Before this year’s Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC) – themed “The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?” – Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Woz) discussed his thoughts about the future. Woz expressed ideas on everything from future business growth and everyday life on Earth to more advanced technology and outer space.
Co-founder of Apple and the SVCC
Living in Los Altos since creating Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976, Woz has a history of accurate forecasts – he successfully predicted the invention of portable laptops in 1982. Even after departing Apple, Woz has remained a principal figure on the Silicon Valley technology scene. When he helped create the SVCC in 2016, he wanted to design something unique, beyond the traditional Comic Con comic book scene.
Woz told cnet.com: “We’ll have the popular culture side of Comic Con, but we’ll mix in a lot of the science and technology that’s local here in Silicon Valley,” he said. “It seems like [tech and geek culture are] made for each other in a lot of ways.”
The conference, which ran from April 21 to 23, included robotics and virtual reality (VR) exhibits, and discussions on future technology, such as flying cars and implanting computers into people’s brains. The 2017 SVCC also hosted the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and featured appearances from actors William Shatner and John Cusack and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
When Woz helped to found Apple, he said he believed it was a computer for the future. He still believes that today.
Woz told USA Today in an interview, “Apple will be around a long time, like IBM,” established in 1911. “Look at Apple’s cash,” he said, estimated at $246.1 billion as of the last fiscal quarter. “It can invest in anything.” As for the year 2075, he added, “It would be ridiculous to not expect [Apple] to be around. The same goes for Google and Facebook.”
Artificial Intelligence and VR
By 2075, Woz predicts artificial intelligence (AI) and VR will dominate people’s lives. AI will allow consumers to conduct daily activities such as shopping, communication, and entertainment through smart surfaces, he said. In addition, patients will use the technology
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