It’s 2025, winter and London is unsurprisingly overcast, but you rise to a beautiful sunrise inside your bedroom courtesy of your Lumie Bodyclock. Unfortunately, traffic is bad today and having allowed Citymapper to override your alarm, you’ve been woken slightly earlier. Your alarm clock tells your kitchen’s smart devices to start making a freshly brewed coffee downstairs. You glance at your health monitor, and it tells you that you’ve had a good sleep, and sends all your vital signs to your doctor for an upcoming check-up.
After getting dressed, you tell your virtual assistant to turn off the radio and main power in your flat, which signals a nearby driverless car that you’re ready to be picked up. On the ride to work your smartphone syncs with the car’s rider interface, and reminds you it’s your mum’s birthday in Singapore. With a busy day at work and given she’s eight hours ahead, the car sets up a video call for you to share a happy birthday wish on the way to work.
Traffic is worse than anticipated but the good news is your office has been informed of your different route to work and is aware of the delay. Your colleague is already on the case with meetings being rescheduled and updated in real time. Simultaneously, your smartphone automatically gets the latest messages and updates from the company cloud, so you can get up to speed on the commute in– best to be prepared for any requests that have come in overnight from your team in the U.S.
Once you get to the office your first meeting concerns a project you’re collaborating on with the German team. As you walk into the conference room, the glass partition reveals a perfect picture of the team sat in their own conference room in Berlin – it’s surprisingly sunny for January. Although you don’t speak German, voice recognition technology translates what is being said around the table in real-time. Both teams can see the project’s progress as well as share resources and documents as though you were in the same room, thanks to the company’s cloud-based collaboration software. As the last person leaves the conference room, the lights fade and all devices switch to standby, reducing energy consumption.
As it reaches late morning your watch sends a reminder to get some exercise in before lunch and suggests a favourite class at a nearby yoga studio. You accept and your watch signs you up for the class instantly. However, as you are on the way to your class you run into a colleague and your watch suggests instead lunch at your favourite sushi restaurant. It’s not often you see this colleague so you take the opportunity to catch-up. Your watch books a table for two and cancels your yoga class.
After returning to the office you now finally have a chance to watch a video recorded last night by an American colleague giving you your next assignment. The U.S. office is currently short staffed and is outsourcing much of its office work to employees around the world, using video collaboration and file sharing.
By the time you know it, it’s nearly time to leave. It’s cold so you decide to take advantage of the company’s carpooling fleet of driverless cars. As you make your way down to the basement, taking into account your home address, the cloud assigns you to join your colleagues from a similar part of town. This gives you time to check your fridge tracker so you can nip to the grocery store and pick up some fresh mozzarella for the pizza you have been dreaming about for the past hour.
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After a quick stop at the shops, at last, you’re home! A news bulletin has been compiled for when you switch on the TV and it starts playing as you sink into your heated sofa.
Your watch gently reminds you that you missed your exercise target, and recommends a 30-minute virtual reality simulation of a hike along the coast of Hawaii. You are inspired because the simulation is based on personal data from a previous trip. The stunning scenery and the sound of the ocean waves are motivation for you to get off your couch.
As you start cooking the lights in your lounge have begun to dim due to prep-programming, the heating feels cosy and you’re overwhelmed by fatigue – better get this pizza cooked quickly. You check on the weather and transport for tomorrow – traffic won’t be as bad and your alarm is returned to normal time.
As you get ready for bed you close your blinds with a hand gesture. The room temperature and humidity automatically adjust to optimum levels for good sleep, based on your personal health data.
You can rest easy knowing the cloud is preparing your day and will be there to greet you again in the morning.
In our average day we increasingly come into contact with the cloud – so much that we don’t even notice it. It’s where our personal information is stored, our memories are archived and by 2025 the cloud is set to be the home of all enterprise data. As devices and businesses become more connected, the way we interact with the world will transform. In 2025, every day will be a day in the cloud.