Technology has moved past the stigma and fear of robots taking over humans in the future. We now progress towards a future where technology has a pivotal role in shaping the society we intend to live in. Let’s know about the hottest trends in the world of technology right now.
- Smart City
We’ve seen smartphones, smart-cars and even smart-homes. Now it is time to think big, and honestly, bigger than you can imagine. As ambitious as it may sound, there have been several developments into building smart cities. What if I tell you that robots delivering mail or cars driving on their own, can become a reality in a few years? The city of Toronto has taken the first step towards realising this and started its joint project in collaboration with Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, to create the world’s first smart city in its true sense. Named Quayside, the city is being developed to solve problems like traffic congestion and environmental pollution. Though there has been some resistance to the idea of an autonomous and IoT driven city, many people want to see the realisation first and then form opinions. A smart city could indeed be a solution to a whole lot of problems that we are facing, mainly due to the ever-increasing global population.
The advent of 4G spelled a digital boom in the whole world, with the subsequent effects being seen in India also, a country with the second largest telecom network globally. Now, 2018 brought about rumours of 5G finally coming to life after a long wait. The latter half of the year saw many companies testing the technology and this year the efforts will come to fruition as 5G will officially launch globally, though in selected countries first, like China, South Korea and United States. The start of 2019 also saw the launch of Samsung Galaxy S10, the first commercially available smartphone in the world able to connect to a 5G network. Nokia and ZTE are also working towards realising 5G smartphones and it will come as no surprise if we see 5G smartphones as early as 2020 taking over the whole world.
3. Internet of Things
Internet has grown exponentially over the last couple of decades and now it is so widespread that it seems impossible to live even a day without it. Despite the ill-effects often associated with the growth of internet and its invasion in our private lives, we have benefitted from technologies like Internet of Things which basically allows us to control systems or devices remotely when they are connected to the internet. Right now, mainly home appliances and cars have seen the inclusion of IoT in their basic functioning. But in a few years, we could definitely see IoT setting the stage for newer technologies to tap into the evolving consumer base.
4. Foldable Tech
For a long while now, we’ve seen no real innovations in the smartphone market and there were speculations about the saturation of the market because of it. But rumours of foldable or flexible phones and smartwatches surprised everyone, with Samsung leading the pack of companies trying to offer something unique to the billion people strong smartphone consumer base. With companies like Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, LG teasing the development of their respective prototypes, Royole, a startup went ahead and released a commercially available foldable phone which can turn into a tablet. Though it didn’t turn out to be a success, it created quite a stir when an unknown company beat tech giants like Samsung and Huawei in launching the world’s first foldable phone. The start has been pretty good and we can sure hope that foldable tech will revive the industry in a couple of years.
5. Artificial Intelligence
Since the 1950s, there have been efforts made to develop problem solving skills in machines in order to make them self-sufficient in making decisions without unnecessary involvement of humans. Artificial intelligence, the term coined to denote this so-called machine intelligence has opened up new possibilities in making machines capable of developing aspects of emotional as well as cognitive thinking. Owing to the fears often accompanied with AI governing major decisions and their subsequent repercussions, we’re now taking a step towards transparent AI, which will build confidence towards increasing its presence in our daily lives. Businesses will likely incorporate AI to make legal and hiring decisions in the coming years. It is also paving the way for autonomous driving to finally become a reality and not just some publicity stunt. AI will also create a huge number of jobs as opposed to the general idea of it taking away lots of jobs and responsibilities.
Written by Prabhat