Numerous employees expect that technology will enable people to sense the temper of their colleagues, enhance the taste of canteen food and other senses by 2030, according to a outline released by Ericsson on Thursday. The Ericsson IndustryLab outline, based on a survey that covered around 13.3 crore employees across 16 countries including India, found that almost 6 in 10 foresee a permanent increase in online meetings.
“All the way through this Covid-19 isolation, people far and wide are rediscovering the importance of smells and flavours and the sheer physicality of the locations they most often do trade at.
“The pandemic has created a tipping point for what white-collar workers expect of the future digital office,” Ericsson Consumer and IndustryLab Head (Research Agenda) Michael Bjorn said in the outline.
The outline said respondents are also realising that while connectivity is now more important than ever before, digital meetings want to evolve before they develop into as effective as the real object. There is simply a need for tools that better improve remote interplay.
The survey around ‘Internet of Senses’ collected opinions of people on how sensory connectivity through man made intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), 5G and automation can change the work situation for white-collar employees.
“Seventy-three per cent of senior managers imagine that food in the company canteen can also be digitally enhanced to taste like anything by 2030.
“Sixty-six per cent think that by 2030, technology will enable them to sense when a colleague is upset, that also means their employer will realize when they themselves are upset,” the outline said.
The outline said people expect that there will be wearable devices that will use online weather forecasts and make users feel the oncoming weather, such as the amount of wind or rain that a person will be exposed to all over shuttle or on a customer visit.
“The Internet of Senses will most likely be used for marketing and sales, with 59 per cent saying that spatial video and 50 per cent saying digital temperature will be used to have more immersive engagements with customers by 2030,” the study said.
More than six out of 10 respondents imagine that flavours will be digitally tasted by 2030, it added.
“Digital touch tech evolves tactile experiences that eight in 10 imagine will be to be had by 2030 via smartphone screens,” the outline said.
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