Quiet Revolution: Technologies that will change the World
Many, technologies, show up with loud proclamations. Of how they will change our lives while, others arrive more quietly, but just as surely revolutionized. The way we live. Two, men wake up at 7:00 in the morning on August 10th, the. Difference is one wakes up in the year 2017. And the, other wakes up in, 1717. The. Latter wakes up chilly to the sound of a rooster crowing from, a bed of straw he shares with lots, of bedbugs. Neither. His nightshirt no his bedding his tale be clean and he, splashes one on his face from a bowl to help wake up before looking outside to, try to guess what the weather will be like today he. Like all his family, and most, of the people he knows is a foam or so weatherman, owes a lot to him and any, other news will be a long time coming, including. That his brother who lives just a cup of towns away broke, his leg a few days back and passed, away from an infection, he. Walks from sunup to sundown because, he has little machinery, and he would probably walk longer if he had access to something better than candles, to provide lights our. Other, man wakes up in 2017. To the sound of an alarm clock he. Is not hot or cold because, his home has central heating his, pajamas, and bedding all quite clean because, he has a washer, and dryer he. Is a bit groggy because, he can light his home at the flick of a switch so. He often stays up later than he should, fortunately. He has hot coffee and a hot shower to help him wake up and, he checks his email while drinking that coffee and listening to news and weather he. Already knows his brother broke his leg a few days back even, though he lives a long distance away and of course he does not die from an infection, he's, just at home bored and probably would welcome a phone call, these. Are two, very different, lives they. Are separated, by three centuries a, dozen. Generations and, as, slew of inventions, both major and minor, those. Inventions, major, and minor have. Altered, our civilization. Profoundly, during, that time our, topic. For today however, is not, those inventions, but. Rather the ones emerging, nowadays, that, will change our lives once, more many, of which get little notice in the news even. Those emerging, technologies, that get reported with much pomp and hype, often, bypass, a lot of the simple, yet, drastic, changes, they will bring to how we go about own normal day, this. Was a topic picked by a poll of the channel supporters on patreon, and it's, a great topic but, one that was surprisingly, how to discuss, a, survey. Of Technology. Is that don't get talked about a lot but will change the board we live in requires. Introducing. Those technologies. And explaining, the potential, of each the. Trick is that technologies, that don't get a lot of fan fail don't, get it because their value and applications. Are not, too obvious. Fundamentally. Technology. Is about making our lives better, safer. And more, convenience. To. Talk about the impact technology will have on our lives we, need to go deeper, than just what technology, does like. How a fusion, reactor makes electricity, cheaper and renewable, and obvious, benefit but, also how it alters our day to day life cheap.
Electricity, Is awesome, an energy. Source that doesn't run out or cause environmental problems. Is awesome, but, it is easy to, overlook all the other benefits that come along with them we. Once devoted, an entire episode, to just that one technology, back, in the early days of the channel today. We, need to cover several such technologies. So. To do this we will walk through a day in the life of two people Sam. Who lives nowadays in the year 2017. And Hannah, who lives just a few generations from, now in 2077. Sam. Wakes up his the snooze on the alarm clock then, wakes up again five minutes later and grumbles, as he gets out of bed he. Gets the coffeemaker, started, then heads into the bathroom to shower shave and brush his teeth unlike. Most of his ancestors, he, has all of his, teeth though, some are fillings, or caps he. Drinks coffee and, has a bowl of cereal checks. The news dresses, and plots, out his day so. Sam gets his call and unlike, his grandfather, he can remotely stop the call before heading out so the vehicle is all warmed up when he gets in he. Stops for gas before getting on the freeway and spends, maybe five minutes Pompeians, he. Does not need to speak to anyone though it is 2017. Not, I see a seven, so, he just slips his debit card into the Machine rather, than going inside to wait in line for cash, he'll he, doesn't need to grab another copy either because, Louis Thomas kubs all cheap and easily available, when. He gets back in the car he has a phone message from his boss saying, not to come home to the office everyone. Is going to a meeting hall and here is the address. Sam's. Company, makes software, and he is going to go demo that software this morning to a company in that area he's, got it on his laptop and, keeps a projector, in the trunk they'll, tweak the usual, presentation and, email, it to him with some notes on the prospective customer, he, doesn't recognize the address but, that is what GPS, is for so, he gets on the vote and almost