Whether you are a tech-savvy individual or simply an ordinary consumer, we are all excited about the developments and trends that lie ahead. They are important because they have a huge impact on the manner in which businesses operate now and in the future, and affect our daily lives in an enormous way.
In 2017, we saw pastimes like Australian sports betting dominate, and the major trends included autonomous interfaces or chatbots, Artificial Intelligence or AI, Blockchain, and the Internet of Things or IoT, dominating, and the following shifts are likely to come into play in 2018.
The Preparation of 5G
This year, engineers and developers are getting prepared to create a new generation of Internet. By the time we reach the end of 2019, 5G smartphones and networks will be available. 5G Internet could potentially be as much as ten times quicker than 4G, which makes it a lot better than the majority of home Internet services.
The Permeation of AI
Artificial intelligence, or AI, is possible thanks to machine learning algorithms, and will start being incorporated into a much bigger variety of different applications. It is set to start featuring on almost every new application, device, or platform, and the trend will be accelerating much more in 2018 than it did in 2017.
The Automation of White Collar Work
Everybody is ready to entertain the possibility that at some point in the future their job could well be taken over and performed a robot. AI is now at a level advanced enough to replace certain types of white-collar jobs for a number years, like those equipped with algorithms that allow for basic news articles to be automatically created, as long as sufficient data is inputted. There is a good chance that 2018 will be the year in which we see more radical transformation in terms of jobs, and one in which larger companies start instituting larger changes in terms of big tech.
Less Devices, More Functions
Over the past few years, a number of different types of devices have emerged, and we have become increasingly dependent on these in terms of our day-to-day lives. However, studies have shown that we are always interested in managing as much as we can from as few devices and as central a location as is possible, whether we are at home, or travelling. 2018 looks likely to be a year in which we see more devices being equipped with multiple functions and less separate gadgets on our persons.
An Increase in Personal Data Being Collected
This year, the collection of data is going to become even more of a priority for companies that have seen the benefits of gathering this kind of information. Thanks to the fact that consumers are engaging with smart speakers over the course of every day, and relying more and more on their digital devices in order to accomplish the larger part of their daily tasks, companies will soon be able to access even more personal data than they currently can, and will thus be able to offer more tailored services to the average Jane and Joe.