Many of the world’s problems are not caused by lack of data but lack of access to data.
The data always exists. It’s just usually inaccessible.
Modern technology has helped counter this inaccessibility by offering novel ways to not only collect data but to store it. Our portable devices have become extensions of our brains. They are sensory antennae that provide us with a deeper analysis of our experience.
In this article, we discuss the future of data collection, focusing on how an increase in available data will transform the world.
In the future, wearable technology will double as our personal doctor. Everything we eat will be tracked. Every breath we breathe will be analyzed. Every neuron that is fired will be remembered. All of this information will be available to us instantly.
This would lead to preventative actions that would reduce disease and illness. The healthcare industry would be abolished, or severely altered. All healing would be self-healing, as there would be no need for a physician when we can access our current level of health via our electronics.
This would also drastically alter the health insurance industry, as our lack of health would become more algorithmic and technological than ever before. We might not even need to purchase insurance plans, at least not for ourselves. Instead, we might have to purchase insurance plans for the artificial intelligences that we use. If an accident occurred, they would be liable, not us.
On a simple level, greater access to data would mean less traffic. Our self-driving vehicles would alter their routes to avoid back-ups as well as potential accidents.
In the future, artificial intelligence will be controlling our vehicles, which would give car companies access to more information to better finetune their products. Over time, this would result in more durable, smarter vehicles that could withstand any natural disaster.
Cities like New York have experienced considerable damage to their mass transit systems in recent years due to hurricanes. But, with more access to data, new transit systems like the Hyperloop would be utilized which would be resilient to hurricanes.
Greater access to data will also revolutionize all religions, which typically flourish from speculating on uncertainty and death. This is not to say that religions will be abolished, only that more dogmatic ones will be exposed.
Even if every religion is exposed as suddenly inaccurate or unnecessary, this also does not mean that religion more generally will disappear. It only means that there will be new forms of religion to cope with a world full of data. Perhaps we will pray to our electronics.
More likely, each of us will develop our own personal religion that is constructed from the data of our life. We can envision a future where our Sunday morning sermon is delivered by the artificial intelligence from our smartphone, all from the comfort of our couch.
Greater access to data will also translate to more honest politics, as debates will no longer be won by aggressive rhetoric but rather logical arguments or sound points. Each statement would be analyzed by artificial intelligence to determine its sincerity and applicability.
Politicians will also have greater access to the desires of their citizens and citizens will have more access to the actions of their politicians. More information means greater accountability, which would minimize the amount of fraud and stagnation that typically occurs behind closed doors.
The future of finance entails a movement to digital currencies that keep a record of all transactions that have ever been made. The current leader in this sector is Bitcoin, which is a cryptocurrency based on blockchain technology.
This increased data collection would not only prevent fraud, theft, and deceptive banking, but would also allow individuals to learn about their buying activity and make better decisions in the future. Even further, it would allow customers to code their own programs to limit their future buying activity. Thus, your credit card would be able to access the data of your heartbeat to determine the state of your emotions, deactivating itself temporarily to prevent an irrational purchase.
In the future, greater access to data will turn us all into artists. We are already seeing this with the creation of personal websites and social media. Each of us has an online platform to present a unique persona to the cyber world.
This will only be amplified in the future as more information will translate to greater levels of self-awareness. All art is auto-biographical anyway, so the more we know about our own personalities, the richer our art will become.
Our Final Thoughts on the Future of Data Collection
We think the world can only evolve as fast as our data evolves. With more information, we can develop new technologies that allow us to access more information. Thus, a positive feedback loop would result.
Once the proper tipping point is reached, we think the traditional industries of the world will no longer recognizable. We will be leaving in the age of data.