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18 exponential changes we can expect in the year ahead

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This is the first year I am presenting predictions for the coming year.

As Bill Gates said, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in 10 years.” Likewise, most annual predictions overestimate what can occur in a year, and underestimate the power of the trend over time.

The result? More grounds for cooperation and more reason to argue about intellectual property, privacy, data, and license to operate. More money will flow into technology but it will be concentrated at later stages. We will see more evidence for the tangible benefits AI tools can give us individually, and we’ll increasingly witness the power of the AI-augmented human.

On the downside, the energy consumption of mining Bitcoin and other tokens will continue to grow at more than 20 percent per month, unless there is a huge price correction.

As machines appear to be more and more lifelike, and neuroscience unravels more mysteries of our consciousness, the quiet contemplation of our subjective personal experience will become a sanctuary for our humanity.

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Article originally posted at www.technologyreview.com

Post Author: John Koetsier

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