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Internet To Be The Pivot For Tech Innovation

Looking back at the evolution of technology over a century, the Internet has been the biggest game changer and catalyst in our evolution

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Who would have thought self-driving vehicles would be a reality? A concept many were first exposed to through “Total Recall” in 1990 is a reality today. Circa today, the hyper growth in digitization and futuristic solutions that you see in dystopian shows like “Black Mirror” or “Pure Genius” could well be what we’ll experience in the many years to come.

So, what’s really headed our way?
Tech funding: The future, I believe, belongs to investors who are sovereign in nature — such as Japanese investment giant Softbank or NITI Aayog, the premier policy think tank of the Indian government, providing both directional and policy counsel. They will give technology the wings needed to make it fly, whether it is to endorse Internet access as a fundamental right of a citizen or invest in ideas that make ‘Internet of everything’ a reality, just like IoT is today, in cities—dust particles could perhaps become sensors, in oil rich countries — sand will work as sensors, in cities surrounded by seas — salt can be used as sensors.

Right to internet access / right to access data: I foresee a future in which the internet will no longer be a luxury. It will be a necessity for survival, like food, education. In order to access one, you need the other. In the next 15-20 years, we can expect access to technology — essentially access to information becoming a fundamental right for everyone globally. Look at the Aadhaar-enabled right to information.

The unhackable quantum internet:  Internet security has continued to be one of the foremost concerns and will continue to be. However, there is good news. It appears ‘unhackable internet’ will soon be the norm. One simplistic definition of Quantum Internet or QI is that it uses quantum signals instead of radio waves to send information. Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) will give birth to the unhackable internet.

Genetics becoming pervasive: Healthcare will be heavily affected by technology. Body sensors or skin sensors will act as a second skin. Medical conditions that are impossible to treat today will be treatable. In the future, virus threats like Ebola or swine flu will be detected using AI-powered diagnostic tools. Body sensors and nanobots will help the brain to fix neurological issues automatically, and combat diseases better than current medical technology. Nanogenetics will dawn the era of “designer dosage and ingestible robots” suited for a particular patient’s genes and will be a turning point for healthcare. For Information technology, what this will mean is that we will have DNA-inspired technology for widespread nanotech!

Artificial diamond batteries and carbon-breathing batteries: With the increasing use of devices and the dawn of autonomous vehicles, there will be a huge pressure on battery technology that will go way beyond lithium-Ion technology. We will need a source of power that is immutable and we will have to turn to volcanic mining and eventually to use radioactivity from artificial diamonds as a source of energy. Imagine if batteries could breathe the carbon dioxide that human beings exhale and use that to power themselves! More power to these technologies!

There is no limit to our imagination and we haven’t even scratched the surface. What we imagine today, will become a reality tomorrow. Looking back at the evolution of technology over a century, the Internet has been the biggest game changer and catalyst in our evolution. It will continue to be the driving force for innovations in futuristic technology and in evolving the human race.

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Mitesh Aggarwal

The author is Vice President, Oracle India

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