PERREAULT Magazine NOV | DEC 2016 - Page 43



By 2020, 70 percent of the world’s population will possess smartphones. By 2025, a combination of high-altitude balloons, solar-powered drones, and affordable satellites will deliver high-speed Internet access to everyone in the world, and by 2030, over a trillion physical devices will connect to the Internet.


I Can Hear You, Now:

They may even literally be just a shout away. Imagine being able to speak to anyone, anywhere in the world despite the language barrier. It’d open up a world of opportunity, right?

Well, soon, you won’t need to imagine this future, you’ll be living in it. Voice translation technology is already interpreting the world’s major languages with an efficiency rate of 95 percent, and it will soon approach 100 percent. By 2020, even the world’s more obscure and challenging languages will fall to the power of advanced computing power and artificial intelligence. Throw in continued progress in virtual reality and things are sure to get more interesting because business owners will be able to have “face-to-face” conversations with potential clients without ever having to set foot in a foreign airport.