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This book integrates all narrow disciplines and specializations into a transcendent holistic unity guided by the theory of information.This is the vision of Intelligent World. Here Huawei’s wealth of practical knowledge feeds on continuous learning. Here the limiting cadence of time restricts waste and assures ever growing efficiency and ever diminishing costs for all of us.

George Gilder, Futurist, Author and Venture Capitalist

To ensure networks can meet the requirements of the future world, efforts have been made to plan future network technologies, targeting 2030. Moving forward, next-generation information technologies, such as 5G, cloud computing, IoT, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain, will be added to the technology stack. They will enable intent-based services and applications and more efficient use of network resources, and ensure secure and trustworthy cloud-network synergy.

Hequan Wu, Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), Director of the Advisory Committee of Internet Society of China (ISC), Director of China Standardization Expert Committee (CSEC)

Looking ahead to the next 5 to 10 years, the use of AI will be spread to more areas, such as AI-led 6G intelligent sensing networks, and Neuromorphic systems that will go beyond existing machine vision imaging systems. Let's work together to embrace a brighter future for the computing industry.

Gao Wen, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Director of Peng Cheng Laboratory, Boya Chair Professor of Peking University

Vehicles are the ultimate products of deep integration between the Internet, big data, AI, and the real economy. Vehicles will be redefined by ICT, and become more connected and intelligent. Intelligent connected vehicles will be a key pillar of intelligent transportation. They will also present challenges in terms of technology, policy, laws, and regulations. The standardization of intelligent vehicles is still underway, and we will continue innovating as we build intelligent connected vehicles.

Prof. C.C. Chan, Founding President of the World Electric Vehicle Association, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering

Our imagination is the only limit on how far we can go, but it is the actions we take now that will determine how quickly we can get there. The best way to embrace the future is to build it ourselves.

David Wang, Executive Director, President of ICT Products & Solutions, Huawei

8 Outlooks for the Intelligent World 2030

Healthcare
Food
Living Spaces
Transportation
Cities
Enterprises
Energy
Digital Trust

Healthcare: Making Health Computable, Bettering Quality of Life

By 2030, sensitive biosensors will be in widespread use, and massive amounts of health data will be stored on the cloud, making health computable. People will be able to proactively manage their health, shifting focus from treatment to prevention. Driven by technologies such as IoT and AI, personalized treatments will become a reality. Portable medical devices will enable people to access coordinated telemedicine services from the comfort of their homes.

Predictions:

  • By 2030, the global general computing power (FP32) will reach 3.3 ZFLOPS, a 10-fold increase over 2020.
  • By 2030, AI computing power (FP16) will reach 105 ZFLOPS, a 500-fold increase over 2020.

Food: Data-driven Food Production for More Bountiful, Inclusive, and "Green" Diets

By 2030, we will be producing multivariable maps of agricultural data, which will make precision farming possible. Collecting data will enable us to control factors affecting crop growth, such as temperature and humidity, so that we can build vertical farms unaffected by the uncertainties of climate and weather. 3D printing technologies are also introducing the possibility of artificial meat designed according to taste and dietary requirements. By 2030, we will be building more resilient and sustainable food systems and relying on firm data rather than the vagaries of the heavens.

Predictions:

  • By 2030, there will be 200 billion connections worldwide. IPv6 adoption will reach 90%
  • By 2030, 1 YB of data will be generated annually worldwide, a 23-fold increase over 2020.

Living Spaces: Personalized Spaces with Novel Interactive Experiences

By 2030, we will no longer have to live with clutter. We will manage our possessions with a digital catalog powered by a 10 gigabit network, holograms, and other technologies. Automatic delivery systems will bring household items from shared warehouses to our doors whenever we need them. Intelligent management systems that control our physical surroundings for automatic interactions will mean that the buildings where we live and work may produce net zero carbon. Next-generation IoT operating systems will enable people to live and work in adaptive environments that understand their needs.

Predictions:

  • By 2030, there will be 1.6 billion fiber broadband subscribers.
  • By 2030, 23% of homes will have access to 10 gigabit fiber broadband.

