Technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that by the time this blog post gets published there could have been a monumental change in the IT sector. As much as we can’t believe it, the first ever successful moon mission – The Apollo 11 had an 8 bit processor, with 2048 bytes of RAM, 1024 bytes of EEPROM and 32K bytes of flash storage and weighed 11 pounds now compare that with the specs of your smart phone through which many of you will be reading the article. But as of now the technological trends that you need to watch for in 2019 are as follows:
Far too many people still consider AI as a bleeding edge technology when the truth could not be any further away. In fact, AI has been around since the 1950s and we make use of it on a daily basis in the form of smartphone personal assistance, ride sharing apps and many more. It makes sense that AI is more widely used in all sectors and fields as it can do pretty much any task faster and more accurately than a human.
Contrary to popular beliefs, Machine learning is merely a subset of Artificial Intelligence where the device learns to perform a task that it was not initially programed to do. It literally learns the new task by discovering patterns and insights from the data it receives. In a sense it is actually programmed to pick up the data and learn the new skill and given enough time, it can perfect it.
Blockchain is almost always associated with Bitcoin because it was Bitcoin that introduced the concept of blockchain to a wider audience. Blockchain got a bad name because the same was used as crypto currency, when in fact, it is one of the most brilliant security techniques to have ever come up and when used in the right sector can revolution the security aspect as a whole. Several bank firms have already started adopting the same.
Many of you would be familiar with AR’s older brother, virtual reality. The main difference between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality is that in VR, our senses are fooled into being in a different space while in AR, it overlays digital content on the real world to be able to be intractable. The perfect example of AR can be seen in the ever popular Pokemon go that was released in 2017.
Internet of Things
This wireless technology is still in its budding stage, bit it needs to be said that its applications right now itself are near limitless. To be able to control every digital device in your home from the palm of your hands is a lot of power in itself and it can be seen that we have not even scratched its surface as of now. It is believed that it by 2020, the number of IoT devices in the world is expected to reach 30 billion.
To implement most of the above mentioned technological features one requires high computation capabilities with very low latency and the technology that was once called cloud computing is the answer. It has been designed so as to overcome the latency issues that arose with cloud computing.
Edge computing is designed to help solve some of those problems as a way to bypass the latency caused by cloud computing. It can act like mini datacenters in remote locations with limited or no connectivity to a centralized location.
The biggest advantage of connected clouds over the stack option will be the visibility factor. Depending on the platform you’ll be able to view into all your data that would otherwise have remained hidden. There are several emerging Cloud vendors waiting to bring the power of connected clouds to every aspect. The other added advantage is that as your vendor expands and acquires new capabilities, you can utilize a new set of tools without incurring additional costs.
Smart spaces are physical environments that have been designed with monitors and sensors that enable humans and integrated technological systems to interact. These spaces are proven to increase energy efficiency, improve personal and professional productivity and also simplify complex processes. It is still in the budding phase but is planned to be incorporated in several sectors as soon as 2020.
Personalization will be the cornerstone of all changes and just like how chatbots are now actively turning into AI assistants, the users will get used to them very quickly and would depend on them in all aspects. The devices will be so programmed that they can adapt themselves to the individual needs of the owner after a certain period. Slowly but surely people are relying more on their assistants and it makes sense so as to get that personalized experience.