All things ‘tech’ are the most exciting in today’s world. More than half the world’s population now uses the internet and every day sees more than 3.75 billion people online.
Are we slowly but surely going to be controlled by robots, Artificial Intelligence, and machines? If you go by the trends of the present, and some of the forecasts for the future, maybe that is what is in store for the human race.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)Insight into trends in technology, require us to understand what AI is and how it will pervade innovation and inventions.
Gone are the days when intelligence, like common sense, was a gift of nature. Now, tasks like visual perception, speech and recognition of language, and even decision-making can be performed by computer systems developed, no doubt, by human intelligence, to do so.
Nostradamus hasn’t foreseen it, but AI is all set to increasingly fix and drive everyday things like home appliances, virtual reality experiences, and health care equipment. The reason? It makes life easier.
AI, virtual and augmented realityVirtual reality is an artificial computer-generated simulation of a real-life scenario. The outstanding example is when video gamers immerse themselves in VR to travel the cosmos and kill those Martians.
Augmented Reality enhances existing reality with computer-generated layers. Like all those FB profile pictures that are too good to be true!
Both, VR and AR are lapping the shores of mainstream tech today, but are now set to make tidal waves with more serious forays, notably into the educational and healthcare fields. And they will be powered by AI.
The spread of the CloudFor the uninitiated, the Cloud means internet based computing where various services like servers, applications, and storage of data of an organisation are delivered to its computers and other devices through the internet. This is super, high-performance computing which can be (and is) used by, for example, financial services or to deliver personal information, to provide data storage, and even to power large online games. So when you play Scrabble or Bingo or Poker online, you know that it’s the all pervasive Cloud which is helping you do so.
Enterprises and businesses with complex applications have already jumped onto the Cloud to run their core businesses. The realisation has now come that private Clouds might be a waste of time and money when the bandwidth and infrastructure already exist with cloud providers. The global public cloud market is likely to top USD 146 billion in 2017 from the USD 87 billion of 2015!
The mega players in the public cloud market like Amazon.com, Microsoft, Google and IBM might not be able to service it all- so get ready for smaller regional players in 2017!
The forecast for the Cloud also says that Chief (digital) Information Officers are going to wise up and use public Cloud services. They will also be getting more Cloud-savvy to save mega bucks for their organisations.
Tech trendsetters also advice that companies and businesses re-haul their apps to run on public Clouds rather than just dump existing ones if they want to make optimum use.
Enterprise ComputingThis includes hardware and software that is designed to meet the needs of large organisations.
- It has to be highly reliable with inbuilt, failsafe, backup systems which guarantee business as usual even if there is a glitch in one of the components.
- It must provide a high level of security including that of databases with a need-to-know basis for allowing access.
- It must also have the ability to customize applications and throw redundant, unsuitable and outdated applications into the trash.
- It must allow smooth access to a company’s IT assets.
The new and evolving face of enterprise computing is being shaped by the price of systems coming down with their capability increasing, at the same time.
The trend now is for enterprise computing to address the business as a whole rather than just deal with a part of it as was being done earlier.
Enterprise computing now involves building a hardware structure that allows several different applications to function simultaneously and provides seamless movement between different apps.
Enterprise computing has been driven by the Cloud and, as pointed out earlier, many businesses are now feeling the relief of the tech support and maintenance of public Cloud services.
Welcome to Internet of Things (IoT)This is where reality meets sci-fi.
It isn’t just smartphones, tablets and computers that are connecting to the internet. Today, increasingly, many household appliances from coffee pots to lighting are ‘communicating’ with each other online. This is what we call IoT. So, you can control when to turn on your coffee pot, how warm your home should be (thermostat) or when to wake up your snoozing employee from a galaxy far away- PROVIDING you are internet enabled.
Many tech watchers are cheering this on as being the spark that will light the engines of the next industrial revolution and make sweeping improvements in private and public life.
The thing about IoT:
- IoT is accelerating the need for AI.
- Voice assistants and assistance is going to be the key to winning the IoT-enabled home and other IoT segments. Why type when you can just talk?
- The consumer side of IoT is going to spell big bucks. Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana are soon going to be given a sprint for their investments. So wait and watch!
- More sensors and connected devices mean more security breach points. There are predators in the IT jungle: security is a constant battle with hackers who are skillful enough to compromise industrial sites, traffic systems, etc. and create personal and business risks. Manufacturers of sensors and IoT targeting devices need to pull up their socks and work on safety features.
Tech-IndiaThe all-pervasive smartphone and the digital India movement have contributed in making India a digital-first nation. If the data so far regarding internet usage and mobile phones is anything to go by, the adoption levels in India towards new tech trends is getting progressively higher .
With the uncertain atmosphere in some symbiotic countries, all things tech will get a more swadeshi flavour. So, all you aspiring to a dream IT job, quit dreaming and wake up! Get yourself ready with the right qualifications and suit up for those job interviews.
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