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Computer technology is evolving rapidly, bringing faster and more efficient computing power, better equipment integration and improved user interfaces. Touchscreen computers have become common, we can use a network of devices in our homes to communicate, and we can share data in different ways to simplify complex processes.
New technology develops over time, and below are four computer advancements to expect in 2020.
With the increased capabilities in computing power, artificial intelligence (AI) technology continues to grow rapidly. By 2020, we will see AI perform even more tasks that have previously been done by humans. The newest technology enables computers to “learn” much like humans do. They can read and study information, use facial recognition, record emotions and communicate without human intervention.
Natural Language Processing
Natural language processing (NLP) refers to the interactions between computers and the natural language that humans use to communicate. With the integration of NLP, chatbots, computers and apps will be able to discern the meaning of words more accurately. This technology will allow computers to consider the context of what is said to identify human speech patterns that suggest sarcasm, double meanings and puns. These computers will be able to understand users speaking in a normal, natural tone.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a network of devices and objects that have IP addresses for Internet connectivity. These devices can communicate with one another without human involvement. IoT includes a variety of devices from traditional desktop computers and electronic appliances to sensors and speaker systems. These devices often use edge analytics to collect and analyze data right at the sensor or touch point of the device rather than sending the data to a cloud or a server where it will then be analyzed. This technology is growing rapidly and will become even more commonplace by 2020, allowing devices to communicate and exchange data in real-time.
Computer Screen Displays
Touchscreen computers have been around for a while now, and the technology has gotten better and more advanced in time. Advances in display technology may change the way we use computers as we move into 2020. Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays are commonly used in televisions. These types of displays do not rely on backlit technology like liquid crystal displays (LCDs), so they have very thin, energy-efficient screens that provide a high contrast ratio, high brightness output and fast response times. Drawbacks include the potential for burn-in issues and a shorter lifespan. Screens that are flexible and even foldable will continue to gain prominence in 2020. With foldable phones and screens that can be rolled up like a newspaper available, this technology provides versatility for a variety of uses.
As new and improved technology becomes more readily available, more people will have integrated devices operating on voice commands in their homes and businesses, screens that can be rolled up and stashed away like newspapers and access to AI that can discern the meaning of words. As we approach 2020, we will continue to see this new technology integrated into our daily lives and our businesses.