Several decades ago, smart homes, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) existed only in theory. Robots had been around a while, but no one viewed them kindly, especially after Hollywood depicted them as machines that could turn against humans. It is only lately that mentalities have changed with the development of more intelligent robots.
By the year 2050, robots will be the norm, and several things will happen:
A top robot developer, Dr. David Hanson, who developed the Sophia robot, predicted that intelligent robots would have civil rights in the next thirty years. The advances in AI mean that computers will be smart enough to match the intelligence of a one-year-old child by the year 2029, and by 2045, will need similar civil rights as humans.
The renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil also predicted that in 2045, a technological singularity would happen. This means AI will surpass human intelligence, which will lead to an Intelligence surge that will lead to the extinction of the human race.
Dr. Ian Pearson, who is a fellow at the Royal Security of Arts and Commerce, and the British Computer Society, predicted that in the next thirty years, machines might end up getting paid for the services they offer humans as AI becomes more advanced.
Pearson believes that as AI becomes more prevalent in homes, thins,as central heating will become obsolete. Instead, smart heating will be the norm where humans will be kept warm by the use of direct infrared beams, which tend to adjust body temperatures. Pearson predicted that the average person in the developed world would have home décor that can be customized by flicking a switch in the future.
By 2075, Dr. Pearson predicted that nobody would need to clean, as there will be electro-active polymer fabrics that will vibrate to shake loose the dirt. Robot drones will vacuum the free dust, while 3D printers will make our food in the next sixty years, so you do not have to go shopping in supermarkets. By 2030, we can expect to have most household appliances networked. You will be able to see what is in your home fridge from work. Microwaves and ovens will be able to talk to food packaging, receive cooking instructions, and display cooking guides. Large, thin high-resolution displays viewable from any angle will be hung on walls and substitutes for paintings as well as windows.
Robots of the future will look more like humans. Robotic engineers are already creating a generation of robots that act look and feel like humans with realistic skin and hair with sensors that allow the robots to react more naturally in their environment.
The robots have artificial moving and blinking eyes, small chest movements that mimic breathing, and artificial muscles that change the robot’s facial expressions. The robots of the future will have most of these attributes functioning better and look more realistic.
Commercial drones have been around for a while. Drones have been predicted to be significant in delivering vital goods and providing services. Drones of the future will be deployed for law enforcement, delivering mail, fire, and medical emergency response.
The robots of the future will be capable of so much more than we can imagine today. AI is speedily advancing, and humans more demanding. The robots of thirty years from now will undoubtedly be more intelligent, as will homes and appliances.
Human muscle is tough to replicate, but thirty years from now, humanlike robots with almost realistic muscle, skin, hair, etc. will exist. The idea of an oven communicating with a food package might not be as alien as we might think today. Robots will not and cannot take over or destroy the world as Sophia, the robot declared, and as most people fear. Robots are here to help and make life easier for us, and in the future, you might be lucky enough not to lift a finger as robots do everything for you.