Technology keeps on evolving and those of us who want to thrive will need to keep up with all the new emerging trends. Whether it’s small businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups, large corporations or conglomerates, any entity that doesn’t follow and incorporate the latest technology into their business runs a risk of being left behind. As for the people working in the IT industry, the changes might not be that rapid but you would have to constantly learn new things and have the latest skills up your sleeves. After all, emerging tech and trends are what shape the way we live. The New Year has some exciting and innovative technology trends in store. Scroll down to know what tech trends to expect in 2020!
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
In modern times, Artificial Intelligence (AI), has permeated all major industries. Most of us are also using AI services one way or another. From navigation and photo editing apps to streaming services, AI is actively making lives easier even without us realising about it. Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google’s Home and Microsoft’s Cortana, all these virtual personal assistants are using AI systems and algorithms to manage our calendars, answer our queries, send emails and generally help to keep our lives in order.
In addition to customer use, businesses are also incorporating AI services in form of chatbots, machine learning and more. 2020 will see widespread use and significant improvements in Artificial Intelligence. AI-assisted automation will play a great part in automating work process, predictive analysis, fraud detection, inventory and delivery management and overall eliminating the risk of human error. From healthcare and automotive to logistics and financial services, all kinds of industries will be big on AI-based systems.
Immersive digital experience has been the number one priority of businesses across the globe. Extended reality covers every new technology that makes the digital experience more immersive and interactive for the user and the technologies mainly constitute of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR). Augmented reality uses the real environment and overlays digital elements into it such as Snapchat filters and Pokémon Go game. Whereas, virtual reality entertains the user by creating a digital environment. Mixed reality uses both of these.
However, so far, these technologies have mostly been used for gaming. 2020 will see the incorporation of Extended Reality in the fields of education, healthcare, training and stimulation and entertainment. This has to be one of the most exciting technology trends to expect in 2020.
5G Data Networks
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Although 5G network has already been launched in 2019, it is still on the expensive side and limited to certain regions. In 2020, expect the 5th generation of mobile internet connectivity really take wings and spread worldwide providing affordable data plans. 5G networks will facilitate faster connections, blazing-fast download and upload speed along with improved coverage and stable connectivity.
With the faster internet connection, users will be able to stream movies and music without a hiccup. Similarly, the 5G network will enable businesses to collect and transfer data quicker and in larger amounts. It will also result in improvements in the Internet of Things (IoT).
You must have heard about bitcoin making waves around the world. Blockchain technology is mostly talked about in connection to this cryptocurrency, however, it has many advantages with regards to the security it provides. Blockchain technology basically operates on the mechanism of encrypted and decentralised digital ledger that records data in the form of a ‘chain’. No changes can be made to the previous blocks of data, hence the security and elimination of third-party to validate transactions.
Bigwigs like IBM, FedEx and Mastercard have already invested in it in 2019. In 2020, Blockchain technology will get wider recognition and use. Facebook is also planning on launching its own Blockchain-based cryptocurrency Libra.
Everyone loves sleep. There are countless fitness gadgets out there that in addition to tracking your physical activities also monitor your sleep patterns. However, in the year 2020, we will witness a rise in devices and gadgets that measure so much more than when and how much you sleep. These gadgets will not only measure your pulse but also analyse oxygen level and brain activity. Sounds too futuristic? We’d let the time reveal.
Computer vision indicates the technology that identifies objects, places, people and different items from the eyes of the camera or sensor. This technology powers Google Image Search and is also being used in the Snapchat app that recognises and identifies your face.
In 2020, we will see more widespread use of computer vision. Computer vision will be fundamental to autonomous cars. Using this technology, cars will be able to identify objects and people around them and navigate through the danger. Manufacturing businesses will also make use of computer vision with their machines enabled to single out defective products or report equipment failures. Face recognition will be the biggest use of this technology which is already been used by law enforcement and security agencies.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Internet of things (IoT) is the future and 2020 will be big on it. From speakers, alarm clocks, electronic appliances, security systems, lighting to cars and so much more, everything these days come with Wi-Fi connectivity. Although we already are extensively using IoT, whether it’s tracking your progress on fitness devices, turn on your coffee maker remotely or simply using the vending machine, 2020 will see businesses incorporating IoT as well. IoT will enable businesses to collect and analyse data more efficiently thus improving safety and effective decision making.
These are the technology trends that we will observe in 2020. With the rise of these technologies, countless career opportunities will also be created which means this is the right time for you to get some skills up your sleeves. Keep visiting our blog for the latest tech news, trends and insight into what’s hot and what’s not in the unimaginably vast world of technology.