Complete Reality of Internet (CRI) is expected to be widely applied by 2040 as five associated technologies are expected to achieve further breakthroughs, according to a CRI white paper jointly released by Shenzhen-based tech giant Tencent and global management consulting and professional services firm Accenture on Monday.
CRI means connecting the real and virtual or digital worlds so that the online and offline worlds are fully integrated.
The white paper is the first detailed interpretation Tencent offered after its CEO Pony Ma raised the concept of CRI in December 2020, according to Shenzhen Economic Daily.
One of CRI’s main purposes is solving practical problems in real scenarios. “The integration of data and reality will become CRI’s main battlefield,” Tang Daosheng, senior executive vice president of Tencent, said.
In recent years, workplace activities have changed with CRI’s development. For example, coal truck drivers no longer need to work at dusty and extreme temperature environments. Instead, they can complete daily monitoring work in front of safe and comfortable screens. In addition, surgeons now use a neurosurgical navigation system to pinpoint lesions hidden in brain tissues.
The full application of CRI requires support from five technologies, specifically digital twin and video, remote interaction, ambient intelligence, trusted protocols and unlimited computing power, according to Tang.
The white paper believed that a group of technologies such as Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and extended reality have currently achieved mature development.
With other advanced technologies expected to achieve further breakthroughs, such as quantum computing and brain-computer interfaces, CRI will possibly be fully applied by 2040.
Tencent has formed its own advantages in fields such as real-time rendering, edge computing and blockchain. The company has built a batch of successful cases on immersed complete reality experiences.
Tencent cooperated with Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. to build a “digital factory,” which helps experts and engineers better manage production lines and equipment. In the financial industry, more and more banks are using AI and big data technologies to create real financial service scenarios to enable service items to be handled online, according to the report.