How Can Futuristic Technologies Change the World?
Amongst all the talk of new smartphones, operating systems and wearable devices moving towards the end of 2014, there are a number of more outlandish, forward-thinking predictions being made regarding how mobility and other futuristic technologies will have a large impact on our lives in the coming years.
Active mobile devices now outnumber people on Earth (around 7.22 billion devices compared to 7.2 billion humans). It is mind-blowing to think of the trajectory of growth for the two separate subjects in proportion to one another - think 0 to 7 billion in around 30 years.
In many nations people are easily surpassed by mobile devices and plans (the United States, Brazil and Russia being prominent examples), but even in some of the poorest countries in the world, there can be figures of up to 84.9 subscriptions to every 100 people. The United Nations have even previously reported that more people in the world have access to cell phones than to working toilets.
Beyond this, currently accounting for approximately 3% of all worldwide mobile connections, M2M is projected to become a global industry worth up to around $950 billion by 2020, consisting of around 12.5 billion devices worldwide. This kind of technology will change the world forever, introducing futuristic conveniences and improvements in human productivity related to all aspects of daily life.
There will be175 million M2M connections in the manufacturing and supply chain industry by 2020. In addition to this, 3D printing is being positioned by many organisations as the industrial revolution of the 21st century, and will change the way manufacturing and retail (manufacturers will be able to eliminate the need for retailers of certain products) and healthcare (prosthetic limbs will be able to be mass-produced at a low cost) operate forever.
Also by 2020, Volvo plans to introduce a 'crash-proof' car that will use computer imaging and video technology to detect dangerous obstacles in the road and avoid them (a projection has been made that in 2016 there will be approximately 210 million connected car systems worldwide.)
This, along with other innovative autonomous capabilities being introduced to driving by companies like Apple and Google, could eventually eliminate the need for human drivers altogether. This would result in around $500 million savings in crashes and save up to 30,000 lives annually in the US alone.
It has also been predicted that, due to radical advancements in healthcare technologies and mHealth, in less than 20 years, medical diagnosis will be entirely carried out by artificial intelligence. This will involve connected devices and the internet of things, for example pills that emit a diagnosis to a device after being swallowed.
When you take all of these into consideration, some perhaps admittedly with a pinch of salt, and think about upcoming lifestyle adjustments such as the complete elimination of cash in favour of electronic and mobile payments, and Google enabling mobile devices to act as instant language translating tools, revolutionising the way people communicate all over the planet, the world is set to change into a very different place.