Trends Identified

Virtual cash, virtual weapons
Digitization of currency will create a clash among nation-states, corporations, civilians, and bad actors.
Top Policy Trends of 2018
Virtual Databases
Networks will undergo continual evolution of form not just scale. For example, incremental development of the ‘semantic web’ will occur, enabling machines to recognise, identify, capture, manipulate and interpret data with minimal or no human intervention. The semantic web, and associated technologies, will effectively create an integrated data store, with an unprecedented level of access that can be exploited by reasoning techniques to provide more sophisticated forms of analysis. The exploitation of these techniques may expose hitherto unseen patterns, interactions and associations, with potentially wide-ranging, unforeseen and unpredictable consequences. Sophisticated data-mining tools will include automatic data reduction/filtering along with automated algorithmic analysis to enable faster access to relevant information. Virtual Knowledge Bases will store knowledge extracted from traditional documents or messages within large meta-data (database) structures, and in logical formats that intelligent software can interpret. Virtual Knowledge Bases will provide: improved searching and alerts to stored information; the ability to answer questions across the whole knowledge store in near natural language form; and automated situation reports on demand and in response to events to enhance situational awareness.
Global strategic trends - out to 2040
UK, Ministry of Defence
Virtual reality
Virtual reality (VR) abolishes logistical limitations and makes anything possible. In a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment, viewers can use special equipment to interact with the simulation in realistic ways. The gaming and entertainment industries are obvious proving grounds for VR. However, VR has the potential to transform many other industries as well, especially in the realm of experiential training where workers can be put into hazardous, difficult, or cost-prohibitive situations without the intense risks associated with these activities in the real world.
The Essential Eight - Your guide to the emerging technologies revolutionizing business now
Virtual Reality
(Definition) Virtual space creation technology which re-create real or virtual object in 3D. (Application) The technology can provide cultural spaces in a remote area by re-creating various virtual forms in a real space, for example, theme parks, museums and concert halls.
KISTEP 10 Emerging Technologies 2015
South Korea, Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP)
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)
These related technologies have been hitting the mainstream in some respects for a number of years. For a well-known example, Pokemon Go is a game that uses the camera of a smartphone to interpose fictional objects in real-world surroundings. Gaming is clearly a driver of these technologies, with other consumer devices becoming affordable and commonplace. VR and AR technologies are also useful for education, engineering, and other fields. However, there has been a Catch-22 in that there is a lack of applications resulting from the high cost of entry, yet the cost has stayed high due to a lack of applications. With advertisements for VR headsets appearing during prime-time television programs, we may have finally reached a tipping point.
IEEE Computer Society Predicts the Future of Tech: Top 10 Technology Trends for 2019
IEEE Computer Society
Virtual Reality Technology for Leisure
(Definition) Technology that enables users to experience diverse leisure activities without the limitations of time and space by recreating a virtual environment and circumstances similar to reality based on ICT and by reenacting visual, auditorial, and sensational information during leisure activities. (Application) Products and services that allow users to experience virtually varied cultures and environments such as virtual sports, trips and experiences of diverse spaces, cyber museums and large-scale concerts, and interactive games.
KISTEP 10 Emerging Technologies 2016
South Korea, Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP)
Virtual reality/augmented reality
Smart head-mounted displays/glasses
Disruptive technologies barometer
Virtual, augmented and remote services will change the geography of services
It is likely that services typically conducted face-to-face will be increasingly performed online. Visits to a doctor or lawyer will likely start with a virtual pre-screening interview; the visit itself may also be virtual. In schools, each student may be equipped with a personal AI teacher who monitors their progress and advancement through content modules, with human teachers playing an oversight role. Augmented reality devices may enable travelers and tourists to explore, relax or do business without leaving home. “Telepresencing” (the sense of being in multiple locations at once) will allow users to choose the best service provider for their needs from anywhere in the world rather than the best one in their area.
Metascan 3 emerging technologies
Canada, Policy Horizons Canada
How the shift from physical to logical is moving up the value chain – and setting the stage for a potential (cloud) revolution Virtualization is in many ways a mature capability – with solid adoption across compute, storage, and network layers. It is not a top technology trend because it is new, but because its scope is growing across the stack and expanding to cover facilities, operations, and even business layers. Virtualization is critical to many strategic goals of IT, including IT cost reduction, data center consolidation, architecture rationalization, and the migration from physical to logical that currently culminates in cloud computing. Few other emerging enablers have as much potential to help improve service management, reduce capital expense and ongoing costs, and positively affect every stage of the IT lifecycle.
Depth perception A dozen technology trends shaping business and IT in 2010
Virtually here
This megatrend explores what might happen in
a world of increased connectivity where individuals, communities, governments and businesses are immersed into the virtual world to a much greater extent than ever before. We are increasingly moving online to connect, to deliver and access services, to obtain information and to perform transactions such as shopping and working. Online retail and teleworking in Australia are forecast to grow rapidly with impacts on labour markets, retail models, city design and transportation systems. Digital media is allowing people to form new connections and selectively access information through multiple channels with subsequent erosion
of trust in traditional information sources.
The digitally connected world is virtually here.
Our future world - globla megatrends that will change the way we live
Australia, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)