The digital era is evolving faster than ever. It accelerates progress in certain aspects, and we are reaping the benefits. Today, sending communications to wherever in the world has been one of the great advents of technology. What is more astounding is the availability of tech services.
Transportation improvements are now one of the integrations of technology. Ride-sharing apps, delivery services, and online shopping – name it, all are now trending services which are non-existent a decade ago. As we go deeper into the digital age, we are more likely to see additional advancement – most of which were thought to be impossible in the past.
In 2021, what technological aspects are trending? How these technologies affect your life and the next generation? Let us see.
Five Advancement You Should Look Forward To
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI is a branch of computer science that deals with the study and development of intelligent machines capable of thinking just like humans. Smart devices are now booming all over and appear to be endless. Robots and other computer-based programs can now perform some tasks and functions that require human intelligence.
In 2021, we have seen an influx of these developments. AI as computer science has improved in its interdisciplinary methodologies, particularly in machine learning and deep learning. It is now creating an important pivotal of events concerning industries connected to technology.
In 1950, mathematician Alan Turing asked, “Can machines think?” Since then, computer scientists and experts have been trying to prove and create a definitive answer to Turing’s question.
Additionally, there is no concrete definition as to the scope of Artificial Intelligence. As of this era, the answer is vague and broad. There are also ethical issues regarding AI. One thing is sure as of the moment; AI has improved our quality of life more than ever.
Internet of Things (IoT)
This new technology trend is now gaining popularity all over the world. The “things” referred to here are physical objects, e.g., lights, doors, stereo, computers, fridges, cameras, and anything that you can connect to the internet. These physical objects can go through unified interconnectivity embedded with technologies such as sensors and software. These can be controlled via remote, voice command, or simply by touch.
So, the James Bond movie you were watching decades ago has foreshadowed these kinds of technology. When IoT is applied to a particular object, that object is called “smart.” For example, smart TV, a smartphone, or even a smart home.
Most IoT devices come along with Artificial Intelligence (AI). These two branches of computer science work together. Significantly, IoT principles apply to health systems, appliances, and cars.
Concerns are growing along with IoT developments. These include privacy and security issues. Gladly, rules and regulations have been developed to govern the proper use of this technology.
5G Deployment Across the Globe
In the 1980s, mobile networks introduced the first generation (1G) to the world. It is an analog voice system. After ten years, second-generation (2G) mobile networks were known. It is where CDMA or Code Division Multiple Access was utilized. These two generations of mobile networks proved helpful in the past.
After another ten years, in the 1990s, 3G was popularized. It is more potent than the first two generations. This period brought mobile data to mobile users. If you have been through the 2000s, you will surely agree that the internet is now climbing to its climax. After 3G, here comes 4G, which is also referred to as 4G LTE – the most robust mobile data combined with supplemental services that made connections to anywhere in the world a little different.
The year 2021 opens the deployment of 5G across the globe. This generation is far more potent than the first four. The 5G mobile network aims to give faster connectivity among users. It has lower latency than 4G and can support up to a 100x increase in traffic capacity.
The 5G network has started rolling in the past years, promising to provide internet speed at least 20 Gbps – the fastest so far.
We have seen how quickly the growth of blockchain technology in the past years. It impacted our perception of digital currencies and what they can do to many things that we have now.
Blockchain technology collects information, recording them while assuring it is almost impossible to cheat, hack, or change. Over the years, blockchain technology is decentralized, which makes investing too risky – but not at all. Blockchains are digital ledgers—this technology stores ledgers of duplicated transactions and spread across different network computers in the blockchain.
The security of blockchain technology such as bitcoin and ethereum are reinforced every time a blockchain is added to the system. If a hacker wants to corrupt the data, he might
need to change all the blocks in the chain. If any change prevails in the chain, you can readily assume that someone hacked it.
Blockchain technology is now a million-dollar industry, and it seems that it will constantly grow this year and the following years to come. Because of its success, governments are now trying to regulate digital currency, which can harm the chains’ value. Further studies must be done to control it so that it won’t have adverse effects on users.
Virtual Health Consultations
We are witnessing a pandemic globally in our lifetime. The COVID-19 seems to stay for a little while. Because of this, advancements in virtual health consultations are promoted. This technology will surely lessen the chance of being affected by a pandemic’s virus. Moreover, the presence of virtual health consultations will help in the economic recovery of the world.
The Sum Up
Yes, while the future is uncertain, we know that 2021 technology trends will give us a reason to think through our decisions. More innovations will conquer the world – people considered some of them to be impossible in the past. As technology improves more, our capacity to build will be endless. That makes us superior to other species. And, yes! We will keep moving forward.