Transportation: Smart, Low-carbon Transport Opens up the Mobile Third Space

In 2030, the transport system will see innovations across many different dimensions. Vehicles using green energy and controlled by autonomous driving technology will provide us with a mobile third space. Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will make emergency rescue faster, reduce the costs of delivering emergency medical supplies, and may even change how people commute. Mobility solutions will be efficient, customized, and shared, meaning that vehicles will be used much more consistently and travel will become greener.

All of these will require secure and stable autonomous driving algorithms; cost-effective, reliable sensors; high-speed, stable space-air-ground integrated networks; and a central brain with massive computing power for traffic management. These technologies will be indispensable for developing connected, autonomous, shared, and electric vehicles that deliver a low-carbon transport experience.

Predictions:

  • By 2030, 50% of new vehicles sold will be electric vehicles.
  • By 2030, the whole-vehicle computing power will exceed 5,000 TOPS.

Cities: New Digital Infrastructure Makes Cities More Human and Livable

The spread of new digital infrastructure will make for better management of the urban environment, with more efficient use of resources and more effective city government. Centralized digital platforms for government processes and services will make government services user-friendly and easier to access. This will help create more comfortable and livable cities.

Predictions:

  • By 2030, 40% of companies will have access to 10 gigabit Wi-Fi networks.

Enterprises: New Productivity, New Production Models, New Resilience

By 2030, digital transformation will have brought a new wave of modernization to enterprises. They will use more productive machines, such as collaborative robots and autonomous mobile robots. New business models will be more people-centric, with increased flexibility in manufacturing, logistics, and other activities. Digitalization will help companies interweave and graphically monitor their supply chains for better resilience in the face of dynamic market environments.

Predictions:

  • By 2030, every 10,000 workers will work with 390 robots.
  • By 2030, one million companies are expected to build their own 5G private networks (including virtual private networks).

Energy: Intelligent, Green Energy for a Better Planet

Energy will be greener and more intelligent in 2030. Power plants will be generating electricity from renewable energy sources in lakes and near-shore marine areas. An "energy Internet" will emerge, with digital technologies connecting generation-grid-load-storage, including virtual power plants and an energy cloud. Zero-carbon data centers and zero-carbon telecom towers could possibly become a reality.

Predictions:

  • By 2030, renewables will account for 50% of all electricity generation globally.

Digital Trust: Technologies and Regulations Shape a Trusted Digital Future

n 2030, digital trust will be a basic requirement for our social infrastructure. We will need a combination of technical and organizational measures: blockchain, AI fraud detection, and privacy-enhancing computation. This will need to be combined with privacy and security regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Used together, these measures will deliver an intelligent world with digital trust.

Predictions:

  • By 2030, privacy-enhanced computing technologies will be used in more than 50% of computing scenarios.
  • By 2030, 85% of enterprises will adopt blockchain technology.

Using ICT to Create New Value and Promote Social Progress and Development

By 2030, broadband coverage will extend beyond the ground, reaching the air and even space to meet people's multi-dimensional connectivity needs

Communications Network 2030

Future networks won't just connect billions of people; they will connect hundreds of billions of things. We envision those connections as being maintained by future AI-native networks that are green, integrated, secure, trustworthy, and capable of providing deterministic experiences and HCS.

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Computing 2030

By 2030, yottabytes of data will be generated every year. Computing energy efficiency will increase 100-fold and AI will use digital technologies to do everything from making industry more intelligent, to helping us achieve true carbon neutrality. It's this level of AI that will help us transcend human limitations and enhance our cognition of everything from the tiniest quarks to vast cosmological phenomena.

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Digital Power 2030

Power electronics technologies and digital technologies are being deeply integrated to build energy systems in which bits can be used to manage watts and various intelligent applications will be deployed on the energy cloud.

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Intelligent Automotive Solution 2030

Cross-industry collaboration will speed up the integration of ICT into the automotive industry, helping every vehicle go digital to empower intelligent driving, intelligent spaces, intelligent services, and intelligent operations.

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Intelligent World 2030

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