The rise of digital companies in recent years has led to a series of new product launches that have significantly altered the relationship between men and machines. The trend is even that they become “coworkers” and possibly even more dependent on one another, according to Gartner forecasts. Computer-based technology equipment has been increasingly used to create a variety of experiences that expand human effort.

This man-machine cooperation tends to change the structures of companies and the way people work. The function of the handsets in day-to-day activities is also changing, in a move that should accelerate further in the coming years. Machines gain increasingly human characteristics to influence a more personalized relationship with people. Meet the company’s 10 technology research and advice forecasts for years to come.

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The rapid evolution of social media and mobile technologies is driving a change in consumers’ habits and the way they live. Soon, for example, the refrigerators will identify and order foodstuffs that are missing in the house, the robots will record this and the drones will deliver the products to the door of the residences. As a result, there will be a reduction in the need for employees in the markets and for drivers to make deliveries.

This new environment fostered by digital companies will profoundly change business processes, coupled with the demographics of jobs, leading to the emergence of the need for more advanced skills across industries. By 2018, companies will demand 50% less workers in business processes and 500% more key jobs in digital companies, compared to traditional models.

Contributions to increase life expectancy

By 2020, life expectancy in the developed world will increase by half a year as a result of the increasing adoption of wireless health monitoring technologies. Before that, in 2017, the costs of diabetes care will be reduced by 10% through the use of smartphones. Monitoring equipment that can be “dressed” is a great promise.

Today, a simple wristband can monitor heart rate, temperature and a number of environmental factors. Some wireless heart monitoring patches, smart tees and sensors on accessories promise more precision, choice and comfort for users. The wireless transmission is easy and clear.

Data can be correlated with large repositories of cloud-based information to generate approved actions and, via social networks, to obtain information. Gartner predicts that data from remote monitoring devices will give patients continuous access to doctors.