Impact of New Technologies by 2030

According to the 2012 Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds report published by the U.S. National Intelligence Council, four technological arenas will determine global economic, social and military development by 2030. These are information technology, automation and manufacturing, resource technologies and healthcare. Technology.

Information technology

Three IT-focused technological advances can change our way of life, do business and protect us by 2030.

  1. Big data storage and processing solutions, including big data, will give governments and businesses more opportunities to “get to know” their customers better. The technology is there, but customers may object to collecting so much data. In any case, these decisions could trigger an impending economic boom in North America.
  2. Social networking technologies help individual users create social networks online with other users. They are part of the fabric of online existence because basic services integrate social functions into anything a person can do online. Social networks allow both useful and dangerous communication between different user groups and geopolitical boundaries.

Smart cities are urban environments that use information technology solutions to maximize economic productivity and the quality of life of citizens with minimal resource consumption and environmental degradation.

Automation and manufacturing technology

As manufacturing has become global over the past two decades, a global ecosystem of manufacturers, suppliers and logistics companies has emerged. New technologies for manufacturing and automation can change the way people work in both developed and developing countries.

  1. Robotics is now used in a number of civilian and military applications. More than 1.2 million industrial robots are already in use every day around the world, and non-industrial robots are finding more and more applications. The U.S. military has thousands of robots on the battlefield, home robots vacuum houses and mow lawns, and hospital robots patrol corridors and distribute supplies.
  1. Using additive printing (3D) technology, the machine can create an object by adding one layer of material at a time. 3D printing is already used to model plastics in industries such as consumer products, automotive and aerospace. By 2030, 3D printing could replace some of traditional mass production, especially for smaller series or where large-scale tuning is important.
  2. Autonomous vehicles are now used mainly in the armed forces and for specific tasks, such as mining. By 2030, autonomous vehicles could transform military operations, conflict resolution, transport and exploration, while creating new security risks that are difficult to cope with. At the consumer level, Google has been testing an autonomous car in recent years.

Raw technology

Technological progress will be needed to meet the growing demand for resources as a result of the growth of the world population and economic progress in today’s underdeveloped countries. These advances can affect the link between food, water and energy by improving agricultural productivity through a wide range of technologies, including precision farming and genetically modified crops for food and fuel production. New resource technologies can also improve water management through desalination and irrigation efficiency; and increased energy availability by improving oil and gas production and the use of alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and biofuels. The generalization of communication technologies will make the potential impact of these technologies on the environment, climate and health among an increasingly educated population well known.

Health technology

Below are two sets of medical technologies.

  1. Disease management will become more efficient, personalized and cheap thanks to new technologies such as equipment for diagnosing and detecting pathogens. For example, molecular diagnostic devices provide methods of rapid diagnosis of genetic and pathogenic diseases during surgery.
  1. Human augmentation technologies, from implants and prostheses to motorized exoskeletons and brain enhancements, will enable civilians and military personnel to work more efficiently and in previously inaccessible conditions. Older people can benefit from motorized exoskeletons that help users in simple walking and lifting weights, improving the health and quality of life of an ageing population. Progress in human augmentation technologies is likely to face moral and ethical challenges.


A report by the U.S. National Intelligence Council said that “the shift of the technology center of gravity from west to east, which has already begun, will almost certainly continue as the flow of business, ideas, entrepreneurs and capital from developed countries to developing countries. Country. “. I’m not sure this change will happen “almost certainly.” While the East and Asia in particular are likely to see the most technological applications, current innovations are mostly taking place in the West. And I don’t think it’s safe to say that the center of gravity of technological innovation will shift eastwards.

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