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The New Age of Minds & Machines

Where will we be by 2025?

18Feb

A decade ago, if you'd asked someone what they thought 2025 would look like, it's possible that some would have envisioned a world where robots were taking their jobs and leading their country. Although we're ten-years off 2025, the chance of this happening seems relatively remote, and although we've seen Google and other technology super-giants manufacture their own robots, their use will be used to compliment society, not endanger it.

The acceleration of change will only increase leading up to 2025 - which means that all the changes we've seen over the last 10 years, in the automative industry and healthcare to name only two, will be dwarfed but the upcoming decade's developments.

2005 was a breakthrough year for mobile phones, they had transitioned from simple voice devices to being able to display small snippets of TV programmes. Contrast that to now, we've got iPhones that have retina readers and with only 10 years between these two products, who knows what will be in-store for us in 2025.

Connectivity between devices will be taken for granted by 2025 - The Internet of Things (IoT) will be an inescapable part of our lives, with new technologies being the platform from which hyper-connectivity can function. Buying into this early on could be the key to organisations becoming front-runners in this space, so it'll be important that products are designed with this interconnectivity in mind. Not just something for traditional technology companies to worry about, cars, appliances and homes will be integral to the IoT.

The rise of data analytics has been met with varying opinion, but its use is quickly becoming widespread by major companies. Our perception of privacy will probably decrease over the next decade as we get more used to having our data recorded. This will mean that those who shy away from certain online activities won't be able to as it would prohibit them from functioning correctly in society. For organisations, the use of data will not be viewed as controversial by 2025, coinciding with an environment where we're at the peril of ultra-personal advertising and product placement.

Efficiency, not only in regards to technology, will have increased by 2025. There will be safer drugs to battle diseases such as cancer and diabetes, as well as the introduction of DNA maps to manage risks from an early age. This will mean that people live longer, perhaps leading to longer working lives, all of which will change the landscape of human resources and how companies deal with their employees.

Sustainable companies, which in the past had put emphasis on green strategies, will emerge with better brands and increased loyalty. Considerable progress is likely to be made in regard to food shortages, and biodegradable products, which will put those who prioritised sustainable strategies in 2015 at a real advantage by 2025. This is yet another reason to strategically think green for companies.

Much will happen over the next ten-years, terminal illnesses could be curable, so could many of the environmental factors that we've told will doom the world by the time our children's children have grown up. Organisations will find that they're central to this, and will be central to the developments that arise.  

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