Small Business Opinion | Could teleportation be part of your business in the next 25 years?

To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we have produced the ‘25 on 25 Connected Conversations Report’ to examine the ways in which the UK has been changed by technology over the past two and a half decades. Arranging a series of discussions between 25-year veterans and 25 year-old new starter across five sectors, we have been able to determine how exactly technology is penetrating all aspects of society, from business to education, healthcare and local government.

For a small business, the importance of technology in the workplace has grown becoming an integral part of running a business; from starting up right through to growth and development.  You can literally run a business from a bedroom now with the same functionality as if you had a fully fledged serviced office – but without the huge overheads.  Moreover, working across projects with multiple partners and dealing with customers and manufactures spread across different locations both inside and outside the UK, makes technology a strategic tool that is essential  for small businesses as we head into the next quarter century.

As for the consumer, in the last 25 years access to the latest technology has moved from being a closed specialism for the knowledgeable few to become an open and collaborative fabric of modern society, making its associated advantages available to all. Tech savvy consumers have wrenched control away from the organisational IT departments, and are now shaping the future development of technology in British society.

Undertaking research into the British public’s expectations of technology capability in the 21st century, from online voting to video-based healthcare and even teleporting, the consumers we spoke to are largely optimistic about when they expect to see technologies that will change their daily routines. In many instances we found that technology stops being ‘tech’ when it becomes ingratiated as part of people’s daily lives, such as the mobile phone. As you can see from the people we spoke to below, the public’s expectations for technology are unrecognisable from the mid 1980s.

2010 is a year of change. Green technology, faster broadband, smarter business, the digital economy, community regeneration, infrastructure innovation, public sector efficiency – they’re more than just buzzwords, they’re essential elements that will shape not just the UK’s economy, but arguably its place in the world as we know it. And whatever the future holds for the economy, government and business, it’s evident that technology will play a key role in shaping how that future looks and works.