And autonomous vehicles will arrive quickly — within 15-20 years."By 2050, the year 2000 will look as quaintly old-fashioned as the horse drawn era of 1900 did to people in 1950," Professor Walsh said.
Your personal 24/7 AI doctor will know your gene sequence and vulnerabilities to particular diseases.
But there will be increasing concern about the seductive nature of these unreal, alternate worlds.
There may be an underclass of addicts who spend every waking moment in them.
Do you have a right know if you're interacting with a computer rather than a real person?
Leading Australian artificial intelligence scientist Professor Toby Walsh is warning that we are "sleepwalking" into an AI future in which billions of machines and computers will be able to think.
Professor Walsh, from the University of New South Wales, is calling for a national discussion about whether society needs to adopt clear boundaries and guidelines around how AI is developed and how it's used in our lives.
The oceans, skies and railroads of the planet will be filled with autonomous ships, planes and trains transporting cargo without any people on board, as driverless car technology spreads to other industries. And children will no longer grow up wanting to be train drivers."Planes carrying people will probably continue to be piloted by humans," Professor Walsh said."But after several decades of safe flights by cargo planes, the debate will begin whether humans should still be airline pilots."Nearly every part of this prediction is already here — it's just that no-one has yet pulled all the pieces together.
Computers now write simple sport and financial stories but as technology improves, AI will write more complex stories. "It will be common to leave behind an AI chatbot that will talk like you, know the story of your life and comfort your family when you die.