There are incredible emerging technologies on the horizon for 2023, but there are also dangerous and disturbing advances that should be on your radar. This emerging technology could have huge implications for the human race.
After all, we welcome scientific progress, but it is important for us to monitor how some of these technologies are used. Some breakthroughs can easily be abused or used in dangerous or frightening ways.
Let’s take a look at the scariest tech trends everyone should know about today.
1. Singularity of AI
In many ways, artificial intelligence is becoming able to think at the human level. The “AI Singularity” is a hypothetical point in the future where AI becomes smarter than humans, but I would argue that in some ways we have already reached that tipping point.
We now have extremely powerful AI algorithms that can outperform people on many levels – and that will have a huge impact on jobs.
Experts predict that 80-90% of all current jobs in the world will be augmented by AI, and many will even become completely obsolete. You have to think about how to prepare for this turn and be able to change gears to do the job that only humans are able to do.
For more information on preparing for the workplace of the future and how to work successfully alongside AI, check out my book Future Skills: The 20 Skills and Abilities Everyone Needs to Succeed in a Digital World.
2. Modifiable Humans
Thanks to CRISPR-Cas9 technology, we have the ability to modify the hereditary genes of plants, animals and our own human body. Gene editing has incredible benefits, as it can help us fight disease, repair genetic mutations that cause devastating diseases, eliminate food allergies, and ensure we have enough food to feed the planet.
For example, scientists are experimenting with a method to repair a genetic mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy – a devastating disease that leads to premature death. CRISPR experiments in mice and dogs show promise and could lead to viable human treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
On the other hand, the idea of forever changing inherited genes raises a lot of concerns. With CRISPR, we have the ability to manipulate genes that will be permanently incorporated into the genome and passed on from generation to generation.
Many countries, including most of Europe, have banned germline editing because its implications are not yet fully understood – but germline editing is still legal in China and the United States. United. Look for more public discussion of the implications and ethics of this technology.
3. Fusion of humans and machines
In many ways, we are already seeing a fusion of humans and machines. When a person has an accident and loses a limb, we can replace that limb with a prosthesis. We can also improve people’s vision with contact lenses, or even give them “super” vision or night vision thanks to technology.
What if this technology goes too far? The US military has already created exoskeletons that apparently give soldiers superpowers. Scientists are also working on interfaces that will potentially give us AI capabilities that completely merge humans with machines. Some companies have announced their intention to develop brain-computer interfaces capable of reading minds.
The concern is that this technology will potentially be abused, creating a Terminator vision of the future.
4. The ability to print anything
3D printing technology allows us to create virtually any 3D object, but this ability can also be used in harmful ways. As 3D printers become more affordable and ubiquitous, it will be more difficult to control the printing of weapons, including firearms, because anyone can download an algorithm and “print” whatever they want. , directly to him.
Regulating and tracking 3D printed weapons is difficult because there are no serial numbers on these weapons, so they pose a growing threat. In October, British police made a major seizure of 3D-printed firearm components from a suspected makeshift firearms factory in London.
The fear is that extremists and criminals will get their hands on these unregulated weapons as they become more widespread.
5. Quantum Computing
Quantum computers are innovative machines that could potentially give us a trillion times more computing power than the supercomputers we have today.
This can have huge benefits, but quantum computing will also allow hackers to bypass our traditional security systems and penetrate virtually anything. Currently, we use advanced encryption to protect our personal, military, and business data, but quantum computers will be able to break through this encryption.
Companies and governments are beginning to take this threat seriously and are investing resources in “post-quantum encryption” that will protect our most sensitive data.
6. Autonomous intelligent robots
As robots become more intelligent and autonomous, they may replace humans in many work settings. Autonomous robots can make their own decisions based on information in the environment and then perform actions accordingly.
We already have self-driving cars as well as robots that flip burgers, work in factories, prepare grocery orders, make our coffee and serve us food.
Just like with AI, we will have to think about how we can retrain and reskill our workforce as people in certain roles are replaced by these autonomous intelligent robots.
7. Killer Drones
Think this one is far-fetched? Think again.
Drones working together in groups – with the help of AI – can already identify, track and destroy targets.
At China’s Zhejiang University, scientists have developed a swarm of drones that can track humans through dense bamboo forests without human guidance.
Halcon, a subsidiary of the UAE’s Edge Group, recently unveiled a swarm drone system known as Hunter 2-S that can share information to track and interact with targets.
Drones are seen as a cost-effective way to overwhelm defenses without having to put soldiers at risk – and the implications of this kind of technology are pretty chilling.
8. Digital monitoring
In our increasingly digitized world, we can track almost anything. Companies track worker strikes, and police departments use facial recognition to monitor people’s actions and movements.
This type of digital surveillance poses a threat to human rights and opens the door to huge potential abuses.
The United Nations (UN) has publicly condemned arbitrary and unlawful digital surveillance as a violation of human rights. David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, has called for a moratorium on global sales and transfers of digital surveillance tools until we can put policies in place to hold organizations and governments accountable for how these tools are used.
9. Deep Fakes in the Metaverse
While there are a number of beneficial uses for deepfake technology — like recreating historical figures for educational environments or bringing AI-enabled synthetic media accessibility tools to people who need them — the malicious use of this technology is a concern.
Deepfakes can be used to create images and videos of anyone, including celebrities, politicians, or tech leaders, and can be used to support any agenda. Deepfakes have gotten so good that it’s hard to tell the difference between real images and digital fakes.
And as we enter the metaverse and spend more time in the virtual world, we will need ways to verify our identity so that our interactions with others are protected and safe.
Scientists have developed nanobots – tiny nanoscale robots – that can enter our bloodstream and even bypass the blood-brain barrier.
This technology has huge potential benefits for things like sample collection, data collection and transmission, and drug delivery, but the potential for abuse is also high. In the future, nanobots could even be used to transmit human thought.
Armed nanobots could kill a specific person or group of people, or even rewrite their memories so that they turn against their own side. There are also serious privacy issues in our modern world of highly connected devices. What protects our medical data and our thoughts, in the world of nanobots? Strict regulation and oversight are needed to ensure transparency and prevent these problems.
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