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The Internet of Things in 2030

Smart cities in which connected cars drive and flight drones fly, new shopping experiences, sensors everywhere, but no more smartphones: the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2030 could look like this or something similar.

Welcome to 2030. My name is Hannah and I take you on a journey into your future. I'm on my way home from my job at the cybersecurity center. There I am committed to the highest level of security in an increasingly digitized and networked world. I am happy to take time for you.

I'm in my car right now, but I can chat with you without any problems. Because I don't have to steer, brake or change gear, I let my smartly networked electric car drive me. That brings me quickly and safely through the city. How convenient it is to no longer have to pay attention to the traffic. You can have novels projected onto your retina or take a detour to the VR game. I can't even imagine how boring life was without these games.

Everyone has a console at home. But it doesn't look at all like a Playstation in your day: It consists of glasses and a couch that can be rotated in all directions. We players meet in gigantic 3D worlds and experience all kinds of adventures. My favorite at the moment: Jupiter Monopoly. But that is only remotely reminiscent of the board game from your time. In any case, it is great fun to play 2 hours non-stop. There is rarely so much time in the car for this, but you can seamlessly connect to the game at home when you put on your portable VR glasses.

Connected cars in the Internet of Things

I have good news for you: there will hardly be any more accidents in the future. The sensors on the vehicles register all conceivable obstacles and react automatically. You too will drive such a networked car in the future. Almost all vehicles will be part of the “Internet of Things” in 2030. You no longer need a driver's license. Driving schools have disappeared as well as petrol stations and workshops. Before a car needs an inspection, installed software recognizes this thanks to predictive maintenance.

Today nobody can imagine that there were traffic jams. Because our vehicles are networked in such a way that they can communicate with each other on the go. They coordinate with each other who is going where and how much is going on. If the traffic gets stuck somewhere, the following vehicles simply take a different route. Without a GPS.

How the Internet of Things is changing the city

In general, everything has become much more efficient. We hardly have to wait any longer: traffic lights use cameras and sensors to analyze the location and number of road users. They switch independently from red to green. Driving around the blocks forever for a free parking space? Passé! The car guides you to free spaces - the parking spaces are also networked and report when they are free. The car automatically reduces its speed in front of zebra crossings and schools.

It is safer on the streets anyway: Smart lamps are on all streets, they are equipped with cameras that cover the whole street. A handbag robber would be identified immediately. You know where the bag is anyway: it is equipped with a SIM card and it reports the location. The clever lights can do even more: They “see” when a person or a vehicle is approaching and only then get brighter. Such intelligent LED street lights save more than half the electricity that they would use with normal bulbs.

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The Internet of Things in Healthcare

Wait a minute. My mother is just reporting, she is sick. She's already over 80, but she lives at home alone. Yesterday morning the emergency call app alerted me that the health sensors had measured unusual values. The computer checked all the data again via telemedical diagnosis, but the doctor wanted to give her an injection. I ordered an air taxi that took her to the doctor. He already knew about it, because he also receives the results of the measurements. It's not as bad as expected. She only has a low fever and was given her injection. I'll go visit her in a moment. We feared that the 3D cardioid that was inserted two months ago would cause problems, but it works perfectly. That's right, organs that are no longer doing their job are now being replaced by artificial ones from the 3D printer. Do you find that amazing? Prostheses were already being made in this way back in your day, and researchers were working on the development of vessels. Back then, scientists were already producing functional ovaries in animal experiments.

You may also have read about air taxis in 2017. Uber announced the first tests at the time. I still remember the first attempts when Uber Elevate drones took off in Dubai to carry people. They were a huge success: you don't need a driver or a runway. They take off vertically and land in the same way. The congested transport network is no longer tied to two-dimensional surfaces, but uses three-dimensional space. The computer programs the route and off you go. Electric charging stations are waiting at the destination. When I saw the recordings, I really wanted to fly with them. I was 15 at the time and could not have imagined how natural flying in this way would one day be. It's wonderful to get up in the air and glide between the skyscrapers without noise and fumes. Only air taxis are still allowed to go up like this, but that could soon change. Scientists just have to solve the problem of how traffic in the air could be managed when everyone is flying. But thanks to sensors, networking and camera surveillance, this should soon be solved.

About the disappearance of smartphones

Are you wondering where my phone is? I don't need one anymore! The last generation of smartphones was built in 2025. But the ePhone 15 was a slow seller. How awkward it was to have to keep a device in your hand all the time. Communicating, shopping, playing and gathering information is much more intuitive via HoloLens glasses. You could have already noticed the first signs in 2017: The first - admittedly still immature - Hololens models were already around. At the time, the manufacturer Microsoft announced the end of the smartphone. Trendone's innovation researchers also predicted that by 2027 at the latest we will no longer have to bring out any devices for digital communication. You were right.

