Whether you own a business or are simply trying to make sense of the ever-evolving world of tech within your personal life, it’s important to understand just much the world around you is changing.
Although we certainly live in an era where we’re glued to our smartphones and tech at large seems to in fact be getting smaller, the fact remains there are much bigger things at work in regard to how technology will forever change our lives.
Understanding the following five tech-trends can open your eyes to what to expect from the near future as companies are constantly scrambling for “the next big thing.” Each trend on this checklist deserves your attention as we continue through 2017 and beyond.
The Internet of Things
The idea of people being connected to everything, from devices in our home to our smartphones, has been evolving for years now but still has some ways to go. Virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa other “smart” devices are indeed sowing the seeds of truly connected household, but the IoT goes far beyond the confines of home. In fact, the industrial Internet of things is taking the concept of connectivity and translating it to massive structures including power plants and submarines.
Much more than a buzzword, companies today are collecting and utilizing insane amounts of big data to both make marketing decisions and tailor their products to consumers.
Consider, for example, the rise of highly personalized recommendations from platforms such as Netflix based on the information of millions of users. Furthermore, marketers are leveraging programmatic advertising which only serves ads to adjust themselves to target specific consumers based on a big data.
AR and VR
Although the current landscape of AR and VR seem like little more than fun and games, both technologies look to make major splashes as companies such as Facebook look to create unique virtual environments for users. From communicating with others to undertaking tasks as complex as surgery, it’ll be fascinating to see just where this tech goes within the next five years.
Furthermore, expect to see more and more AR and VR-related apps and third-party headsets as the technology continues to become cheaper.
The Death of Traditional Cable
Although this trend has been seen as a long time coming and without major societal implications, bear in mind that the emergence of new platforms from the likes of Facebook and YouTube are bucking the concept of traditional cable television. With more and more streaming services available, not only are we consuming more media on-the-go than ever before but also are cutting the cord with a cornerstone of American culture.
Finally, many people are frantic over the concept of a robot takeover in the face of “automation,” but that’s not really what the concept is all about. In short, many jobs in sales, retail and secretarial fields are likely to go the way of the dinosaur as such roles can be carried out by computers. While this does strike fear in some, the fact remains that automation should work to make our lives easier (although that reality remains to be seen).
As the world of tech never slows down, it’s crucial for us to keep up with the times. Keep an eye on each of these trends to see which reign supreme in years to come.