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The tech revolution continues to barrel forward, and 2017 will see some of the most innovative and evolutionary disruptions we have seen thus far. There will be more connection, more automation, and more significant impact in business and investment than ever before, and the revolution has just begun. Here are some tech innovations that will defiantly blow your mind in 2017.

  1. Finance will be automated.

Many financial experts are predicting that automated banks are the next big thing for the banking sector. Financial advisers and analysts are due to be quickly replaced by robo-advisors. The payments and mobile banking industries are riding high, as well: as fintech startups raised over $22.3 billion in funding in 2015, up 75% from 2014. This trend will speed up in 2017.

  1. Big data will get even bigger.

Big data will be a necessary asset for companies in all sectors in 2017, from trucking to data entry, big data algorithms will change the landscape in a big way, metaphorically and literally. For example, MIT and Ford Motors recently partnered to read the cellphone location data of Bostonians, producing instantaneous traffic and transportation patterns that typically take years to build. Innovation will continue with developments in big data storage, providing much needed revolutionary agility in IT.

  1. The Internet of Everything truly begins.

The Internet of Everything in both the consumer and B2B market will continue to rise come 2107. Intelligent systems will grow rapidly in 2017, especially after the release of the Home app from Apple this fall. Over 100 products are already on the market that will work seamlessly with apples HomeKit, so a smart-linked home will be an affordable possibility for anyone. Security, lights, electronics, and climate can all be controlled for the first time in one app. Wearable devices will continue to climb and mesh with healthcare and big data.

  1. Mobility will continue to dominate.

Customers are almost completely mobile, as of now, four out of five people use their phones to shop. The global workforce is becoming increasingly mobile, working from home, and tech software and communications will begin to reflect that predominantly. From mobile storage for work-from-home employees to advanced security, mobility has only begun to gain traction.

5. Marijuana tech will thrive.

Revenues from Colorado are booming, and investors are seeing huge returns on legal medical marijuana investments from other states, so 2017 will definitely see more of that. Marijuana in 2017 will be technologically pumped up, with fully automated grow operations that are both energy efficient and green (so to speak). Perfectly calibrated lighting and high tech grow software and control systems will make growing an even more lucrative business than it already is. Though legalization has been slow to come to all of the U.S., when it does the cleanliness and energy efficiency of high tech grows will make meeting regulations for high quality, safe, clean medicinal marijuana very easy.


Culled From: Forbes.com

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