Technologists have given their predictions for 2020 in the areas of autonomous vehicles and online voting in the U.S.
Fremont, CA: Early Predictions made in 2000 describe city streets flooded with autonomous vehicles, online voting gaining significance with people voting from their houses at their ease and police department addressing crimes and impeding terrorist attacks with facial recognition software, DNA databases, and drones. While some of the above transformations turned reality, some did not even come close and were adopted in a limited fashion. Yet in some areas, technological shifts have exceeded expectations made in 2000. Whereas the government has not kept up with the pace of change to the rate that could assists their missions even more. Here is a glimpse of our state technologically in two different areas after 20 years.
Autonomous Vehicles (AVs)
While technology watchers predicted that in 2020, the streets of the U.S. will awash in hundreds of thousands of AVs, only a few thousand AVs are in use in 10 test sites throughout the nation. Google and other car manufacturers have heavily invested in AV technology. A slow rollout is foreseen that it may take 30 to 50 years for the AVs to be ubiquitous on the U. S streets, and in five to ten years, there will be modest adoption. Still, governments are setting policies for the vehicles, and nearly 29 states and the District of Columbia have enacted AV legislation. Also, governments have set levels of autonomy ranging from zero to five, where an automated system performs all driving tasks.
The confidence in electronic voting is diminishing in larger parts because of concerns over Russian interference in the 2016 election. By 2020, many experts predicted not just widespread electronic voting but also online voting from home. The facility is offered only by a small number of jurisdictions to expatriates and military personnel. Online voting uses advanced blockchain technology, and here, the voters are assigned a unique ID number, and a digital receipt of their votes is sent to a ballot tabulation center. However, no technology is without critics, and similarly, the U.S government lacks the courage to put in place digital signatures due to security issues.