21 technology tipping points we will reach by 2030
From driverless cars to robotic workers, the future is going to be here before you know it.
Many emerging technologies you hear about today will reach a tipping point by 2025, according to a report from The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society.
The council surveyed more than 800 executives and experts from the technology sector to share their respective timelines for when technologies would become mainstream.
From the survey results, the council identified 21 defining moments, all of which they predict will occur by 2030.
Here’s a look at the technological shifts you can expect during the next 14 years.
90% of the population will have unlimited and free data storage by 2018.
Deleting files to make room for files is going to become a thing of the past. In less than three years, about 90% of people will have unlimited and free data storage that will ultimately be ad-supported, according to the report.
We are already seeing some companies offer cheap or completely free service. For example, Google Photos already offers unlimited storage for photos and Amazon will let you store an unlimited amount of whatever you want for just $60 a year.
A big reason companies can do this is because hard drive cost per gigabyte continues to fall. This has spurred more data to be created than ever before. According to the report, it's estimated about 90% of all data has been created in just the last two years.
Still, there are signs this may not be the case. Microsoft recently killed its plan that offered unlimited storage on its cloud service OneDrive.
The first robotic pharmacist will arrive in the US 2021.
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Robots already have a big presence in the manufacturing industry, but as they become more advanced we will see them enter new service-oriented jobs.
In fact, respondents predict that by 2021, we will even have the first robot pharmacist in the US.
1 trillion sensors will be connected to the internet by 2022.
As the cost of sensors continues to decline and computing power increases, all kinds of devices will increasingly become connected to the internet. From the clothes you wear to the ground you walk on, everything will come online.
According to the report, it's predicted 1 trillion sensors will be connected as early as 2022. “Every (physical) product could be connected to ubiquitous communication infrastructure, and sensors everywhere will allow people to fully perceive their environment.”