Humans will become more dependent on virtual assistants in 2019, Ericsson predicts

Thanks to social media, we are already leading a double life and we are on our way to make it more real. New technologies will soon allow you to be available simultaneously in two different places , but could also make you mentally lazy.

And all of this will happen next year. The digital communications giant Ericsson has announced its forecast for 2019 and it is evident that humans are likely to become more dependent on technology . These forecasts are based on a set of surveys conducted by the company.

Apart from this, virtual assistants will become smarter and will soon be able to perceive your mood, allowing you to eat differently according to your temperament.

Virtual assistants will predict your mood,

Ericsson predicts the rise of smart devices, called “awareables”. 42% of respondents believe virtual assistants will soon be smart enough to perceive your mood much better than your friends and your family. This data will, in turn, be used to suggest suitable products to buy. 41% of respondents also estimated that two smart assistants would argue if they had different opinions , which would surely be fascinating, even if they weren’t as hilarious as epic rap battles .

Boring tasks like tracking bills, refilling groceries, minor breakdowns will be taken care of by these smart assistants. In addition, technologies like AR and VR will also allow users to acquire advanced skills through interactive methods.

Can AI save the world?

These smart assistants will also allow users to be more aware of the carbon footprint (the impact of their lifestyle on the environment) by keeping track of their consumption. This will help reduce the waste of vital resources such as water and electricity and reduce pollution.

If you’ve seen the movie Clones , you may be excited (or disturbed) to learn that we may be heading into a generation where digital autonomy will be as powerful as our true identity. In this report, Ericsson predicts that with the rise of AR and reality technologies Virtual , the humans will prefer to stay in the virtual world and 48% think users would like to appear exactly the same as their real person.

But, you could become mentally obese

However, these advances will also come with their perils and Ericsson warns that users could suffer from something called ” mental obesity – and no, your brain will not grow (hopefully). The report suggests that, as a by-product of all automation, the human brain might not be able to take very well fundamental decisions and become lazy.

Finally, there is an obvious fear of being constantly monitored by virtual assistants and there will be general terms and conditions, which smart assistants could force users to accept.

As the harmony between real and artificial intelligence will increase, the fear of being stalked and manipulated is something that cannot be overlooked. However, it must be taken into account that these speculations are based on user surveys and cannot be treated in absolute terms as the words of God.