The Year Ahead: 3 Predictions From the ‘Father of the Internet’ Vint Cerf

Jan 10, 2021News

World Leader in AI World Society Award recipient Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Member of Board of Leaders of AIWS City, wrote:

My Prediction: In the intervening period, progress has been made and it seems likely that by 2021, we will see some serious application of quantum computing to solve one or more optimization problems in mechanical design, logistics scheduling or resource allocation that would be impractical with conventional supercomputing.

Despite the challenges 2020 presented, it also unlocked some opportunities like leapfrogging with tech adoption. My hope is that the public sector sustains the speed for innovation and development to unlock even greater advancements in the year ahead.

Now, as we enter 2021, and with the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being administered, a return to normal feels within reach. But what will our return to “normal” look like really? Here are three predictions for 2021.

  1. Continuous and episodic Internet of Medical Things monitoring devices will prove popular for remote medical diagnosis. 
  2. Cities will (finally) adopt self-driving cars
  3. A practical quantum computation will be demonstrated.