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True story: I met Steve Wozniak once. It was at some event back in the early 2000s at the New York Stock Exchange. I was running a super nerdy tech blog. He was into super nerdy tech things. So we hung out.
He wore a ridiculous watch that had GPS logic boards hanging off of it and a digital display reading him his emails. He said that one day smart watches would be a thing, but that they wouldn’t do as well as laptops or tablets.
I took his comments as the ramblings of a man with a glass of wine in his hand but now that I think about it, it turns out Ol’ Woz may know a thing or two about the future.
That’s why his latest predictions for the future, made in an interview with USA Today as a build-up to the upcoming Silicon Valley Comic-Con, are to be reckoned with.
According to the Woz, here’s what we’ll see by the year 2075:
Apple, Google, and Facebook will still be a thing. As much as we like to predict (or hope for) the demise of today’s tech giants, Woz says they’ll still be around. He reminds us that IBM, who’s still around in a big way, started over a hundred years ago in 1911.
“Look at Apple’s cash [$246.1 billion, as of the end of its last fiscal quarter],” he said. “It can invest in anything. It would be ridiculous to not expect them to be around [in 2075]. The same goes for Google and Facebook.”
Less surprisingly, Steve said that deserts will be the home of future cities. Given the amount of housing space and tons of solar energy, we could see future desert cities filled with people moving around between domed structures to protect them from harsh conditions.
Speaking of Mars, Woz expects that a Mars colony will be firmly established by 2075. But it won’t be a major city. Instead, he thinks Mars will be a future industrial economy.
Finally, he thinks that artificial intelligence will be ubiquitous. If you think people talking to Siri, Google Home, Alexa and other AI bots is a thing now, just wait for Woz’s future. He thinks we’ll talk to interactive walls and AI doctors that will diagnose and prescribe without leaving home.