There are many devices that need a “voice”: a watch, a smartphone, a refrigerator, a car, and your whole house. The “face” of all these devices will be a personal assistant – a certain analog of Siri, incomparably more skillful and capable.
1. The text will become less
Communicating with text – both among themselves and with devices – is unnatural for a person in principle. Pronouncing words is much easier than typing them while looking through a small screen. Imagine you are running. Saying a command is easy, but pulling out a smartphone and pressing buttons, especially when there is a tree in front of you, is not.
Why did written speech appear at all? In ancient times, there was no other way to convey information. But now, young people are slandering messages instead of typing them. Therefore, I think that computer interfaces will increasingly come closer to the usual human way of communication and be controlled by voice.
2. Personal assistant for everyone
The development of artificial intelligence and the Internet of things will lead to this. For example, analyzing photos, videos and people’s behavior on the Internet, on the one hand, and on the other hand, your appearance, taste and shopping history, you can create a personal stylist to help you dress in fashion. If a smartwatch will fix your high cholesterol level – why transfer this information to a doctor, because they themselves can recommend you to change your lifestyle.
A personal assistant will work in the opposite direction: from you to the web and devices. For example, now we spend time searching for air tickets, and in the future, everything that is needed will be done by a personal consultant. At your command, he will find the right page, tell you what tickets are. You will choose a flight – the assistant will buy a ticket. All interaction – by voice, by ear.
Already today there is so much information that even the learning process has turned into the ability to find the necessary information, understand it and understand how to apply it. Any algorithms and technologies that allow you to find information and navigate in it – personal assistants, neural networks – become tremendously important.
Neural networks will understand what you are interested in and filter out unnecessary. This will slightly reduce the level of information noise around us, simplify life. If it is known, for example, that you are not interested in ballroom dancing, this layer of information will be minimized.
3. Personalized Internet
Already now we get different links in response to the same request in search engines, different feed in social networks, even if they are subscribed to the same pages. This is the personification of the Internet. She will continue. All sites will gradually show different content to different users, based on data on their interests.
No proxies, anonymous modes, or clearing the browser cache will put you in the same “zero” web for everyone. If the sites do not identify you by IP or cookie, they will compare you with thousands of similar users, determine where you are, or analyze your current actions on the site to guess the next steps. One way or another, on any site you will see interesting content for you, but this will not be the same information that your neighbor will receive.
Over time, intelligent systems will learn to predict the user’s interest even before they become aware of it. The web will become responsive at a stunning new level. I will give an example. There is a main page Mail.Ru, there are projects Hi-Tech Mail.Ru and Lady Mail.Ru. Now, these are three different pages, but on an individual web there is only one Mail.Ru resource, on which you see Hi-Tech content, and your wife contains Lady’s interesting articles. You are thinking about choosing a machine, and the content “Auto Mail.Ru” is mixed into the main page for you. At the right moment, you and your wife will see the publication of the project “Mail.Ru Children”. Search engines will also develop in this direction.
It is not the user who enters the request, but the system, realizing where and in what context it is, trying to guess: probably you are going to do this and that, will you need this and that?
There is at least one problem in such a highly adapted web: the user will only see links that are relevant to his opinion. Content that does not meet the interests of the user will turn into “dark matter.” It will not be visible until you radically change the algorithm of your actions on the Web. The walls of the information bubble will become extremely dense.
4. Smart things, smart world
The Internet will cease to be a platform where only people communicate. Many sensors and smart devices will begin to exchange data with each other. There will be more smart devices on the Internet than people.
The Internet of things will be “underground”, invisible to us. We will feel it in the form of a finished product, like electricity: we don’t notice the wires, we don’t know how the networks are arranged, but by clicking on the switch we get the light.
Will the Internet of Things be visually presented to users? Most likely, no, this makes no sense: devices do not need a graphic web, and you do not need to go online to communicate with the device. A special assistant will do this for you. But you will notice a radical change in how surrounding reality works.
The Internet of things will save the city from traffic jams: unmanned vehicles will receive information from each other and calculate the optimal route for millions of passengers. Your health, the number of calories in food, the oxygen content in the air will be monitored by sensors that exchange information with each other and the central hub of your home, area and the whole city.
5. The problem of privacy
It is widely believed that in the future everyone will know everything about everyone. Accessible information about each person will be many times more. With the help of augmented reality technologies, we can find out any details about any passerby without contacting him. And why talk with someone if your interests overlap by only 3%, as indicated by the flashing icon in your smart glasses?
It is not surprising that the thought of such a future causes irritation and fear. This is a natural reaction. If we turn to history, we will see that the emergence of new technologies always causes protests. When steam locomotives first appeared, farmers everywhere went on strike against the railroads because trains were driving down cows. But then a balance was found. Now super-fast trains and cows grazing in the meadows coexist in the world.
In a situation where artificial intelligence knows a lot about a person, there are many positive opportunities. For example, knowing everything about your health, the system will understand when you need to take medicine or call an ambulance if things are really bad.