Experts in the field of forecasting the future of civilization seriously assume that the world is on the verge of another technological revolution. Having entered the information era, humanity is preparing to take a new step in the development of digital technologies. The expected breakthrough in information technology could radically change the social structure of the planet.
On the verge of a technological revolution
History shows that it took electricity three decades to reach a significant number of consumers, and the telephone changed the communications landscape in two decades. But the tablet computer became widespread in just four years. Research suggests that technological innovations will be introduced even faster in the future.
The technological revolution, associated with a breakthrough in the field of information technology, can take on the size of a tornado, sweeping away what is hindering development in its path.
The overwhelming majority of the world's inhabitants today use the Internet, which became firmly established in life only fifteen years ago. New means of communication have transformed not only everyday life, but also the activities of industrial companies. The development of e-commerce and electronic payment systems has made it possible to largely transfer the world economy into a global network. Forecasts show that in the next few years, the economy will be mainly focused on information technology.
Digital technologies have allowed the creation of thousands of automated production facilities in which industrial robots are widely used. These smart machines today can be found not only on assembly lines, but also in social institutions. For example, in some hospitals in Japan today, robotic nurses help staff to care for patients. In the near future, the number of such smart devices used in everyday life and in the social sphere will increase several times.
Information technology will change the world
Not so long ago, the world spread the news about the first pistol, assembled from parts made on a 3D printer. Printing bulky items according to a given program is another "swallow" that heralds a revolution in the field of information and industrial technologies. Every day there are reports of new possibilities for 3D printing. In the near future, such devices may appear in every home, which will make it possible to transfer a significant part of industrial production to a kind of "micro level".
Experts say that in a few years, even the most modern "tablet computers" will become part of history. Everyone will be able to carry miniature devices directly on themselves. There was even a name for such gadgets - "bodyinet", in other words, wearable internet. It is assumed that the processor with RAM can be placed in a pocket, and ordinary glasses can be used as a display.
The computer is already able to recognize spoken speech, so it will be quite possible to give commands to devices wearable on the body by voice. But not far off is the realization of the ability to transmit commands … mentally.
The changes will also affect the work with data. The information industry is moving towards creating large repositories of information, where a wide variety of data is entered. In the future, the developers plan to take into account and digitize everything: from the activity of individual Internet users to the operating mode of household appliances. Soon, not a single piece of information will be lost without a trace. Of course, marketers were the first to appreciate this idea. Such databases make it possible to study the individual habits of consumers and influence their behavior.