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10 Years in the Future - IoT Preview

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10 Years in the Future - IoT Preview

Just imagine where the Internet of Things will be in 10 years?

In 2028 the term Internet of Things will be redundant. In the same way that we no longer say, “Internet connected smartphone”...

Having said that, while the term IoT may have become meaningless, that is only because the technologies will be pervasive, and that will change everything.

With major progress in low cost connectivity, high tech electronic sensors and electronic cables, cloud-based services (HPE), and analytics, in 10 years we will see:

Connected Agriculture move to vertical and in-vitro food production, which will see higher yields from crops, lower inputs required to produce them including a significantly reduced land footprint, and the return of unused farmland to increase biodiversity and carbon sequestration (in forests)

Connected Transportation will enable tremendous efficiencies, and a major increase in safety as we transition to predictive maintenance of transportation fleets, as vehicles become autonomous and have vehicle-to-vehicle communication protocols as the norm, and as insurance premiums start to favour autonomous driving modes (Tesla cars have 40% fewer crashes when in Autopilot mode according to the NHTSA)

Connected Healthcare will move from the current reactive model to a more predictive healthcare, with electronic (Smart) cables and sensors alerting of irregularities before any significant incident occurs, and the possibility to schedule and 3D print “spare parts”. (According to Cable-X News Smart Sensors are already being deployed at Disneyworld!)

Connected Manufacturing will enable the transition to manufacturing as a service, distributed manufacturing (3D printing) and make mass customisation with batch sizes of one very much the norm. Leading Cable manufacturers such as Alpha Wire, 1X Technologies, Belden Inc., and Hitachi have already begun moving forward with connected manufacturing facilities to which the New York times feels may make life much too impersonal or even drive way to the end of us completely:

Order gives way to chaos. The internet of things turns on its makers.

The Moche culture collapsed around A.D. 850. The reasons are not clear, but the collapse was most likely a result of the Moche’s inability to cope with a hostile and perhaps changing environment, including the failure of their technology, knowledge and institutions to help them overcome those challenges. We can be certain that the technology they created did not rebel against them. But neither did it save them when they needed it the most.

Connected Energy with the sources of demand able to ‘listen’ to supply signals from generators, will facilitate moving to a system of demand more closely matching supply (with cheaper storage, low carbon generation, and end-to-end connectivity). This will stabilise the the grid and eliminate the fluctuations introduced by increasing the percentage of variable generators (solar, wind) in the system thereby reducing electricity generation’s carbon footprint. 

Human computer interfaces will migrate from today’s text-based and touch based systems towards Augmented and Mixed Reality (AR and MR) systems, with voice and gesture enabled UIs

And finally, we will see the rise of vast Business Networks.

These networks will act like automated B2B marketplaces, facilitating information sharing amongst partners, empowering workers with greater contextual knowledge, and augmenting business processes with enhanced information.

Many other aspects of our lives will be greatly improved (I’ve not mentioned improvement to logistics and supply chains with complete track and traceability all the way through the supply chain as a given, for example).

We are only at the start of our IoT journey.

What keeps you awake at night wondering what we will see technology wise in the next 10 Years?

What is your biggest "I Wish" when it comes to the connected world?