OP I've been aware of the rise of AI since 2019/2020ish, however I didn't start taking it seriosuly until Jan 2023. Since then I have delved into the rabbit hole just like you have hence your post resonates deeply with me.
I don't think people realize how fast things are changing. If people think Facebook/Uber/Online dating etc rose quickly in the early 2000's and 2010's. The advancement of AI is gonna rock people, here is what I expect. Here are some hyptotheticals that I think may happen
- 2030's Virtual assistant's will be the norm(think Jarvis or Friday in Ironman). Chatgpt will be the norm on your "Smart Satalite Blockchain Cellphone" AI will replace data entry jobs, accountant jobs. The medical field as you mentioned will make leaps and bounds with breakthroughs and medical advancements i.e. curing aids, certain cancers, etc
- 2040's AI robots will be more common they won't have full functionality like humans yet. You will see VR and Metaverse become more popular due to the increase in tech. Commerical real estate buildings are now 90% filled with clout servers. (currently most commerical real estate buildings are empty due to people working from home) also new tech allows for new different types of energy. That we haven't even thought of yet.
- 2050s Automation will be more common due to AI, AI girlfriends and the metaverse will be more common God forbid. The finacial sector and tech companies will be run by AI the wealth gap will get worse there will be no middle class just poor and wealthy. A gallon of milk will be a $1000. Where it use to cost you $10 to get into a club now it cost $10,000(and that's not VIP) people think this is nuts but if you have paid attention to the dollar losing 1/3rd of it's value in the last 3 years alone and at the rate that we are going what I'm saying is not far fetched if we continue at this rate!
- 2060s AI robotos can now fully function like humans and AI tech will explode, people will spend more time in the VR/Metaverse than offline due to the realizm of 16K. AI popstars/Actors are now becoming more popular than humans....
I'll stop there, what scares me OP is that people don't realize that with every PRO AI has there 5 cons. For example Privacy will not exist if you put a chip in your brain. They will be able to track you and monitor your every step. They know what you spend your money on due to CBDCs. People will spend more time in VR and Metaverse as tech continues to explode Anti-social behavior is the new norm. We already see this with Gen--Z and how they don't care to go out regarding nightlife (nothing wrong with that) however the better the tech becomes the more anti-social humans are becoming.
I've said this on here before, but the pandemic was what caused a massive shift in our society and things never really went back to the way they were. During this time period, many people became incredibly isolated and started spending more time on the internet, playing video games, etc. I totally agree with you about this metaverse/virtual reality world becoming a real thing for people, that at the end of the day is just a distraction from the real world. As I had alluded to earlier, I think a lot of the trends we've been seeing in Japan over the last decade or so are going to start becoming a reality in the west. Hell, there are already these vegetable men marrying anime characters and literally never leaving the house.
I like your idea that you mentioned about commercial buildings. I believe that the pandemic caused some very big changes in the manner in which the average American works. For decades it was people literally spending hours of their time each day commuting into their city to work at the office, in some metros it's not uncommon to spend 2+ hours per day doing this. Work from home has been around for a while but it wasn't the norm or that common. With COVID, we can see that it became the norm to work from home, with current technology of the internet, video chat, etc. there's really no reason for this not be a thing. Some positives of this are that people don't have to waste so much of their time commuting, that in itself is a huge benefit. Then they naturally save money on gas, train tickets or whatever. The local air quality becomes much better and there is less congestion on the roads. The one huge benefit that is overlooked though is that people don't have to live in or even near a major metro, they can start moving into more rural communities, smaller towns and cities, etc. This again has multiple benefits, real estate is typically cheaper when you move further away from major cities. I also think living in smaller towns is a more natural existence for humans and could be a stepping stone to more traditional lifestyles.
Elaborating on moving away from the city, there are many other things going on as well. Homelessness has been around forever but since the pandemic it's become completely out of control in many cities around the U.S. Wal Mart recently shut down all of it's stores in Portland, Oregon......which says a lot about how bad things are there. Who in their right mind would want to live in a city or area where these terrible people are running around wild in the streets doing whatever they please. In the metro I live in, just about all of the parks have been taken over and trashed by homeless people. A dad can't take his kids to go play soccer because of **** like that, which is horrible. No normal person would ever want to be around that. I think this is going to be a huge issue with the next election, it's insane how much things changed over the course of the pandemic. Again, this is yet another reason to move away from a city and into a smaller town or rural community.
We could further this discussion about specifically AI but what I've mentioned here are things that are happening in the here and now. Again, I see major shifts in our society in the coming decades.