Huawei lists 10 megatrends on intelligent technology

GIV predicts that there will be 103 robots in industry for every 10,000 employees. (Photo from

HUAWEI launched its Global Industry Vision (GIV) report Monday, August 19, continuing its predictions for technology and industry development up to 2025. The report looks at how emerging technologies will boost productivity and opportunities across different industries.

Drawing from Huawei’s own quantitative data and real-world use cases of how intelligent technology is permeating every industry, this year’s report identifies 10 megatrends currently shaping how we live and work.

GIV also predicts technology trends up until 2025, including 5G coverage, AI deployment, home robot adoption, and smart assistant use rates.

The 10 trends and examples of GIV’s key predictions for 2025 are as follows:

Living with Bots: Advances in material science, perceptual AI, and network technologies are powering the uptake of robotics in a variety of home and personal scenarios. GIV predicts a 14-percent global penetration rate of home robots. Opportunities for bots in the home include healthcare, education, leisure and recreation, housekeeping, and emergency services.

Super Sight: The convergence of 5G, VR/AR, machine learning, and other emerging technologies will let us see beyond distance, distortion, surface, and history, opening up new vistas for people, business, and culture.

GIV predicts that the percentage of companies using AR/VR will increase to 10 percent. This has far reaching impacts, particularly for those living in urban areas, with opportunities emerging in power and waste management systems, apart from healthcare, education, leisure and recreation, tourism, and emergency services.

Zero Search: As data-driven and sensor-equipped appliances and devices begin anticipating our needs, information will find us. Future searches will be button-free, personal social networks will be created effortlessly, and industry will benefit from “zero-search maintenance”.

GIV predicts that 90 percent of smart device owners will use intelligent personal assistants. At the industry level, this presents opportunities for the aviation industry, understanding how risks occur and reducing such risks. It may also prove useful in building smart cities, for example, with identifying end-of-life within a street lighting system, thereby reducing maintenance costs.

Tailored Streets: Intelligent transport systems will connect people, vehicles, and infrastructure, creating zero congestion, rapid emergency response, and other functions that will make life smoother. GIV predicts that 15 percent of vehicles will have Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology. This is founded on intelligent analytics that will create a dynamic environment to create a better transportation experience.

Working with Bots: Already transforming many industries, smart automation will take on more hazardous, repetitive, and high-precision tasks—a boon for safety and productivity. GIV predicts that there will be 103 robots in industry for every 10,000 employees. This then allows us to focus on creative and knowledge-based tasks.

Augmented Creativity: Cloud AI will cut the cost and barrier of entry to scientific experimentation, innovation, and art, opening up a goldmine of creative potential that’s available to all. GIV predicts that 97 percent of large companies will have deployed AI. With an increasing number of people having access to tool for creativity, opportunities for mass innovation are opening up.

Frictionless Communication: AI and big data analytics will create seamless communication between companies and customers and break down language barriers. Accuracy, understanding, and trust will underpin tomorrow’s communications.

GIV predicts that enterprises will fully use of 86 percent of the data that they produce. This presents opportunities for seamless work between companies and service providers, as well as greater understanding of customers.

Symbiotic Economy: Companies across the planet are adopting digital tech and smart applications on unified access platforms, which means greater collaboration, resource-sharing, stronger global ecosystems, and higher productivity.

GIV predicts that every company everywhere will be using cloud technology and 85 percent of business applications will be cloud-based. This also allows for increased inclusivity, partnerships, and sustainability.

5G’s rapid rollout: 5G is here and it is landing far faster than any previous wireless generation, with the potential for individuals, businesses, and society is enormous. Among the areas where 5G presents significant potential are healthcare, leisure and recreation, transportation, and manufacturing. GIV predicts that 58 percent of the world's population will have access to 5G.

Global Digital Governance: Advancements in digital tech must be balanced by shared data standards and principles for data use. Apart from personal data protection, digital governance issues will be an evolving area for law enforcement, together with expected higher requirements for data governance capabilities. GIV predicts that the annual volume of global data will reach 180 ZB (1 ZB = 1 trillion GB).

“Exploration will never stop. We should set our sights beyond what we see now and look to the future, shifting from innovation to invention. We’re seeing rapid changes to life, work, and society as every industry adopts AI, 5G, cloud computing, and other emerging technologies. Huawei is committed to building digital platforms, user experiences, and intelligent technology that power ubiquitous connectivity in every scenario. It’s our mission to offer every person, home, and organization an intelligent future and the benefits of entirely new opportunities for growth," stated Huawei ICT Infrastructure Kevin Zhang.

With the first report released in 2018, GIV @2025 is designed to analyze industry development trends and serve as a strategic guide for ICT deployment.


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