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The future of technology makes some of us excited, while it fills others with fear.
Whether you highly anticipate it with joy or strongly rebut it cringing, the future is nearly inevitable. But, at the end of the day, the choice remains yours.
You can either embrace the changes and use them to your advantage or reject and fight them. However, it's important to keep in mind that the way you choose to react will affect your professional and personal life.
In the following sections, we give you a glimpse of 24 predictions for what will occur in the near future of the new web of things over the next 5-20 years.
This article is inspired by the Internet Society
1. Augmented Reality
In the near future, augmented reality will be part of everyday life and business. We will be able to see data in the physical world, making it seem livelier. Experts predict the augmented reality market could be worth billions of dollars by 2024.
2. Worldwide Internet Access
Google is planning to spend billions of dollars on satellites that will offer internet access worldwide from space. By 2021, half of the global population will be able to use the new web of things. This represents nearly more than 3 billion users.
3. Colonization Of Mars
Elon Musk plans on launching the first manned mission to Mars in 2022. The mission, named Red Dragon, holds for main objective to terraform and colonize the red planet.
4. Interplanetary Internet
The International Space Station has been connected to the regular terrestrial Internet since January 22, 2010. In the next upcoming decade, we can expect to see the first interplanetary internet network which is going to be the speed of light.
5. Smart Homes
Homes of the future will be autonomous and capable to learn based on habits and behaviors of their residents. They will adapt and adjust to recommendations based on the lifestyle of the people who live in the house. All that information will be stored in the cloud.
6. Smart Cities
In 2018, more than half the planet’s population resides in cities. By 2050, over 60% of the world’s population will be living in smart cities. Smart cities possess fully integrated infrastructures, with autonomous vehicles, internet and communication systems, water services, and electrical power grids all connected and unified.
7. Internet Economy
Over the course of the past decade, we've seen the creation of several cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. In the near future, the internet currencies will highly increase in value decreasing the value of money as we know it today.
8. Mass Customization
Mass customization is a company's ability to mass produce products that meet specific individual consumer wants and needs. In the upcoming years, the new web of things will allow companies to know exactly what the user wants and needs utilizing user data from the cloud.
9. Digitalization Of Medicine
The future of medicine is quite promising. Augmented reality will allow people to have access to accurate medical information on their smart devices. Other groundbreaking technology will provide professionals with precise diagnoses.
10. Citizen Journalism
In the next 5 years, citizen journalism will have taken over controlled Media. Anyone who has access to a network and who can afford it will be able to report what is going on and share it online with their phone.
11. Seamless Connectivity
In the closed future, wires will be things of the past. We will experience seamless connectivity across devices allowing us faster and better internet access.
12. Digitalization Of Environments
In the next two decades, we will see entire environments being digitalized and computerized with lights and information.
13. Artificial Intelligence
Far from being a thing from science fiction anymore, artificial intelligence is now part of everyday life. When we surf online, the systems know what we like and make recommendations. In the future, the intelligence of the online systems will have highly increased.
14. Increasing Cyber Threats
The more important the internet economy will become, the more numerous will be the attempts at stealing information. In the upcoming years, cybercriminals will target cyberwallets and other valuable cyber data.
15. Digitalization Of Insurance
In the next 10-20 years, insurance will be totally computerized stealing jobs from insurance brokers and underwriters. People will be able to receive and ask information in real time on their devices.
16. Invisible Computer Chips
Computer power doubles approximately every 18 months. The more powerful it gets, the smaller the computer chip gets. In about 20 years, the computer chip will be so fast, cheap and small that it will be everywhere. We won't even be able to see them with the naked eye.
17. Affordable Internet Glasses
The future of smart glasses will be affordable and user-friendly. In fact, Google and Apple are planning on releasing consumer products no later than in a couple of years.
18. New Media Networks
As computer power doubles every year and a half, internet expands accordingly. In the near future, we can expect to see new social networks make their appearance to the mainstream.
19. Digitalization Of Money
The value of paper money is slowly decreasing. Within the next 20 years, no more money will be printed. All money will soon be computerized on cards and chips.
20. Digitalization Of Emotions
In the next coming decades, EEGs or electroencephalograms will be so advanced, they will be capable of capturing and digitalizing human emotions to a precision never known before.
21. Digitalization Of Law
The future of law will be digitalized. Paralegals will be replaced by very knowledgeable expert systems capable to provide real-time legal advice and information on smart devices.
22. Smart Contact Lenses
If smart glasses are not your thing, well, you are in luck because in 10-20 years or so, smart contact lenses will no longer science fiction. We will be able to see and read encoded data about people and places.
23. Cloud Market Consolidation
The cloud is yet just another word for the internet, the new web of things or big data. Well, in the next few years, we will experience the consolidation of the cloud market where every platform and device will be connected and unified.