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This research was produced for Ovum’s Digital Economy 2025: Technology Outlook report, October 2015. The scenario depicts a society that is open 24x7; rated as “high impact, low likelihood,” it was not included in the final report as space was given to high likelihood events.


  • Major cities in the developed world may turn into societies that are open 24x7, with technology-facilitated work, education, and living.

Features and Benefits

  • Human sleep patterns today are the result of changes brought about by technology.
  • Augmented reality (AR) will pervade our environment.

Key questions answered

  • What are the implications in a society that is open 24x7?
  • What are the advantages of a society that is open 24x7?

Table of contents

Straight Talk IT

  • Summary
  • Open 24x7 and technology-facilitated: work, education, and living in 2025
  • Human sleep patterns today are the result of changes brought about by technology


  • Further reading
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