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Our lives in the year 2025; WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS...

Byline: FUTURIST ROHIT TALWAR

Look around you now and work out which parts of your life use technology you hadn't imagined 10 years ago. Our world has been transformed - for some people it is now dominated - by phones and handheld tablets which let us make live video calls, instantly translate languages, watch movies and monitor our health - everything from blood pressure to oxygen flow and stress levels.

3D printing can create everything from blood cells to entire houses. Aircraft such as the A380 are already carrying more than 800 passengers on a single flight.

Now think about life in 2025 after a similar or even faster rate of scientific advance in IT, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, 4D printing, neuroscience and genetics.

Here are 10 scenarios of how our world is likely to have been revolutionised all over again by 2025:

1 Human 2.0

By 2025 we will see new breeds of people, let's call them Human 2.0 and 3.0, who "hack" their own body like a computer. Brainenhancing drugs already exist and even now there are super-smart prosthetic limb replacements that in some ways work better than the ones we were born with. As progress in genebased medicine accelerates, genetic treatments will eliminate conditions as diverse as obesity and rage.

All of this will be monitored and managed 24/7 by wearable technologies and devices implanted in our bodies. Linked to our own handheld devices and central monitoring services from health providers, these will help us track all of our vital signs.

3D printing already creates replacement body parts. In 4D printing smart objects will make themselves, so body parts will assemble and adapt themselves over time, giving us limbs that could reinforce themselves as we age.

2 World Borders

The map of the globe will change, driven by economic forces. Smaller and poorer countries may find it impossible to keep up to speed with a globally connected planet and we could see between 20 and 25 nations merge to create economic strength and attract the investment they need.

3 Corporate Giants

Watch out for new kids on the of block. Half the largest publicly listed companies in 2025 will be firms that did not exist in 2014 - many of them "exponential" businesses that grow rapidly thanks to technology that disrupts old industries and creates new ones. For example, the taxi app Uber, which didn't exist in 2008, is now valued at more than PS25billion. Other online enterprises such as AirBnB and Snapchat are already valued at over [euro]6billion. Driverless cars, 3D and 4D printing and genetics are likely to result in services we can't even imagine today.

4 Financial Services

By 2025 the financial landscape will have been changed by digital currencies like Bitcoin, open markets and "crowd-sourced" providers in everything from insurance to equity investment. Community platforms will let us lend to and invest in each other, bypassing existing firms.

Some say the whole concept public stock markets will be transformed by online crowd funding platforms and digital currencies that create a single global money system.

5 Brain Uploading

won't be long before we will have mapped how the human brain "works and technology companies will be competing to "back it up" online. Three major projects in Europe, the USA and China are involved in major research to understand how the brain stores information and memories. This will ultimately let us create memory back-ups of everything we have ever learned, stored remotely via an online service provider in exactly the same way that many of us now do with the data on our computers and mobile devices.

6 Immersivity

By 2025 rapidly advancing technology will give us new immersive live and virtual leisure experiences. For example, we will be able to become participants in live-action adventure games - everything from Roman battles to re-running the Olympic 100-metres final with robots performing the roles of the other contestants.

7 Mixed Reality Living

The boundaries between virtual and physical worlds will have disappeared by 2025 as we overlay multiple layers of digital sensory augmentation on our physical environment. Augmented and virtual reality will have advanced to the point where we can stimulate all our senses over the internet and via our handheld devices. So, for example, when booking a hotel, these developments would let us feel the bed linen, taste the food in the restaurant and smell the bath products - all from a device in the palm of our hands.

8 Robotics

The replacement of humans by robots in manufacturing has been going on for two decades. It is now spreading to sectors such as care of the elderly, crop spraying and warehouse management. By 2025 robots will have entered every aspect of human life so as to be entirely commonplace. They will be able do jobs as diverse as nursing, complex surgery, policing and security, through to building, retail and hotel service roles. All the major car makers are working on autonomous or driverless cars - a form of robot that we will see on sale in the next few years.

9 Artificial Intelligence

Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are accelerating with the development of computer software that can mimic the human ability to learn and adapt over time to changing circumstances.and AI is already in widespread use in applications such as satnav systems, aeroplane autopilots, automated call centres and software that assesses credit and loan applications in financial services and even health diagnoses.

Advances in AI will gather pace in the next decade. For example, by 2025, the interfaces to all our devices from phones to computers, cars and home appliances will be highly intelligent and adaptive. They will learn from our behaviour and choices and anticipate our needs.

10 Internet of Life

In the next decade upwards of 100 billion objects from smartphones to street lamps and our cars will be connected together via a vast "internet of everything". This will have an impact on every aspect of our lives. For example it could transform the criminal justice system. By 2025, evidence in a court cases will include data taken from body-worn cameras and microphones and sensors in everyday objects such as clothing, furniture and even our coffee cups - proving exactly what happened and who was at the scene of a crime.

Rohit Talwar is CEO of Fast Future Research. fastfuture. com features@mirror.co.uk

4D printing will allow body parts to construct themselves and adapt over time

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