Top Tech Trends in the Next Few Years

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Technology continues to advance year after year and in a rapid manner. New inventions and innovations are ceaselessly developed and trends emerge. For the next few years, what tech trends have the potential to rise to prominence? When it comes to the future of technology what can be expected?

Deep Learning

Artificial intelligence has been greatly advancing over the years and will likely continue to be a major presence in the tech industry in the foreseeable future. Along with this is the rise of deep learning, which is what makes artificial intelligence more intelligent. Deep learning is believed to become vital in various applications including self-driving cars, voice-activated digital assistants, automated machine translation, machine “handwriting”, image recognition and image caption generation, online advertising, and market price forecasting.

Many companies are already investing in deep learning. Amazon, for one, has invested in graphical processing units for deep learning in their data centers. Google has been running deep learning on tensor processing units. Microsoft has been employing field programmable gate arrays. For now, deep learning is not yet prominently playing a role in products, services, or systems made available to the public. Eventually, in the near future, the benefits of using this technology will become evident in various applications.

Cryptocurrency

Of course, cryptocurrency will continue to be a trend in the years to come. The fiat currency equivalent of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies may be declining for now but it can’t be denied that they already made their presence felt. People have been introduced to cryptocurrencies and governments have started preparing for the possible widespread adoption of them.

Things will only get better for cryptocurrencies as more establishments accept this digital currency.  The technology is also set to mature and security is expected to improve further. Cryptocurrency will enable and be enabled by other technologies like cloud computing and the Internet of Things.

Blockchain in Applications other than Cryptocurrency

Blockchain technology started gaining attention as bitcoin or cryptocurrency, in general, gained regular news coverage. It’s worth noting that blockchain is not only applicable to cryptocurrency. This secure digital ledger system has used in other areas including online advertising, the management of the wireless spectrum, the authentication of research, and even the shipping industry.

IBM is one of the notable names when it comes to blockchain development. In fact, it has already created a blockchain platform for media buying, which is already being used by a few multinational companies (as ad space buyers) and media companies (advertisers). This blockchain-based platform is seen to create greater transparency in the field of online advertising or media buying in general. On the other hand, blockchain is seen to be the technology that can bring about the biggest transformation in the shipping industry since the implementation of “containerization”. The blockchain is also seen to be an excellent solution for the development of a secure digital ID.

Robotics

Robotics may sound old but it is still a major tech trend for the years to come. It will progress even more with the development of new technologies and the fulfillment of goals to make robotics closer to ordinary people. Consumer robots are expected to become popular in various forms, including the robots for healthcare and modular toys that teach kids robotics and programming. Moreover, robotics will benefit from the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Industrial Internet of Things

For years, the Internet of Things has mostly been associated with consumer items. In the coming years, the Internet of Things is expected to have industrial applications empowered by deep learning at the edge. Industrial processes will be employing the Internet of Things along with edge computing to address real-world needs.

More Practical Uses for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Augmented reality and virtual reality are certainly not new trends but as the technologies behind them improve or mature, they are bound to be used in more practical settings in the future. They will develop with modern and more intuitive interfaces as they connect the real world with the virtual world. Products and services, for example, can become more interactive with the help of augmented reality or virtual reality gear. Metadata can be added to various items to enable augmented reality interactions.

In the coming years, virtual reality will have a more pronounced presence in the field of entertainment. Movies can be made more immersive by tapping on virtual reality technology. Likewise, video games can become more engaging and exciting with the help of improved virtual reality systems.

Accelerators and 3D

3D technology is not dead. In fact, there is a shift to 3D being observed in the midst of the imminent end of Moore’s law. To compensate for the dead end in the miniaturization of transistors, there will be greater use of accelerators. These serve as a way to continue boosting hardware performance and possibly raise energy efficiency and lower costs.

If quantum computing and the use of optical transistors do not become viable for mass market availability, chances are computer makers will focus on the use of accelerators. More attention and research may be poured into innovations and further developments in accelerators to make them good albeit temporary solutions in making computers more powerful as Moore’s law comes to an end.

UI Overhauls

The way user interfaces look is bound to be upgraded in the coming years. As new technologies emerge, the way consumers use their devices will be affected. Take the case of the growing popularity of speaker assistants such as the Amazon Echo and Google Assistant. These devices create new ways people interact with machines. As more of these new interaction setups develop, it will eventually be necessary for developers to create user interfaces that are more suitable and more intuitive.

The trends described above may appear to be not so different from the trends that were anticipated years before. This does not mean, however, that technology is stagnating. Yes, there are some challenges encountered but technology continues to progress. It’s just that there are trends that remain applicable for years or are actually still in the process of maturing.

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Author: Will Robins