“MegaTrend . AI” is a visionary prediction of the future of AI based on current and past development across the globe. The book is written by Axel Schultze, continuously pronounced a tech visionary, and pioneer who was shortly working on AI in the early 1980’s and then again in the mid 1990’s and then again in recent years. The author is taking you on an amazing journey through time – into a future of autonomous machines, managed by artificial intelligence, built from smart material, producing virtually anything we need or want.
By 2020 our knowledge double every 12 hours (IBM research 2016). Chat bots improved enormously by 2020 and most sales and support call centers are in jeopardy – with it millions of people in India, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Ireland and other locations around the world. Visiting Fred in San Francisco in 2022 unfolds the real power of AI with its ability to iterate through millions of ways to build one product in just a few days to then come up with the ultimate design and structure. Unemployment is on the horizon not only by repeatable jobs but also in technology design and engineering. Richard, another contact tells his story and what happened.
2025 – 2030
So called real AI or General AI development is in full swing, I speak with experts in Germany, Seoul and Tokyo about their advancements. Financial market predictions become so accurate that the financial market comes under huge pressure. Analyst, consultants, wealth managers fear of their jobs. More and more people seek their forte in creative jobs, fleeing the routine work that is rapidly eaten up we highly efficient and emotionless machines. Hairdresser turns out to be a much more attractive job than a bank manager. We spoke with craftsman who are on high demand why no robots are yet on the horizon to do their job. Construction engineers, mid level managers and sales clerks are some of the high risk positions across all industries. Talking with government official we see over 300 of the 350 industries under huge pressure.
2030 – 2040
AI systems are substantially advanced. Instead of speaking about a billion people who are now unemployed, we are talking about erasing work all together. The Makers movement, that started already in the late 2010’s is exploding. I’m speaking with people who are no longer looking for a job to survive but determining their own future. Autonomous Machines and Autonomous Humans co-exist and complement each other in ways that are unimaginable today.
2040 – 2050
AI is writing their own code, developing their own updates. Conscious AI systems bring again new evolutionary steps into the world of machines and humans. Humans learn more from the development of AI about themselves than in the past 300,000 years. We meet philosophers and psychologists and explore the current thinking and possible evolution. Without the power of AI systems we would have still not solved the increasing energy problem. While we were seeking for carbon ice, better lithium batteries, better bio fuel, or the hydrogen engine, AI systems iterated through so many energy sources including the biggest energy source on earth, our liquid core. Earth itself could give us energy for another million years and 100 billion people. We speak with some of the scientists who explain to us their solution. A grandiose example for the symbiosis between human and machine.
2050 – 2075
Instead of risking astronauts, we send robots into space and explore ways to harvest precious raw material from other planets and moons. A flight to Mars may still take 6 months but for a space freight ship with robots and no energy consumption during these 6 month – it’s not a big deal. With the help of the latest AI systems we grow in engineering power that enables us to safely harvest, produce and dispose material on the otherwise dead moon. Raw material from Mars does not even get to earth but straight to the moon so we do not have to deal with our atmosphere. The transport is reduced to a moon-earth line for all kinds of products and materials. Mankind has evolved so significantly that we explore the idea of a next generation Homo Sapiens Geekensis, the ever smarter geek human.
The fireworks of scenes will give you an idea about how this new world may be like. No, there are no robots that will walk the earth and destroy everything. This is just not realistic but we will share why not.
The journey unfolds exceptional opportunities and equally substantial threats. It gives us a climbs of what may happen between now and 2050, even a bit further. It addresses industry leaders, politicians, representatives of the worker class, socialists, scientists, human resource experts, job seeker and those who are fearful about this and virtually any future.
Imagine we can eradicate work
Imagine over the next 50 years we build so many “Autonomous Machines” that produce our food, our goods and anything we produce today with the help of human work! Let the author show you how we can ultimately free humans from work. While traveling through time, some interesting discoveries will be made, like the fears of humans in the past million years and how it still deeply impacts our behavior, even well being today.