From now on, the world will experience unprecedented change, with growth being the common element. In cyberspace, growth means more people, more machines (physical devices like laptops, servers and routers, plus software like virtual machines (VMs), mobile apps, containers, algorithms and APIs), more connectivity and much more data.
In the next decade we’re going to see an intelligent cloud with all of the world’s data moving through it or being stored in it. No longer will the Internet just be limited to laptops or smartphones. Increasingly, it will connect previously unconnected machines.
With over 90% of the world’s population (roughly 7.5 billion) expected online by that time, over 125 billion machines will be connected to it. That means homes, appliances, clothes, and for some people, even their bodies. Cyborgs — beings with both organic and biomechatronic body parts — won’t be fictional concepts saved for the movies. They’ll be real and standard in our everyday lives.
We’ll see people getting around in autonomous cars that they’ll call on from a pool, rather than own and drive. Medical devices will diagnose illnesses, prescribe medications and provide remote surgery procedures and real-time updates to hospitals. We’ll all be transacting via crypto currencies and using the blockchain technology. We’ll also be using nanotechnology, biotechnology, quantum computing, and having multi-device and multi-sensory experiences through augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). And artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, bots, drones and robotics will replace many of the jobs that we do today.
Machines won’t just be collecting, processing, and transmitting data. They’ll go further. Rather than making recommendations, they’ll be interacting with one another — visualising entire production and supply chain cycles and following through on the actions they decide to take.
Machines will rule our lives and we’ll become totally dependent on them.