Last year in October, the global research company Gartner published a list of 10 strategic technology trends of 2019. While some of these identified trends such as AI, ml, VR and cyber security were pretty obvious, the rest were not so predictable. And, as we are still in January, it's too early to say if the speculations will come true. However, looking at the current digital ecosystem, here are the five technology trends that are like to create major disruptions in the coming months.
Machine learning and AI (artificial intelligence)
The last few years have witnessed an unprecedented growth of machine learning as well as AI, and 2019 will see no exception. In fact, according to Gartner, 40% of new application development will involve AI co-developers by 2022. With nearly every industry adopting AI-driven tools and technologies, artificial intelligence will continue to dominate the technology space. Along with AI and machine learning, autonomous things such as humanoids, household robots, drones and self-driving cars will also take the centre stage.
IoT (Internet of Things)
While artificial intelligence has been the top technology trend for years, IoT or Internet of Things is not far behind. As we move into the 2nd generation of IoT, the number of connected devices around the world keeps increasing rapidly. Unlike previous years, these devices can now do a lot more than just simple data gathering and processing. Further, with blockchain technology becoming the new norm, the IoT industry is moving towards a bright future where incidents of security breaches will be rare if not obsolete.
Smart homes and smart appliances
We may not have flying cars just yet, but the popularity of smart homes will continue to rise this year. What was once just a figment of our imagination has turned into a common reality today. Connected homes are now well-equipped with a number of AI-based, autonomous devices that include smart lights, voice-activated smart speakers, robotic vacuum cleaners and other smart appliances. In addition to technological advances, factors like gender equality and the growing number of working couples have also contributed to the explosion of smart homes.
AR (Augmented reality)
While VR (Virtual Reality) probably have caught the fancy of gamers and hardcore tech enthusiasts, AR is way more relevant in terms of usability. It's no secret that 2018 didn't have much to offer when it came to augmented reality, but this year the scenario is expected to be different. And, what is the reason behind that? Well, the answer is rather simple – increased adoption of AR-based tools by industry bodies and large enterprises for improved efficiency and seamless workflow.
Increased cyber security
With massive amounts of data generated every day, lack of cybersecurity has emerged as a major concern for us in recent times. Of course, not much thought was put into it before the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica came into light. However, at a time when anyone can gather information with the help of technology, enhanced cybersecurity is without a doubt is the need of the hour. Take the example of Immersive Labs, a cyber-security skills platform, which just now raised a whopping amount of $8 million in its series-A funding. Trends are always changing and when it comes to technology, the change is even more apparent. As we go forward in 2019, we might see some unexpected trends taking the domain by storm. What's for certain though is the continued dominance of artificial intelligence, automation, machine learning and smart devices.
The author is COO at Puresight Systems.