Digital Everything…Everywhere

June 2014
Thomson Reuters Predicts What the World Will Be Like in 2025
Digital Everything…Everywhere

From the smallest personal items to the largest continents, everything, everywhere will be digitally connected, and responsive to our wants and likes.

For a look ahead, Thomson Reuters analysts consulted the Web of Science and Derwent World Patents Index to identify rapid progress and emergent trends in scientific research and technological innovation, gauging the advances most likely to affect health and the quality of life in the next decade.

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Today’s smart phones, smart appliances, and smart homes will seem simple in the coming age of digital connectivity, which will encompass and join vast geographies.​

The digital world as we know it today will seem simple and rudimentary in 2025. If you think we’re electronically dependent now, you haven’t seen anything yet. Thanks to the prevalence of improved semiconductors, graphene-carbon nanotube capacitors, cell-free networks of service antenna and 5G technology, wireless communications will dominate everything, everywhere.

From cars and homes that respond to your every wish and want, to appliances that think for themselves, to interconnected geographies – from the most remote farmlands to bustling cities – we will all be digitally directed. Imagine the day when the entire continent of Africa is completely, digitally connected. That day will happen in 2025.

Carbon nanostructures, and carbon-based nanocomposites in particular, are part of the driving force behind this transformation, and are poised to take center stage in high-energy density and power-density applications. Carbon nanocomposites can be used as supercapacitive electrodes, either in two-or-three-dimensional structures, with high surface area. And, these supercapacitors will be able to store infinitely more energy for later release.

We will live in an ultra-digitally responsive world, where more things are exponentially connected to the Internet than people.

Emerging research front: "Toward successful user interaction with systems: focusing on user-derived gestures for smart home systems"

Scientific research points to the growing importance of biocomposite cellulose-alginate films for packaging (May 2014)

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