Here are the next technological goals according to what is told in a report on the future created by the World Economic Forum.
We hear about the many emerging technologies every day and 2025 will mark a first turning point. Here are the next technological goals according to what is reported in a report on the future of software and companies created by the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.
The Board interviewed more than 800 executives and technology experts asking them to share their respective deadlines for mainstreaming their technologies. From what we read in the results of the survey, the Council identified 21 highlights, which are expected to take hold by 2030. Here is a look at the technological changes that we will have to expect over the next 14 years.
90% of the population will enjoy free data storage by 2018.
Deleting files to make room for other files is about to become a thing of the past. In less than three years, 90% of people will be able to enjoy data storage – unlimited and free – if supported by advertisements. Some companies offer low cost or completely free services. For example, Google Photos offers unlimited space for photos and Amazon allows you to store an unlimited amount of what you want for $ 60 a year. One of the main reasons that drive companies to promote these initiatives is that the cost per gigabyte only decreases.
The first robotic pharmacist will arrive in the USA in 2021
Robots impact industrial production with their presence, but as they become more advanced we will see them applied to services. Survey participants predict that by 2021 we will have the first robot pharmacist in the United States.
A trillion sensors will be connected to the Internet by 2022.
As the cost of sensors continues to decrease and the computing power to increase, all types of devices will be increasingly connected to the Internet. From the clothes you wear to the ground you walk on, everything will be online. 1 trillion sensors are expected to be connected as early as 2022.
10% of the world’s population will wear Internet-related clothing by 2022.
Cars, appliances, and other everyday objects are becoming increasingly connected to the Internet. And before long, clothes will also have a connection. By 2022, experts predict that at least 10% of people will wear clothes with built-in chips that connect them to the Internet.
The first 3D printed car will be produced by 2022.
3D printers are becoming increasingly powerful and capable of printing complex objects made from different types of materials. Many automakers are already using 3D printing to create prototypes and to more efficiently create specific parts of a vehicle. More recently, Audi has shown a miniature vehicle that he created using his metal printers. And the automotive startup Local Motors aims to begin production of a 3D printed full-size machine in the coming years.
The first mobile phone to be implanted will be marketed by 2025.
Being connected to the smartphone could take on a whole new meaning starting from 2023. About 80% of respondents predict that the first implantable mobile phone will be commercially available within seven years. The device will potentially be able to monitor a person’s health accurately, allowing you to communicate thoughts via brain waves or signals, rather than verbally. It is likely that we will see the increasingly widespread adoption of emerging implantable technologies before 2025.
By 2023, there will be a government that will replace the big data technology at the census.
Data collection, management, and understanding become easier and easier, thus helping governments to clear customs from old information collection methods, starting to rely more and more on big data technologies to automate programs. According to the report, this is going to happen quickly. More than 80% of respondents estimate that there will be at least one government that will replace the census with big data by 2023. Some countries, including Canada, have already started experimenting with big data, however, no country has yet fully replaced the census system.
10% of reading glasses will be connected to the Internet by 2023.
Interacting with the world around will become very different when connected glasses become more common. 86% of respondents predict that connected glasses will catch on by 2023. The technology will allow the wearer to have direct access to Internet applications optimized for an augmented reality experience. Eye-tracking technology will also allow you to control the interface hands-free.
80% of people will be online by 2023.
Hand in hand with the spread of connectivity, more and more people will create digital identities. By 2023, approximately 80% of the world’s population will be present on the web. According to the survey, digital life is connecting more and more invasively to physical life in the real world.
At least one government will collect taxes via blockchain by 2023.
Digital currencies like Bitcoin use a mechanism called the blockchain to carry out transactions. Blockchain is essentially a public and shared ledger, a register that everyone can inspect. Those who use this system keep it updated and keep track of transactions continuously. Blockchain technology keeps its promise beyond Bitcoin. Some have proposed to use it for public databases, for the land registry, the titles, the land or other assets. According to a recent Economist article, the NASDAQ is about to start using this technology for the trading of securities of private companies. Blockchain technology is expected to reach its tipping point in the next few years, and by 2023, there will be a first government that will collect taxes through this digital system.
