The past decades have changed the way we live forever. We take a mobile phone with us everywhere we go, it is constantly connected to a network which means we are always available for calls, messages, etc.. Any information in the world is only one google search away, and I could have used an AI engine to create this blogpost for me. Technology is evolving faster than ever, so here are five emerging technologies that are believed to define our future.
1. Artificial Intelligence: Self-learning systems that don’t require additional input from humans after the creation, it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. However, the technology exists and is developed at a rapid pace. A whistle-blower at Google recently even suggested that the company created a machine that is self-aware. Even though these claims are denied, it gives us a lot to think about. Will our future be built on co-existence between humans and machines?
2. 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT): As 4G technology is now implemented globally, an even faster technology, 5G, is already being rolled out as we speak. This technology provides even faster connection, which enables us to link many devices to it. It will provide us with huge amounts of data to improve our products and services even more.
3. Biometrics: Ever forgot your password? Biometrics doesn’t require you to have one, and this is just one of its many applications. It will facilitate security, both in real life through facial recognition for example, or online to secure your data.
4. Augmented/virtual reality: By now, many people have already had the experience of wearing VR goggles. Mind the distinction however: Virtual reality is the creation of a completely digital world, while augmented reality is the projection of digital attributes in a real environment. Applications in for example training environments for first responders will give humans the opportunity to have virtual experiences that feel like reality.
5. Blockchain: Expanding on the field of data protection, blockchain provides the answer. By decentralizing data on nodes spread across the system, loss or tampering with the data is almost impossible. One of the best-known examples of blockchain technology is Bitcoin, yet its applications reach far beyond finance.