Death and taxes, that’s all we’re sure of in this life. A bit morbid though? Change is the only constant. This applies to your professional life as well. Up-skilling yourself is a need nowadays, the reason is pretty simple, technology is evolving very quickly.
Brain-Machine Interface, Intelligent Robots and DNA Computing may sound like a plotline from the latest Hollywood blockbuster, but we expect these emerging technologies to potentially have a transformational impact on our everyday lives. Here’s five of the top trending technologies for 2021.
5G Technology is the next generation of cellular networks and services. It is expected to provide at least 20GBPS downlink and 10GBPS uplink, which will make the 5G network to be at least 40 times faster than current 4G LTE. This will open doors for new services, network operations and customer experience for telecom operators. Currently, the market is led by Switzerland, closely followed by South Korea and the US.
Companies investing in 5G: Samsung, Huawei, Intel, Deloitte, Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm
Internet of Behaviours (IoB)
The collection and use of data to drive behaviours is called the Internet of Behaviors (IoB). An example of it is industrial sites having employed computer vision to determine if employees were complying with mask protocol and then collecting this behavioural data to be analysed by the organizations to influence people to follow government protocols at work.
IoB can gather, combine and process data from many sources including:
- Citizen data processed by public-sector
- Commercial customer data
- Government agencies
- Social media
- Public domain
- Location tracking.
The increasing sophistication of the technology that processes this data has enabled this trend to grow.
Companies investing in IoB: AWS, Cisco, SAP, Microsoft, HP, IBM, Dell, Cloudera
DevSecOps is short for development, security and operations. Its objective is implementing security at the same scale and speed as development and operations and not just for the sake of it. With the wider adoption of Microservices, DevSecOps seems to find its way deeper into our DevOps market.
That’s not all. An anywhere operations model will be vital for businesses to emerge successfully from this current economy. At its core, this operations model allows for a business to be accessed, delivered and enabled anywhere. This format is now exploring various other aspects of technology like GitOps, DataOps & NoOps.
Companies investing in DevSecOps: Amazon, NASA, Capgemini, Dell, Oracle
Intelligent Process Automation
Robotic Process Automation is basically the idea that ‘Anything that can be automated, should be automated’. This year, we’ve discovered something even more fascinating – Intelligent Process Automation. IPA, in a nutshell, allows bots to benefit from the abilities of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Machine Learning, meaning they can learn and improve over time. This helps these intelligent bots evolve from the ‘If-this-then-that’ rule. As the adoption of Automation is expected to grow, investment in IPA is estimated to reach $232B by 2025.
Companies investing in IPA: KPMG, AWS, Microsoft
Tactile Virtual Reality
Innovative technologies offer more immersive experiences like AR and VR. Virtual Reality immerses the user in a simulated environment, Augmented Reality is an overlay of technology in the real world. CISCO forecasts that globally, AR-VR traffic will increase 12-fold by 2022 in all fields of entertainment.
Touch gives us a deeper understanding of the things which cannot be fully experienced by sight or hearing. That is where Tactile Virtual Reality comes into play. It combines the use of several types of technologies including sensors, advanced optics, etc. bundled into a single device that provides the capability to overlay augmented digital content into your real-time space. With the advancement of Tactile/Haptic technology, the touch barrier can now be scaled.
Companies investing in Tactile VR: Oculus, Virtuix, Cisco
With all this becoming more mainstream there really is no end in sight as to what could become a reality in our daily lives in the future.