A Brief Story of our Tech Future

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Hey my friends, this is the article 83 / 1000! For those who don’t know me, my name is Selim Chehimi and I’m an engineering student. I’ve been programming for 7 years now so you can tell that I really enjoy that. Those 7 years of programming lead me to Artificial Intelligence. My dream is to build an AI Startup so that’s the reason why I’m sharing this article with you. I hope that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.


Julia woke up feeling rested and refreshed. She had done so ever since Hermione; her personal digital assistant had been upgraded to monitor her sleep patterns and wake her at the best stage in her sleep cycle. Julia stretched her arms and smelled the coffee which Hermione had prepared.

Julia had long since stopped feeling disturbed by the idea of the tiny monitors that nestled in all parts of her body, including her bloodstream, her eye fluids, her internal organs, and her mouth.

She slipped into the outfit that she and Hermione had put together last night with the aid of some virtual wardrobe browsing and a bit of online shopping. A delivery drone had dropped off the new dress while Julia was asleep.

During the drive to the station, Julia read a couple of the items which Hermione had flagged for her in the morning’s newsfeed. Half an hour later, she smiled to herself as her self-driving car slotted itself perfectly into one of the tight spaces in the station car park. It was a while since she had attempted the maneuver herself; she knew she would not have executed it so smoothly even when she used to do her own driving.

The train arrived soon after she reached the platform – perfect timing by her car, again – and Hermione used the display in Julia’s augmented reality contact lenses to highlight the carriage with the most empty seats, drawing on information from sensors inside the train.

Julia noticed that most of her fellow passengers were watching fully immersive virtual reality sets. She didn’t join them because she was going to spend at least a couple of hours in full virtual reality during the meeting today and she had a personal rule to limit the numbers of hours spent in VR each day.

Hermione interrupted her reverie, reminding Julia that tomorrow was her mother’s birthday. Hermione displayed a list of suggested presents for Julia to order for delivery later today. Julia chooses the second gift on the list and authorized payment.

When she reached her office, she had a half hour to spare before the meeting started, so she crafted an introductory message to an important potential new client. Hermione suggested various phrases and constructions which helped Julia to keep the message formal, avoiding metaphors and any kind of emotive language.

It was time for the conference call – the main reason she had come into the office today. She was meeting several of her colleagues in VR because they were based in ten different locations around the world, and the topic was important and sensitive, so they wanted the communication to be as rich as possible, with all of them being able to see each other’s facial expressions and body language in detail.

As always, Julia was grateful to Hermione for discreetly reminding her of the personal details of the colleagues in the meeting that she knew least well. In the small talk at the start and the end of the call, she could enquire about their partners and children by name. It didn’t bother her at all that their ability to do the same was probably thanks at least in part to their own digital assistant. Several of the participants in the call did not speak English as their first language, so their words were translated by a real-time machine translation system.

After the meeting, Julia had lunch with a friend who worked in a nearby office. Hermione advised her against the dessert because it would take her beyond her target sugar intake for the day? Julia took a little guilty pleasure in ignoring the advice. Hermione made no comment but adjusted Julia’s target for mild aerobic exercise for the day.

By the time, Julia was on the train home, it was getting dark. She asked to review the recording of her day and download the new app her friend had recommended in passing at lunchtime. Then she queued up two short videos and four new songs for the drive from the station to her house.

When she reached her car, she checked that the delivery drone had opened her car’s boot successfully and dropped the groceries there before re-locking it with the remote locking code. Happy in the full possession of her vegetables, she drove home, humming along to Joni Mitchell.

The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed – William Gibson


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