reel in someone while trying to read those notes but. If I was at his destination and, gives the presentation. Thankfully. They seem happy with the product he, doesn't know the area well but such as the internet for good restaurant for lunch that, heads back to the office gives his bass report, on how it went and they spent some time strategizing. How to close the deal it's. Been a bit of a stressful day so, he goes and gets a drink after war just, one though because he needs to drive he. Then goes to the grocery store and thankfully, he remember to put his list on his phone, so he doesn't forget anything he. Had so microwaved, some dinner and settles, into Washington TV and play, a video game to finish unwinding. His. Son Ted calls from college and they chat for a while then, Sam heads off to bed, that. Was a day in life of Sam Sam's. Day is a fairly normal one for modern times different. From a generation, ago in many ways but, similar, in many others, different. From the one his son Ted will live but, likely similar in many ways too, it. Is worth noting that while Sam has access, to virtually all the knowledge of humanity, he can't particularly, learn it faster, than someone with access to a classic, library could he. And his son away at school can access just about any information Neel. Instantaneously. But, other than it being easier, to find visual, example, was beyond text in a diagram, how, he intakes, new information, has not changed, much over previous, generations, he, even if his mode of access hands. Okay. 60, years later, Hannah wakes up but she is not gradually, so she does not hit the snooze button on halong o'clock because, she doesn't actually have one unlike. Oh grandfather Sam, or dad, Ted she, does not own a smartphone, either she. Has a supercomputer, in whole wristwatch, and some, thin contact, lenses, and a, tiny implanted, speaker by Halil that, fetal information, instead, lots. Of Oh friends have no wristwatch, or contact, lenses either just stuff wild, into their brains more directly but, she's a bit of a traditionalist.
She's. Not groggy because, every day she eats a couple of capsules the, same way we might take a multivitamin, no allergy medicine the, old gel capsules, that dissolve into lots of tiny pills which, in turn can be sent a signal to release their contents or, simply. Let them pass through the system unused. Some. Of those micro, pills contain, things like melatonin, the help whole get to sleep or, others, to help or wake up there's. No along clock on the nightstand, next to a bed instead. A little while before she wakes up those, medications, get triggered to helpful transition, comfortably, to wakefulness and Julio. Speaker starts talking, or playing music the. Lights in the moon turn on to and glow Bridal she. Doesn't stop the coffeemaker, because all the small electronic, shadows that follow Hall around made. A good guess she wants some and some toast and delivered. Those to our nightstand, instead, she. Does not flush her teeth in faith will preen in something like a mouth guard that, she just bites down on and he goes to work brushing, and flossing in a very precise and guided, way then. Relays, that data to or dentist computer, which analyzes, and collates it to see if she needs an appointment, she. Knows what cavities, and fillings all because, she heard about them in a history class along. With smallpox. Normally. Hannah would not actually, go into walk because, she mostly walks from home she. Does need to go in sometimes, though so, she does find it worth the cost to, have a call rather than just summon an automated taxi. She. Tells her vehicle to start while getting dressed and it feels a little chilly as she steps outside but. Her clothing is smoke too with, lots of small machinery, and micro size solar panels, and batteries and. Wireless, energy receivers, in it so, it instantly starts warming her upon her walk to the coal which. Is short because it drives itself up to a doorstep, and opens, the door for she. Tells it to take on a walk and she sips some coffee and reviews her notes and correspondence. While it drives, she. Walks through lunch and orders whatever she likes for drone delivery, she, doesn't even know where she ordered it farm or that it came from two different places that seamlessly, coordinated, their delivery to be simultaneous. After. Walk she goes to a pub and decides to stick around for a second drink because, she isn't driving and does not need to go to the grocery store she. Just gets a note for more small house requesting, permission to buy things she's, low on and ask if she wants anything else she. Skin as a list as some, ice cream to it and says yes all, the while chatting with a random stranger with a bowl neither. Of them ever gave their names since, they are just used to seeing someone's name pop up in their vision whenever, they look at a person's face and their, various electronic, shadows detect. The mental equivalent of curiosity. She. Heads home and talks to her dad Ted along the way he. Appears to be sitting in the car with or with, every sight and sounds, seem to come from someone physically, they are the, whole preferences, all said to always give a certain halo and translucency.
