Microsoft survey: Vietnam youth expect internet of things to have biggest impact on their future

20:43 | 22/02/2017 Information Technology

(VEN) - Youth want technology innovations to increase their productivity, but concerns remain over relationships becoming too impersonal and impact on their job prospects.

In our increasingly digital world, new and emerging innovations are set to disrupt the way people live, work and play. According to youth in Vietnam, the most exciting technologies expected to have the largest impact on their future lives will be Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual/mixed/augmented reality (VR/MR/AR), based on survey findings released by Microsoft.

Youth in Vietnam rank the Internet of Things as the most exciting technology innovation that will affect their lives. Click here to view the full infographic.

1,400 youths were polled across the Asia Pacific region, including 100 from Vietnam. Other markets involved in the survey comprise Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.

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he Internet of Things (IoT) is ranked as the top technology that Vietnam youth expect to have the biggest impact on their lives. In recent years, the confluence of power devices, cloud and data has enabled bold visions on how IoT can be an integrated part of our digital future.

IoT refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects connected to the Internet and the communication that occurs between these objects and other devices and systems. This includes everything from street sensors, home appliances, wearables, and vehicles.

According to the survey, these are the three scenarios that youth anticipate that the biggest improvement to their lives from IoT (ranked from top): 

- Smart homes where main appliances can “talk” to each other (36%);

- Smart buildings that can optimize energy usage according to changes in weather and number of occupants (29%); 

- Traffic systems that can adjust in real-time to mitigate road conditions (23%).

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The second-ranked technology that youth are excited about is artificial intelligence (AI).

AI involves the creation of intelligent machines or services that work and react like humans – a feature that is now increasingly found in almost everything from translation services to virtual assistants to video games. Leveraging the potential of AI to execute tasks such as data analytics, speech recognition, and problem solving, people can be empowered to achieve more and yet do less.

The third-ranked technology that youth are most excited about is virtual/mixed/augmented reality (VR/MR/AR).

Augmented reality involves creating or placing a virtual world inside the real world, while virtual reality is about creating a feel of a real world inside a virtual world. Mixed reality combines both elements, where a user can navigate through the real world interacting with virtual objects and real life notions such as 'depth'.

The survey found that youth are looking forward to IoT and other technologies to help them to (ranked from top): Increase their productivity; Improve their physical and mental health; Make them more employable

Vu Minh Tri, Microsoft Vietnam CEO said, “With more than 60 percent of the world’s youth found in Asia Pacific, this region will be a hotbed for the world’s digital revolution. It is exciting to see how Vietnam youth are looking forward most to the benefits that future innovations can bring. Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, combined with virtual/mixed/augmented reality, provide incredible digital transformation opportunities for nations and organizations to carve an exciting new future for all of us.”

However, the survey also revealed some of the concerns held by youth around the increasingly digital world. Among their top three concerns are: Relationships becoming too impersonal (48%); Potential loss of jobs (20%); Security and privacy (16%)

Preparing for disruption

Looking ahead, 3 in 10 Vietnam youth feel their country is not ready to adapt to digital disruptions. To get ahead, they feel a top priority is to ensure schools prepare students with the right skills to fully leverage future innovations (43%); followed by making future technology innovations affordable and accessible (24%); and creating conducive business environments to encourage start ups (19%).

According to the survey, youth feel strongly that public-private partnerships (47%) should take the lead in driving future technology innovations, ahead of the public sector or government (26%), and the private sector (14%).

Public-private partnerships were deemed by youth to be the most effective way to drive innovations.

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Nam Phuong