The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) recently released "Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds," a report that outlines potential worldwide scenarios over the next 15 to 20 years. The report envisions tech empowering people in the coming years, and predicts that 80 percent of the world's population eventually will have access to cloud services and new analytical capabilities. In addition, the report predicts that by 2030 Asia will have surpassed North America and Europe combined in terms of global power, based upon gross domestic product, population size, military spending, and technological investment. The report also anticipates a "shift in the technological center of gravity from West to East and South . . . as the flows of companies, ideas, entrepreneurs, and capital from the developed to the developing markets increase."
DNI also expects that future technology trends will be dominated by big data and the tools used to manage it. Quantum computing could start to have an impact by 2030, according to the report, which also predicts the development of "smart cities" that use advanced IT capabilities in all aspects of urban management.
Meanwhile, the report says that robots "could eliminate the need for human labor entirely in some manufacturing environments" by 2030.
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