What's the future of the emergency services?
Robot doctors prescribing digital pills, getting arrested through Facebook ...that's the more fanciful stuff, but how are the emergency services going to change in the next decade or so, say? Through 4G, drones and smart tech, of course!
For health services, response times for ambulances in the UK could be helped by a new EU initiative that wants all cars to come with an emergency assist system by 2015. How it'll work is basically this: if you're in a crash, your car will automatically call 999 – or whatever the local equivalent is – and get help ASAP. Kind of like burglar alarms linked directly to the police (in fact it will also inform police of your location during the crash).
4G broadband will help services like air ambulances, letting tablet-wielding doctors and paramedics get directions to patient's locations quickly, as well as bringing up any prudent medical records quick as a flash.
Last but not least... the d-word. Whilst drones get a bad rep (arguably, rightfully so), Canadian mounties recently claimed one saved a life, the first UAV – that's unmanned aerial vehicle to you and me – to do so. Between that and the graffiti-cleaning drones in Germany, expect a lot of emergency service jobs to be taken by robots (or just a lot of jobs full stop).