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10 trends that will change the world in 10 years!

Last updated on: July 19, 2011 09:20 IST

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Technology is going through a breathtaking change. The advancements that amaze us today are sure to be obsolete in couple of years, if not months.

The seemingly unstoppable progress is bound to change the way we live and interact in this world.

Here we take a look at 10 technology trends that will change the world in next 10 years, according to Cisco.

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Internet

World population in 2011: 6.3 billion

Connected devices in 2011: 500 million

World population in 2020: 7.6 billion

Connected devices in 2020: 50 billion

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Data flow

By 2015, one zettabyte of data will flow over the Internet.

One zettabyte equals stack of books from Earth to Pluto 20 times (72 billion miles). An increase of 540,000 times from 2003; more than 90 per cent from video.

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Cloud wisdom

By 2020, one-third of all data will live in or pass through the cloud.

Global cloud services revenue will increase 20 per cent per year.

IT spending on innovation and cloud computing could top $1 trillion by 2014.

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Next thing

February 2011: Ericsson and Sant'Anna demonstrate 448 GB per second over fibre (20 HD movies/second).

March 2011: Northwestern University researchers develop new switching device to usher in ultrafast quantum Internet.

April 2011: World record set by sending more than 100 terabits of information per second through a single optical fibre.

May 2011: Researchers set new record for rate of data transmitted using a single laser at 26 terabits per second.

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Technology is flat

By 2020, anyone will broadcast anywhere to anyone on any device.

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Image: Broadcasting will become as easy as taking a photo.

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Power of power

Sandia produces solar cells with 100 times less material/same efficiency.

MIT technology allows windows to generate power without blocking view.

Inkjet printer produces solar cells with 90 per cent decrease in waste at significantly lower costs.

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It's about you

February 2009: University of Toronto scientists invent machine that determines what you are thinking (80 per cent accuracy).

June 2009: University of Southampton demonstrates brain-to-brain communication over Internet.

October 2009: Toyota showcases mind-controlled wheelchair with 95 per cent accuracy.

March 2010: University of Maryland decodes brain signals/reconstructs into 3D hand movements.

April 2010: Intel software analyzes scans to determine what you are thinking (90 per cent accuracy).

June 2011: University of Western Ontario develops technology to predict what a person is going to do before they do it.

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Next dimension

3D printing: Developed technique to print human cells using modified inkjet printer.

March 2011: A doctor prints a kidney mold on stage at TED.

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Family tree

It is possible to make a conscious computer with superhuman intelligence before 2020: Ian Pearson, Head of Futurology, British Telecommunications.

Automatic emotions, gestures and responses.

Speech recognition.

Text-to-speech.

Knowledge of previous encounters (memory).

Every interaction will be a network call.

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A better you

March 2010: Retina implant restores vision to blind patients.

October 2009: First artificial hand with feeling developed.

June 2011: Spinning heart (no pulse, no clogs and no breakdowns) developed.

April 2010: Scientists find possible cure for skin cancer.

October 2009: Bio-printer prototype that may print human tissues and organs developed.

April 2010: Trial of artificial pancreas starts.

February 2010: Artificial foot developed to make it easier for amputees to walk.


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