Technology has become an integral part of every aspect of our lives. It’s so entrenched, it’s almost impossible to imagine life without it.
The ways we connect with our friends, interact with our homes, work, and play have all been seismically shifted as new technologies evolve, and take hold in our lives.
Though the pace of technological change has been phenomenal over the last few decades, there’s no sign of it slowing down.
Technology is defining so many of the changes to the way we live.
Here are the ways we think technology is going to redefine how we live, learn and work in the future.
Our homes will become more automated and will help to make our lives more efficient.
More of our devices will be connected to each other, performing simple tasks for us, such as switching on the kettle in the morning, and closing the blinds at night.
We will have automated systems that will give us feedback about how best to use resources such as energy and water, according to our rates of usage.
We will be able to conduct more services online, such as shopping, booking entertainment, and accessing information.
People will be able to connect and communicate more easily.
Family members living in disparate parts of the world will be able to remain in touch as internet access improves, and technology becomes more widespread.
People can use technology to keep themselves healthy, for example apps can help you with an exercise program, or remind you to take your medication.
Self-driving cars will be on our roads before long, improving safety, freeing up time spent previously driving, and creating benefits for the environment as more people opt for a shared driverless vehicle.
The way we learn will become more personalised.
Technology will make it easier to track each student’s progress, thereby creating opportunities to create individualised assessments and tests.
Students can also use technology themselves to have their say in how they will learn, and what they will learn about. Students will have a greater capability to learn on their own using technology.
However, while technology will be a driving force in education in the future, we don’t see it replacing inspiring teachers.
Technology is changing every aspect of business and how we work: from R&D, to operations, to delivery.
As communications improve, we will be able to work wherever we like.
The opportunities for working remotely or flexibly will increase.
Greater use of video conferencing will reduce the need for travel, and make meetings more efficient and productive.
It will also help to improve collaboration across geographically diverse offices.
Using big data in meaningful ways will be another key theme in the future.
We are creating massive flows of data every day, with some estimates saying that by 2020, every person will be creating 1.7 megabytes of new information every second.
This data can be used across every industry, and will be a powerful tool in helping businesses make better decisions.
Big data is also redefining how businesses come to understand their customers.
The point of new technologies is to make our lives better.
Innovators see a better way of doing things, and they set out to make that happen.
Technology has already brought huge improvements to our lives, and will continue to do so in the future.