8 Top Technology Trends for 2019
This entry was posted on Career Fast-Track on July 23rd, 2019 by Nikita Duggal
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence or AI refers to computers systems. Its build to mimic human intelligence and perform tasks such as recognition of images, speech or patterns, and decision making. AI can do these tasks faster and more accurately than humans. In fact, five out of six Americans use AI services in one form or another every day, including navigation apps, streaming services, smartphone personal assistants, ride-sharing apps, home personal assistants and smart home devices. In addition to consumer use, AI is used to schedule trains, assess business risk, predict maintenance and improve energy efficiency, among many other money-saving tasks. AI is one part of what we refer to broadly as automation.
2. Machine Learning
Machine Learning is a subset of AI. With Machine Learning, computers program to learn to do something they are not programmed to do: They literally learn by discovering patterns and insights from data. Machine Learning rapidly deploys in all kinds of industries, creating a huge demand for skilled professionals. Its applications are using for data analytics, mining and pattern recognition. On the consumer end, Machine Learning powers web search results, real-time ads and network intrusion detection.
3. Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
RPA is the use of software to automate business processes such as interpreting applications, processing transactions, dealing with data, and even replying to emails. RPA automates repetitive tasks that people used to do. These are up to 45 percent of the activities we do can be automated, including the work of financial managers, doctors, and CEOs.
In the simplest of terms, Blockchain is a data you can only add to, not take away from or change. Hence the term “chain” because you’re making a chain of data. Not being able to change the previous blocks is what makes it so secure. And that is the reason why it can play a significant role in protecting information such as personal medical data. Blockchain could be used to drastically improve the global supply chain, as well as protect assets such as art and real estate.
5. Edge Computing
As the quantity of data, we’re dealing with continues to increase, we’ve realized the shortcomings of cloud computing in some situations. Edge computing is designed to help solve some of those problems as a way to bypass the latency caused by cloud computing and getting data to data center for processing. It can exist “on the edge” if you will, closer to where computing needs to happen. For this reason, edge computing can be used to process time-sensitive data in remote locations with limited or no connectivity to a centralized location. In those situations, edge computing can act like mini data center. Edge computing will increase as use the Internet of Things (IoT) devices increases.
6. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Virtual Reality (VR) immerses the user in an environment while Augment Reality (AR) enhances their environment. Although VR has primarily been used for gaming thus far, it has also been used for training, as with Virtual Ship, a simulation software used to train U.S. Navy, Army and Coast Guard ship captains. The popular Pokemon Go is an example of AR. Both have enormous potential in training, entertainment, education, marketing, and even rehabilitation after an injury. Either could be used to train doctors to do surgery, offer museum-goers a deeper experience, enhance theme parks, or even enhance marketing.
7. Cyber Security
Three of those advancements are hardware authentication, cloud technology, and deep learning, according to one expert. Another adds data loss prevention and behavioral analytics to the list. As long as we have hackers, we will have cyber security as an emerging technology because it will constantly evolve to defend against those hackers.
8. Internet of Things
As consumers, we’re already using and benefiting from IoT. We can lock our doors remotely if we forget to when we leave for work and preheat our ovens on our way home from work, all while tracking our fitness on our Fit-bits and hailing a ride with Lyft. But businesses also have much to gain now and in the near future. The IoT can enable better safety, efficiency, and decision making for businesses as data is collected and analyzed. It can enable predictive maintenance, speed up medical care, improve customer service, and offer benefits.
Although technologies are emerging and evolving all around us, these eight domains offer promising career potential now and for the foreseeable future. And all eight are suffering from a shortage of skilled workers, meaning the time is right for you to choose one, get trained, and get on board at the early stages of the technology, positioning you for success now and in the future.