The Enabling Technological Trends Towards 2025
The subject of analysis of this discussion is the implications that new technological trends will have on the world by 2025.
The Implementation of IT Architectures
By 2025, quantum computing will have passed its embryonic stage and a first generation of computing devices will be able to effectively address real-world problems.
One of the main applications of this new type of device will be the simulation of complex chemical reactions, a powerful tool that opens new avenues in drug development.
Currently, the development of pharmaceuticals and high-performance materials relies to a large extent on trial and error, which means that it is an iterative, time-consuming and particularly expensive process.
The implementation of quantum computing could therefore be able, in a short time, to solve these problems and envisage a pro-active rather than re-active production process.
The Molecular Design
We have entered the synthetic era. All over the world, by now, there is the presence of scientists capable of designing or redesigning organisms at the molecular level to adapt them to new purposes.
The biologists synthetics are working, for example, the development of new vegetable protein to replace animal meat as well as new enzymes capable of destroying the plastic.
Industry professionals argue that by 2025 these technologies will lead to major advances in the production of vaccines and medical treatments.
Just as soon, foods obtained with synthetic techniques will become mainstream: in some grocery stores it is already possible to find meat produced from plants.
Since 2018, over 100 synthetic biology startups have raised $ 3.8 billion in funding: according to many scholars, this is one of the most realistic ways to raise the quality standards of human life and solve the great problems of our planet.
Each sector will be potentially influenced by these technologies, which obviously also open up great ethical problems and risks.
Over the years, technological development aimed at the robotization of various commercial functions has revolutionized many industrial sectors, while it has left sectors such as food retailing unchanged.
With the use of a new robotic application called “ microfulfillment ”, food retailing will never look the same again.
This technology brings several benefits to the consumer / customer, such as a wider range of choice and above all a quicker and cheaper access to products.
By 2025, hundreds of thousands of companies are expected to embrace these sales methods; in fact, microfulfillment would guarantee an increase in productivity from 5% to 10%.
Optimized Production for the Use of Artificial Intelligence
The use of paper and the use of pencils, as well as the opaque global supply chains that inevitably involve a huge waste of energy, materials and time, are part of the modern status.
The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the contextual blocks to national and international movements, to avoid the spread of the virus, has led companies in different sectors to adopt cloud- based technologies more quickly to aggregate, transform and simultaneously present product and process data of production lines across all their supply chains.
By 2025, this data flow and the intelligent algorithms connected to it will enable quantitatively higher levels and superior product quality, reducing overall waste in production by up to 50%.
The World in 2050: Future Technology
Artificial Intelligence as-a-service
The technological scenario of recent years led us to think that it was enough to collect large amounts of data and then analyze them.
Today we know that this is no longer the case, in fact, to realize it just open the Google Analytics panel of a small blog: the availability of such a quantity of data makes it difficult, if not impossible, to read the story that the data itself tells, preventing therefore to be able to draw strategic decisions from them.
However, the situation could soon change. By 2025 the birth of companies and services is expected which, through the creation of dedicated tools, will provide the user with the possibility of exploiting big data in a strategic way.
The model is simple: these companies will provide advanced artificial intelligences that can read and analyze large amounts of data to draw conclusions. Even big players like Microsoft, IBM, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are working on technologies of this type.
Amazon, for example, is building AWS For Everyone, a no-code platform designed to allow even small companies to build applications, without having the necessary programming language skills or including developers in their corporate structure.
Doing so will expand the possibility of collecting, managing and analyzing large amounts of data through software that exploit AI.
The data that we produce daily through the use of any app are analyzed and structured to give us a score.
Our social media posts can reveal details about our personality or credit card transactions can help banks assess our creditworthiness.
All these data are managed by automated systems that are able to suggest or make decisions precisely through scoring technology. Scoring marks an absolute novelty in human history.
Some companies are already experimenting with these technologies for their business and especially to increase corporate profits.
Researchers have noticed differences in the prices of the same product depending on the user who makes the purchase on Walmart.com : for example, for some anonymous users, a pack of pens was offered for $ 4.15, while for other users who had made the purchase. access and which Walmart then had data about was listed at $ 9.69.
The point is this: an algorithm assigns a score to customers based on the possible profits it can generate and displays different prices based on the score.
But even these technologies can have questionable uses: some countries, such as China, use them to score their citizens.