technology predictions for 2018 | Future timeline

Read technology predictions for 2018, a year that will see the world transform thanks to disruptions in technology that will impact a wide range of sectors—and we explore some of them below. It’s your future, discover what you’re in for.

technology forecasts for 2018

Forecast
In 2018, a number of technology breakthroughs and trends will become available to the public, for example:
  • Video content (Netflix, YouTube, etc.) to make up over 80 percent of all Internet web traffic. 1
  • There will be one Wi-Fi hotspot for every 20 people. 1
  • HP's latest computer invention, The Machine, is available for purchase and is 6 times more powerful than current servers 1
  • In China, 10Gbps Wi-Fi becomes available at 5GHz frequency bands 1
  • First 3D printed car created 1
  • Kenya/Uganda/Rwanda's "Mombasa-Kigali railway project" is fully built 1
  • Abu Dhabi's "Saadiyat Island" is fully built 1
  • South Korea's "Songdo IBD" is fully built 1
  • Abu Dhabi's "Yas Island" is fully built 1
  • World sales of electric vehicles reaches 5,200,000 1
  • Predicted global mobile web traffic equals 10.5 exabytes 1
  • Global Internet traffic grows to 132 exabytes 1
Prediction
Technology related predictions due to make an impact in 2018 include:

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