The following sources were cited in SAP Digital Futures Issue 06: Blending the Best of People and Machines
The robotics market will grow 9.5% per year to US$66.9B by 2025. Military and industrial uses will be 60% of the total ($US41B). Commercial and personal uses will grow even faster.
Alison Sander and Meldon Wolfgang, “The Rise of Robotics”, bcg.perspectives, August 27, 2014, https://www.bcgperspectives.com/content/articles/business_unit_strategy_innovation_rise_of_robotics/#
The number of Internet of Things sensors will grow from 14.8B in 2015 to 50B by 2020. “Connections Counter: The Internet of Everything in Motion,” The Network, July 29, 2013,
There will be 200B Internet-connected things in 2030.
“A Guide to the Internet of Things”, Intel Corp., accessed September 3, 2015, http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/internet-of-things/infographics/guide-to-iot.html
Image, speech, and voice recognition are advancing quickly and may soon surpass human abilities.
John Markoff, “Researchers Announce Advance in Image-Recognition Software,” The New York Times, November 17, 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/science/researchers-announce-breakthrough-in-content-recognition-software.html?_r=1
“The Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever,” MIT Technology Review, September 9, 2014, http://www.technologyreview.com/view/530561/the-revolutionary-technique-that-quietly-changed-machine-vision-forever/
Robert McMillan, “Speech Recognition Gets Conversational”, Wall Street Journal – Digits, May 28, 2015, http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/28/speech-recognition-gets-conversational/
Tactile technology is improving rapidly due to research and development in robot-assisted medicine.
Charm Labs – Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine, List of 2015 Publications, http://charm.stanford.edu/Main/Publications
The nascent virtual reality market will frow to US$30B in the next five years, while augmented reality will be a US$120B business by 2020.
Eric Johnson, “Digi-Capital: Augmented Reality Like HoloLens to Outpace Virtual Reality Like Oculus,” Re/code, April 6, 2015, http://recode.net/2015/04/06/digi-capital-augmented-reality-like-hololens-to-outpace-virtual-reality-like-oculus/