AR Glasses are already a reality but just haven’t made a breakthrough in the consumer based market. Google Glass was launched in 2013 but had to pivot their marketing to industries as every day consumers were not ready for its capabilities nor its price. Other companies have tried releasing their own AR glasses but the problems remain the same: too bulky and too pricey. Nonetheless, the capabilities of utilizing AR through glasses is already there. We just have to wait for better designs and cheaper hardware before they become another essential tech in our lives like the smartphone. Contact lenses with camera capabilities have already been patented by Samsung so it won’t be long before we see those come into the market as well.
Another tech that is already out in the market is self-driving cars manufactured from the top companies such as Tesla, Waymos, and Uber. These cars ensure less accidents and less death on the road so with more and more people using them, we will become less worried about watching out for reckless and/or drunk drivers. Should the day come that every person owns a smart-car, the cars could easily communicate to one another to let each other know of upcoming dangers or slowed down routes to avoid.
AI and Robots
Robots are slowly impacting our every day lives as well. Fast food industries are beginning to rely on automated machines to replace human workers in the transportation, labor, and medicinal fields. These machines can work 24/7 without breaks or insurance or salary and it’s only logical that companies will want to increase profits by shifting the labor over to robots. This brings up the big question of what will happen to the workforce as majority of the jobs become automated?
One of the biggest challenges is to see how far intelligence in machines can go and if they can one day imitate all of the features that make humans human. Artificial intelligence has already achieved a human-like speech pattern with Google’s newly revealed Assistant voice feature. It can book appointments for its user with a very natural sounding speech pattern that sounds exactly like humans. Soon enough, all smart devices will follow suit and be able to interact in a more natural conversational manner without having to trigger the device with a phrase such as “Hey, Google”.