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London Technology Week: 12 ambitious digital happenings expected in the next 20 years

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Check out the 12 predictions considered most likely:

(1) Physical money will be fully replaced by cashless technologies 68 per cent

(2) Doctors’ appointments will be routinely conducted via virtual reality 62 per cent

(3) People will regularly wear clothing connected to the internet 57 per cent

(4) 3D printing will be used to produce human organs 53 per cent

(5) There will be more driverless vehicles than ‘regular’ vehicles on major roads 51 per cent

(6) Drone pizza delivery will be considered normal 50 per cent

(7) The first cloned human being will have been born 41 per cent

(8) Communication devices will be commonly embedded inside the human body 37 per cent

(9) Commercial space flights will take off from major airports 37 per cent

(10) The first Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine on the board of a major company 23 per cent

(11) Avatar girlfriends and boyfriends will be commonplace 19 per cent

(12) Robots will outnumber human beings 14 per cent

Londons technologists, scientists, medics and entrepreneurs are creating the future. No city in the world enjoys Londons quotient of talent, technology culture and capital. It is a potent combination,” said David Gann, VP of innovation at Imperial College London.

Through our Tech Foresight team, Imperial Business Partners is taking some of the worlds finest minds from business and academia to predict how whole industries will transform within two decades. By considering breakthrough discoveries taking place in labs today, they help businesses look ahead to tech-driven trends and markets that will shape our future.

Additional research from EY highlighted the UK capital as the second-most thriving tech hub, just behind Silicon Valley home to Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb and so on. Accenture has also found the digital economy accounts for 22.5 per cent of the world economy at present, while it also discovered that tech could boost economic output by $2tn by 2020.

Eileen Burbidge, partner at Passion Capital and Tech City UK chair, added: The breadth, depth and creativity of our expansive talent pool has helped London to become a world leader in areas such as fintech, e-commerce and cyber security, just to name a few.

“We are already seeing technology disrupting traditional industries, but in years to come we will no longer be talking about the digital tech sector in isolation. Technology and digital will be integrated into every part of the economy.

London Technology Week will conclude on 26 June, while hundreds of international companies and tens of thousands of visitors are expected across over 300 events.

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