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New technology is entering the workplace all the time. But how accurate are employees’ predictions on when tech will be available to them?

  •  Augmented reality glasses within ten years

56% of employees have stated that they expect augmented reality glasses will be available to them within the next decade. Users will be able to see information superimposed onto whatever surface they happen to be looking at. But how likely are they to be adopted within in the workplace the next ten years?

Surprisingly- very likely. Meron Gribetz, the CEO of  Silicon Valley-based startup Meta, recently told the MIT technology review that Meta would soon be swapping desktop personal computers for augmented reality glasses in order to increase productivity. Given that this tech is already in place in the workplace today, widespread adoption within ten years seems very possible.

  •  Holograms in the workplace within 20 years

An even greater number of employees (59%) predict that they will see holograms in their workplace by 2037. With the use of hologram technology we are likely to see an even greater advance in information display technology. Employees might even expect to be working with holographic counterparts of colleagues from across the globe without even having to leave their usual workplace!

Holograms in the workplace might seem to have their place more in science fiction than reality. However, multinational Australian corporation MYOB recently published a report on the progress of business by 2040, predicting not only holographic workers, but also ‘holonars’ as an updated version of ‘webinars’, all within 23 years. Employees are therefore not alone in their optimism about hologram technology.

  •  Bluetooth technology that transmits data brain-to-brain within 30 years

More than half of employees expect that wireless data transmission between brains will be possible within 30 years. The need for computers may even be eliminated if data can be received internally- documents viewable in the mind’s eye.

In an experiment in 2013, Rajesh Rao of the University of Washington was able to send a brain signal to a colleague on the other side of the university campus. This brain signal caused the colleague’s finger to move on a keyboard. Technology therefore already exists that can transmit a form of data between two brains wirelessly. It is easy to imagine that within 30 years this technology might be developed to include any manner of workplace data.

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