Every year, Future Today Institute publishes a report about the latest technological trends, which will affect different sectors of the economy. In 2017, the number of innovations mentioned in the forecast, was almost doubled if to compare with the previous year. Technologies evolve faster than ever. And to keep your company's pace with the time, you should pay attention to the latest technological trends. What innovations in IT sphere will be in demand in 2018 and how to apply the emerging technology trends to business development?
Stanford University’s Scientists believe that by 2030, cities will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to ensure the safety of the population. According to the forecast, the AI will help to prevent crimes and even act as an assistant in court proceedings.
Solutions based on AI have already formed the basis of many innovative ideas and technology trends: from smart houses to the face recognition and even emotions simulation. Elements of artificial intelligence — machine and deep learning are now widely used in robotics. The Future Today Institute researchers assume: soon artificial intelligence will become a part of almost all technological inventions.
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Voice and Visual Product Search
According to the recent Gartner’s forecast, by 2021 leading trading companies will implement visual and voice product search to their platforms. Using AI technology, large online stores will be able to understand desires and interests of their consumers. Analysts predict that as a result of this innovation, marketplaces’ revenue will increase by 30%.
Individual Approach to the Customer
Real-time learning is an emerging trend in information technology based on AI conception. By using this technology, large online stores, for example, will be able to display the products individually to each user, depending on his/her behavior on the website. This innovative technology will help to adjust the website’s model using a continuous flow of transactions data in real time.
Transport Industry Innovations
While Tesla actively develops its self-driving cars, Amazon has, for the first time, demonstrated the successful drone delivery in a public place. It is quite obvious that emerging technology trends will soon change the habitual attitude to transportation and logistics.
ARC Advisory Group analysts believe that delivery automation is quite a topical issue not only for carriers but also for large online stores. Steve Banker, one of the ARC Advisory Group directors, notes: when retail trades increase from 9 to 30 percents large companies face the question — whether they are ready to be flexible enough in goods delivery.
The demand for web-based TMS and SCM solutions (system supply chain management) will grow in the coming years. Cloud services for the logistics automation will become a trend, which helps to optimize the process of goods delivery not only for 3PL-providers, large online stores will also benefit from this solutions.
Self-driving cars are another technology trend based on the concept of artificial intelligence. Tesla already allows drivers to engage the autopilot in their cars, provided that they will follow the road. Uber has also recently launched about a hundred Autonomous cars on the streets of Pittsburgh. However, innovation is only in a testing stage so far — Uber’s specialist is constantly on the in the car when it is on the road and oversees the work of the algorithm and security.
According to Oliver Wyman’s forecast, by the 2030 half of the cars will be equipped with an autopilot feature. In a note to Forbes Oliver Wyman’s analysts even speculate about how insurance companies will assess risks, considering the growing number of self-driving cars. It is obvious that autonomous cars will soon become quite a commonplace.
Gartner experts have also predicted that by the 2021, the largest enterprises will spend on chatbots much more than on mobile applications development, and the chatbots market share will be close to $3.5 billion. As we may see from the latest technology trends, chatbots will acquire human traits: first, they will learn how to communicate (as Siri is already doing), and then, to recognize and simulate human emotions.
We are getting into the so-called «post-application era» — virtual assistants, that are not tied to specific mobile programs will get leading positions. Experts believe that in a couple of years chatbots will penetrate all spheres of communication.
Internet of Х
In 1990, John Romkey created the world’s first Internet-thing, by connecting his toaster to the network. Since then, the number of devices managed via the Internet has grown considerably and formed the so-called Internet of Things, or IoT. Now there are about 9 billion «smart» objects that are managed via the Internet: mobile devices, industrial equipment, the smart house elements, etc. According to McKinsey, the number of smart devices will grow and will soon reach a trillion. Gartner experts recommend that businesses already start investing in IoT solutions.
In parallel with the increasing number of smart devices, LPWA (Low-Power Wide-area network, that is an alternative to Wi-Fi)is being developed. LPWA will allow the signal to travel great distances and overcome obstacles. The LPWA evolution, along with the increasing number of smart devices, will push the development of the IoT. Internet of Things will evolve to the Internet of X, the concept that can be applied to almost everything, Future Today Institute assures. As an example, scientists cite Consumer Physics startup, the application with which you can scan your food and get information about the number of calories it contains.
Education in the Pocket
New innovations in technology appear almost every day and to stay on top of it, professionals in all fields will need to periodically update their knowledge. Considering the modern pace of life, online education is gaining momentum. Moreover, in order to rich its consumers, education should be as accessible as possible, so the futurists suggest a boom in educational mobile applications.
The analysis of large amounts of data is already widely used by various companies. With the growing amount of information and the AI evolution, big data will develop and will be adapted to be applicable to even more spheres of life. Big Data will be one of the online marketing tools. This technology will allow quick processing of huge amounts of data about purchasing behavior.
User experience helps to distinguish the company among competitors. Design based on user experience will continue its development, together with the latest technologies. Traditional interfaces will transform into voice or even neural (the so-called «brain-computer»). The only thing that will stay unchanged is that the main goal of a quality user experience is to make technological innovations convenient and user-friendly.
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