Innovation in tech is happening so rapidly that it’s sometimes hard to know what the landscape will look like just two or three years in the future. So how about 30 years into the future?
One way to better understand what tech teams will look like in three decades is to paint a picture of the landscape they will find themselves in.
The 2050 tech landscape
To know where tech is ultimately heading, we need to observe what is already happening. One of the dominant trends is a blurring of the lines between software and hardware companies. Fifteen years ago Apple just made computers. But it now offers music and gaming services as well as Macs and smartphones.
The distinctions between hardware, software, content, entertainment, gaming, and media will continue to melt away. Because digital transformation is a continuous process, companies will continue to evolve to prevent themselves from being restricted to a specialized market. Technology enables all vertical markets.
The number of large “technology companies” will shrink from around 70 today to 30 by 2030 and maybe just 10 by 2050 as the leading players absorb one another and the smaller ones are left behind. Companies will succeed based on their ability to leverage technology across multiple markets such as entertainment, e-retailing, sports, and travel.
Artificial Intelligence – AI is already fundamentally shifting the possibilities of more productive relationships between human workforces and AI. AI technologies offer opportunities to restructure roles and workflows so productivity per worker can be increased while at the same time making human roles more enjoyable as menial tasks are progressively passed over to AIs.
Virtual and Augmented Reality – the use cases of VR and AR will move far beyond just entertainment purposes. Millions of workers will use AR and VR tech to enhance their capabilities and productivity.
IoT – Everything will be connected. Everything. The world will be a web of billions of devices and formerly standalone objects all linked by an ultrafast, high bandwidth, and low latency network. Sensors will be embedded into everything from vehicles to road signs and traffic lights, to the roads themselves.
Voice recognition and automation – The way we connect to the cloud will be without interfaces like phones, tablets and desktops. All human-computer interfaces will be via natural (spoken) language and the difference between machine and human language will be indistinguishable.
The tech team of the future
The tech team of the future will have evolved to become experts in the application of the transformative technologies that will come to dominate digital experiences. The future will provide massive opportunities for those willing to adapt and build innovative teams and strategies.
The tech team of 2050 will be armed with cross-functional skills that can best utilise transformational technologies as well as help to humanise consumer experiences. It will work in tandem with the AI’s that have been integrated across all aspects of the business, from those generating business and data analytics and insights, to the chatbots managing customer interactions and engagement.
Demand for currently limited roles, such as IoT, VR and AR engineers and producers will expand rapidly and new roles will be created to meet new currently unknown techs and trends. Vast pools of new tech talent will need to be sourced and the career paths of existing talent will change direction often and sometimes dramatically to meet new markets and customer expectations.
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