We don’t have a magic crystal ball that tells us anything our hearts desire, but what we do have is a keen sense of what the future of technology holds. It seems like 2019 was just here and we are already a couple of months away from what looks set to be the start of something special for mankind. Everyone in the tech industry is already raving about 2020, and the new decade is expected to completely transform the boundaries of what you think is possible, especially when it comes to technology.
Anyone that has been following the tech industry and has managed to keep track of the numerous trends that come alive every year would know that 2020 is the BIG one. It’s the year where severalgame-changing technologies are going to be launched and implemented by businesses and individuals. If you’re oblivious to what’s happening in the tech space, you’ve come to the right place as we’re going to be divulging what the future holds for everyone by dissecting the 10 strategic technologies that all tech leaders must have on their radar over the next decade.
We’ve already talked about how virtual and augmented reality is going to train employees in the future, while voting could become more secure with blockchain, and AI security is going to end up becoming a vital factor in risk management. But now we’re going to highlight a report released by Gartner, a research and advisory company, on the 10 strategic technologies trends predicted for 2020. So, we’ll cut right to the chase and dive into each technology and try to explain what impact they could have on businesses in the future.
1. AI Security
No one can deny the usefulness and power of AI for businesses, but it does create various security problems for them as well. Security is rapidly evolving and it’s important that risk management experts stay updated with new types of attacks that haven’t been seen before. ML and AI tools like DeepExploit and identity deception tools are posing a major threat to businesses.
In the report, Gartner has predicted that by 2020 nearly 30% of AI security attacks are going to be done with training-data poisoning, adversarial samples, or AI model theft to attack AI-powered systems.
2. Practical Blockchain
Most people are familiar with the potential uses of Blockchain by now or understand how it’s most successful implementation, Bitcoin, works. The best thing about Blockchain is that it helps distribute trust and allows everyone with access to blockchain to access that information and trace the assets to their origin without any complications.
The potential uses of blockchain in the future could see it being implemented in a blockchain-based voting system, cryptocurrency payments and remittance services, or as a sovereign digital identity. Gartner has already predicted that by 2023, Blockchain is going to be fully scalable.
3. Autonomous Things
Fully and semi-autonomous technologies like drones are already popular and they are likely to continue being used extensively in 2020 and beyond. Currently, most autonomous devices are used for private use but that’s expected to change soon and will be seen in the public sphere commonly.
Gartner also predicts that autonomous technology will have a big impact on search and rescue, shipping companies, self-driving cars, and agriculture.
4. Distributed Cloud
Cloud computing is here to stay and will be stronger than ever in 2020, with Gartner predicting that distributed cloud will ensure that there are data centers everywhere. That will solve technical problems such as latency, and will regulatory challenges, such as data sovereignty. It’s going to offer the advantages of a public cloud service as well as the benefits of a private local cloud service.
Gartner has predicted that distributed cloud computing is going to take place in three phases, and by 2024 most cloud platforms are going to be offering services that execute at point of need.
5. Empowered Edge
Edge devices are expected to increase in sophisticated with most edge devices in the future being either complex embedded edge devices, edge computing devices, edge input/output devices or simple embedded devices.
Edge computing involves tech on the Internet of Things and based on a 2018 IoT Analytics report, currently, there are 7 billion IoT devices and that number is accelerating. In the future, it’s possible that by 2023 there are going to be over 20 times more smart devices at the edge of the network.
6. Transparency and Traceability
Ethics in information privacy and AI have become growing concerns for businesses and individuals alike. Nowadays, people demand to have more active control over their personal information and data.
There are 6 main elements of trust, which include consistency, competence, accountability, openness, integrity, and ethics. Considering the European Union’s GDPR, businesses must be mindful of data transparency in the future.
7. Human Augmentation
There’s nothing new about human enhancement, as anything with orthodontic braces, a pacemaker, a smartwatch, glasses, or a prosthetic limb will happily tell you. But the future has opened new doors and avenues for physical and cognitive augmentation.
It’s likely that in the future your smart contact lenses could detect your glucose levels, and wearables may become the norm with their extended functionalities and could even enhance abilities like the sense of smell or your hearing.
Citizen access and democratization gives everyone the potential to access technical expertise, which levels the playing field. It ensures you don’t need expensive training classes, which is something most people can’t afford or access.
The future of citizen developers is going to involve the ability to develop without any prior knowledge of coding necessary. Assisted development tools are going to become mainstream, allowing anyone to experiment with AI and machine learning.
Gartner predicts that by 2022, there won’t beAI specialists as over 40% of new application development projects will have AI co-developers on the team.
The way users interact with the digital world is transforming and now involves a multisensory experience. Multi-experience, which is also referred to as ambient experience, is the future of multi-touchpoint and multisensory technology.
Immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality have become common, and Gartner predicts that they have more potential than simply being used in video games. For example, MR and VR can be used to improve visualization and product design, training simulation and field service and operations. There may even be a job training program in the future that is completely virtual reality.
Automation requires using tools each with their own narrowly defined purpose. When you use these tools together technology can become entirely adaptive and automatic. The two components that are most vital are intelligent business management suites (iBPMSs) and robotic process automation (RPA).
iBPMSs manage long-running processes, while RPAs connect legacy systems with modern systems. Both these technologies are going to be used and deployed together to create automatic and sophisticated models that will shape the future.
by Bobby J Davidson
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