Conclusively, machines are getting smarter and humans more scared of becoming obsolete. Artificial intelligence will be the biggest event in the 21st century and will impact every sector of the economy. Another emerging trend is the blockchain technology, which seeks to automate projects and decentralize all services giving power to the users. Here are some things to look out for in 2018.
1. Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT involves installing chips to everyday appliances to make them smart. The devices will have machine learning capabilities, and hopefully, make life easier. The market for IoT will likely face problems in implementation since no manufacturer is collaborating with each other to make devices talk. However, the market has an enormous potential to kick off by next year.
2. Blockchain Technology
The blockchain technology has become a common talk in boardrooms from the EU to America. Currently, any service available on the web can become a blockchain decentralized application.
There are blockchain startups for the legalization of Marijuana, selling of big data, internet of things, health, among others. In fact, you can find an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) every single day as new startups try and raise money for funding ideas. The market for blockchain startups will grow and although many will fail those that survive will influence the future.
3. Virtual Reality and Augmented Technology
VR/AR technologies will continue growing in 2018. The lack of mainstream adoption of this technology due to the cost and availability will only delay their rise.
Interactive videos 360 videos still lack enhanced quality and offer challenges to content creators since they give more control to the user to choose the main point of focus. While VR is gaining traction in gaming, full adoption on the web could take longer.
4. Commercial Drones
Next year drones will prove that there are not just fancy toys and will start delivering products to consumers if the introduction of Amazon Prime Air takes off.
Drones have proved successful in filmmaking, agriculture, and security. Though security risks exist in the use of drones, it is definitely an area to pay attention to since their future is auspicious.
Visit any tech website today, and you will find a chatbot, waiting to answer questions. The chatbots are working hand in hand, with humans and have machine learning capabilities.
Amazon’s Alexa is an example of a chatbot, which seeks to create a hands-free experience when using the mobile phone. Oracle is also developing chatbots for apps. In 2018 expect them to become so advanced that distinguishing them from humans will be impossible.
6. Cyber Security
With more devices coming online, preventing them from attacks will become a top priority. But, some devices through AI will become intelligent enough to protect themselves from attacks through machine learning. But, the market for cyber security will grow in the coming years.
If we are becoming outdated or not it could happen in 100 years from now. Before that happens, keep up with all the latest tech trends in 2018.