To Such folks so she doesn't forget they aren't, actually, present, he's. Entirely, digital though her, dad Ted is not there and not, City and from, his perspective his, daughter is walking alongside him, while he plays golf half a planet away he. Remembers, when the software, for this was a lot less seamless, and would show a video window of their face and when, you used to have to remember to take your phone with you and had, to mess around trying, to get charging, cables into course he. Hasn't plugged, anything in for a long time and Hannah doesn't even remember, doing so because, for her whole life everything, has just been wildest, energy. Is transmitted, to small devices, by magnetic, induction or. Runs off stored, energy in tiny high, energy density bad is that, charge very quickly and gets, power off micro sized solar panels, in one's clothing or by leeching a little energy off every swing of the arm or leg she. Doesn't think about it much but often it's a little harder for her to move an arm or leg when, her electronic, shadows, think, she needs some exercise and devote, that extra energy into the grid or vent, some of the puzzles in her clothes or places out for cloud processing signal. Boosting and so, on Hannah, walks for the same software, formal father and grandfather, dead but, she never carries any equipment around for presentations. Because, she really does them in person and when she does she, could just grab the file was off a cloud and share them like your audience and the, interface is so smooth, and mostly, thought or gestural, controlled that she can shuffle through dozens, of charts or images, in real time and send them or even, make new ones as needed, indeed. Her audience, can usually ultra clam laws of a given shout without, even having to ask or, they, just say they want the child their scene projected, over five years not three as she showed them and it does, when. She gets home she has dinner with her son who is off at college but. Is actually in the house in the flesh right now because. He just attends that shows by watching them and he, asks his professors, questions, by calling, during office hours which. Are all day every, day because. Dozens, of professors, around the planet nominally. Teach that course and his, study group for doing homework is likewise, spread all over the planet an individual. Course might, be taught by many different people and he just finds the lecture whose style he performs, and watches those but. It's not live so, he needs someone else to ask questions, Hannah, doesn't, ask him about his grades because he doesn't get them he, finishes a class when he knows the material be. It a day or two years and he, never takes tests, either because, the folks who designed the course also, designed, tens of thousands, of questions or other progress, models, and those, just get injected, from time to time in the course when.
