The Strategist

Seven tech trends that will change the world in 2018

01/11/2018 - 14:24

Freedom of the Internet and "fake" news, augmented reality and artificial intelligence – here’s a brief overview of technologies that will affect everyone.

BagoGames via flickr
BagoGames via flickr
Crypto currency will continue its growth

Bitcoin has become one of the most frequently mentioned words in the past year. Analysts predict a further rise in price and interest in bitcoin and similar crypto-currencies. For ordinary users who do not have time to invest in new technology may find important the fact that the vast majority of states will create laws regulating profits received from mining, as well as introduce regulations on the turnover of this virtual value.

However, some analysts say that bitcoin is a bubble, which is about to burst. They explain its growth only by the public's great attention to the new technology.

Artificial intelligence will become smarter

Artificial intelligence (AI) will become the most promising area of development in the field of technologies. Do not assume that this is all "high matter", far from the ordinary user.

Of course, AI is the most promising in such areas as computer modeling, medicine, engineering. Also, you can find it in familiar things, like searching the Internet. Various companies are actively developing voice assistants from all leading Internet search engines (Cortana from Microsoft, Google Assistant from Google and others). Machine learning gives accurate answers and understands the context of human speech.

Fake news will kill social networks

In 2017, the topic of false messages on social networks scored unprecedented publicity. This was due to the emergence of a huge number of posts in social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, as well as propaganda videos on YouTube. Donald Trump, other politicians, and also experts in the field of cybersecurity repeatedly spoken about unreliability of information placed in the web.

Bloomberg agency predicts that in a few years it will be almost impossible to distinguish genuine information from false information on the Internet, and social networks will completely discredit themselves as a source of information. The amount of content uploaded by users is growing daily, and automatic algorithms and manual moderation are not always effective.

The Internet will become faster

Large American companies such as Intel and Qualcomm expect rapid growth of 5G networks around the world in 2018. Already in 2016, 67% of Internet traffic was in video, and every year the preponderance of this type of content is only growing. To meet the needs of users, developers create high-speed networks, designed to ensure fast download and transmission of "heavy" files.

"Smart" house is not a curiosity anymore

In 2018, you can expect a large amount of equipment from large manufacturers. They will combine the houses into a whole small infrastructure that provides a more comfortable and safe existence. These technics will be operated through wireless connection via home Wi-Fi network and smartphone apps.

Convenience of such innovations can easily be demonstrated with the help of simple and well-known examples: one cannot worry if the iron is turned off, because now it's enough to disconnect the appliance. This method has long been working in practice.

It is also worth noting that the concept of "smart home" also implies environment care, because its systems are flexibly configured and can automatically turn off lighting and air conditioning when there is no one in the apartment.

Augmented reality in your pocket

VR helmets of virtual reality have not found mass popularity yet, but the augmented reality is much more promising in this respect. The fact is that to you don’t need any additional tools except for a modern smartphone to use AR technology.

Already now it is possible to perform simple, but very useful everyday life operations, such as measuring physical quantities of real objects, simplified navigation through unfamiliar streets, assistance in arranging and repairing apartments (choose color of the wallpaper, see how the furniture fits into the interior), etc.

In terms of entertainment and educational goals, augmented reality also has great prospects. For example, you can show a child a relic butterfly in a 1:1 ratio.

All data will be stored in clouds

Analysts note a rather sharp increase in popularity of online storage. This surge is explained by the fact that the cost of hard disks is gradually increasing, and amount of information necessary for storage grows disproportionately quickly.

A reasonable idea for large companies in this situation is free use or lease of servers to store personal information. Although there is a small risk of hacking, placing information in the clouds is even safer and more convenient than traditional storage methods.