm #

    The article “The Future is Faster than you Think” discusses how Peter Diamandis believes that change is becoming exponential within the coming decade. Peter Diamandis is the founder of the XPRIZE Foundation and was named on of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine. He is in favor of increasing innovation and the author of this article agrees, but also feels that there needs to be a more solidified path to follow to make this innovation better to “our human development”. He believes that the reason that the pace is picking up is because technology and science are now coming together, along with other focuses like “society, economy, geopolitics, environment, philosophy, and business”. However, while the intersection of these focuses are accelerating change, they can also factor into the obstacles that change is facing as well.
    Diamindis’ predictions for the future are, simply put, extremely futuristic. It is the type of thing that you see in cartoons of what they think the future will look like with lots of robots or artificial intelligence. He thinks that things like driving cars and shopping at an actual mall and trying clothes on will be a thing of the past, as technology will replace all of this. Increased technology will also increase health technology can better diagnose people with things like MRI scans. While this paints a pretty picture, I could also see some issues arising with this.
    While having artificial intelligence become integrated into our lives is certainly something that is already underway, with the increased talk and use of self-driven cars, I do believe that there are certain things that not everyone will be on board with. Right now, I have seen a shift in younger generations towards wanting the best of both worlds: newer and shinier technology but also a taste of the past by bringing back old trend and making them new. For example, even with today’s incredible cameras with amazing quality and ability to download right on your computer to save forever, so many people have reverted back to buying polaroid cameras to achieve that “retro vibe”, despite it being antiquated and the pictures having worse quality. There are other examples of people choosing worse technology because it is trendy that makes me believe that something like driving a car will never be completely fazed out because there is an attractiveness to it that people likely will not want to let go.
    Another issue that I can see with this is people feeling that they have no information kept private. By having your habits tracked by artificial intelligence and information about what you like and don’t like constantly being saved, it is understandable that some people would feel uneasy about AI having all of this information on file for someone that they do not want to potentially see.

  43. Ian Maroney February 18, 2020 at 5:44 pm #

    I belong to Generation Z, a generation that grew up in a world experiencing technology change at a faster rate than ever before in human history. Even for those of us who experienced this rapidly changing world in our youth, it is still hard to comprehend just how quickly it happened. In the year 2000, smart phones did not exist, the internet was still in its infancy, television sets were big and bulky, and you were lucky if your car had a CD port. Fast forward twenty years and almost every person in the world has a cell phone in their pocket, with 24/7 access to the internet, live tv, an endless array of videos, a camera, a world map, a flashlight and God knows what else, all at their fingertips. Going into the new millennium a big fear was the Y2K problem, where half the world was scared the internet was going to crash the moment 1999 turned into a two and three zeros. If such an event were to happen today, I’d put money on the fact that most people would not be able to function properly. Forget about the government, mankind itself would go into a state of sheer anarchy. We have grown so accustomed to the perfect worlds our technology has created for us that a world without it has become a terrifying thought.
    It isn’t difficult to think of how much the world, and technology can change over the course of the next twenty or so years. If you told someone in the year I was born that every one and their mother was going to have a buttonless touchscreen super computer the size of a calculator attached to their hip within eight years, they would have looked at you like you had two heads. But if someone were to tell me today that in the year 2040 computers will have evolved to the point of being able to think for themselves and makes smarter decisions than humans, I would not be surprised at all. The world has changed so quickly and so drastically that it’s become scary to think about the future. Especially when you realize how little control, we have over it. We have already sold our lives away to Apple, Google and Amazon, and those three companies alone have the power to dictate the future. That is truly scary.

  44. Mayra Felix February 20, 2020 at 3:32 pm #

    I found this article and Peter Diamandis vision for the new decade ahead very fascinating. I do think in the future we will have AI’s in our homes and self driving cars that people will own. We already have self-driving cars in development and then one day they will be released to the public for purchasing. Also, there is the development of an AI robot in the works, that think and feel as a human being. As you can see, I do not think Diamandis’s prediction is not entirely wrong but he missed a few points with new technology.
    As years go by the rise of new technology also emerges to rise as well. For example, Apple tries to develop new iphones every year and they accomplished the creation of wireless headphones called AirPods, which is very popular. But I do think technology can sometimes fail or not function when it’s needed. In the future, if we do have AI’s and self driving cars, what are the downside of it? In the long run, technology will fail us by malfunction or it just won’t work. If an AI just stops working, what happens to a person’s home? If a door just happens to be unlocked in a person’s home, someone can rob their values or they can use the new technology for crime.

