By Gary Marcus Maidment

Predicting the future of technology is a tricky business, often coming with a high margin of error that can result in missed opportunities, misguided investments, and a failure to anticipate and pivot to nascent tech trends.

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We can even see cracks in 2010’s more recent crystal ball, with overly bullish forecasts on the prominence of tech like 3D TVs, crypto, AR, and smart glasses, all of which are yet to live up to the hype.  

On the flip side, robust forecasts can identify new opportunities for businesses, guide investment and the development of products and solutions, help shape whole industries, and – as technology should – make life better.

In our Intelligent World 2030 report, we look at how how ICT can solve critical challenges facing society today, explore the technologies that will open up opportunities for people and business, and give our take on what needs to happen to get there. The report is the result of three years of research spanning 2,000 workshops and the contribution of more than 1,000 internal and external experts, customers, and partners. We deep dive into eight key domains of work and life, each of which results in “eight outlooks” of how each domain will shape up. On the ICT industry side, Intelligent World 2030 explores the tech and applications that will redefine telecommunications networks, computing, digital power, and the intelligent automotive industry.

We believe that life will be better as we open the door to the next decade – so, join us on the journey! In this series of blog posts, we’ll cover the eight outlooks, starting here with an introduction to some of the key tech and trends that we’ll explore in future posts.

Eight Outlooks

1. Healthcare

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2. Food

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3. Living Areas

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4. Transportation

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5. Cities

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6. Enterprises

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7. Energy

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8. Digital Trust

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Each of these categories describe aspects of life that are central to how we live and work. Each also has major challenges, some of which appear insurmountable from our present vantage point. However, we predict that smart technologies can play a central role in overcoming many of them, creating a foundation for a more sustainable and inclusive world with more opportunities for individuals and enterprises.

In the next post on November 11, we will delve into the world of health and expand on how the technologies mentioned in this post will be developed and applied in the real world – and what that means for you.

In the meantime, check out our connected healthcare solutions and, of course, download the full Intelligent World 2030 report.