Gartner Research

A Day in Your Life, 2028: Technology Assumptions

Published: 08 April 2009

ID: G00164207

Analyst(s): Betsy Burton , Tyson W Harmon, Jackie Fenn , Thor Madsen


Technology advances anticipated for 2028 include ambient and embedded displays activated by gesture interfaces, personal manufacturing and service robots in homes, automated highway systems, and genetically customized medicine.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • 2028: The Office and Home Environment
    • The mind-set of consumers "using a computer" vanishes as computing becomes an integral part of furnishings, fashion accessories and other everyday objects.
    • Home electronics are completely wireless for data; many use near-field induction for wireless power recharging.
    • Homes and offices contain hundreds of objects and locations transmitting information — for "object twittering."
    • Most households have one or more service robots.
    • Most offices and middle-class households have a personal manufacturing capability.
  • 2028: Personal Information Access
    • Instant connectivity is ubiquitous, although bandwidth is variable.
    • Always-on displays, cameras and audio feeds are integrated into eyewear and headwear.
    • Context about the user and other relevant entities (such as places, objects and applications) is collected and analyzed constantly to focus information access.
    • Direct human communication interfaces (for example, touch, gesture, speech and scan) take over as the dominant computing input modality set from Windows, icons, menus and pointing device (WIMP).
    • Storage of digital assets is never an issue — everybody stores everything.
    • Biometric identification is required for official activities and widely used for others.
  • 2028: Lifestyle
    • Automated highways are operational.
    • Human physical and cognitive augmentation is routine (pharmacological and surgical augmentation).
    • Genetic diagnosis is commonplace. Genetically customized medicine is mainstream but expensive.

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