In 2045, we no longer develop technology with the primary goal of advancing a specific nation, corporation, or individual. Instead, we advance technology for the betterment of planet Earth and all its inhabitants. Technological and scientific breakthroughs are broadly accessible. Instantaneous, ubiquitous computing is available to all who need it, regardless of geography. Communication and access to necessary information is free. Data privacy and security is a solved problem, supported by quantum methods that leave bad cyber actors with no field of play.
The world of computing has now moved beyond deep / machine learning systems tuned to excel in narrow problem spaces. Instead, they’re replaced by general AI systems that learn and adapt to complex and rapidly changing conditions. These systems are deployed to aid humans in responsibly managing our planet's resources for the benefit of all. Smart, capable robotic systems have replaced human labor in many repetitive, unrewarding jobs, sparking a renaissance of human development that spans creative expression, exploration, and philosophy. Human-driven robots handle work considered potentially too dangerous, such as challenging construction problems (undersea, extraplanetary), nuclear power plant operations, and rescue from collapsed structures, floods, fires, and other natural disasters.
A future where advanced intelligence can be applied to nearly any societal problem is a more just, more abundant future, and XPRIZE is actively working to hasten its arrival. The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a prime example, incentivizing teams from around the world to develop innovative ways of applying AI to real human problems.