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The World In 2035: Moulded By Technology

Technologies are evolving exponentially and possibilities are constrained only by our imagination - some elements of our world will change beyond recognition while others will stay reassuringly (or disappointingly) familiar

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Most of us non-millennials grew up without the Internet or mobile phones. Mid-nineties were the early days of the internet. We worked in cubicles, our computers were bulky and powered by Windows 95. There were no touch screen phones or flat screen TVs. People laughed at the idea of reading electronic books and watching a home movie meant loading a clunky cassette into your VCR.

Fast forward to now and the smartphones and tablets with voice commands and apps help navigate every aspect of your life. While these new technologies have altered our lifestyle in unimaginable ways, the 20-year jump from now to 2035 will be huge. Technologies are evolving exponentially and possibilities are constrained only by our imagination - some elements of our world will change beyond recognition while others will stay reassuringly (or disappointingly) familiar.

Technology will evolve continuously to provide solutions for the most pressing challenges faced by the world. No running away from the fact that the population is increasing as well as ageing simultaneously. We have to feed, provide shelter for and educate more people than ever before while also ensuring that the ageing population stays healthy and happy longer. It is easy to predict food pills, flying cars, bases on the moon for the future but the reality could be a lot less exciting. The world might be much the same as it is today though a lot smarter and automated. Some innovations we might not even notice while others will be very profound.

Advances in food processing technology will mean farming will go vertical instead of on land with increased emphasis on genetically modified crops and synthetic meat as a response to growing need for greater food efficiency as population increases.

Given that healthcare expenses would become prohibitive - they already are in most countries - prevention will be the focus using self-monitoring bio-sensors to continuously gather fitness data. Web apps will crunch this data and sync with electronic health records. This will enable companies to build a model of your overall health that can predict future problems. Being forewarned, patients will be able to take actions early adopting a regime tailored to their individual DNA. Genome mapping will lead to personalized medicines and 3D printed replacement organs.

Work environment at office would be unique. Automation is likely to make a lot of jobs redundant. Taxi drivers replaced by self-driven cars, receptionists replaced by robots, doctors by software routines that can analyse vast medical databases. Similar for legal services or travel advisory. Our usual work the way we know today will simply not exist in its current form. We are already seeing a shift in the definition of work - it is a task you perform, not a place you go to. Obviously new jobs will be created. Bio-engineers, genome mappers, space tour guides, vertical farmers. Technology will continue to disrupt businesses and eliminate jobs creating new professions we yet can't envisage.

Technology underpins everything mentioned above - food, health, and work - and all else not mentioned. We are heading into a future where improved battery technology will enable better electric cars, personal flying machines, hyper-loop transportation systems, self-designed and executed space tourism. We will wear automation and sensors on our skin, charge our devices using wireless power and allow algorithms to optimize and guard our homes and have virtual assistants to help us manage and make sense of the enormous amount of personal data we generate.

Welcome to the world of instant gratification where technology will be used to satisfy your desires almost real time. The concept of physical to digital to physical conversion has come alive through 3D technologies. 3D printing is unlimited in potential and is already making possible the creation from a personalized shoe to a 3D printed space ship. Further breakthroughs will be made in 4D and even 5D led intelligent manufacturing making way for automation led by artificial intelligence that changes the face of manufacturing.

The divide between our digital and real worlds will be made non-existent through augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. It will transform the way people see and learn from their surroundings and revolutionize business models. Great applications in the field of gaming and cinema.

While most of this is in the realm of potential possibilities, one thing that is certain is that technology will continue to make life better for everyone everywhere. Also, that technology will get smaller, smarter, and cheaper to a point where we will be able to put computers and sensors into almost anything. In this hyper-mobile world, everything will be connected to the internet and to one another.

The future is as unpredictable as it has always been - but whatever happens next, it is an exciting time to be alive.

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Rajiv Srivastava

Rajiv Srivastava is the Managing Director at HP Inc India. He is responsible for business performance and growth for the entire portfolio of the group – computing and mobility, imaging and printing products and solutions

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