We may, though, keep an eye on what’s going on in general and try to obtain a big picture of how our tiny endeavour on Earth is progressing. Check out some of the most important tech trends that are already affecting the world and will continue to do so in the near future.
1. Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality
Virtual reality, like the other topics on this list, is growing more popular as the costs of hardware and software continue to fall. Many of the current applications are for games or adult entertainment (see Pokémon Go), but as VR develops more lifelike, it will become more helpful for other industries as well.
With lifelike, realistic VR, we’ll be able to train and educate people more effectively, safely, and affordably. There are already some examples, but many more are on the way, such as Google’s new phones and Facebook’s donation of VR kits to schools.
Dr. Shafi Ahmed was the first surgeon to live-stream a surgery, allowing spectators to watch it from the comfort of their own virtual reality headsets. Dr. Ahmed’s business has also created virtual reality training programmes, allowing surgeons to practise on virtual people before putting a knife into the real thing.
Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), are being used in a variety of fields. Since the FAA announced drone flight regulations a few months ago, the process has quickened.
Drones’ ability to complete tasks more affordably, quickly, and efficiently has been recognized. They may transport packages, handle agriculture and pesticide spraying, cover news events, and even give wireless internet access.
The Land Survey Automation Competition, which an inventor like you could utilise drones to help win, is being hosted by HeroX, and it’s a challenge that drones would be well-suited for.
3. Solar Panels
In the solar energy industry, there’s a lot going on. Especially since the World Economic Forum reported in December that solar and wind energy are now cost-competitive with fossil fuels.
It is now just as expensive to generate electricity from renewable sources as it is to generate electricity from coal. Solar energy costs around $100 per megawatt hour, while wind energy costs around $50 per megawatt hour.
Because current experimental solar cells are much better than commercial equivalents, we should expect costs to fall even more in the near future.
4. Wearable Tech
Technology is in vogue. Take a look at the new Snapchat Spectacles, which record 10-second video clips that can be shared on Snapchat.
When asked about going on a hiking expedition wearing Spectacles, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said:
“It was incredible to be able to witness my own memory through my own eyes.” It’s one thing to see photographs of an experience you experienced; it’s quite another to have the experience itself. It was the closest I’d ever felt to being back in that place.”
Wearable technology gives us the power to record everything we do from our own perspective.
It also involves the ability to supplement oneself or give specific services, such as the Ocean Medallion programme offered by Carnival. Passengers will be able to access doors, buy food and drink, and make friends with the Ocean Medallions, which are little discs that can be worn as necklaces.
5. The Internet-of-Things
Our increasingly connected world of small devices and gadgets — not only smartphones, but ovens, electrical outlets, door locks, and even entire homes – is referred to as the Internet-of-Things (IoT) (in some sense).
At CES 2017, Amazon made a significant leap in the IoT realm by releasing Alexa on a number of new products. Alexa is Amazon’s AI speech assistant, similar to Apple’s Siri.
While Alexa was previously limited to the Echo speaker, it will soon be available in thousands of linked devices, providing Amazon an advantage against Google and Apple in a market dominated by them.
As artificial intelligence improves, digital assistants will take on more and more of our regular duties — and even employment.
While full-fledged, human-level AI is still a long way off, the consequences of limited AI have been felt for years. AI is gaining more and more traction, from driving us around at 65 mph to forecasting Donald Trump’s win.
We’re watching the debate unfold in real time in the fast food industry, where rising salary demands are driving restaurant automation. Wendy’s is considering putting automated kiosks, and Car’s Jr.’s CEO is investing in AI.
7. 3D Printing
The world will be changed by 3D printing, often known as additive manufacturing. It’s a low-cost, highly customised method of making all kinds of goods, with little waste.
We’re learning to print with new materials for new uses, and the results can be startling. Food, such as chocolate or even pizza, is unquestionably the most delectable. Then there’s clothes, which can be customised to fit your physique perfectly.
We can now 3D print practically everything, including automobiles, drones, firearms (rather controversially), and even 3D printers!
A tech savvy world.
In today’s digital age, more and more people are looking for new ways to make the world a better place. As the advancements in technology make new methods for business and innovation possible, these methods can be difficult to implement.
Given list of seven emerging technologies are ones you may want to consider implementing into your business. These technologies will be reviewed in order of how fast they are becoming mainstream and what kind of industry they will help most.