Technology is evolving at a rapid rate and the speed at which it is moving is allowing us to change the way we work, live and play. It’s fair to say that 2020 was a unique year but it has taught us just how important technology is and so how will 2021 shape up when it comes to trends? Read on to find out more.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
While these are not new technologies, they are still evolving and that means that 2021 holds much excitement for them. Artificial Intelligence will continue to improve the way in which people interact and connect with services. Whether it’s to help healthcare providers to make better decisions about resource allocation or gaining further understanding of customer behaviour, the data it provides will help to drive a more interactive and streamlined world.
The market is dominated by the likes of Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform but businesses that have transitioned to the cloud environment are now using and sharing vast quantities of data. This has resulted in cloud computing falling short in some areas and this is where Edge Computing can help. This can help to bypass the latency that’s caused by cloud computation, enabling data to reach data centres faster. It exists on the edge and so it is positioned closer to where computing is required to happen. Therefore, time-sensitive data can be processed in remote locations using limited connectivity in a location that’s centralised. This is going to increase in 2021, especially as the use of Internet of Things devices continues to grow.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Once again, these forms of technology are not new but they are evolving. On the whole, Virtual Reality has been used in the gaming work, giving players the chance to immerse themselves in the environment while Augmented Reality enhances the environment. However, it’s likely that these technologies are going to become used for training purposes such as the VirtualShip which is used to train captains in the US Navy. This technology could then be used to train surgeons while offering theme parks or museums the ability to offer customers something extra.
When people think about Blockchain their attention immediately focuses on Bitcoin but Bitcoin provides a level of security that can be used in many ways. Essentially, Blockchain is data that can only be added to, which means it cannot be changed or taken away from. As it cannot be changed, it makes it safer. More industries are beginning to adopt Blockchain as they aim to benefit from the increased security and the ability to carry out transactions without the need for a third party to validate transactions.
While 3G and 4G have made it possible to browse the internet on the move by using mobile devices, 5G takes it to a new level. It’s likely that 2021 is going to be the year of adoption, giving people access to more services such as those that use the likes of VR and AR. The technology will not just be used by consumers because it will be used to monitor daily processes such as traffic, security camera, and smart grid control, opening up the world to a whole new range of possibilities.
It’s fair to say that technology is becoming more complex, but it is enhancing our lives in so many ways. From the workplace to home and everything else in between, it’s looking as though 2021 is shaping up to be an exciting year in technological advances.