According to the report of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council, technologies that are only developing now will become part of our society by 2025. More than 800 experts from various technological fields who participated in the economic forum expressed their predictions about the future of humanity. They have compiled a list of possible predictions in the tech and digital industry that will happen in the next fourteen years.
By 2018, 90% of people will have unlimited data storage
Due to the constant decline in prices for 1 gigabyte of hard drive storage, in three years people will have an unlimited amount of space and stop deleting unnecessary information from cloud storage. In return, users will view ads or pay mere pennies. Now similar services are provided by the Google Photos service, although the files have to be compressed, and Amazon. For $60 a year, the company already gives you unlimited data storage.
By 2021, the first robotic pharmacist will appear in the USA
Robots will continue to replace humans in manufacturing and the service sector. So by 2021, it is planned to launch robotic pharmacists in the United States.
By 2022, 1 trillion sensors will be connected to the Internet
Due to the constant decrease in the cost of sensors, more and more types of devices will soon be able to access the Internet. Sensors united in one network will begin to provide information on temperature, atmospheric pressure, air pollution and other indicators.
By 2022, 10% of the population will be wearing internet-connected clothing
Nowadays, cars, household appliances, accessories, jewelry and other objects of the human environment are connected to the World Wide Web. Scientists believe that in 6 years, all our clothes will have access to the Internet.
The first 3D printed car will appear in 2022
3D printers are developing, being used on an industrial scale and appearing in the apartments of ordinary users. Now they are able to make things not only from plastic, but also to use other materials. Audi recently created a mini-car on a 3D printer. Within a few years, Local Motors intends to establish a conveyor production of cars using volumetric printing. The first finished prototype is shown in the photo.
By 2025, the first commercial implantable phones will appear in the body
Scientists believe that the first such device will appear as early as 2025. In addition to the functions of the phone, the device will help the user to more accurately monitor their health and will be able to warn in advance of a threat to human life.
By 2023, governments will replace the population census with Big Data technology
In the future, governments will move away from standard information collection methods and begin to rely on new technologies for automation and data accumulation (Big Data). Some countries, such as Canada, are already partially replacing the traditional population census with automatic systems for collecting and sorting information.
By 2023, 10% of points will be connected to the Internet
Points of the future will receive additional features. With access to the Web, they will run applications for working with virtual or augmented reality. They will be equipped with a pupil tracking system. Therefore, the control of such smart glasses will occur exclusively with the help of the eyes. Google has already applied similar technology to its Google Glass gadget and is now working on “smart” contact lenses.
They live there, set up pages on social networks, communicate with other users, consume and produce information. Facebook and Google already provide free Internet access to millions of people around the world.
By 2023, people will pay taxes using the blockchain system
The essence of blockchain technology is in the distributed storage of information regarding any elements of the environment of a modern person. These combinations are used in the popular cryptocurrency. Experts believe that in seven years the first states will begin to accept tax payments from citizens using this technology.
By 2023, 90% of people will use a personal supercomputer
There are more and more mobile phone users. In 2016, mobile Internet traffic for the first time exceeded the use of the Internet through a desktop computer or laptop. According to experts, by 2023 the performance of smartphones will reach the level of power of current supercomputers.
By 2024, Internet access will become a basic right of every inhabitant of the planet
Scientists believe that in eight years every inhabitant of the planet Earth will have regular access to the Internet. Google, Facebook and other large corporations, using drones and special satellites, are already providing Internet to remote areas of the earth from civilization. By 2024, through their efforts, the Network will cover every square kilometer on the planet.
First 3D-printed liver to be transplanted in 2024
Already, 3D printers are being used to create human body parts and organs. Recently, doctors performed the first transplantation of artificial bones printed on a 3D printer. By 2024, 3D printing will reach a level where scientists will use it to create the main human organs.
By 2024, more than half of Internet traffic in homes will be consumed by household devices and gadgets
Nowadays, the Internet is used by smartphones, tablets, computers and personal gadgets. But in eight years, more than 50% of traffic consumption will be for smart home devices and electronic accessories.
5% of consumer goods will be 3D printed
Every year 3D printers become more popular and cheaper. They are bought for personal use and installed in large plants and factories. More and more goods of any directions, shapes and sizes are made using 3D printing. In 2014, 133,000 3D printers were sold worldwide. Every year this number will grow at an incredible pace.
By 2025, 30% of corporate audits will be done with the help of AI
Artificial Intelligence is already replacing humans at various stages of industrial production. And by 2025, AI will replace some of the office workers responsible for auditing, reporting, accounting and other internal checks. Analysts believe that in the next ten years, half of the office work that people now do will be automated. Most of all, this concerns financial managers.