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Huawei releases new white paper with 2025 tech predictions
by Paul Hill
Huawei has released a new white paper detailing its vision of the world in 2025 and how technology will look. While some of the predictions may not materialise, or may come later, they’re interesting to look at because they will influence Huawei’s vision going forward and the products that it develops.
The report expects 5G, AI, and IoT to feature heavily in the world in 2025, describing it as a “new age of digital inclusion” that offers “new possibilities, opportunities, and experiences for everyone, everywhere.”
The top ten trends highlighted in the report are:
Living with Bots – Advances in AI and network technologies will allow people to bring robots into their homes, the report predicts that 14% of households worldwide will own an intelligent domestic robot. Super Sight – Developments in AI, VR/AR, 5G, and UHD will mean that businesses are adopting the technology, Huawei expects 10% of businesses to be using the technology in 2025. Zero Search – Huawei believes that in 2025 the search experience will adapt to be “smart, smooth, and button-free” with your appliances, cars, and devices being able to speak to you anticipating your needs. It believes 90% of people will use personal assistants on their smart devices. Tailored Streets – We’re already beginning to see smart traffic lights in some countries but Huawei says automated vehicles and connected network infrastructure will help to get rid of congestion. The firm expects 15% of vehicles to be embedded with Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) tech by 2025. Working with Bots – In 2025, Huawei expects that robots will take on mundane, dangerous, and delicate tasks in the workplace. There is expected to be 103 robots for every 10,000 employees in manufacturing. Augmented Creativity – In 2025, 97% of large companies will be using artificial intelligence to help workers be more creative and productive. Gartner also believes this usage of AI is set to take off as reported earlier this week. Frictionless Communication – In 2025, Huawei believes that there will be 100 billion connected devices in use and that companies will use 86% of the data that they generate. This will lead to the creation of customisable products, an end to language barriers, and digital inclusion through tech. Symbiotic Economy – In the future, every company will be using cloud technology and 85% of business applications will be cloud-based. This will lead to greater collaboration, resource-sharing, stronger global ecosystem, and higher productivity. 5G’s rapid rollout – 5G is expected to rollout faster than any other wireless generation; Huawei believes that by 2025, 58% of the world’s population will have access to 5G as a result. Global Digital Governance – By 2025, Huawei believes that the annual volume of global data will reach 180 ZB (1ZB = 1 trillion GB). In its report, the firm calls for the creation of third-party data regulators and laws to underpin privacy, data security, and ethical compliance. In order to generate the predictions, the firm combined trend extrapolation and time-series forecasting. With 2025 being relatively close, we won't have to wait long to see if these predictions set out by Huawei will come into fruition.
In a recent thread where a budget gaming system spec was being analyzed, there was a desire to see into the Future and hope that the investment of money would result in a computer that could play any game at the "highest setting" in a few years.
Computer tech advances in "Doggie Years" so I thought optimizing for the least cost system that could handle the best games at highest settings in a time period measured in years was a challenge fit for fervent impassioned discussion at Neowin. Instead people locked in on the low budget and danced around small variations in current products like the proverbial Angels Dancing On The Head of a Pin...
For reference, here is the thread, not really important to this thread really:
So, who wants to discuss the future of computers and gaming computers? Low budget, high budget, fantasy budget, Alien budget, whatever...
What is the least cost computer that will play any game in 5 years at highest settings? What will we buy in 10 years? 20 years?
Any practical value of this thread to planning and perspective is accidental, perhaps appreciated. Please post any thoughts, ideas, opinions, sane or crazy. A "Wisdom of the Crowd" needs a crowd...
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Sidewalk Toronto to kick off first roundtable in March
by Paul Hill
Sidewalk Toronto, the part of Sidewalk Labs responsible for the Toronto Quayside project, has announced the first of four planned roundtable meetings that are open to the public. At these meetings, Sidewalk Toronto will share updates about its project and attendees will also be able to share their ideas for “creating a healthier, more inclusive, and sustainable approach to urban living.”
Back in October the Alphabet subsidiary, Sidewalk Labs, announced its intention to build a smart city in Toronto's Quayside. Sidewalk Labs want to use the latest technologies to address some of the biggest challenges facing cities today, including the increasing energy consumption, the cost of housing, and the state of transportation.
While most cities around the world have built up over time and technological changes have been added on in a bolt-on fashion, Quayside will integrate technology from the get go to allow for better management of the city. Sensors around the city will be able to detect and report on environmental data such as carbon monoxide, noise, vibrations, and temperature. Shared electric vehicles are going to be one of the main forms of transportation while a heavy focus will be on walking and cycling too in order to bring down pollution levels.
Sidewalk Labs wants to build Quayside in order to demonstrate to other cities how they can make their cities smarter. The meetings that have been announced will start to reveal the progress made by the firm as development continues and act as a way for locals to give their feedback.
In an email, Sidewalk Toronto said:
Over the course of the year, there will be four meetings in total that’ll be open to the public. At each new meeting, the level of detail about the project will increase as Toronto Labs assess the feasibility of suggested ideas from the public, stakeholders, and external advisors. The meetings are at times to coincide with key phases in the development of the 'Master Innovation and Development Plan'.
The first meeting will be held Tuesday, March 20th from 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at The Global and Mail Centre, 17th floor, 351 King Street East. The remaining meetings will take place at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St E from 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 3rd; Wednesday, July 11th; and Wednesday, October 3rd. As each meeting comes along, there will be more and more exciting developments for Sidewalk Toronto to share with the public.
While you don’t need a ticket to attend, Sidewalk Toronto are asking people to register their interest on Eventbrite in order to get the correct number of seats ready.
Image via Business Insider
Alphabet plans to build futuristic neighbourhood
by Paul Hill
Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs has announced that it’s teaming up with Canada’s Toronto City to begin planning a neighbourhood, called Quayside. When finished, it will act as a sort of blueprint for cities built in this century. The new city has the aim of improving every aspect of life for city dwellers.
Some of the goals that Sidewalk Labs has with the city is to reduce pollution, commute times, reduce landfill waste, and improve the weather by reducing the impact of wind and rain, as well as increasing the amount of shade available on sunny days - this’ll be accomplished with the aid of smart buildings and tree planting. Similar principles have already been used in the futuristic Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, seen in the video below.
With the proposal, Sidewalk Labs expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 73%, potable water consumption by 65%, and landfill waste by 90%. The company will invest $50 million on the initial phase of planning and pilot testing and its parent company, Alphabet, has pledged to relocate Google’s HQ in Canada to Quayside; that’s around 1,000 employees.
The huge reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be brought around by making walking, cycling, and shared electric vehicles the main modes of transportation; with less vehicular traffic, it would also make it much safer for cyclists which ride on the roads of Quayside.
The neighbourhood will also have a strong emphasis on online connectivity. There will be high-speed communications and long-range, low-bandwidth connectivity; the latter can be used to fit sensors around the city which can detect and report on environmental data such as carbon monoxide, noise, vibration, and temperature.
The entire process of the development of Quayside is still unclear, but planning will begin with a community town hall on November 1, 2017. While the first phase will cost $50 million, the entire development could cost $1 billion. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the development will house tens of thousands of people.
Source: CNN | Image via Business Insider