90% of the world’s population will have a supercomputer in their pocket by 2023.
More and more people – all over the world – use smartphones more than PCs, and in developing countries where you connect to the Net for the first time, the phone is the device that makes connectivity possible. With increasing computing power and decreasing prices, the speed of adoption will only accelerate.
Internet access will become a fundamental right by 2024.
According to the survey, 79% of respondents say that by 2024, most of the world will have access to the Internet. Technology giants such as Google and Facebook are developing creative solutions to connect the remaining 4 billion people who do not have access to the Net. Facebook’s Internet.org uses drones to send satellite signals to exposed areas of the Earth, while Google’s Project Loon uses balloons that float in the atmosphere to connect to remote areas of the world.
The first 3D printed liver transplant will occur by 2024.
3D printers are increasingly used in the healthcare sector to create parts of the human body, such as bone implants and organ transplants. Doctors have already used 3D printing to create part of a patient’s rib cage and numerous other bone implants. But bioprinting, which combines bioengineering with 3D printing, will also allow researchers and other health professionals to grow usable artificial organs.
By 2024, more than 50% of domestic Internet traffic will come from applications and devices.
Hand in hand with the increasing use of sensors, more and more products will be connected to the Internet. Currently, most Internet traffic at home is consumed for personal use, whether it be for communication or entertainment. By 2024, at least half of the Internet – at home – will be used for home automation processes.
5% of consumer products will be 3D printed
3D printing entered the manufacturing industry thanks to the works of some successful designers. As printers become cheaper, more powerful and easier to use, more and more people will buy them to adopt this technology. Printing some objects at home will ensure that some requests can be met “on-demand”. The demand for these printing systems is increasing, about 68% more between 2014 and 2013.
30% of audits will be performed by artificial intelligence systems by 2025.
Artificial intelligence will replace a series of jobs that are usually done by people, including some white-collar jobs. AI is efficient and accurate when it comes to automated processes and this means potential large-scale employment in businesses. According to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute, about 45% of the activities carried out by a company’s staff in the office could be automated, adapting current technologies. There is talk of figures that exceed 3 trillion dollars only in the USA. Therefore, not only the humblest jobs would be at risk, even the jobs with dizzying wages could be entrusted to AI, just think of financial managers, senior executives, even CEOs: all of them perform tasks that can be highly automated.
Globally, more and more trips will take place via car sharing by 2025.
The sharing economy has taken off big time in recent years thanks also to the best-known marketplaces and mobile applications. But perhaps the best example of a sharing economy in action is taking place in the transport sector. Services such as Uber, Lyft, and Zipcar have changed the way we think about transportation and owned cars. They forced auto manufacturers to rethink their business models. By 2025, 67% of respondents predict that the sharing economy will grow to the point that car-sharing – globally – will prevail over privately owned cars.
In the USA, driverless cars will be 10% by 2026.
Autonomous cars have the potential to significantly increase safety, decrease emissions and change transport patterns. Google and Uber, as well as traditional automakers such as Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen, are all working on self-driving cars. But respondents predict that in 2026 at least 10% of cars will be driverless in the United States.
In 2026 the AI will be part of the CDA
Artificial intelligence will play an increasingly important role – in the business world – as a decision-making tool. Since AI is able to learn from previous situations, it is also able to provide an overview on the basis of past data and experiences, thus automating even more complex decision-making processes by 2026.
The first city with more than 50,000 inhabitants and no traffic lights will already exist in 2026.
Infrastructure will become increasingly connected in the future, giving way to smart cities. Everything – starting from the sidewalks to the streets to the traffic lights and buildings – will be connected to the Internet. Smart cities, as happens in a smart home, will be automated because they will manage their energy, material flows, logistics, and traffic independently. The evolution of connected rural infrastructures will lead to the creation of the first city – with a population of 50,000 people – without traffic lights by 2026.
By 2027, 10% of the gross global product will be stored via blockchain.
With the take-off of blockchain technology, more and more money will be circulated through this system. According to the report, the total value of Bitcoin in the blockchain is around $ 20 billion. By 2027, 10% of global savings will be stored via blockchain.