Journey 2022
Future vision

Digital meets physical

As the boundaries between the digital and physical world become increasingly blurred, we must rethink the ways that we perceive and interact with evolving and emerging technologies.

In considering the interactions between the physical world and the digital world, we have looked at the evolution of infrastructure technologies and their associated digital world interpretations. You’ll find below our research into edge & swarm computing, next-generation architectures, quantum computing, perceptive media, cybersecurity and the concept of digital twins.

With the maturing of technologies like AI, Automation, IoT, and even Social Media, we are seeing the boundaries of influence between the digital and physical worlds blurring or even disappearing.

The touch points between the worlds of digital and physical are becoming progressively pervasive and significant.

Breaking the physical barrier

Digital twins and smart materials will soon enable physical systems to change form and function in response to their context and environment. What impact will this have on product lifecycle management?

Since the industrial revolution, products have been engineered to perform specific functions, using defined structures and particular material properties. These products had limited ability to evolve and adapt to external stimuli. However, the application of digital twin technology is creating the potential for a new generation of adaptive products able to respond to a range of contextualized data insights.

Digital twin maturity levels

Next-generation architectures

With the current trends in digitalization and the ever-increasing adoption of connected objects, we are surrounded by computers that seem to continually grow in importance for our work and private lives.

For decades, the miniaturization of transistors and integrated chips relentlessly delivered exponential growth in performance, only to recently hit the limits of physics and economy. Yet the IoT and the incredible advances made in AI are demanding performance increases of several orders of magnitude.

This rift between what is required and what can be delivered without significantly increasing costs, calls for fundamental changes in the ways that we build and deploy computing infrastructures and applications.

Next Generation Architectures

Next Generation Architectures

The factors that limit today’s computing require a fresh engineering perspective. They need to evolve in response to the societal, environmental and business demands created by todays innovations.”

Edge and swarm computing

As billions of objects and people connect to the Internet of Things, a new paradigm of computing systems will emerge to create an intelligent and collaborative computing continuum.

The emergence of edge computing is inevitable. Swarm concepts will enable a multitude of use cases that rely on the collective compute capabilities of edge infrastructures and their ability to interoperate.

This new paradigm will present serious challenges for organizations and the only viable way to effectively manage edge and swarm environments will be through high levels of automation and trust, and more efficient operational models.

Perceptive media

The media of the future will revolve around personal experiences – both individual and collective – individually tailored for everyone.

New media consumption patterns, new formats and devices are changing both the media we consume and the way we consume it. Associated value chains and business models are rapidly evolving, and by 2022 we will be seeing greatly enhanced bidirectional interactivity and immersivity, and even emotionally aware content.

Media will increasingly bridge the gap between the physical and virtual worlds, with insights gained from social media and user behavior, leading to what we might call intelligent or perceptive media.

Quantum Computing

By 2022 certain elements of computing will have made the transition from classical to quanta-ware*, presenting a whole new range of possibilities and challenges.

Nevertheless, quantum hardware and software are not yet optimally aligned, and an understanding of how to make them so is still in its infancy.

Though innovative companies have already embraced the uncertainties of leveraging the potential of quanta-ware, the question remains; in this unpredictable ‘unknown’ do we dare to boldly go where no computer has gone before?

*Quanta-ware: Atos defined term to encompass quantum computing hardware and software solutions.

Cyber-securing the digital economy

The hyper-connected society we will have by 2022, will drastically impact the risk and security landscape. This will demand a cognitive cybersecurity approach to protect individuals, businesses and critical infrastructure.

Approaches to cybersecurity are undergoing significant transformations, particularly as a result of the unprecedented level of technology interactions with human beings, and the ever more sophisticated innovation capabilities that are being exploited by malicious actors.

By 2022, the cybersecurity landscape will be heavily influenced by the challenge of efficiently protecting the myriad of devices that we will engage with in our day-to-day lives, or will even have physically connected to our bodies.