The growing influence of individuals will transform existing societies and industries. Digitization will force providers to extend their existing business models to be more customer-centric, embracing the increasing power of the individual.
Many people and all kinds of things will be linked to the Internet, resulting in innovation. Each component will act autonomously, and a new ecosystem will be built where relationships will change dynamically.
Big data analytics will fuel innovation. Products after shipment will become ever-evolving things with growing functionality and performance. This, in turn, will boost customer value and promote the transformation of business models.
The physical-digital convergence will broaden in scope. More flexible and effective use of technology will create new value, improve social issues, and lead to a smarter society.
Devices and technologies to enrich one's perception of reality are emerging. By enabling people to naturally perceive and utilize more information, new computer interaction can potentially transform human behavior and enhance the scope of their actions.
DNA analysis has become readily available and obtaining continuous biological information will be easy through the use of sensors. Analytical research utilizing large-volumes of shared data will enable a better understanding of people’s daily lives leading to positive changes.
Advanced machine learning algorithms will enable computers to understand time and be aware of context. Hence roles of computers will expand. The coexistence of humans and computers will advance through an evolution where people will take charge of work to realize overall optimization.
Next-generation mobility centered around connected cars will innovate the transportation of people and things. Cities will develop as a fluid system through real-time, mutual sharing of information, including the transportation of people, the operator's condition, and the external situation.
Service tailored to the preference, affiliation and condition of individual customers will emerge. The continuum of customer point of contact, from discovery, purchase, payment and receiving of products, will become seamless, enabling customers to have a stress-free experience.
New distributed architecture has appeared to adapt to cloud-native applications and big data processing. “Block chain,” the peer-to-peer Bitcoin platform, is expanding its application to diverse systems, not limiting its use to virtual currency.
The advent of Internet of Things has extended the impact of cyber attacks to the physical world, requiring every device to have security measures. To cope with the growing scope of cyber attacks, joint defense, such as immediate sharing of threat information, is required.
The application of new technologies to manufacturing, such as virtual reality, sensors, 3D printers, and robots, will lead to a sophisticated digital manufacturing. The application of design methods that make products evolve through the repetition of high-speed verification will expand.