Technology has been developing at a much faster rate then ever before. What is new today may become old news tomorrow. The digital age has ushered many advancements in information technology, medicine, education, and even how people communicate.
The 21st century has brought in the birth of smart phones, smart laptops, and other “smart” devices. Artificial intelligence has become more intelligent, with supercomputers at the verge of replacing human workers to automate tasks. These changes have been more efficient, reliable, and even cost-effective for the small and large scale businesses alike.
The expansion of blockchain technology
Starting 2018, more companies will start to use the application program interfaces with blockchain technology. This involves the integration of many databases and computer applications. With the use of this technology, it will be easier to track information in manufactured goods, or accessing information from a remote source through the use of a mobile device. When this is implemented, many business and even private individuals will benefit from the real-time insights provided by this interconnection of databases. The blockchain will also ensure that these valuable data cannot be hacked and can therefore secure transaction between providers and consumers.
Increased efficiency of mobile payments
With actual cash gradually decreasing as more businesses take their matters online, there is an increased interest in improving the efficiency of mobile payments. These include payment through credit cards, voice ID, fingerprint scanning, or use of facial features to assist in the speed of online checkout. Additionally, this feature can help in identity theft since unique features such as voice, fingerprint or facial features cannot be replicated. Mobile payments can be done in as easy as one scan, one tap, or one click.
Proliferation of cryptocurrency
With the continuous rise of Bitcoin, the most popular form of cryptocurrency, more investors have somehow seen a goldmine in this form of digital ‘cash’. Cryptocurrency will continue to rise as more people become aware of its potential, and it is predicted that many major retailers will create digital currencies of their own in 2018. The benefits are endless: a decentralized system, secure payments, and elimination of double spending. Cryptocurrencies are only about to get bigger this year.
Virtual Reality in other industries aside from gaming
With the invention of Virtual Reality (VR) Gears, it has become possible for people to step into worlds that they have never stepped on before, through the help of technology. While 2017 brought the VR’s use through gaming, it is fascinating that augmented reality can be also be used to simulate actual situations. This technology can help in training people in the medical field, as first responders, or even help architects to design and build infrastructures through the help of virtual reality. The possibilities of this technology are endless.
Automation of tasks through bots
Another industry that will be affected with technology is Customer Support. Some customer service representatives in major business outlets are now automated using bots. Through the help of voice recognition, recording, and speech-to-text commands, it is possible to have a survey, make a short interview, place an order, or get information through a system of automated options and messages. This is very helpful for business as automated responses are cost-efficient and reliable.
5G Connectivity for mobile devices
With Samsung and Verizon exploring the possibility of greater bandwidth for wireless connections, 4G will likely phase out eventually. More nodes and improved sensors will be installed to help users find connection even in the remotest of areas. With communication getting easier and connecting with people through technology as the norm, 2018 will provide more conveniences through the assimilation of 5G.
Digital assistants for the home and office
Voice-activated digital assistance such as Siri and Google has helped make tasks easier for us. In finding directions, searching recipes, typing a message and even searching for mundane information, people have witnessed the benefits of these digital assistants. Recently, Amazon also released their own digital assistants through Alexa, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook made his own smart home assistant called Jarvis. These digital assistants will continue to do more for us in 2018 such as turn off furniture, play music, and set timers on ovens.
Whether we notice it or not, the technology advances continuously shape our society and how we go about in our daily lives. 2018 is another year for technology trends to thrive.