The first “Star Trek” TV series was released in 1966, and the first film — in 1979. Hardly directors and screenwriters could assume that by 2019 their fictional technologies would not only become a reality but also change many business processes. “Beam me up, Scotty!” Phone, videoconferencing, virtual reality glasses and iPad — all of these gadgets appeared in the “Star Trek” movies or the TV series long before they entered the mass market.
Although the idea of AI doesn’t belong to the “Star Trek,” Data’s character demonstrates vividly how AI works in the real world. Looking at him, it is easy to imagine how perfect the AI will integrate into our life — and it will become the same everyday reality for us as for Captain James Kirk.
Today, we are at a primitive stage of development of AI: Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, unmanned vehicles, etc. This market will grow for a long time and penetrate gradually into all market sectors. Technologies are improving, and we begin to perceive them differently. Enterprises of various profiles will gradually cease to avoid AI and begin to implement it in their activity.
A good example is a legal field. Lawyers are already using AI to scan large amounts of documentation in search of specific information in the case. Technologies save time and improve the efficiency of the judicial system. A completely new form of legal practice is coming, which will be closely infused with the world of the latest technologies.
The virtual reality
Do you remember holodeck from the “Star Trek” movie — why is it not a virtual reality? Today, VR is most actively used in gaming, but very soon the area of its application will become wider. Technology would be real salvation, for example, in nursing homes, so that patients can have fun without the risk of injury.
In business, it would be nice to arrange virtual meetings for employees and partners from anywhere in the world. In the court, VR will also takes an honourable place — it can be used to demonstrate the time of the crime or car accident. Taken to the extreme, we may see courtrooms disappear altogether. Instead, people will attend from jail cells, offices or their homes.
We can say that Federation Credits in “Star Trek” is a form of digital currency, similar to the cryptocurrency in our world. Undoubtedly, Credits can be tracked through the network, the model and the accounting system for transactions performed are generally very similar to the blockchain.
Supporters of blockchain technology can safely store and exchange data without external control and the need to contact intermediaries. In our time, large companies are already focused on using this technology for business operations and IP address security.
We have no doubt 2019 will be a year of continued transformation, as more and more dreamy ideas take their place in the real world. Though some of these things won’t be happening right away, this year will be a wild ride nonetheless. We can’t wait for teleportation to become a reliable method of getting around!