Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Do you want to be ready for the future? This list of upcoming future events will help you.
Original author and publication date: Charles McLellan – October 7, 2019
Summary: How will the interaction between technology, governments, business and society play out over the next ten years? Here’s a few predictions.
CCS Insight unveiled a set of predictions for 2020 and beyond at its annual future-gazing event in London on Thursday 3 October. With the turn of the decade approaching, the tech analyst firm’s timeframe was longer than usual, stretching to 2030.
A total of 90 predictions were released (10 fewer than last year), ranging from the properly futuristic (‘By 2030, there is a permanent communication station on the Moon’) to the very specific (‘Samsung launches Galaxy Glasses in 2022’).
By 2021, algorithmic and anti-bias data auditors emerge to tackle “pale, male and stale” artificial intelligence
By 2023, psychometric testing of software developers becomes commonplace
By 2021, Amazon buys 5G mobile spectrum for its own use in at least one market
By 2021, a Premier League football club launches a facial recognition ticketing system
2020 and the decade ahead
In the most forward-looking keynote — ‘2020 and the decade ahead’ — CCS Insight’s VP of forecasting Marina Koytcheva covered a wide range of topics: the shift of economic power to emerging markets; the growth, age structure and purchasing power of the world’s population; and the emergence of 5G, extended reality (XR) and artificial intelligence, which will enable smart cities, factories and homes — not to mention the ‘surveillance state’.
Environmental issues will come to the fore, Koytcheva said, leading to changes in the behaviour of individuals and businesses (witness prediction 8 above, concerning VR and business travel).
Mobile phone manufacturers will have to become more proactive about handset recycling, she said, so that environmentally conscious users “don’t find yet another reason to hold onto their phones”. Koytcheva also noted that, because 5G base stations are significantly more power-hungry than 4G ones, mobile operators will have to get greener. As a result, CCS Insights predicts that a European network operator will adopt an environment-friendly approach to powering its infrastructure by 2021.