Digital Life In 2025: Of Possibilities And Fears
With Internet of Things redefining our daily lives, it is not just interesting but inevitable to predict the future of technology. It will especially be exciting to understand what impact tech advances will have on our routine, on our jobs, families, etc.
Joe Touch, director at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, predicts: “We won’t think about ‘going online’ or ‘looking on the Internet’ for something — we’ll just be online, and just look.”
That is about online identity becoming a new normal, but when it comes to wearables or IoT, possibilities are aplenty. A McAfee study predicts digital revolution with 77% Indians believing that they would be in a house that speaks/ reads to them and others saying the phones will have smell capabilities in 2025.
If it was a decade ago, these predictions would have been labelled as fiction. But now, they are just part of the “not impossible” technology.
McAfee’s report “Safeguarding the Future of Digital India in 2025” shows that 92% are keen on a wearable device that lets one scan the barcode of a product and automatically add it to the shopping cart. Half of Indians, think that they will be unlocking their mobile devices by eye scan in 2025.
The evolving technologies have opened many opportunities for experimentations. Pranav Misty, a proponent of the famous Sixth Sense technology defines his concept as: “It is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information.”
While innovations are heading forward at a revolutionary speed, the world is becoming increasingly inter-connected and internet is surpassing all boundaries. Despite those giant leaps, there still exist a potential of some basic fears like security that is likely to continue to haunt us even a decade later.
“As Indians come to terms with internet of things, we understand consumers are concerned about how these changes will impact their safety and privacy,” said Jagdish Mahapatra, Managing Director- India and SAARC, McAfee, part of Intel Security.
McAfee study reveals that as many as 72% of consumers fear their families could fall victim to hackers over the next decade.
Cybser security could be a major concern with hackers getting smarter with every new innovation.
Blaming the security risk on aging and vulnerable infrastructure, Forrester recommends the following measures to counter security threats. “Harden the ICT infrastructure, Establish a strong front-line defense against threats and Hire, train, and retain certified security and IT personnel.”
These are some of the steps that are considered relevant in today’s situation, but there is a potential of a host of new challenges. Many McAfee study responders, however, felt that the government could play a more vital and active role in protecting businesses from cyber security in the next decade.
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