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What to expect in 2025

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Julio Kongyu

Julio Kongyu

Vice-President of Huawei's European Public Affairs and Communication Office

Home robots, intelligent personal assistants, beyond-distance vision, congestion-free cities… these are just some of the new trends we can expect to notice in our lives by 2025, says TONY GRAZIANO

Change is coming and it’s coming fast – AI, 5G, the Internet of Things and other emerging technologies are converging to forge a world of new experiences and productivity for everyone. 

Toddlers giving commands to smart assistants. Robots going where we can never go. The disappearance of touch-based commands as home appliances begin speaking to us. Traffic lights that see more than we do. Endangered species living in threatened ecosystems protected by smart devices... these are just some of the changes happening around us.

Global Industry Vision 2025

Drawing on Huawei’s own quantitative data and real-world use cases of how intelligent technology is permeating every industry, Huawei’s Global Industry Vision report predicts technology trends up until 2025, including 5G coverage, AI deployment, home robot adoption and smart assistant use rates. 

The report also identifies the megatrends that will shape how we live and work by 2025. Here are five of them you might notice in your lives soon:

Home robots

Increasingly smart, sophisticated and versatile robots are poised to boost our quality of life in a major way. Our report estimates that 14% of families worldwide will have a smart domestic robot in the home by 2025. 

But what will these robots do? It might be housework, or providing educational assistance to our children, or physical and mental health care to family members including elderly relatives. 

Robots are constantly improving in capabilities, benefits, and ubiquity. They will serve as teachers, nurses, butlers and, of course, faithful and comforting companions.

Nursing homes will also employ robots for elderly care. Huawei predicts that, in G8 nations, nursing homes will be using an average 10 robots each by 2025. Given the rate at which the human race is ageing, and the shortage of healthcare professionals in many countries, robots have the potential to improve the quality of elderly care significantly.  

Industrial robots

By 2025, the report estimates that there will be 103 robots for every 10,000 employees working in the manufacturing industry. 

As well as saving time, increasing productivity and freeing up people to concentrate on more creative and high-value tasks, robots can have a hugely positive impact on reducing work injuries and deaths, by working remotely in hazardous environments.

Robots can improve productivity by conducting repetitive tasks with tireless accuracy, and they will prove invaluable for high-precision tasks such as medical surgery and the manufacture and placing of very tiny components such as in nanoelectronics.

Super sight

By 2025, the percentage of people living in areas covered by 5G networks will have reached 58%. At that tim, what is known as Super Sight will have arrived – the convergence of cloud, 5G, 4K+ video, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence, to allow us to see “beyond distance.” 

More than just advanced photo editing tools, AI-powered machines will be able to interpret the real world in the same context as we can. One application will be to help autonomous vehicles navigate poor road and weather conditions, which will make a potentially huge difference to road safety. 

Zero search

If you’re anything like the average Internet user, you spend around 21% of your online time searching for information, an activity that can be both time-consuming, imprecise and convoluted. 

Smart speakers acting as home hubs will offer zero-touch search, as users can simply talk to a device to search for information rather than going through the button-pressing ritual. 

As AI technologies are deployed in platforms that offer travel shopping, dining and other services, various types of data will be integrated and analysed automatically to recommend artists, exhibitions, concerts and other events the user will like, based on their preferences. 

You will no longer have to search. Like-minded friends, hobby groups, lifestyle and entertainment services will be recommended to you in real time. 

Congestion-free cities

By 2025, C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) technology will be installed in 15% of vehicles. 

By fully utilizing 5G, intelligent connected cars, IoT, quantum computing and other smart technologies, a healthy intelligent transport system can help ease the lives of busy urban residents, reduce travel costs and travel time, and boost efficiency across cities. 

"Green-light journeys" will be standard much sooner than you might imagine - thanks to highly automated, intelligent and user-friendly city infrastructure. 

And a congestion-free city will have a faster-growing economy, as goods and services circulate faster. 

To read more about what 2025 might hold in new technologies, download the full Global Industry Vision report, entitled “Touching an Intelligent World”

Dr Hui Cao, Head of Strategy & Policy at Huawei EU, will be presenting the Global Industry Vision report at a DigitALL Lunch debate in Brussels on 26 September.