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10 things data science will help us achieve in the future

Felix Pignard

Data Scientist, Travel Intelligence, Amadeus IT Group

I had to stop and think before articulating some of the things that data will change in the future, because the future I was about to consider is already here. Data has already changed our world. Social networks, through data, are changing the way we interact: they allow us to maintain friendships with many more people than was possible in the past; they can give a voice to oppressed people; and they can help us avoid an unnecessary trip to the airport when our flight has been cancelled. Isn't this truly amazing?

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Now, for the real future. Here we go!

  1. Weather data and prediction techniques

    will become so accurate that we will be able to move populations before they are hit by major natural disasters. Well, this isn’t my most original one…

  1. Facial recognition. This one might be scary and cast the shadow of George Orwell’s 1984, but we have never been closer to it. Even the most basic camera, if equipped with the right algorithms, will be able to recognise you. With current technology, a camera under 100 dollars already has a 95% efficiency rate in doing so.
  1. Genetic sequencing

    will be the new norm, bringing the most impressive breakthroughs seen in medicine since the first vaccines. In fact - and this has already started - medicine could be taken over by data, deeply reshaping many parts of the medical profession. The most basic activities performed by doctors, such as measuring body constants, will be replaced with digitised information, enabling them to focus more on scientific research.

  1. The most important value of a currency

    is the trust that users put in it. With the progress of cryptography, people could start to fully rely on virtual currencies. More generally, cryptography and distributed computation could be in a position to replace any data-based service, connecting any kind of end-users in the most secure manner.

  1. The use of data will break any language barrier, even in informal discussion between groups of people where each of them are naturally speaking different languages. At some point, language interpretation will be so powerful that even programming languages will be compatible with those of humans, allowing anyone, even without the specific background, to code their own software perfectly seamlessly.
  1. With myriads of wearable devices around us, it could be possible to track a person’s emotions in real-time. Imagine how this would change the game of seduction! Unfortunately, my teenage years are well behind me!
  1. Tracking a person’s emotions also gives access to neural activity which could in turn be applied to education

    by adapting training to the pupils’ needs, enabling them to learn at an advanced rate and using data science robots to support educational development.

  1. All cars will be driverless, of course, but also connected to the road network, exchanging data with it to optimise traffic as a whole. Traffic jams could become a thing of the past. Did you know that when ants see a potential cause of congestion, instead of slowing down like common sense would suggest, they accelerate to make their flow more agile? And it works! Applying this to smart cars will be child’s play. If cars still exist by then…
  1. Using sensors to track nervous actions, will make it possible to measure a person’s moves beyond anything done today with a smartwatch. It could then be used to understand behaviours and correlate them with diseases.
  1. With the help of Amadeus Travel Intelligence, the travel industry will benefit by becoming much more efficient and expanding to a point that travel could be accessible to most of us. You will truly become everyone's neighbour, and a citizen of the world. What a breakthrough this is when just three centuries ago, 95% of people would spend their entire lives less than 200 kilometers away from where they were born!

Wait and see..

. data science

is bound to shape a future filled with remarkable achievements.

Editor’s note: It’s been labelled the sexiest profession of the 21st Century, one where demand has raced ahead of supply, a hybrid of data hacker, analyst, communicator, and trusted advisor. Data scientists are people with the skill set (and the mind-set) to tame Big Data technologies and put them to good use. But what kind of person does this? Who has that powerful –and rare- combination of skills?  In this series, Amadeus’ team of Data Scientists seek to unlock the answers to those questions and their impact on travel.

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