He's Nailing them nine times out of ten it moves on to more advanced stuff or tells. Him he has Perficient see and that gets recorded, his file, henna, does not need a second mortgage on her house to pay for his tuition that lodging, because, paying a couple dozen different professors, to pay an instructional, segment our, topic, everyone, around the planet can pick and choose from is a lot cheaper and more, cost and time effective than, paying one professor to stand in a room repeating. The same lecture, once a semester to students that, may or may not be receptive, to his presentation. Style or have, to miss a class and fall behind there. Is no class to fall behind on just. Subjects, and the, ability to assess, with solid, accuracy, how, knowledgeable. And individual, person is at any, time on that subject so, Hanna, doesn't, have much trouble falling asleep because. She isn't too stressed out by life and her, personal, health model can send in a signal to some of the pills left no system, to dissolve or tell her how much of something to take if she needs a hand getting the sleeve what. Is interesting about Sam, and Hanna's lives is that they both live in a pretty automated, in the high-tech civilization. We. Spend a lot of time on this channel talking, about futures in Hannah's Eva or even, centuries for though ahead and we tend to focus on big things new. Spaceships, new energy sources, giant. Constructs, we could build around our own stole, or other stores and the ships that will get you there not. Today though for, today it does not matter that Ted, was actually playing golf in a rotating habitat, orbiting, the Earth complaining. About how the spin flows off his normal swing we. Care that his golf boat off was actually lying down at home on his bed playing, with him in virtual reality and, that, he ted and hannah were, thousands, of kilometres apart but, all felt like they were in the same environment chatting. Even though they were not in the same place and quite, possibly all, saw different, environments, we. Don't care that they have rocket, ships with big fusion, power drives, that, can get to Mars in a week we, care about them having cows they can sleep in fully. Relaxed, in $1 that it could drive through a blizzard without, a risk of accidents, and that, if one did somehow happen, a dozen. Safety, systems would pop on deploying, airbags and restraints. Before, the vehicle even hit the target, and that if somehow even, that wasn't enough an automated, ambulance, would be on the scene in moments, with robots, controlled by exports, hundreds, of kilometers away piloting. Them and already, knowing from the vehicles models, exactly. What happened and where all the injuries, wore and how severe, we. Also don't particularly care that Hannah's son can do classes, online we. Already have ever-improving, technology. Allowing that we. Care about the automated. Interactive. Aspects, of that something. Called effective, computing, or computers and. Systems that, can recognize interpret. Process.
Or Simulate. Human, body language, and effects. Fundamentally. It is this sort of technology, that holds the strongest, potential, to revolutionize, our lives, sure. A student can watch recorded, lecture and pick, from several variations of, it by other people, coupling, that same topic just. As you can do now on YouTube, for instance but. It is a big game-changer. When the system can actually recognize that, you are confused. Or distracted, and act, accordingly, by, simply bringing up a different, or expanding. Presentation. One. That can recognize what, sort of voice tones, and man or accent, you respond better to and, suggest. Speakers, based, on that it, can even real-time, ultra, vales or even, perform text-to-speech, functions, that don't pronounce each word mechanically. But, can simulate it like a normal person would say it and possibly. Even produce, a simulated, speaker, who doesn't trip all your mental flags as inhuman. And disturbing. The, uncanny valley all tendency. To respond more negatively, to things which seem closer, to human than further away is a big, hurdle to making such simulations, but. If you can get past it you, open the door for books, that don't just get read out loud by some cold disjointed. Voice but. Can be real-time performed. Like a TV, show or interactive. Virtual environment. Without, needing. Doors it's. A lot easier to low in the history of the world when, instead of a book or lecture, or even, historical, TV drama a person. Can land in that environment, where, the bits they find bowing can be seamlessly detected. And altered, so, they remain focused on the important, knowledge while, enjoying themselves, it's. Nice to have a test that doesn't need to have questions, checking, your reading comprehension because. It all he knows what that was from monitoring, you while you read and even, nicer if most texts can adapt as you, obedient, to rephrase, the information, or question. To better communicate, to you as an individual, it's. Like the automatic, translator, that doesn't just hear what someone said in another language and translate. A word for ward but, instead, can, convert all the idioms, and expressions into. Another. Language as own, idioms, and expressions, it. Will be even cooler if one day we can just download knowledge. And skills into. Your head like, in the film The Matrix where, they upload for a few seconds, and suddenly, that person knows martial, arts it'll, come foo in. The absence of that while, we can only use our eyes and ears to input data which. Are limited to their format, and bandwidth, being. Able to maximize, those by telling, the input to, the individual, could, massively, boost how well and quickly, people, acquire knowledge and, skills. Nothing. Would, more powerfully, alter our day to day life then, the ability to absorb skills, and knowledge quicker, than we do now even. Many of our conveniences. Come from simply making a task so easy you, don't have to invest any time in solonian a, civilization. Where everyone, is a jack-of-all-trades, and, an expert at a few is fundamentally. Different from, alls. We. Didn't focus on cool new power production, methods like fusion today we, focused on ways to conveniently.
