The world of technologies is rapidly changing and developing, and now forecasting the future tech trends and technologies has become a job title (for example, read about David Shing, who works at AOL as Digital Prophet). Nowadays one of the main predictions is that humanity will change more in the next 20 years than it has in all of human history. But let’s talk first about the next five years and the perspectives that are waiting for us.
Property rights will be revised.
Think about the things of your everyday use – smartphones, computers, cars, your desks and so on. You own most of these things. But in future this could be changed and you may share most of these common things with others.
Right now we can see a huge rise in the “Sharing Economy”; not only you can you stay in someone’s apartment via Airbnb, but you can also ride in someone else’s car via CityBee (for example, in Lithuania), or go snowboarding with someone else’s board via Spinlister and so on.
And that’s only the first step. Such tech giants, as Google, Apple, and Uber are developing car technology, so it’s possible that in five years you will drive to the office in a car you ordered over a app on your smartphone that morning, and you can choose a different car, make or model, every single day.
The share economy is quite effective as it enables resources to be available 24/7. And because everything will be adapted to your needs and preferences, you will be able have the feeling that you’re using your own things.
“Mind Power” and Artificial Intelligence.
In the past we used keyboards to manage our devices. Later speech recognition technology came along and now it has improved to the point where we don’t even have to touch anything, rather we just have to say – “Ok, Google”, or “Hey, Siri”.
The next step is mind-controlled technology. Scientists have already developed prosthetics that can be operated by the brain. In the future such brain-computer interfaces can become universal.
The most promising players on this market are Emotiv, a bioinformatics company using EEG technology for developing brain-computer interfaces, and BrainGate, a research group that created a wireless transmitter for paralyzed patients.
Connected and simplified.
Right now many people are excited about the perspectives of Internet of Things (IoT). Everything is becoming connected and communicating between each other. At the same time this means that we will be measuring, tracking, and analyzing even more data than we do now.
So in 5-10 years, when this technology will become widespread, we will need to simplify the ecosystem of IoT. Rather than checking if our kitchen has everything we need for cooking, like oil, salt and pepper, to see if the dishwasher is ready to be loaded and if the washing machine has dried the shirts. Your smart kitchen can even ask you: “Is everything OK” and you can say “Yes” or “No, there is no sugar in the cupboard”. This eliminates the need for tracking so many things, and will make life easier for us humans. As a result, our devices will rely on our feedback just as much as analyzed data.
Due to the Internet, the ability to travel cheap, social and communication apps, we already live in the globalized world. But adapting each region to global trends might not be so easy in the future.
But still everything could become “glocal” – a localization version of a global trend. As an example we can check how Uber works in India. Indian consumers tend to care more about getting to the destination for a good price rather than to ride in a premium car, Uber launched a rickshaw-on-demand service in Delhi. And one more thing, the Delhi users can pay for the rides in cash.
Other companies also need to follow this trend if they want to become global and successful in different world regions.
Virtual Reality is Real.
If you read the tech news, then you should know that Facebook bought Oculus VR in March for 2014 for $2 bln. Mark Zuckerberg is known for his good feel of future trends, remembering what happened with Instagram and WhatsApp after they were acquired by Facebook (400 mln and 900 mln users are using these social apps accordingly).
So we expect virtual reality will become more and more popular, but it will surly change in 5 years. Rather than being an alternate reality, it’ll be incorporated into the existing reality. We’ll see less and less huge googles and helmets that will close you off from the external world. But we’ll notice more and more technology that put you in a 3D VR environment with a broad view of the surrounding environment. Today there are initiatives to develop a low-cost technology that’s far less isolating.
By 2020 VR technology could be integrated into many areas of our life, from entertainment and education, to work and science.