The future of IT will dramatically shift by 2030 as cloud computing, augmented reality, quantum computing, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology evolve into the next generation of information technology.
This is according to Magnus Kalkuhl, director of Kaspersky Lab’s European Global Research and Analysis Team, in a article entitled IT Security in 2013.
Kalhuhl envisages a bright future of a technology-driven utopia, fuelled by innovation and opportunity that is completely separate from today’s device and computer-centric digital world.

However, as the evolutionary development of future technologies accelerates, Kalkuhl also offers the alternative view of a technology-dependent dystopia, where issues regarding citizens’ privacy, individuality and overall security will be called into question future utopia fuelled by innovation and opportunity.
IT Security in 2030 offers a view into the technologies that are most likely to become a tomorrow’s “day-to-day reality” while analysing the potential benefits and dangers for each one.
It postulates that technology already plays an important role in users lives, but that prediction of the IT security landscape is not possible without evaluating changes in technology and even society in general.
New technologies will radically change the digital universe, making most of today’s current devices and their industries obsolete, it adds.
TVs, computers, smartphones and tablets will be replaced by augmented reality glasses, while software, movies and music will become cloud-based products in their entirety.

Dedicated gaming devices are expected to be replaced with massive virtual play worlds available everywhere. In addition, fully automated transport systems will redefine the way people commute.

As a result of artificial intelligence development, people’s lives and well-being will become heavily dependent on technology as opposed to common sense, Kalkuhl believes.

Sophisticated computer systems in command will become the greatest benefit or the greatest threat, depending on people’s attitude toward artificial intelligence and how well these systems are implemented.

“There is now doubt that our dependence on computer technology will continue to grow,” Kalkuhl says. “The bright side is that new, revolutionary inventions will make our lives better.

“Unfortunately, modern cyber-threats will evolve as well, starting from Trojans to cyber-weapons. Every new technology will present even more security challenges. It is part of my job now to overcome them and make the world a little bit better. And, despite the ever-growing threat landscape, in my predictions I tend to stay on the positive side of things.”