From driverless cars to robotic workers, the future is going to be here before you know it.
Many emerging technologies that you hear about today will reach a tipping point by 2025, according to a recent report from The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society.
The council surveyed more than 800 executives and experts from the technology sector to share their timeline for when technologies would become mainstream.
From the survey results, the council identified 21 defining moments, all of which they predict will occur by 2030.
Here’s a look at the technological shifts you can expect during the next 14 years.
Deleting files to make room for files is going to become a thing of the past.
In fewer than three years, about 90% of people will have unlimited and free data storage that will ultimately be ad-supported, according to the report.
We are already seeing some companies offer cheap or completely free service. For example, Google Photos already offers unlimited storage for photos and Amazon will let you store an unlimited amount of whatever you want for just $60 a year.
A big reason companies are able to do this is because hard drive cost per gigabyte continues to fall. This has spurred more data to be created than ever before. According to the report, it’s estimated about 90% of all data has been created in just the last two years.
Still, there are signs this may not be the case. Microsoft recently killed its plan that offered unlimited storage on its cloud service OneDrive.