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10 years may seem like a long time, but it can feel like an entire lifetime in the world of technology.
When CNN ran an article predicting the biggest technology trends of 2010, the news service foresaw a year built on Blackberry’s emergence into the touch-screen mobile phone markets, users streaming their favorite series on their TVs, and the Microsoft Kinect sparking a gaming revolution.
While there’s a good chance that many younger readers will have no idea whatsoever about the market-leading Blackberrys of yesteryear, or the hotly anticipated arrival Kinect, it’s fair to say that these topics did spark excitement in consumers a decade ago.
However, technology moves fast, and many of CNN’s mentions have since fallen into obscurity. Despite this, 2020 feels like a true watershed year for the world of technology, and plenty of the releases we can expect to see in the coming months will stay with us throughout the decade in a way that 2010 couldn’t quite match up to.
For investors, the following perspective may present a great opportunity to invest in emerging businesses that are still at an early development stage, including remote AR and 5G. And with apps like ARQ and PCF, the process of investing is becoming even simpler.
So what is there to get excited for in the coming months? Here’s a shortlist of some of the biggest upcoming trends ahead for 2020:
5G accelerated change
It seems mind-boggling to think that in 2010 we were managing to get by on just 3G connectivity. Today, even 4G data can feel unbearably slow at times. Luckily, 2020 is expected to be the year that the fifth generation of mobile data arrives for consumers.
You may feel excited knowing that you’ll be able to browse your favorite news sites or social networks faster on your smartphones – multiple times faster in fact – but the wider implications of 5G should be the most noteworthy facet of the new technology.
Using 5G, the connection speeds of internet-enabled gadgets and tech can improve exponentially. This aids the rise of the Internet of Things as well as cutting edge techs like self-driving cars and artificial intelligence.
5G can leverage truly immersive experiences within the realms of augmented reality and virtual reality, too – as shown in this still from an EE mobile phone network advert earlier in the year:
The above image demonstrates how augmented reality in the era of 5G can pave the way for users to superimpose entire renderings of football matches onto a real-life backdrop.
The rise of AI & AR
One of the key beneficiaries of the arrival of 5G will be artificial intelligence. Driven by the power of faster data, we can expect to see AI leverage the power of convenience via enhanced automation.
Hardware like AlterEgo is already being designed to act as a mind-reading wearable headset, while fast-food companies like Dominos are attempting to harness the potential of drones and robot delivery services for the not-too-distant future.
We can expect to see heavier AI-driven projects like self-driving cars and taxis to make some bold steps in 2020, too.
On the other hand, Augmented Reality is pretty much everywhere when it comes to entertainment and gaming – it doesn’t take too long before you pass a Pokemon Go gamer on the street.
In the meantime, AR is not only about entertainment and gaming. Companies like Mesmerise focus on crafting AR, VR & MR experiences for businesses (e.g. interactive content for publishers).
While we’ve been used to seeing steady improvements within cybersecurity for some time now, 2020 will be a pivotal year for technology to begin to effectively combat rising security threats online.
The continuing evolution of cybersecurity will carry on over the coming months in a bid to combat the increasingly aggressive measures at the disposal of hackers as they attempt to access their victims’ personal data.
Simplilearn points to some significant statistics that indicate 2020 will be a significant year for security online. In fact, the number of cybersecurity jobs is currently growing three times faster than any other field of tech profession.
2020 will bring an added emphasis on filling the rising number of cybersecurity vacancies as the industry continues to grow, and provided there’s enough of a market of professionals to fulfill the demand of this industry, there will be plenty of more ambitious developments geared towards keeping us safe over the next twelve months.
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