What will tech look like in 2030?
The technology industry has seen huge growth, innovation and expansion over the past decade, but where will it be in the next?
Here at Porrima, we have compiled three of the most talked about topics in tech right now. Read on to see what people are currently saying about these topics and what industry leaders are predicting the future will look like in 2030.
The future of energy
Climate change has been on the minds of many for some time now, but with the UN Climate Summit, COP26, it was brought to the forefront of people’s attention. At the centre of the COP26 discussions was the mission of decarbonising the economy. While this will engender untold benefits for the environment, it is going to require a lot of innovation within the energy sector.
Dr James Dixon, the author of a report by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said that one priority will be making homes more energy efficient.
In line with this, the UK government recently announced incentives to householders to replace gas boilers with more environmentally friendly heat pumps. However, environmental campaigners have said far too little will be spent on the scheme which could halter its success.
When looking at the plans for eco-friendly energy solutions henceforth, many centre around hydrogen. This is undoubtedly where the focus for energy innovation will be over the next few years. While these technologies are being developed, fossil fuels will still be needed. Nevertheless, this represents an exciting period for the industry.
There has been a lot of talk recently about Mark Zuckerberg’s new venture: the Metaverse. If his plans unravel in the way he wishes, by 2031 we will all be living, and working, in the Metaverse.
The concept of this is a series of virtual worlds in which you integrate your real, physical life with that of the most innovative virtual reality technology. For example, in this hybrid world you will be able to travel, attend your real work, attend real sports games and meet up with your friends (who will appear as avatars).
Facebook, now named Meta, have announced that they are creating 10,000 new jobs in the EU to develop and build the Metaverse.
Emma Ridderstad, who works for Warpin, said, “You will be able to do your shopping, you will be able to meet your friends, you will be able to work remotely with whomever you want, you will be able to share digital spaces, share music, share art. You will also be able to integrate the digital objects in your physical world, making the world much more digital than it is today.”
There are however concerns about encouraging people to become so immersed in the digital world, and with Zuckerberg’s other company, Facebook, currently being associated with trends in teenage mental health issues, some are hesitant about this new concept.
Where next for AI?
Over the last decade there have been great strides made in the tech sector as a whole, but particularly within the field of artificial intelligence. With computers learning how to drive, instantly translate between languages and defeat the best human players at games, the capabilities of what AI can do now are astounding.
What is arguably more astounding is that we have not nearly reached the limits of this technology. Azeem Azhar, the author of Exponential, describes in his book the ways in which AI technology is, and will continue to, transform the economy and society at an alarming rate.
While this is a daunting concept and one which many have expressed concern, particularly when it comes to human job losses, he says one thing we have learned on this journey so far is that these robots will not replace human jobs.
“The more AI you had, the more employees you brought on board, whether you were a grocery delivery business, or an online bookstore. The ones with more AI hired more people because they became more competitive.”
Azhar has also spoken about other ways he sees AI reaching into our lives, such as helping banks make better decisions about loans, or searching for materials which will help reduce carbon emissions. However, while AI promises great improvements to our daily lives, it does not come without its potential faults.
Computer algorithm biases could see jobs or insurance cover being denied to minority groups, and there are already warnings about putting facial recognition into military drones as this could end in autonomous killing machines.
Perhaps we will return to these predictions in 2030 from the Metaverse and see where technology is then?
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