The next 50 years could bring such astounding technology advances as self-aware machines, the end of aging and ‘printable’ human organs, Cisco Futurist Dave Evans postulated during the live Talk2Cisco broadcast this week.
In an animated half-hour conversation with viewers, Evans shared his thoughts on the art and science of being a futurist, speculated on the implications of the explosion of data and described his vision for a future Internet of Things — when trillions of networked computers could free people to focus their energies on pressing issues like climate change or resource shortages.
Check out some of the highlights of the program (with timestamps) below, and let us know what you think.
1:37 Advances in technology for the next 50 years: thinking machines, the end of aging and quantum computing
4:30 New era of human evolution
6:38 – On predicting the future
10:23 – When machines become sentient
12:45 – Dave’s track record as a futurist
16:22 – The art and science of predicting the future
18:29 – The Internet of Things, when more things are connected to the Internet than people
20:25 – How the Internet of Things could help address climate change
24:07 – Technology won’t replace humans, but could allow us to focus on things that are essential to our species
26:05 – The explosion of data, and the challenges of managing it
You can follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveTheFuturist and you can keep on with Talk2Cisco at @talk2cisco or on newsroom.cisco.com. You can also learn more about Dave’s current work at IBSG’s Innovative Solutions page.