Harry Shum is the executive vice president of the Artificial Intelligence Research facility at Microsoft .
He studied at the University of Carnegie Mellon, one of the American universities is a constant nursery of talents on Artificial Intelligence.
Mr. Shum is still in the United States, working for the giant, Microsoft, the only technology that still remains on top after 10 years in the top five of the companies with the highest market capitalisation in the world .
While other Chinese colleagues who were at Microsoft, such as Qi Lu, who is now the Chief Operating Officer of Baidu also known as the Chinese Google or Kai-Fu Lee, who created the world’s first voice recognition system in 1988 and also worked at Apple, Microsoft and Google , they have returned to their country of origin , Mr. Shum remains faithful to the company created by Mr. Bill Gates.
And as the head of Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft, he has developed an extensive document entitled ‘The calculated future” – “The role of Artificial Intelligence in Society ‘, some of the keys to this new technology that is already revolutionising all areas of society and companies, and experts such as McKinsey, Forrester, Gartner or Strategy Analytics, to name a few, indicating that will be the 4th Industrial Revolution .
Shum dares to predict that “in the year 2038 digital devices will help us do more with one of our most precious assets, time . ” And enumerates some of the advantages of using this type of devices in different situations of daily life.
In 20 years , says the Chinese executive, we could have our first meeting of the day, without leaving our house, using our HoloLens device, or similar, in a meeting that would use augmented reality and virtual reality technologies, and in which you could interact with colleagues and clients around a virtual boardroom driven by mixed reality (virtual and augmented).
The presentation and observations of the conclave would be automatically translated into the native language of each participant , who would listen through a headset or telephone. A digital assistant would automatically prepare a summary of the meeting with the tasks assigned to the participants, and reminders placed in their schedules based on the conversation that took place at this virtual meeting by the participants.
When leaving the house, after the meeting – we are still in 2038 -, a vehicle without a river will take us to another work appointment, and while we are in the autonomous car we could see a presentation in the digital Hub of the car .
At the same time, our virtual assistant will summarise, for example, information and data extracted from recently published articles and reports, creating info-graphics to review them through holographic or through the augmented reality of the driver-less vehicle in which we move to another place.
The intelligent assistant, also according to our instructions, will automatically answer routine emails and redirect those that can be managed by other managers or personnel of our team .
And Harry Shum continued explaining just how an intelligent device will permanently monitor our vital signs for health .
When something is wrong, the virtual assistant, Cortana of Microsoft, Siri of Apple, Bixby of Samsung, or Alexa of Amazon, will schedule an appointment with the doctor automatically, and will carry out a follow-up and programming of checks, vaccines and routine exams .
Artificial intelligence will help our doctor analyse the results using about one terabyte -1,000 Gigabytes of health data, helping to diagnose and prescribe exactly an ad hoc treatment . Immediately, the medication will arrive at our home brought by a drone , and the virtual assistant will remind us by voice how and when we should take it. Our smart butler will monitor the progress and, if we do not improve, ask for permission to book a new follow-up appointment with the doctor.
If we look back 20 years , instead of 20 years forward, in 1998 in Spain , for example, there were only about 7.5 million mobile phone users, compared to the more than 50 million mobile lines there are now being used, and the maximum speed of mobile data transmission did not reach 80 kbps with the technology of then, the GPRS, compared to the current 300 Mbps that we can achieve with our 4 G.
Nobody could imagine 20 years ago that fifteen years later we could be talking about Terabytes , Petabytes or Zeta bites , or data transmission speeds that this year will reach 1 Gbps or how Artificial Intelligence now allows us to use devices that help us to manage our leisure and our work .
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.