The world in twenty years

Interesting one via haiku – some examples from the Mercedes CEO:

– Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

– Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

– In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.

– So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

– Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

– Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s licence and will never own a car.

– It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.

9 comments for “The world in twenty years

  1. Brightside Bob
    August 22, 2017 at 09:43

    “You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving.”

    The working title for this amazing ‘device’ is TAXI

    “That will save a million lives each year.”
    Indeed, the state/meeja never tire of telling us how under populated the planet is.

    • August 22, 2017 at 10:37

      Taxi – what a brill idea, wish I’d thought of it.

      • Brightside Bob
        August 22, 2017 at 13:52

        Yep, I’m gutted. The simplest of ideas as well…

  2. Ubermouth
    August 22, 2017 at 13:05

    Personally, I thought it was called an “Uber”( and am damn sorry I never registered that domain). 🙂

  3. Wolfie
    August 22, 2017 at 14:58

    … and only 10% of the population will be able to afford a house.

  4. Doonhamer
    August 22, 2017 at 21:25

    Of course these community cars will double up as toilets, because of course they will have to be completely flushed out between hires, because of, vomit, urine soaked seats, messy fast food eaters, sex?, children’s dribbling ice cream, candy floss, nappies (diapers).
    Because if nobody owns it, nobody has to look after it.

  5. Doonhamer
    August 22, 2017 at 21:34

    and the occasional dead body.

  6. August 23, 2017 at 02:15

    There will be 90% less lawyers in the future,

    So it’s basically a good news story. I’m looking forward to a world in which lawyers starve.

  7. The Underdoug
    August 23, 2017 at 07:43

    “less lawyers” should be “fewer lawyers”, but I have to admit “less lawyers” sounds better to someone who wishes for such an outcome.

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