The world in 2050: IoT and the future

From wake to sleep – the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform every aspect of our lives over the next three decades and beyond.

When it comes to crystal ball gazing over the Internet of Thing (IoT), the main limitation is our imagination.

IDC believes that despite massive investment in IoT, much of the impact of its transformation is yet to be felt.

The IoT revolution is only starting to ramp-up and by 2050 our world would have been turned upside down by IoT devices and connectivity.

So what will an IoT-laden world look like by 2050?

Home Comforts
The day for many people by 2050 will start within a smart home, which ‘comes to life’ as it wakes its owner.

All the rooms of the house will be connected and filled with sensors which track the movements of owners and react accordingly. This will impact lighting, heating, even the coffee machine and breakfast preparation.

Smart homes will also be much more self-sufficient about their own well-being, able to monitor issues such as gas leaks or cracked water pipes and then contact the plumber directly.
Slick cities
On leaving the smart home in the morning, everyone will be stepping into a deeply connected environment.

The smart cities of 2050 are likely to be filled with self-driving vehicles acting autonomously to users’ own timetable.

It is likely that the morning commute through streams of traffic and seemingly endless red lights will be transformed. Data will be used so that self-driving vehicles can collaborate to speed up everyone’s journey.

Outside, IoT sensors will monitor the environment, keeping an eye on the ecosystem for everything from pollution to pests.
Smart offices
Arriving at work, much of the office will be voice-enabled, while security will be toughened by face recognition access.
Connectivity will also enhance collaboration and this will go as far as co-working spaces being used. This will mean rather than having separate company headquarters, all firms use the same highly connected spaces together.

Conferencing will also change. Holograms will bring people from around the world into a single space, while international conference calls will have language barriers removed with real-time digital translators.

In good health
Some 76% of healthcare organisations believe IoT technology will transform the healthcare industry, according to Aruba Networks.

Looking towards 2050, health sensors will monitor vital stats, recommend diets, order prescriptions and call medical attention if needed. Within hospitals, IoT will be used to enable robots to perform surgery (or be controlled by an international specialist surgeon), while a virtual doctor will perform diagnostic services.

A cautionary conclusion
While it is exciting to speculate how the IoT will change the world by 2050, the path to such progress will be littered with various security challenges.

Cybercriminals will undoubtedly attempt malicious attacks, with potential control of entire cities and workplaces in the offing. Technology firms will need to ensure their security capabilities evolve with their IoT ones.

HPE has focused on the IoT by providing solutions with connected devices which help form IoT-enabled, future-ready organisations. You can learn more about its IoT solutions here.