Temple GrandinProfessor of animal science, Colorado State University
Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a pioneer in farm animal welfare. Her book, "Animals in Translation" was a New York Times bestseller. HBO made an award-winning film about her early life and career. Grandin was a member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. In 2010, she was one of Time's “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
How will people earn a living?
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Frontline person-to-person jobs, such as school teachers, nurses, general practice doctors, psychologists, physical therapists, and sales people, will still be done by people. The jobs that will be the most secure will be skilled trades, such as electricians, plumbers, welders, heating and air conditioning, fine carpentry work, and crafts. The hospital of the future will still need somebody to fix the broken plumbing.
What will the biggest change to our natural world be?
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Our most valuable resource will be water.
What technology will bring about the biggest change in society?
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The technology that will bring about the biggest change in society will be artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. We already have computer programs that can do medical diagnosis and legal work. AI will replace many high-end, specialized-knowledge jobs, such as radiologists, internal medicine doctors, dermatologists, patent attorneys, contract lawyers, and traffic court judges.
What’s your best prediction for the world in 50 years?
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In 50 years, scientists will fully understand how non-coding DNA and other mechanisms control the expression of the coding DNA. This will enable them to program in DNA code, making it possible to create any form of life that they wanted. This technology could be used for either great, good, or evil.
It is likely that artificial intelligence and machine learning will be used to learn all the secrets of creating life. I think back to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The reason why Hal the intelligent computer killed the astronauts, is that he thought they would jeopardize the mission. Fortunately, Hal had an off switch. While writing this, I remembered a scene at the end of one of the Jurassic Park movies. A herd of dinosaurs was released from a billionaire's secret dinosaur lab. The future could be a jurassic world—creating dinosaurs could be reality. Dinosaurs would be harmless compared to other life forms that either a person or a computer with bad motives could create.