Skynet 2029: What Will Our World Look Like?

Dinesh Sharma and Amisha Gandhi

Much to the excitement of die-hard fans, Terminator Genisys was released this summer with Skynet, the fictional self-aware, artificial intelligence system, back once again as the film’s main antagonist in the year 2029.  Ever think about what our world will look like in 2029?

Will humans be at war with machines, like in Terminator Genisys, in 2029? Or will machines – and the technology that runs them – continue to make our world better, as the Internet of Things (IoT), 274115artificial intelligence (AI), and other technologies are doing today? The future has arrived, as machines are autonomous already. Take a simple example of predictive maintenance in airplanes, where autonomous operations technology is using IoT and AI technology to ensure plane safety. As part of a connected business network of suppliers, sensors on a plane automatically schedule service for parts that should be replaced. The smart network then sets up the ideal time and repair location for the plane, based on its flight schedule. The network also automatically ensures that the right parts are delivered prior to the scheduled maintenance, and the repair people with the right skills are there as well.

This is an example of a connected ecosystem where the machines are taking care of everything all by themselves – a piece of the future right here and now. But fast forward to 2029 – what will machines be doing then? How will they be interacting with humans? What will we expect from machines in the next 10 or 15 years?

Here’s a quick glimpse of what your future might look like in 2029:

  • Need to run a few errands? Just hop into your Google Blob and tell it where to go. Meanwhile, you can sit back and have a glass of wine while your Blob easily navigates around pedestrians, other cars, and your neighbor’s dog that just got loose!
  • Feeling ill? Just print a medicinal cure off your 3D-printer that is customized to your DNA so it‘s tuned to your own body. (Just last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first 3D-printed medication, so this may happen much sooner than 2029!)
  • Wondering what’s happening outside your daily world? Well, in the farmlands, precision agriculture has made managing farming easy via satellite and geolocation tracking technology. Yes, it’s Big Data in action in the fields and now harvesting, planting, and proper care of the crops is driving bigger and better yields than one could ever have imagined back in 2015. And in 2029, we will be all thankful for this technology, as the global population is rapidly growing and there could be 9 billion hungry people by then.
  • Want to go to the moon? No problem. Step onto the space elevator that nanotechnology – and yes, diamonds – made possible and you can visit relatives who are vacationing up there.

While these kinds of futuristic endeavors may not be in the next Terminator movie, they are clearly becoming a reality today – and who knows what will come next!

What’s your vision for 2029? Let us know in the comments section below, or tweet Dinesh @_Dinesh_Sharma and Amisha @amishagandhi.

Work, as we know it, will and must change. Watch The Future of Work with Jacob Morgan and learn what we can expect.