Before I forget, here’s to a prosperous 2020.
I want to continue with a topic I’ve been writing about lately. And that’s the difference between a pessimistic view of the future versus a positive and optimistic outlook.
If you look at what happened in 2019 and juxtapose it against what could happen in 2020, at this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether things will get better or worse. However, I can say after 52 years on this Earth, things always get better.
One of my favorite things is watching YouTube. It’s an incredible educational tool.
For example, are you interested in climate change? Well, despite those who say the debate is over, you can spend days and even weeks watching discussions about climate change on YouTube. There’s a robust debate on this subject and it’s available for viewing on YouTube.
And there are so many other issues you can spend time learning about on YouTube. What about 5G? You can spend hours learning about this new technology. Because of 5G’s capacity to move information from one place to the other at nano speed, a massive investment in a nationwide 5G infrastructure is essential.
If you are questioning if 5G is worth such a massive investment, consider its power and possibilities: 5G’s geometric increase in capacity and its velocity in moving information makes it possible for a brain surgeon to perform the most complicated surgery on a patient lying on an operating table on the other side of the world.
This is something our parents would have considered science fiction. But it’s not fiction; it is modern science, cutting-edge technology, and virtual and literal reality.
5G, combined with artificial intelligence, is what will make autonomous vehicles not just a fascinating virtual concept but a common way of everyday life in America. According to experts, 94% of traffic fatalities are due to human error. But in a world where 5G allows a full rollout of an autonomous vehicle (AV) transportation system, traffic fatalities can and will be eliminated. How much is that worth?
Not only will each AV understand everything about the cars next to it, in front of it and behind it, as well as every car a mile up the road, but vehicles five, 10 or even 50 miles away in any direction. In the future, AVs will know everything about the passenger, where they are going, where they came from, but even what the person had for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you told that to somebody via text, email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, the AV would know about it.
In a world with this level of technological sophistication, the idea of an error-prone human being in control of their own vehicle on a transportation system controlled by artificial intelligence is going to be out of the question. Human beings are no longer going to be allowed to drive a vehicle in a transportation system controlled by these 21st-century technologies. And that day, according to futurists, is 10 to 15 years away.
The goal of environmentalists, which, for decades, has been to force people out of their cars, will actually happen. But not because of pollution, or because the world is running out of oil. But, instead, because technology is perfecting transportation and is doing it innovatively so that people won’t need or want to drive because it’s safer, smarter and too convenient not to.
That’s an entirely different future than what was expected and anticipated by those who, let’s just say, had a more pessimistic view.
And, by the way, because of the technology 5G utilizes, we will need more energy than we are using today. Those who think we’ll use less energy in the future don’t understand that these new and emerging technologies that require more information capacity will require more reliable, abundant and affordable energy, not less.
And that’s fine. Thanks to directional drilling and various high-efficiency energy extraction methods, America has an abundance of reliable and affordable energy. So let’s be grateful and thankful for that.
Happy New Year!