What to expect in the next 5 years.

Since years, BT has done some nice technology predictions.
Here is what we can expect in the next 5 years (note some items have links pointing to the actual product existing):

  1. Artificial Intelligence & Artificial Life
    • Emotionally Responsive Toys (2006)
    • Medicine delivered in fruit (2008)
    • AI entity passes secondary education grade (2010)
    • Addiction to on-line games seen as a national problem (2008-2012)
    • Virus aimed at toys released (2006-2010)
    • AI Chatbots indistinguishable from people First arcitifial Electronic life (2006-2010)
    • First species brought back from extinction (2006-2010)
    • Domestic appliances with personality (2006-2010)
    • Toys with built in tracking technology (2008-2012)
    • Mood-sensitive home décor (2008-2012)
    • Location devices implated into pets (2008-2012)
    • First divorce due to virtual affair with computer game character (2008-2012)
    • First bacterium assembled from scratch (2008-2012)
  2. Biotech
    • Video tattoos (2008)
    • Blood analysis chips (2006-2010)
    • Instant electronic identification of pathogens (2008 – 2012)
    • Tooth regeneration (2011)
    • Hospitals use virtual queuing system (2008-2012)
    • Anti-bacterial coating on domestic appliances, phones,…(2008-2012)
    • Rich world badly infected by third world disease (2008-2012)
    • Diabetes cure via stem cell research (2008-2012)
    • Hotels offer some hospital services (2008-2012)
  3. Business & Education
    • Personalized advertising on TV (2008)
    • Lifestyle brands dominate (2006-2010)
    • Human free companies (2008-2012)
    • All government services delivered Electronically (2008-2012)
    • “Made in China” seen as a sign of status (2008-2012)
    • Mass internet blockade of business, brand, country (2008-2012)
    • Inter-business financial transactions all electronic (2008-2012)
  4. Demographics
    • 50% of the world population has internet access (2012)
  5. Environment
    • Insect-like robots used for crop pollination (2011)
    • Complete list op 1.5 million known species available on the web (2006-2010)
    • Effective prediction of most natural disasters (2008-2012) –>Wind prediction
    • Killer bug resistent to all known antibiotics (2008-2012)
    • nuclear power generally accepted by green groups (2008-2012)
  6. Home and Office infrastructure
    • Most homes have wireless networks (2006-2010)
    • Electronic notebook with contrast as good as paper (2008-2012)
    • Virtual Windows (2008)
    • Mood sensitive light bulbs (2008-2012)
    • Nanotechnology toys (2012)
    • Domestic positioning systems (2008-2012)
    • Most homes use webcams for communication (2008-2012)
  7. Life & Leisure in cyberspace
    • Avatar cosmetic surgery (2006-2010)
    • 1 billion internet users (2006-2010)
    • Automatic video capture of personal events (2006-2010)
    • People have cyberspace wardrobe (2008-2012)
    • Frequent use of multiple net identities cause personality disorders (2008-2012)
    • Kitchen rage caused by electronic gadgets(2011)
  8. Machine I/O
      Smelly TV (2006)

    • e-ink advertizements and billboards (2006-2010)
    • Simple voice command for home appliances (2006-2010)
    • Holographic animated advertisements (2008)
    • Full voice interactive PC (2010)
    • Displays with image quality comparable to paper (2008-2012)
    • Voice Synthesis comparable to human voice (2008-2012)
    • Data loss due to format changes becomes major business problem (2008-2012)
  9. Materials & electronic devices (Processing, memory & storage)
    • Supercomputer as fast as a human brain (2006)
    • Chemical lab on a chip (2006-2010)
    • Simple quantum computing (2008-2012)
    • 100GB Memorystick (2008-2012)
    • Smart skin for direct human repair (2008)
    • DNS Storage device (2011)
    • Desktop computer as fast as human brain (2012)
  10. Robotics
    • Totally automated factory (2006)
    • Robots in hospitals (for cleaning, washing,…) (2008)
    • Insect-like robots used in warfare (2008-2012)
    • Robot gardeners (2010)
    • Robots guide blind people (2012)
  11. Shopping & Money
    • No more movies sold in VHS format (2006)
    • VR Shopping booth (2008)
  12. Security, Military & law
    • Major terrorist attack on company or country via the internet (2006-2010)
    • War fought over water supply (2006-2010)
    • Biometric home access (2006-2010)
    • Autonomous weapon authorised to fire at own discretion (2008-2012)
    • War for water (2008-2012)
    • Weapons use buimetric authentication of user (2008-2012)
    • Communications network severely disrupted by hackers (2008-2012)
  13. Telecommunications
    • 100MBit/s wireless speed in home/office (2006-2010)
    • HDTV over broadband (2008)
    • 60% of internet accessed from mobile devices (2008-2012)
  14. Transport & travel
    • Polution-monitor chips built into cars (2006)
    • Cars with automatic steering (2008)
    • Automatically controlled speed (2010)
  15. Wearable technology
    • Flexible screens (2006-2010)
    • TV Quality video screens build into clothes (2008-2012)

[See also: BT Technology Timeline]

3 Responses to “What to expect in the next 5 years.”.

  1. The opening statements reads as follows “Since years, BT has” BT? DT?

  2. Ow, sorry… BT as in British Telecom.

  3. It’s a little creepy to see that more than a few are actually in existence. The most disconcerting is the fact that human interaction (at work places)will be next to nothing.

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