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By 2020 retail virtual avatars – on screens and in holographic projection – will start to become popular. Their A.I. will be powered by realtime analysis of affinity data for product recommendations and neural network enhanced sales closing strategies. Similarly, service desks in hotels, shops, banks and other retail destinations will disappear. They will be replaced by nomadic staff equipped with in-ear devices that provide them real-time insights into your preferences, based on your NFC emissions.
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Futurist Mike Walsh, author of "Futuretainment" and CEO of innovation research agency Tomorrow says table top holographic maps will be a way for people to view and share their travels. Walsh says, "There will be a holographic map sitting on their coffee table where they can pull up different photos and bits of where they’ve been."
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