These are indeed interesting times. Just when you thought you have seen it all, another incredible innovation emerges. From Artificial Intelligence (AI), digital assistants, augmented reality to home automation, there is no limit to the revolutionary technologies emerging every day. Well, most of these technological innovations have redefined life today and it is interesting to keep abreast of what more they can do. Whether you work in the technology field or not, these technological trends will have a huge impact on your life and as such, you need to learn about them.
Some will make work easier, improve health services, boost security services, save you money among other benefits. If you are in business, some of these tech trends will come in handy by cutting down operational costs improving efficiency rates, enhancing service delivery and so much more. Below are just a few of the tech trends you should look out for in 2018.
If you are a fan of Star Wars Series, you saw the idea of virtual assistants in one of the early shows. It looked like a futuristic idea back then but today, most of the smartphones come with this technology. It is quite simple; you don’t have to type everything you need to find online because there is software that can do that for you. The most popular virtual assistants include Siri developed by Apple, Google Now by Google which you find on all Android devices, Cortana by Microsoft, Facebook M, BlackBerry Assistant, Braina, Teneo, Alexa by Amazon, Hound among others. These virtual assistants help you perform hands-free tasks including sending text messages, make schedules, make calls, play music and videos, set reminders and so much more.
Artificial intelligence (AI)
You might not know it but this is slowly becoming the age of machines. If you haven’t noticed, a lot of websites now provide you with content you love and the adverts also tend to comprise of stuff you might love. How does this happen? Well, machine learning is not a new concept but it is now taking over in a big way. Machine learning algorithms are everywhere and this means service providers can predict what you would love even before you open your mouth. It sounds scary but it shouldn’t worry you. In fact, it means you get better services and many things will work more efficiently due to the consistent supply of information through artificial intelligence.
Technology is now a central part of life and it adds to the quality of life in many ways. Consider for instance the security system at your home. While it might be the most advanced in the market, you still don’t have perfect control and this is where automation comes in handy. Integration of automation in security systems and other home systems will make you feel secure while also saving costs in home maintenance and other areas. So is your air conditioning settings are not right, you don’t have to worry; the system will reset itself depending on the air conditions.
Augmented Reality (AR)
Augmented Reality is now big and in many industries apart from entertainment. Augmented Reality is now in use in the medical sector, military, business marketing and advertising, AR apps for navigation, sightseeing in augmented reality, construction industry, engine maintenance and repair and many other areas. Experts say the opportunities for AR haven’t been fully exploited and this gives a hint on how big this technology can get.
There was initially a feeling that 4G was great but already the movement towards 5G has already started with the trials in South Korea Winter Olympics showing the opportunities available. Now to appreciate the impact of 5G, consider it has the potential to be almost 10 times faster than 4G. This is the breakout technology of 2017/2018 and it is set to revolutionize how consumers and businesses interact with the internet. Developers will find 5G suitable for even more incredible technological products.
White Collar Automation
No one wants to hear this but a time is soon coming when you might lose your job to a machine. It is already happening in many industries and in this regard, you should not feel safe because you work in an office. From lawyers, writers to engineers, there are bots that can now do the same kind of work you do. Radical job transformations are on the way and it is important to start adapting early.
Blockchain and Crypto Currencies
If you are a keen internet user, you must have come across the huge debate on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. From Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Cardano (ADA), Neo (NEO) to Stellar Lumens (XLM), there are multiple cryptocurrencies all of which are not older than 10 years. However, their impact can already be felt globally. The blockchain is now considered the future of the internet as it has worked in the banking sector, real estate market, and corporate governance systems. The speed and security of transactions mean businesses will quickly adopt the technology.
Cutting edge Anti-Fraud and Counterfeit Technology
The opportunities discussed so far regarding blockchain technology haven’t emphasized the ability for the technology to fight counterfeits and fraud. A lot of money is lost to fraud every year and no one loves knockoffs anyway. Now, Crypto-Anchors and Blockchains are in the forefront in fighting fraud and this is going to extend to anti-fraud technology. It won’t be business as usual for those reaping from fraud and counterfeiting. Digital fingerprints are already in place and it won’t take long before they become the much-needed link blockchain needs for physical products and the digital records.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Consider the number of intelligent devices you use in your life and how easy they have made your life. From controlling lighting, monitoring security at home, opening doors, starting music in the house, all these devices rely on the internet and as they interact with each other, it will become even easier to complete tasks for you.
If there is a technology that has received a lot of attention it has to be the Self-driving car. From Tesla, Google, General Motors, Nissan, Toyota, BMW to Uber, many companies have projects to make this a reality which is bound to redefine transport and logistics. It is already a project undergoing trials in some countries meaning these cars could soon be on the roads.
There are many other tech advances to look out for and they will all greatly impact life as you know it. For this reason, you need to stay on the lookout.