7 Technology Trends to look out for in 2017
Emerging technologies continue to stupefy us. Newborn, out-of-this-world ideas for innovations convince us that we really are living in the future. Now, pocket-sized devices can give us access to any information we need, and with just a few clicks, global communication can be done. Not many of us knew that predictions about the technology from years ago will become reality swiftly, in just a short time.
No matter how advanced the world and the technology had been now, we know that it doesn’t stop there. At least, not soon. Everyday a new idea comes and is turned into an actual product, service, or system. We can’t help but wonder what other tech marvels are heading next.
So far for 2017, several technological trends are anticipated to become huge. If you’re an entrepreneur or aspiring to become one, venturing on these technologies could be a good idea. Here are the technology trends that may dominate this 2017!
#1 Internet-of-things & Smart Home
IoT has been around for a while now, as well as the possibility of an interconnected smart home. However, competition between brands causes the technology’s slow growth. This year, predictions say that there will be more collaborations to allow a seamless user experience. Appliances and apps to make smart homes possible will arise, as well as the solutions for its implementation. 2017 will be the year of IoT, especially when big companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple are getting involved to create a uniform user experience.
#2 AR and VR
In 2016, the biggest trends in AR and VR began to emerge. VR gaming was made possible by astounding consoles like the Oculus Rift. There had been numerous launch of thousands of VR apps and games that took place last year. AR games such as the groundbreaking Pokémon Go, were used by millions of people last year. This 2017, there will be a big leap in AR and VR when the market has done preparing the new devices and apps for full optimization. The new iPhone X is even integrated with Apple’s very own VR and AR features for gaming and communication. The market for AR and VR will grow larger this year with new advances, and more powerful devices.
#3 Machine Learning
Machine learning has improved greatly in the past few years. From Google’s assist to search engines’ algorithm, we can notice how the machines are integrated to our daily activities. Though for now the applications of this technology is still limited, it won’t be long before machine learning will be merged to almost any type of consumer application. This 2017, we may notice an increase of machine learning applications when offering better recommended products based on prior purchase history, and improving the user experience of an analytics app. Technology buffs predict that this type of artificial intelligence will become the new normal when it comes to fundamental components of every technology.
Though some people see automation as a threat for job security, technology experts like Elon Musk, believe it will be huge help for humanity. In 2017, automation will become a bigger mainstay since we now have advanced technologies that can support automation. Tasks that are exclusive for humans, including white collar jobs, may be automated to boost productivity. In fact, there are now robotic journalists that can automate creation of particular articular. It’s just a matter of time before they make another leap into more practical types of articles. Especially when advancements for machine learning are in-progress, combining AI with automation will produce sensational improvements in technology. A huge step for automation is expected to happen in 2017.
#5 Humanized Big Data
We have access to big data for years. However, it has been misused due to lack of critical components to make it visual, empathetic, and qualitative. Predictions for 2017 say that big data will be finally humanized, and will be able to target the features it must contain to be fully optimized by humans. Once it happens, humanized big data can work better for planning medical treatments to executing better marketing campaigns. Humanization of big data will close the gap between AI and humans, allowing them to converse, so data can be understood easier. This technology will become more empathetic for better interactions, and employment of common sense. Data will be more accessible for 2017 when better visualization takes place, and quality will be polished.
#6 Physical-Digital Integrations
Today, online shopping has become extremely convenient for consumers. It has eliminated the need to use time and energy when choosing and buying products in physical stores. This is just one of the many benefits of physical-digital technology integration for people. For 2017, more innovations are predicted that will emerge now that reports say, big companies like Amazon and Walmart are developing store maps and product trials to improve and optimize the integrations between physical and digital realities.
#7 Everything On-Demand
Now it’s easy to have everything that’s on demand. With the power of our devices and smartphones, we can have an easy access to getting rides, food deliveries, and instant lodging just by downloading apps. Whatever we want, or what we want to do has been made a lot easier to achieve due to technology, and experts believe it will evolve further this year.
Predictions for the future of technology is, of course, not certain. Though these guesses are based from careful observations and studying the flow of technological advancements, we can not disclose for sure what will happen in the future. Surprises in the tech world frequently happen because on-going developments are rarely released unless intended.
Nonetheless, it’s fun to think about what will happen next in technology. Also, futuristic predictions may help entrepreneurs when it comes to planning for marketing strategies when venturing on new technologies. We’re sure, you, too, think about what will come up next for technology — and it’s pretty exciting, right?