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Henry Tirri, Nokia's head of research, says the economic downturn will lead to more investments in collaboration tools, broadband, video, and mobile technology to eliminate the need for travel. Over the next few years, people will move some of their computing functions onto mobile devices, including Internet browsing and media consumption.

Tirri says that by 2020, a great deal of technology will be invisible and out of sight, with many computing functions incorporated into everyday objects that people wear and use, such as clothing and jewelry. Almost all businesses will have an information technology architecture that mixes mobile devices that stay close to the user with background systems, which could be part of a cloud-computing network. In government, an increasing amount of services will be available online, which will lead governments to call for some kind of electronic identification card to improve efficiency. Internet use will be dominated by wireless devices, which will require a redesigning of information networks.

Tirri says after 2050, information and physical reality will become increasingly intertwined. He says it will only be a matter of time before we can take information from one location, such as the pattern on a shirt, and reconstruct that information in a distant location.

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