2005 BT Technology Timeline – JEM Selected List

 

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & ARTIFICIAL LIFE  

Domestic appliances with personality                                                                                                                                      2006-2010

Mood-sensitive home décor                                                                                                                                                     2008-2012

Expert systems surpass average human learning and logic abilities                                                                                      2011-2015

Robots physically and mentally superior to humans                                                                                                                2030s

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

BIOTECHNOLOGY, HEALTH & MEDICAL      

Smells embedded in ordinary household objects                                                                                                                     2008-2012

Emotion alerts                                                                                                                                                                           2008-2012

Visitor sanitising in hospitals                                                                                                                                                    2011-2015

Robotic cleaners in hospitals                                                                                                                                                   2013-2017

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

BUSINESS & EDUCATION     

Nomadic information companies paying no corporation tax                                                                                                     2006-2010

Business offer individual deals to customers                                                                                                                          2006-2010

25% of UK workforce teleworking at least 2 days a week                                                                                                     2006-2010

Most advertising is personalised to viewer                                                                                                                             2008-2012

Autonomous production plants make everything, Asia unemployment increases                                                                   2016-2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

DEMOGRAPHICS   

Androids form 10% of population                                                                                                                                            2016-2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

ENERGY 

Button sized gas turbine generators for portable device power                                                                                             2006-2010

Power save mode on appliances linked to grid demands                                                                                                        2008-2012

Home fuel cell based 7kW generator                                                                                                                                       2008-2012

Extremely insulated buildings                                                                                                                                                   2011-2015

Oil consumption peaks                                                                                                                                                             2016-2020

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

ENVIRONMENT & COUNTRYSIDE 

Effective prediction of most natural disasters                                                                                                                         2008-2012

Insect-like robots used for crop pollination                                                                                                                              2011-2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

HOME AND OFFICE INFRASTRIUCTURE      

Video tiles                                                                                                                                                                                 2006-2010

Emotional objects, switches etc around home                                                                                                                         2006-2010

Most homes have wireless networks                                                                                                                                      2006-2010

Smart paint available (contains chips)                                                                                                                                     2008-2012

Digital bathroom mirror                                                                                                                                                              2008-2012

Personalised response from household gadgets                                                                                                                    2008-2012

Mood sensitive light bulbs                                                                                                                                                        2008-2012

Consumer electronics devices plug straight into home net                                                                                                      2008-2012

Smart responsive environments                                                                                                                                              2008-2012

Domestic positioning systems                                                                                                                                                  2008-2012

Most homes use web cams for communication                                                                                                                       2008-2012

Virtual windows                                                                                                                                                                       2008-2012

Anti-noise technology built into homes                                                                                                                                     2011-2015

Active wallpaper responds to inhabitants' moods etc                                                                                                             2011-2015

Glasses based displays dominate in the office                                                                                                                       2011-2015

Windows with coatings to re-direct sunlight                                                                                                                           2011-2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                

LIFE & LEISURE IN A CYBERSPACE WORLD      

Automatic video capture of personal events                                                                                                                           2006-2010

24/7 audio recording                                                                                                                                                                2006-2010

Remind me devices                                                                                                                                                                  2006-2010

Personal surveillance                                                                                                                                                               2006-2010

Loneliness in aged population greatly reduced by network communities                                                                                2008-2012

Personal black boxes record everyday life                                                                                                                             2008-2012

Living area use of virtual reality scenes                                                                                                                                  2011-2015

Replacement of people leads to anti-technology subculture                                                                                                   2011-2015

VR extensively used in retirement homes                                                                                                                                2030s

                                                                                                                                                                                                

MACHINE INPUT/OUTPUT     

Smelly television using chips with small reservoirs of chemicals                                                                                            2006-2010

Simple voice command interface for home appliances                                                                                                            2006-2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

MATERIALS & ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Intelligent materials with in-built sensors, storage and effectors                                                                                            2008-2012

Smart skin for intelligent clothing and direct human repair                                                                                                       2008-2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                

PROCESSING, MEMORY AND STORAGE     

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

ROBOTICS     

Totally automated factories                                                                                                                                                      2006-2010

Global domestic robot numbers passes 4M                                                                                                                             2006-2010

Fractal shape-changing robots                                                                                                                                                2008-2012

Insect-like robots used in warfare                                                                                                                                           2008-2012

Self monitoring infrastructures using smart materials and sensors.                                                                                       2008-2012

Robots for cleaning, washing fetch and carry in hospital                                                                                                       2008-2012

Fleet of garden robots for plant and lawn care and tidying                                                                                                     2011-2015

Housework robots - fetch, carry, clean & tidy, organise etc.                                                                                                 2013-2017

i-Robot style robots with polymer muscles and strong AI                                                                                                       2040s

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

SECURITY, MILITARY, LAW   

Edited

 

Biometric home access                                                                                                                                                            2006-2010

War for water                                                                                                                                                                          2008-2012

Household access by facial recognition                                                                                                                                  2008-2012

Most weapons attack systems rather than injure people                                                                                                        2011-2015

Identity theft forces all transactions to use biometrics                                                                                                            2013-2017

War caused by global warming forcing mass migration from coastal areas                                                                           2016-2020

Gated cities for civilised people                                                                                                                                               2020s

SHOPPING & MONEY    

In-store positioning systems enable personalised guides                                                                                                       2008-2012

Paper and coins largely replaced by electronic cash                                                                                                              2011-2015

Augmented reality overlays used in stores                                                                                                                             2011-2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

SPACE   

Hotel in orbit                                                                                                                                                                              2013-2017

Self sustaining mars colony                                                                                                                                                     2040s

                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                

TELECOMMUNICATIONS       

Last ever PSTN call                                                                                                                                                                  2006-2010

Single address for emails, phone calls etc                                                                                                                              2008-2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

TRANSPORT & TRAVEL

Fully auto-piloted cars                                                                                                                                                              2016-2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY  

Video tattoos (thin polymer membrane displays)                                                                                                                     2006-2010

Light emitting fabrics used in clothes                                                                                                                                       2006-2010

Smell emitting clothing, uses context                                                                                                                                        2006-2010

Portable translation device for simple conversation                                                                                                                2008-2012