We are in the middle of the 4th industrial revolution and technology is advancing faster than ever. Organizations and individuals who fail to keep up with some of the major technology trends are at risk of being left behind. We will talk about the Top Biggest Technology Trends in the 20th Century. .
Top Biggest Technology Trends in the 20th Century
By understanding the key trends, people and companies can prepare and seize the opportunities. In this article, I’ll share with you the seven imminent trends everyone should prepare for in 2022
Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most transformative technical developments of our time. As I pointed out in my book, Artificial Intelligence in Action, most companies have begun exploring how they can use AI to improve customer experience and streamline their business operations.
This will continue into 2020, and as people get used to working with AIs, designing and deploying our own AI-based systems will remain an expensive proposition for most businesses.
Because of this, much of the AI applications continue to run through as-a-service platform providers, which allow us to simply enter our own data and pay for the algorithms or calculate resources while we are using them.
Currently, these platforms, provided by companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, tend to be somewhat broad and require (often expensive) custom engineering to apply to the specific tasks a business may need.
Over the course of 2020, we will see wider adoption and a growing pool of vendors who are expected to offer bespoke applications and services for specific or specialized tasks. This means that no company has any more excuses not to use AI.
2. 5G Data Networks
The fifth generation of mobile internet connections will give us superfast download and upload speeds and more stable connections. While 5G mobile data networks first became available in 2019, they were mostly still expensive and limited to functioning in narrow areas or large cities.
2020 will likely be the year 5G really starts to fly, with cheaper data plans as well as vastly improved coverage, meaning anyone can join.
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Super-fast data networks not only offer us the opportunity to stream films and music in a higher quality when we are on the move. The greatly increased speeds mean that cellular networks can be used even better than the wired networks that lead into our homes and businesses.
Organizations need to consider the business impact of having super-fast and stable Internet access everywhere. The increased bandwidth enables machines, robots, and autonomous vehicles to collect and transmit more data than ever before, leading to advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) and intelligent machines.
3. Autonomous Driving
While we are not yet at the stage where we can expect to routinely drive or even see autonomous vehicles in 2020, they will undoubtedly continue to generate significant excitement.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said he expects his company to create a truly “fully” autonomous vehicle this year, and the number of vehicles that can operate with a lesser degree of autonomy – like automated braking and changing lanes – is becoming an increasingly common sight.
In addition, other systems in the car that are not directly related to driving, such as safety and entertainment functions, are increasingly automated and rely on data collection and analysis. Google’s sister company Waymo just completed a test of autonomous taxis in California that carried more than 6,200 people in the first month.
Of course, it won’t just be cars – trucks and shipping are becoming more autonomous, and breakthroughs in these areas are likely to hit the headlines in 2020 as well.
As autonomous driving technology matures, we will also increasingly learn about the measures that are being taken by regulators, legislators, and authorities. Changes in laws, existing infrastructure, and social attitudes are likely all required before autonomous driving becomes a practical reality for most of us.
By 2020, the autonomous driving debate is likely to spread outside of the tech world, as more and more people get the idea that the question is not “if” but “when” is a reality.
4. Personalized And Predictive Medicine
Technology is currently changing healthcare at an unprecedented pace. When it comes to treatment, we’ll see much more individualized approaches. This is also known as precision medicine, which enables doctors to more accurately prescribe drugs and apply treatments thanks to a data-driven understanding of how effective they are likely to be for a given patient.
While this is not a new idea, thanks to recent technological breakthroughs, particularly in genomics and AI, we can better understand how different people’s bodies are better or worse equipped to fight off certain diseases and how they are likely to respond in different ways of medication or treatments.
As 2020 progresses, we will see new uses of predictive health care and the introduction of more personalized and effective treatments to ensure better outcomes for individual patients.
5. Computer Vision
With respect to computers, “vision” includes systems that can identify objects, places, objects, or people from visual images – those captured by a camera or sensor. This technology enables your smartphone camera to recognize which part of the captured image is a face and supports technologies such as Google image search.
As 2021 progresses, computer vision-enabled tools and technologies will be rolled out for more and more applications.
It is fundamental to the way autonomous cars “see” and navigate hazards. Computer vision cameras are used on production lines to look out for defective products or equipment failures, and surveillance cameras can alert us to unusual events without the need for 24/7 surveillance.
As use cases increase in 2020, we will also have more debates about restricting the use of this technology as it can undermine privacy and allow government control like a big brother.
6. Expanded Reality
Extended Reality (XR) is a collective term that covers several new and emerging technologies that are used to create more immersive digital experiences. In particular, it relates to virtual, augmented, and mixed reality.
Virtual Reality (VR) offers a fully digital experience where you step into a computer-generated world with headsets that stand out from the real world.
Augmented Reality (AR) superimposes digital objects on screens or displays of smartphones with the real world (think of Snapchat filters). Mixed Reality (MR) is an extension of AR, meaning users can interact with digital objects in the real world (remember to play a holographic piano that you’ve placed in your room through an AR headset).
These technologies have been around for a number of years, but they are largely limited to the world of entertainment. Oculus Rift and Vive headsets offer the very latest in video game technology, as well as smartphone features like camera filters and Pokemon Go-style games provide the most visible examples of AR.
Starting in 2020, that’s expected to change as companies grapple with the plethora of exciting opportunities both current forms of XR have to offer. Virtual and augmented reality are increasingly used for training and simulations and offer new ways to interact with customers.
7. Blockchain Technology
Blockchain is essentially a digital ledger that is used to record transactions but is secured due to its encrypted and decentralized nature. In 2019, some commentators began to argue that the technology was overwhelmed and might not be as useful as it was initially thought.
However, continued investments by FedEx, IBM, Walmart, and Mastercard in 2019 are likely to produce real results, and if they manage to prove their case, it could quickly lead to a surge in adoption by smaller businesses.
And if things go according to plan, Facebook’s own blockchain-based crypto libra will also be launched in 2020, which will cause a stir.
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