The world is getting smaller by the day, as the virtual world and the natural world are connected via the internet. Quite ironically, discoveries or innovations built on them prove that the possibilities are limitless.
Among the technologies that have arisen in recent times, you will want to know which has disrupted the world for the better. The tech could have made your life or business easier in 2019.
As the year is about to end, go over a handful of technological innovations that have made living in this world smarter, more comfortable, and more intertwined.
Top Tech Trends in 2019 and the Future.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
The field of AI has grown in leaps and bounds over the years such that its operative definition is updated constantly. Take robotics, for example. These robots display uncanny sentience and abilities that sci-fi only dreamed of. More recently, robots dabbled into military training as part of the US Army’s research.
Machine learning, a subset of AI, has seen wide adoption across many industries for predicting outcomes and opportunities that lead to results. It has been used to predict financial risks like fraud, to analyze consumer purchase or watch patterns to suggest recommendations, and to put out targeted ads.
One subfield to have emerged out of machine learning is deep learning, which essentially mimics the human brain and makes intelligent decisions. Voice assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant are prominent examples of deep learning.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
Although VR has seen slow adoption and is more known in immersive gaming and entertainment, it continues to be used for education and training. In the field of medicine, students practice various medical procedures on virtual patients. The US has also sent soldiers to virtual battlefields to train for combat.
AR, on the other hand, melds the real and the make-believe with games like Pokémon GO. It provides an interactive experience as in the case of this ad. Typical applications of AR for businesses are tracking logistics and customizing products through apps.
Cybersecurity and Data Management
Like technology, cyberthreats are ever-evolving. Hackers are keen to devise new and better ways to hijack a system to get personal data, exact revenge, or use the information obtained for blackmail. Businesses dread security breaches, which eventually result in lawsuits, as in the case of Equifax, which agreed to settle the case for $575 million to $700 million.
With data becoming and continuing to be a hot commodity for years to come, the trend is to find better ways to secure and manage information shared with, across, and to the organization online and offline:
- Stricter enforcement of privacy laws. The European Union enforced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which essentially provides people more control over their digital data. Experts expect the US to come with their GDPR-like legislation, with Microsoft, Google, and Apple leading the clamor.
- Apply machine learning, analytics, and data science. Already, some educational institutions are offering cybersecurity data science courses that leverage machine learning to detect anomalies and predict attacks.
- Move data to a cloud with additional security. Enterprises have used the cloud to keep their data out of cybercriminals’ grasp. The cloud is not without privacy and security challenges, which global organizations like the Cloud Security Alliance aim to address with best practices.
Internet of Things (IoT) and Edge Computing
IoT is evident in day-to-day life, be it controlling room temperature and indoor air quality, remote patient monitoring, tracking fitness levels through wearables, soil monitoring, and data sharing. Statistics show that IoT-connected devices are predicted to grow to 41.6 billion in 2025, generating combined data of 79.4 zettabytes, according to IDC.
The challenge is for this voluminous data to be processed without lags or latency. However, experts say that with the growth of 5G and Fiber optics, the problem in latency and packet loss can be eliminated. This scenario brings out the need for edge computing. Instead of going to the cloud as the hub, the data storage and processing happens “on the edge,” like in your phone, which has its privacy and security features.
Creating Smart and Wired Spaces for Everyone
The introduction of the internet has truly changed the world. It serves as a bridge that connects you to significant aspects of your life, such as your home and work. Thus, to retain this connection, you need to have fast and reliable internet.
If you have yet to build your network, ready your modem, router, and switch. The modem gives you access to the internet, the router directs this connection to devices on the network, and the switch connects to the router so you can connect more devices. Consider buying an Ethernet switch. Your network switch can have as many as 24 ports with fast connectivity apt for homes and offices.