The growth of artificial intelligence was one of the big trends of 2017, let’s look ahead and find out what 2018 has in store.
We’re all going to be leaving more of a data trail behind every time we log on. Anytime you log in to Netflix, any social media, Spotify etc.. there is now more information and data on your activity than ever before. Netflix knows what movies you are watching and when. It also knows how many times you have watched the same movie too.
A popular gift for Christmas 2017, products like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are examples of artificial intelligence you can have in your own home. These devices are voice-activated personal assistants that can do a range of tasks including, playing music, and setting an alarm, online shopping and so much more. But they can also connect to other smart items in your home such as your lights, heating, your TV and even your oven if those items are ‘smart’. This is called the ‘Internet of Things’ or IoT. More everyday items are becoming smart. Smart items can connect with each other and share information. More powerful smart phones and watches like Apple Watch and Fitbit are constantly sharing data with your phone.
Computer technology is better than ever before and computers are set to become even faster and more powerful, meaning computers will undertake more human tasks, such as facial recognition, voice commands and speaking. Let’s just hope they figure out how to make batteries last longer on a single charge!
In 2018, we’ll see more artificial intelligence and machine learning. Not sure what machine learning is? Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that provides systems with the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. Nowadays, computers can learn almost in the same way that humans can and this has also helped make computers more powerful.
There will be an increase in automation in technology. Smarter robots and algorithms will be able to complete more tasks by themselves. This may mean that some jobs could be done quicker and more cheaply by a robot but there still needs to be staff to design, manufacture and maintain the robot in order for it to carry out its tasks. The robots are not here to replace us yet.
3D printing is opening up a host of new opportunities to manufacturers. It really is disrupting the manufacturing industry and leading to new ways of creating new products. 3D printing is also revolutionising architecture, the automotive industry, fashion and education too. It is having a great impact on the medical world, especially in the field of prosthetics.
Virtual reality, augmented reality games and 360 degree videos will appear more in the mainstream in 2018. The hardware for virtual reality is also changing with more producers launching new un-tethered headsets, which do not need to connect to a computer screen or a smart phone to show images. Facebook has been talking about using virtual reality on its platform. Users would enter a virtual world without being in the same room. This would bring virtual reality to the mainstream and not just gamers.
Blockchain technology – don’t know what this is? It is a very clever way of storing, authenticating, and protecting data. It doesn’t keep data all in one place. Instead, it pieces data together when it is recalled in a chain formation making it less likely for hackers to access all your data at once. If you’ve heard of Bitcoin – it is stored using blockchain technology. We will see more financial institutions and companies storing our data using this technology in 2018.