Emerging Technology To Watch

Education in your Pocket
There’ll be an evolving change from simply accessing information, to obtaining tools to utilizing technology on the move to really learn. Whoever you are, whatever you want to understand, research or update, there are now tools to have the ability to learn anything from revision and study tools to big MOOCs to online tutors, all available immediately.

Shelley Osborne, VP Learning, Udemy: “There has definitely been a substantial change to students learning on their mobile devices. A whole lot of our learners are doing it on the commute, on the train to work, or on the bus in that five-minute span. These are behaviors that fit what we see in other digital spaces concerning entertainment consumption, but it is a new thing in the education space.”

Drone Swarms replace Fireworks
Fireworks have been used for public parties for centuries, from Guy Fawkes’ Night to the Fourth of July, Chinese New Year and Diwali.

Since the time of Elizabeth I, we’ve come together, sometimes in our tens of thousands, to watch in awe and wonder as the night sky is illuminated by increasingly elaborate, choreographed explosions.

But fireworks come at a price — financial, human and environmental — that may make their continuing use unsustainable. Fortunately, technological innovation is introducing a more benign substitute for pyrotechnics, which will also take entertainment to the next level: drone swarms.

We forecast that in 2020, drone swarms will be used for popular amusement and son et lumière screens, as their cost continues to fall and specialized capacities rise. Rapidly becoming capable of vastly more complicated and engaging screens than fireworks, drone swarms will eventually replace fireworks altogether.

Digital Perfume
Currently, the odor is nearly impossible to convey digitally — but this is expected to change. We might have lost our comprehension of fragrances. Modern individuals use deodorant to hide their own body odors, and traffic exhaust fumes in our bustling megacities make us numb to olfactory sensations. We might even think of our noses as a place to put our glasses, or as a reminder that we’ve caught a cold.

The experience of seeing any sort of video will feel more immersive if you could smell the activity. In 2030, 56 percent expect to have the ability to digitally savor all of the scents in movies they watch. Although there have been efforts to incorporate scent during movies as far back as the early 1960s, their failure to obtain popularity has probably been due to a lack of powerful technology rather than of popular interest.

Given our shallow acquaintance with lots of the world’s aromas, additionally, it seems consumers are available for innovation in this area, with 47 percent anticipating smell data to be available for companies to use commercially. At least for today, many do not find the need to maintain their digital odor private.

Ultimately, this technology does not need to cause a stink — we will have the ability to avoid bad smells whenever we choose, with over half expecting a system that digitally transforms stinky smells into fine fragrances in their noses. Nearly half also expect to have the ability to control how they smell to other people, using digital perfume and deodorants.

Pretend Pork in China
China’s endless food health and safety scandals together with a growing awareness of personal health (supporting the boom in fitness centers in China) has directed many middle-class Chinese to adopt healthier eating choices. Restaurants are incorporating more vegetarian choices, and plant-protein-based meat replacements are gaining traction. In China, which absorbs more than 50 percent of the pork produced globally and has seen pork costs rise over 100 percent because of disease in the pig population, the need is for pork alternatives, rather than the focus in the US on beef substitutes.

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