  45. Vincent Vitacco February 21, 2020 at 10:02 pm #

    I find this article written by Peter Diamandis to be very interesting because he believes that car ownership will be a thing of the past. I do believe that eventually our technology will be so far advanced that there will be no need for us to own cars. There will be some other form of transportation. I am not to sure if I agree with the way of transportation that Peter is saying that will eventually takeover. I find it interesting how he says that our shopping will be controlled by repeat purchases and that we will be able to shop in a virtual reality world. I think that technology can sometimes go to far and it will eventually take away from people being able to enjoy the way that they live.
    Peter also goes into how our health would be taken care of through full body MRI scans. This I can see being very important to advancement in technology because being on top of our health is very important. People being able to know what is wrong with them by being checked regularly by full body MRI’s is great for everyone. People will be able to get treatment quicker and they can diagnose problems that could go wrong quicker.

  46. SergioA February 27, 2020 at 11:09 am #

    Technology is developing faster and faster. It is something unstoppable and has both positive and negative effects on our society. Although it is hard to believe that technology will grow more in the next decade than in the last 100 years, I do agree with Mr. Diamandis thinking. The time we are living is only the beginning of something so big that we cannot even imagine. Of the examples cited by Mr. Diamandis, the one that has most caught my attention is the use of VR technology for shopping. I think it would be very comfortable to be able to buy the clothes you like without having to leave the house and without having to try on too many outfits, which can sometimes be a bit annoying. Finally, although technological advances like this can be positive for personal use, they can also have negative effects, shopping malls would close and store clerks would lose their jobs due to lack of customers in the stores. On the other hand, and following the examples in the article, I believe that self-driving cars can be a great danger to society. Although technology is indeed going to be more and more precise, I still think that in case of an accident, the legal processes to solve the case would be much more tedious since you may not be able to blame the driver since he does not drive the car. This leaves me with several questions: what if there is a fault in the system? whose fault is that? if there’s no driver, is the person in the car ever to blame?

  47. Pablo G. March 7, 2020 at 11:35 am #

    I agree and found very interesting on what Mr. Diamandis explains in this article about how the innovation is growing and getting faster with time. Our mastery of science and technology grows every day. We take the limits of what is possible and what is not. The speed of innovation is impressive and is in continuous acceleration. So much that sometimes it’s scary. Advances in fields such as electronics, astrophysics, bioengineering, medicine etc., challenges a great impact on our lives. Some of these changes will require an important change of mind. Both researchers and society as a whole will have to evolve and be ready for what is coming. What used to happen in more than one generation, now occurs in just 15 years. Smart phones have replaced their predecessors in half of the time that it took for broadband to replace the telephone connection. At these exchange rates, for example, cable television may not exist within 15 years.

    For example, computer advances have not only led to advances in genetic sequencing, but have also given rise to machines that allow thousands of proteins to be modeled and tested at the same time, reducing experimentation time, so that it is now possible to complete thousands of hours of biochemical interactions that previously required years.
    Also, there will be a growth of medicine. All these data will potentially help to find out why some people respond to treatment and others do not. At the moment, it is believed that the motive could be related to individual differences in DNA.

    Finally, over the centuries, researchers have reached scientific conclusions through observation. The idea was to do an experiment and see how things worked, he says. Afterwards, they switched to computer simulation, and now we are starting a new paradigm, which consists of intensive data discovery. We are overwhelmed by the enormous amount of information that we can reach with these new technologies.

  48. AO March 25, 2020 at 3:44 pm #

    As I read the article, I can imagine exactly what his prediction is that Mr. Diamandis believes. I remember watching movies when I was younger seeing similar things that he has predicted and thinking how cool it would be if we actually had that technology. That is now something of the past. I think our society is getting very close to having AI systems running our lives. It’s going to start becoming our norm for society. Especially with everything going on with the COVID-19 virus. I think this virus is going to speed up things a lot for us because it is pushing companies to use technology even more since we all need to stay away from each other. There will be more problems that people will have, and tech companies will use their technology to help solve them for society. I am all for technology helping make society better and the environment, but my concern is that this technology isn’t cheap.
    I feel like this will start to cause a big gap between the wealthy and poor. I even think it might just take out the whole middle class altogether because having this type of technology takes a lot of simple jobs away. Retail jobs, grocery clerks, some health care jobs, and other jobs as well will be taken away because you have an AI system to do everything online for you. My other concern is people who are going to be able to work on them are going to have to be required to have a lot of technical skills that some people might just not have. Technology is hard for some people to understand and for older generations to learn it I think it will be hard as well. Every time I hear about AI systems, I also can’t help but think about movies like iRobot where they started to take over and turned against humans. I never thought we would get to having technology like this or at least I would see it if we ever did. Now, what’s to say things like those movies won’t happen? We all just don’t know what will happen with this new technology because it is so new.

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