It's also much more practical like this: when I want to know whether we still have broccoli at home, I ask my HoloLens by voice. I can use them as glasses or as a smart contact lens. She tells me the result - and if I agree, the vegetables are immediately placed on the virtual shopping list that is reported to the supermarket.

How IoT simplifies life

You know what? I'm feeling much better, despite worries about my mother. The happy music helped. My smart bracelet played the current summer hit. Title: "What a hard life it was in 2017". The bracelet not only measures my blood sugar, pulse and blood pressure, but also my mood. If it registers stress or sadness, reacts with music or reminds me of something beautiful: I could go to a coffee bar, nothing has changed. Or go shopping for a moment. That's a good idea.

Believe me, life will be a lot easier in 2030. Everything is networked with everything. At your time, according to the IT research company Gartner, there were eight billion networked devices, in 2025 there were 75 billion according to IBM. Today there are no longer any who are not connected to others via the Internet. This saves a lot of time because information is automatically passed from device to device. Strictly speaking, data automatically looks for the destination where it is processed.

Shall I show you how to shop in the future? An offer from the store is flashing on the screen on the dashboard and we are about to drive past it. It's tailor-made for me: I've bought wine there many times, and my favorite brand “2023 Cabernet Blanc Finlandia” is on offer today. Even in your day, stores were experimenting with this type of customer loyalty - but you still had to use cumbersome apps to get notified. Today it is much easier and more seamless: sensors, RFID technology and NFC chips make it possible.

Wine and cheese: I don't need more today. You will see that paying is also easier. I just have to stop for a moment at the exit. The chips or RFID on the products are automatically recorded, no salesperson has to scan them. I pay using the NFC chip in my bracelet. I just hold it up to a reader and confirm with a personal code - I'll be done in a few seconds.

Smart clothes, smart shelves

There is a boutique next door, I make a detour and try on a smart jogging shirt. This analyzes the environment and measures my body values: If I am cold, it is warmed up. The mirrors in the changing room tell me that this model is also available in three other colors and where it was made. I can display further information by voice command. There are no longer empty shelves because they have become smart: They register when supplies are needed (and in what sizes) and send robots to refill them. People no longer need them for this, the devices act autonomously and communicate with one another. There were already first attempts in your day: algorithms already calculate when individual products are likely to be sold and order the new delivery beforehand.

So, this is where I live: Snowden Drive 220a. I just bring in the purchases for a moment. While driving, I reported to the house control when I was there so that the lights were switched on. The coffee machine brewed a maccacino for me, exactly the way I want it - over time and through my feedback, it got to know my taste and adapted. And she knows my voice - she prepares coffee differently for my sister. You already know that we no longer have to pick up control units. You have witnessed the breakthrough in voice control, thanks to clever assistants such as Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa. Voice control still plays an important role today, but not alone. Devices can often analyze our gestures; they use radar technology for this. Google's Soli research project, which was presented in 2015, paved the way, today gesture control is a matter of course - for example, to switch the TV program in the smart home.

The greatest risks in the Internet of Things in 2030

Sorry, but I have to say goodbye to you right now. I'm still looking for the right thing with my mother. I would have loved to tell you more about your future. What do you say? Are you amazed at what is in store for you? Hopefully I haven't raved about it too much. Because of course everything also has its downsides. Sure, everything works incredibly efficiently today. And the world has become safer - if it weren't for the attackers. Because everything is networked with everything, we have also become more vulnerable at the same time. Huge cybersecurity centers try to stay one step ahead of the attackers. I myself work on new security technologies that are supposed to protect us - usually with success. Attackers cannot easily outsmart chips with integrated security functions, encryption and authentication technology. But that's not the only challenge.

People today have too much time, which is not a problem at first. But it also has its downsides. As early as 2017, the Israeli futurologist and successful author of “Home Deus”, Yuval Noah Harari, warned: “Most people will no longer be needed for the economy. They are superfluous. ”This is due to the fact that highly specialized workers are now in demand. Everything else is done by robots and machines - and even faster and cheaper than humans. Many first had to adjust to the new times. For many, the problem was the lack of perspective that resulted. Their jobs were no longer necessary, machines did them faster. Many also find it difficult to make decisions. You are simply not used to it anymore. The researcher put it like this: “We delegate it to algorithms.” We asked Google for directions, we asked Siri for information and Amazon's Alexa should choose music for us.

Yuval Noah Harari's dark prophecy at the time: "The real problem will be to give meaning to people's lives in the future." You ask if I agree? No. That doesn't apply to me. I have a lot more time for my biggest hobby: VR games. Unfortunately, I don't have time for that anymore: the air taxi has arrived. See you next time, we'll hear from you again!


Last updated: October 2017