Flying cars, one global currency, and humanoid robot helpers are just a few ideas tech experts have predicted for Canada’s future in the next 150 years, and Canadians agree.
As part of the What’s Now What’s Next campaign launched by Next Canada, a Toronto-based national non-profit agency helping advance Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, it asked 75 tech experts to predict the evolution of technology in Canada in the future.
Tech experts were asked to envision the future in the next 10-25 years, 75-100 years, and in 150 years in varying sectors included education, banking, transportation, retail, and food.
Ideas like hospitals being fully automated and artificial intelligence being integrated as part of the education system were some of the suggestions mentioned by experts.
The other component of the campaign involved surveying 1,200 Canadians about the predictions to get the pulse of their sentiments on whether or not these were things to be excited about or feared, or whether it could truly become a reality, said Jon French, the director of marketing and communications at Next Canada.
“When we put the predictions to them and said ‘hey do you think this is plausible?’, for example, one prediction that there would be one global currency in the next 50 years and 53 per cent of Canadians … said they could believe it – that was surprising,” Jon French said.
“The arrival of autonomous cars, airplanes, and watercrafts were also mentioned and over half of the Canadians surveyed said that within the next 10 years you’re going to see not only driverless vehicles, but things like car ownership will no longer exist. It was interesting.”
Sixty-nine per cent of Canadians believe entertainment will be mainly experienced through virtual reality.
According to French, Canada is primed and ready to be the leader in the wave of technology that will help better the lives of Canadians and has the opportunity to “compete with the best countries in the world”.
“I think because of Canada’s really strong education system and foundation, where we have one of the most highly-educated and diverse workforces on the planet, there are a bunch of areas where we really are taking the lead,” he said.