With today’s pace of change, it’s getting harder to predict the state of technology five to ten years in the future – not to mention how businesses will adapt to keep up. But with 2021 right around the corner, Technology and Science leaders are making big predictions on technologies that will help prepare their organizations for whatever the future may hold. How far will technology advance in 20, 30, even 50 years from now? How will it affect our lives? Here are 5 Predictions for the Future of Technology.
1. Neurohacking – The word Neurohacking has become increasingly popular in recent years. Neurohacking involves applying science and technology to influence the brain and body in order to optimize human experience. Simple uses of Neurohacking include the use of chemical supplements to increase the brain function. There have been more complex cases where medical devices have been used to treat psychological disorders and illnesses.
2. Dark Networks – As the world gets smaller by sharing more and more of the same cyberspace and social platforms, the online space is becoming a big target for bad guys. Dark networks are the illegal side and covert networks that security intelligence analysts need to track and identify with disrupting and dismantling them. Anonymous is an example of a dark group involved in hactivism. Anonymous found its way into sensitive stores of information from Visa and Mastercard, and government Websites causing large-scale, disabling computer terror.
3. Voice Assistant Revolution – In the next few years, our vehicle experience will be quite different from today. The trend of personal voice assistants in cars keeps growing at a rapid pace as consumers are using cell phones for everything nowadays. Also, personal assistants like Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri have allowed drivers to make calls and give directions hands-free, which has also allowed for safer driving. The fact that driving requires using our hands leaves voice as the natural user interface to perform tasks such as playing music, navigating and communicating.
4. AI, Virtual & Augmented Reality Growth in Retail – These technologies are paving the way for innovation in the retail industry, and retailers will have access to clear, accurate forecasting by combining and processing millions of customer data. Now more than ever, e-commerce will continue to increase in its popularity. Retail is consistently one of the most dynamic industries globally, constantly changing to serve better the rapidly evolving needs and expectations of an increasingly diverse consumer base.
5. Casherless & Autonomous Retail Technology – We are inching closer to this business model as retailers experiment with autonomous retail. An example of this is Amazon. They opened a cashier-less store called Amazon Go, leading the way of changing the way we shop. The store requires many cameras and sensors with machine vision and deep-learning algorithms to watch customers’ every move. Additionally, the data captured by these advanced new solutions will change traditional models of marketing and supply chain.
It remains unclear when offices will reopen, if remote work will become standard, along with other common lifestyle practices that dramatically changed over the last year. We have seen a drastic change in digital transformation that is keeping us guessing what’s in store for the future of technology. What are your predictions?