Although it may seem hard to believe, technology has been around since the dawn of humanity. It’s grown exponentially since then and will continue to do so well into the future, changing everything from the way we shop to how we live and even how we communicate with one another on an intimate level. Here, we’ll explore some of the biggest changes coming up in the world of technology and what they mean for businesses and individuals alike.
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Advancement in communication
It is no secret that technology is growing at a rapid rate. With new advancements in communication and transportation, we are living in a digital world where we don’t have to physically interact with people to get what we need. We can talk to our friends on social media, take Uber anywhere, order food from an app, and more! Technology has changed so much about how we live our lives and it will continue to do so in the near future. For example, 5G wireless internet could become commonplace as early as 2020. What does this mean for us as consumers? It means we’ll be able to stream HD video content without any lag time or buffering; the way it should be. What does this mean for businesses? They’ll finally be able to transmit data like 3D models, VR videos, and 4K movies instantaneously over networks all around the globe.
We might lose our jobs because robots are better than us
We’re gradually entering a new age in which machines are replacing humans in jobs. Machines are replacing simple tasks, such as email or data entry, with robots that can do it faster and cheaper than their human counterparts. A report by Oxford University projects that 47% of all US jobs will be taken by robots in the coming decades. The result is already visible in countries like Japan and Germany, where more than half of manufacturing jobs have been replaced by automation since 1990. Computers can outperform people on many different tasks – they work without rest, they don’t get bored or tired and they don’t require paychecks. Computers can also make decisions better than any person could because they don’t rely on intuition or emotions to solve problems – the algorithm does what it was programmed to do, nothing more and nothing less.
Virtual reality is going to revolutionize gaming
Virtual reality is going to change the way people play video games. The Oculus Rift headset and other VR hardware will allow players to feel like they are actually in a game’s environment, using their own movements to explore it and interact with objects. This can be done either sitting down or standing up, meaning gamers will no longer have to be hunched over a console or PC monitor for hours on end. They will also not have to worry about being near enough to the screen, or holding onto a controller while immersed in the virtual world. There are some drawbacks though; while visuals are extremely realistic when wearing these headsets, motion sickness may become an issue as one cannot see anything but what is happening inside the VR headset.
Driverless cars are real and they’re coming soon
Google, Tesla and Apple are all in the race to build a driverless car. But who will be first to market with this new technology? For now, Google is leading the pack. They are currently testing their self-driving cars on public roads in California and Arizona. They have clocked up over 1 million miles so far, which is about the same distance as driving from New York to San Francisco 10 times over! The benefits of driverless cars are plentiful; less road congestion, reduced risk of accidents, lower fuel consumption and increased safety. Driverless cars could also lead to fewer people owning vehicles. Instead, they might just hire them by the hour when they need one instead. Cars can become more like ATMs – a touch screen interface where you swipe your card, enter your pin and then press ‘Hire Car’. It would work in a similar way to how Uber operates now. You wouldn’t even have to go outside or hail it – the car would come right to you and pick you up. Then it would take you wherever you want to go before dropping you off at home again.
Batteries could run out in 5 years – but solar could be game-changing
In 2017, a report released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the rapid global growth in the consumption of fossil fuels is unsustainable and will lead to unmanageable climate change. The IPCC also stated that demand for oil, gas, and coal would have to drop by between 25% and 90% by 2050 in order to keep global warming from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius. With battery technologies expected to run out in as few as five years, solar could become the new game changer. Large-scale installations such as California’s Ivanpah Solar plant are already generating electricity while being able to store some power, so they can operate even when it isn’t sunny outside. Elon Musk has said he wants Tesla to produce enough batteries to power the entire U.S., which would be an enormous undertaking–but if he succeeds, it could transform the way we use energy altogether.
Wearables are about much more than fitness tracking
Wearables are more than just fitness trackers. They can be used to monitor a whole range of health conditions, like sleep apnea and heart disease. Plus, they can be used to make other devices smarter, like your phone. Wearables will likely play a much bigger role in the coming years. Smartphones have always had some level of connectivity with their owner’s body, but it wasn’t until recently that someone put two and two together to think about how helpful it would be if the two were connected even more closely. A wearable fitness tracker can help you monitor your steps, strides, sleep, and more. It can also dole out doses of motivation along the way of technology.
Artificial Intelligence is advancing rapidly
A driving factor in this growth is artificial intelligence or AI. In 2017, we saw major advancements in AI with AlphaGo defeating a grandmaster in the ancient Chinese game of Go and then just two months later, beating Lee Sedol, one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Alongside these breakthroughs, other technologies have also advanced in recent years such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D printing. These types of tech will continue to become more commonplace within our everyday lives in the coming years – from being able to use VR to watch live concerts from anywhere in the world, AR helping you find your way around an unfamiliar city and 3D printing offering personalized fashion options for everyone. The possibilities are endless.
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