The rate of technological change today is directly proportional to the computational power in use. As much as disruptive technology is unpredictable, it is still quite possible to have a hint of what the future holds in terms of technology. At Cisco Live, chief technologist and futurist for the Cisco IBSG, Dave Evans, stated some of the technological trends that could change the world. Outlined below are some of the trends that were stated.
It is predicted that within a short time, a third of all data will pass through, or live in the cloud. When connected to a device, it will be possible to give real-time information such as what a person is doing at the specific moment. For example, one person can tell that the other person is driving, meaning that it is not the appropriate time for them to video call the other party.
2. Advanced Additive Manufacturing
3D printing involves the process of integrating materials to create objects from the 3D model data. With this advanced technology, it will be possible for human beings to manufacture physical items such as food and clothes, among others.
In 2011, there was the creation of 1.2 zettabytes. One zettabyte is equivalent to 1024 exabytes. Therefore, the use of video internet data is increasing immensely over the years. However, this zettaflood will require advanced networks to facilitate effective functioning.
4. Normality of the Use of Nanobots in Medical Centers
The introduction of devices such as nanobots in hospitals can transform the medical sector as they will facilitate the treatment of many conditions, if not all.
5. Use of Advanced Interplanetary Network
Technologists predict that the internet speed present today could increase by 3 million times in the next ten years. With the use of an Interplanetary network, this will be possible as it allows the flow of data over wide distances without disturbance.
6. The Internet of Things
Today, the number of things connected to the Internet is more than the number connected to people. Therefore, Cisco predicts that in less than five years, the number of things connected to the Internet will amount to around 50 billion in total.
Having such a large number of things connected to the Internet means that it will be easier to carry out different activities.
7. Virtual Humans
Dave Evans predicts that in 2032, human beings will be mentally inferior to robots. After three years, the robots could completely take over the workforce. Thus, this will result in huge advancements in most sectors such as communication and health.
8. Proper Investment in Solar Energy
Researchers from Oregon State University discovered how to print solar cells through the use of an inkjet printer. The practice is stated to be relatively affordable, thus applicable to sustain the increasing population of human beings on earth.
9. Creation of Borg
It is predicted that there could be the creation of a powerful species that will be partly man and part machine. This will be a huge turning point for human beings.
10. A Smaller World
A smaller world will facilitate faster dissemination of information. In turn, events will be able to go from near time to real time, thus promoting the immediate influence of different cultures.