Get Power wireless. Energy transmission, by, magnetic, induction or, energy beaming smaller, and better batteries, and solar panels, or harvesting. Energy right from the person, leeching, just a little energy away from heavy motion, maybe, even cleaned of Isis in the body that could steal a bit of energy from your own food to transmit it to devices in you or on you I never, really said how Hanna's cooperates. That is an electric, vehicle ultimately. Powered, by some big fusion reactor, somewhere because. Hanna doesn't think about it she, knows the batteries in her vehicle were placed a combustion engine, when batteries finally, got small enough and fast charging, enough to, remove the inconvenience. Of recharging. Compared to refueling, but. She just doesn't think about it any more than you or I spend, much time thinking, about our lightbulbs or light switches or, what makes our refrigerator, cold even. Though those devices, changed. All eyes profoundly, we. Are not too interested, in the super-powerful, classic, or quantum, computer, that could simultaneously. Play every, human being at chess and beat them all or, even the social media network that can help you find other people in your area that enjoy, chess we, are interested, in the hardware and software that, notices. You like playing chess and, can let you know the person you are talking to does as well and like, scouting like you do but, does not share your joy of cooking or parachuting. Off kalam know tall buildings. Predicting. The future of technology is, always, a hit in this game often, in hindsight, stuff, is obvious, but, can't be predicted in advance something. We call a black swan and have discussed before, some. Technology, and its impact is easy, enough to predict but, what makes them inaccurate, in most cases is all, those tiny, secondary. Advantages, and changes, and those, tend to focus on human desire, and convenience. It's. Not that hard to predict faster, computers, the, internet satellites. Or cell phones what's. Hard to predict is people using those to post a picture of what they ate for lunch once. You do you, can imagine that a lot of restaurants will advertise online, and, show photos, of the menu it, will seem obvious, in hindsight, that. Someone is going to make a piece of software, that can look at that image and make some smart guesses, about its nutritional, value and calorie.
Counts It will seem obvious, in hindsight that, as we get more, affective computing able, to monitor your reactions, your computer, will get better at showing you bits of stuff on your social media newsfeed. That, you will enjoy and that, advertisers, will be able to hit you with an ad showing. A picture of a pizza with, the toppings, you like when. You're just getting a little hungry and haven't, had pizza recently. And tomorrow. You'll, get shown sandwiches, instead it's. Predictable, that 3d, printers, and fast, cheap delivery, might put a dent in classic. Retail shopping its predictable, that automated, vehicles not, needing expensive, drive holes will, make it much cheaper to deliver things or take a taxi, so, that fewer people might, own individual. Vehicles, it. Is less, predictable, that these might start including a casual. Chat function. That notices, two strangers, sharing a vehicle, all uncomfortable. And bored and can drop an ice bag or so they can talk to each other it's, less, predictable, that some software company, will make a fortune, designing, algorithms, for that which can seamlessly drop, a targeted, advertisement, in there where, the automated, driver can say that it noticed you're hungry and like Italian, food and there's, a great beast Road just up ahead. Automated. Vehicles, wireless, energy transmission. Effective. Computing that can read your moods or even mental implants. They can sync directly, to your thoughts are all technologies, that are emerging and do, tend to get a fair amount of attention in the media however. It is very easy for us to miss a lot of those secondary, applications. That, can quietly, sneak in there to, revolutionize. Our lives just, as much as landing on the moon did or going. To Mars will, next. Week we will be starting up a new series looking at just that we. Spend a lot of time recently in the Upward Bound series, discussing. How to get off the, planet and in, the new outward-bound, series. We, will be visiting some other planets, and moons and talks about how to get there and what, to do when you arrive and, we, will start with colonizing. Moles, for. Lords when that and other episodes come out make, sure to subscribe to the channel if you, enjoyed this episode hit. The like button and with others and let, me give a thanks to the folks who support this channel on patreon, and selected, this topic, as the winner for the months until next, time thanks, for watching and have, a great week. Oh. You. You.