2040 will herald the decade of thought activation and mind control, and the work colleague we chat to at the watercooler might be a hologram.
These were two predictions made by MYOB’s chief technology officer, Simon Raik-Allen, as part of the software outfit’s Future of Business Australia 2040 report, which looks at the impact of technology in the workplace and in our daily lives.
Raik-Allen claimed that we won’t just be wearing technology, we’ll have chips embedded inside us that will interface with various parts of our body. This will help us manage our food or vitamin intake, or send signals to various organs to help regulate our bodies.
“Extremely tiny robots known as nanobots will crawl through your veins performing maintenance,” he claimed.
“Your brain will also start to be integrated and there will be many things you can control just by thinking about them. You might even be able to purchase brain add-ons, just like you buy apps today for your phone,” he predicted.
Technology will transform the way we work, but those changes will be driven by the rising cost of energy and transport and the need to manage impacts on the environment, he said.
The biggest invention to change the workforce since email will be the holographic representation of people, he said.
“We will work in a shared workplace that will be set up so that you can interact with holographic people from all around the world. You may never meet the people you work for in person, because you will be pitching your ideas to a global workforce,” he predicted.
He also said the people will transact and be paid by internet-based crypto currencies, governed by independent bodies such as associations and corporations, rather than governments.
Any business will be able to make its own currency – to buy and sell at values regulated by the market and at the perceived value of the company, he said.
The focus of 2040 will be a suburban village with everyone living within walking distance of their homes, said Raik-Allen.
He believes autonomous vehicles such as drones and self-driving cars will deliver packages between communities or even a coffee and a bagel to your current location.
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