The publication includes a generic roadmap, a short
overview of the needs, and the technology enablers
towards ubiquitous society. The main part of this work
presents several claims together with the vision and
reasoning behind each one, trends, signs, and near and
long-term future possibilities. A dedicated chapter deals
with the new business opportunities.
The main findings were that human nature will be the same
in a ubiquitous world but that the possibilities and
means to do things will broaden considerably. Embedded
electronics and smart devices in our surroundings will
communicate for our benefit in smart spaces all around
our everyday lives. Energy production, transfer, storage
and use will be optimized with smart grid and energy
harvesting technologies. Smart devices will provide us
with digital sense and means to interact and live with
the virtual world. Ever-present and fluent connectivity
to the Internet makes the supporting technologies and
wireless networks disappear from the users' knowledge.
Similarly, the cloud will be hidden from the users.
Smartness will penetrate vehicles and the road
infrastructure. Technologies are being applied more often
to new purposes rather than to what they were intended
for in the first place. The Virtual and real worlds mimic
each other, replicate and make the impossible possible.
It will not always be possible to tell real from virtual.
Collaboration and cognitivity will bring benefits over
single device or object functionality. The integration of
virtual world with the real world gives humanity a new
dimension of life.
|Place of Publication||Espoo|
|Publisher||VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland|
|Number of pages||84|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|MoE publication type||Not Eligible|
|Series||VTT Tiedotteita - Research Notes|