In the world of technology, 2016 has been a great one. From new discoveries to the latest inventions, there is no doubt that tech blew us away this year. Personally, I’m amazed at the technology we have available to us. It’s astounding to have the power to retrieve almost any information and communicate in a thousand different ways using a device that fits in your pocket.
Technology experts tell us that 2017 will be better a year for tech than 2016 as there are tech trends already in motion set to take over the world. Here are 8 technology trends that will dominate 2017.
Everything Is A Click Away
In 2017, experts say almost all demands will only be a click away. Thanks to the likes of Uber, Konga and some other brands already doing great in that space, experts says that more brands will invest so much in the tech space come 2017. There will be thousands of apps to download and more demands for goods and services just at the click of a button.
IOT And Smart Homes
We’ve been hearing about the forthcoming revolution of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and resulting interconnectedness of smart home technology for years. So what’s the holdup? Why aren’t we all living in smart, connected homes by now? Part of the problem is too much competition, with not enough collaboration—there are tonnes of individual appliances and apps on the market, but few solutions to tie everything together into a single, seamless user experience. Now that bigger companies already well-versed in uniform user experiences are getting involved, I expect we’ll see some major advancements on this front in the coming year.
Machine learning has taken some massive strides forward in the past few years, even emerging to assist and enhance Google’s core search engine algorithm. Throughout 2017, we expect to see machine learning updates emerge across the board, entering almost any type of consumer application you can think of, from offering better-recommended products based on prior purchase history to gradually improving the user experience of an analytics app. It won’t be long before machine learning becomes a kind of “new normal,” with people expecting this type of artificial intelligence as a component of every form of technology.
Humanise Big Data
Big data has been a big topic for the past five years or so when it started making headlines as a buzzword. The idea is that mass quantities of gathered data—which we now have access to—can help us in everything from planning better medical treatments to executing better marketing campaigns. But big data’s greatest strength—its quantitative, numerical foundation—is also a weakness. In 2017, I expect we’ll see advancements to humanise big data, seeking more empathetic and qualitative bits of data and projecting it in a more visualised, accessible way.
VR And AR
We’ve already seen some major steps forward for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology in 2016. Oculus Rift was released, to positive reception, and thousands of VR apps and games followed. We also saw Pokémon Go, an AR game, explode with over 100 million downloads. The market is ready for AR and VR, and we’ve already got some early-stage devices and tech for these applications, but it’s going to be next year before we see things really take off.
Mobile devices have been slowly adding technology into our daily lives. It’s rare to see anyone without a smartphone at any given time, giving us access to practically infinite information in the real-world. We already have things like site-to-store purchasing, enabling online customers to buy and pick up products in a physical retail location, but the next level will be even further integrations between physical and digital realities.
So what tech trends are you looking forward to in 2017?