The 5 Biggest Technology Trends In 2021 Everyone Must Get Ready For Now
Here are the expected 5 Biggest Technology Trends In 2021. Although year 2021 is around the corner but still it might seem a bit strange to be making predictions about the year 2021. Considering the fact how the year 2020 has played out. The year 2020 has been impacted by the pandemic COVID-19. However one thing is clear: technology has been effected just as much as another part of our lives.
Another thing that is clear is today’s most important tech trends will play a big part in helping us cope with the many challenges we are facing. From the shift to working from home to new rules about how we meet and interact in public spaces, tech trends will be the driving force in managing the change.
In many ways, Covid-19 will act as a catalyst for a whole host of changes thanks to our increasingly online and digital lives. Things will just happen more quickly now, with necessity (long acknowledged as the mother of invention) as the driving force.
Here’s an overview of how the major tech trend that are identified in the most recent book Tech Trends in Practice by Bernard Marr, are likely to play out during the next year. Some will play their part in helping us to recover “normality”. While some of them will make it easier for us to understand and navigate a changed reality.
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI is undoubtedly one of the biggest tech trends at the moment. During 2021 it will become an even more valuable tool for helping us to interpret and understand the world around us. The volume of data we are collecting on healthcare, infection rates, and the success of measures we take to prevent the spread of infection will continue to increase. This means that machine learning algorithms will become better informed and increasingly sophisticated in the solutions they uncover for us.
From computer vision systems monitoring the capacity of public areas to analyzing the interactions uncovered through contact tracing initiatives. Self-learning algorithms will spot connections and insights that would go unnoticed by manual human analysis. They will help us predict demand for services from hospitals and other healthcare providers. Further allowing administrators to make better decisions about when and where to deploy resources.
For business, the challenge will be to understand the changing patterns of customer behavior. More human activity will take place online from shopping and socializing to virtual working environments, meetings, and recruitment. During 2021 we can expect the tools we use to analyze these behavioral shifts to become more sophisticated and increasingly fit the budget and infrastructure requirements of more and more organizations.
2. Robotics, Drones, and Vehicle Automation
As the volume of passengers using public transport fluctuates from week to week. Initiatives around self-driving vehicles will continue at an increasing pace. Driving efficiency across public transport networks will be a priority for service providers & civic authorities.
In recent years we have seen the emergence of robots in the healthcare and assisted living sectors. These will become increasingly important, particularly when it comes to interacting with members of society who are most vulnerable to infection, such as the elderly. Additionally, companies finding themselves with premises that, while empty, still require maintenance and upkeep, will turn to robotics providers for services such as cleaning and security. This activity has already led to soaring stock prices for enterprises involved in supplying robots.
Drones will be used to deliver vital medicine. Further equipped with computer vision algorithms. Which are used to monitor footfall in public areas in order to identify places where there is an increased risk of viral transmission.
3. The As-A-Service Revolution
“As-a-service” – the provision of services that we need to live and work through cloud-based. On-demand platforms is the key that has put the other tech trends we talk about today in reach of anybody. It’s the reason why AI and robotics are a possibility for just about any business or organization, regardless of their size or budget. Thanks to cloud offerings from companies like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and an ever-growing horde of startups and spinoffs. The innovators in all fields can deploy cutting-edge tech with little upfront investment in tools, equipment or specialized people.
As the ongoing pandemic rages around the world, we have clearly seen that companies that rely on cloud to provide scalable solutions as-a-service are prospering. In 2021 and beyond, this is going to become increasingly important and more possibilities will open up for everyone.
4. 5G and enhanced connectivity
Faster and reliable internet doesn’t just mean we can load webpages more quickly & spend less time waiting for videos to launch on YouTube. Each successive advance in mobile connectivity from 3G onwards has unlocked new use cases for the internet. 3G made web browsing and data-driven services useful on mobile devices. 4G led to the growth of streaming video and music platforms as bandwidths increased. 5G, likewise, will open more doors in terms of what is possible.
5G means that services relying on advanced technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality (discussed below) as well as cloud-based gaming platforms like Google’s Stadia or NVidia’s GeForce now become a viable proposition, anywhere at any time.
In short, 5G and other advanced, high-speed networks make all of the other trends we discuss here available anywhere, any time. Complex machine learning applications relying on real-time access to Big Data sources can be conducted in the field, via automation.
5. Extended Reality (XR) – Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/MR).
These terms cover technology that uses glasses or headsets to project computer-generated imagery directly into the user’s field of vision. When it is superimposed over what the user is viewing in the real world, it is AR. And when it is used to place the user into an entirely computer-generated environment, it is VR.
During next year we can again expect to see these, in conjunction with the other trends discussed here. Assisting in tackling challenges posed by the current world situation. Largely this will involve allowing us to avoid potentially dangerous situations where there could be a risk of viral transmission. For example, medical examinations and diagnosis can increasingly be carried out remotely. A solution available to opticians allows eye tests to be carried out entirely in VR. High-definition cameras give a clear image of the patient’s eye. An AR tool then allows the customer to browse the range of glasses. Thus enabling them to see what they look like on their own face without having to leave their home.
We will also see an increase in the use of VR and AR tools within education. This will reduce the need for us to work in crowded classroom conditions. If not totally, then at least in areas and during times when it is known that transmission rates are high.