What young people expect from technology by 2025

by bold-lichterman

61% of young people aged 18 to 30 expect to have high-speed internet access wherever they are in 2025, and 68.8% imagine unlocking their mobile using a fingerprint reader. This is what we learn from studying Connected Living 2025 produced by Gemalto published on March 9.

For the purposes of the study, a questionnaire was sent to young people aged 18 to 30, living in different countries (Brazil, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States).

Second finding of the study, if 50% of young people expect to be able to pay simply thanks to their mobile by 2025, strong disparities exist between countries. 68% of Brazilians and Chinese are optimistic about the development of mobile payment; only 19% of French people expect this type of service.

More surprisingly, one in three respondents, all countries combined, imagine that their mobile will be equipped with a DNA scanner within ten years.

For 50% of young people, the NFC will replace tickets on public transport

In terms of transport, 62.6% of young people surveyed imagine using cars without a driver, and 61.9% of them expect to have a vehicle equipped with a 3D navigation system. 59.1% even think they can identify themselves in their car thanks to their DNA.

Regarding public transport, more than half of respondents think that NFC technology will replace paper tickets. 69.3% expect to have continuous Internet access, including in tunnels.

Here again, the young people questioned do not all have the same level of expectations depending on their country of origin. 41% of French people imagine being able to identify themselves in their car (compared to 73% of Brazilians or Chinese), or to use NFC technology in public transport (compared to 69% of Chinese and 53% of English). Young Chinese people are even 42% to imagine being able to take a nap in their car in 2025.

Hyper-connected health in Brazil and China

Beyond the transport sector, health should also be particularly impacted by technology.

63% of respondents imagine that in 2025, they will be able to have a 3D representation of their heart thanks to trackers. 59.3% of them expect to be able to follow the evolution of their blood pressure in real time, and 50.8% imagine that they can do the same to monitor the amount of fat they ingest.

Here again, the analysis of the data by country reveals large disparities, and young French people seem to be the least imaginative: less than half of respondents expect technological developments in the field of health. 78% of Brazilians and 63% of English people imagine advances in the field of cardiac monitoring (against 48% of French). 65% of Brazilians and 60% of Chinese imagine being able to monitor their breathing capacities.

For a third of young people, physical currency will have disappeared by 2025

In everyday life too, technology should bring about big changes by 2025. Respondents are 61.2% to think that a personal assistant (like Siri for example) will allow them to better organize their time. They are 41.2% to imagine that it will give them professional advice. 70% of Brazilians surveyed even expect to have an instant answer to any question (compared to less than 50% of French and Germans).

It is in terms of mobile payment that the results of the study are the most surprising. A third of respondents imagine that virtual currency will have completely replaced coins and banknotes within ten years. It is in China that young people are most convinced of this (48% of them), against 35% of Americans and 20% of French people.

It should also be noted that 69.3% of respondents, all countries combined, imagine that their credit card will prevent fraud thanks to a more dynamic security system.

58% of young people imagine using their smartphone at work in 10 years

The last area covered by the field of study, the way of working should also change in the years to come. 63.3% of respondents imagine identifying themselves with their fingerprint to access their office (they are 49.1% to think of doing so thanks to facial recognition).

While only 35% of respondents expect to use a desktop computer, 58.4% imagine using their smartphone. Note that a quarter of respondents expect to use interfaces that will directly analyze their thinking.

The most imaginative are again the Brazilians, who are 75% to imagine using connected glasses at work, and 70% to imagine using their smartphone. Americans seem to be more attracted to tools that promote mobility: 72% of them imagine using a smartphone or tablet in the workplace. As for the French, they are seen using connected glasses (45%) and a laptop (45% also).

For 65.6% of respondents, all of these technological advances will be accompanied by great vigilance regarding data security. It should be noted that it is young English people who are most worried: almost half of them imagine themselves to be “paranoid” on this subject in 2025, against 35% of Brazilians.

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** Just over 1,200 people aged 18 to 30 were surveyed in December 2015 in Brazil, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States through a questionnaire in line by Smart Survey on behalf of Gemalto.

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