Our lives are transforming in ways that have never been seen before. Over the next decade, everything around us will become more intelligent; connecting and communicating in new ways.
Institute for the Future is exploring how emerging technology and human-machine partnerships will define the future of connected living in 2030.
Emerging technologies are enabling people and communities across the globe to augment, enhance, and optimize our lives; from autonomous vehicles to connected homes and digital cities. We won’t just live with our machines, we’ll work in immersive partnerships with them. Our researchers cite five key shifts we’ll see by the year 2030.
Advances in computation and new energy sources will enable the distribution of smaller devices and sensors. These will inform us about our homes, cities, bodies, and the way we live.
Low-latency, high-bandwidth wireless networks will push computing power closer to the edge, improving processing times and bringing AI to countless connected devices.
5G will deliver hyper-fast wireless connectivity, virtually eliminating network delays. This will allow cities and towns to become more connected than ever.
Artificial intelligence is rapidly expanding in various application areas, allowing machine learning to be employed in everything from chatbots to self-driving cars.
New display technologies like flexible screens and breakthroughs in holograms will combine with gestural and haptic interfaces to enable unprecedented media experiences that stimulate all our senses.
Emerging technologies and rapidly accelerating human-machine partnerships are driving higher productivity and greater work-life harmony. Meanwhile, cities are becoming far more efficient, sustainable and livable.
In order to achieve this future, humans must lead with caution and overcome key barriers, such as data privacy, data siloes and algorithmic inequality.
The fact is, the future of connected living promises extraordinary things. Data, huge advances in processing power and software are all converging to create a new chapter in technology-led human progress.
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1. Source: 4,600 business leaders from companies with 250+ employees, across 40+ countries and 12 industries; Vanson Bourne and Dell Technologies, 2018
2. United Nations, 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, December 2018