That was the number of smart objects in 2019, for a population of 7.7 billion. This figure is projected to rise to 38.6 billion by 2025 and to 50 billion by 20301.
Alongside these dizzying numbers, artificial intelligence, powerful big data and increasingly reliable robotics are leading society into a new, all-digital era, which is having a profound effect on the way we live and on production structures.
The digital economy is the new driver of world growth. It was worth $13,500 billion in 2019, accounting for 15.5% of the world’s GDP, and should rise to 25% in less than a decade.
1 Strategy Analytics report.