In order to determine the biggest trends in tech for 2019, we must first define what we mean by trend. According to research and advisory company, Gartner, a strategic trend in technology is defined as having substantial disruptive potential and is on the verge of having a broader impact on a global scale. With that in mind, we look at the biggest trends in tech for 2019.
Autonomous Systems and Devices
Robots, drones, and self-driving vehicles are all examples of autonomous systems and devices which use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automate functions previously performed by humans. These devices and systems all exploit AI in order to produce behaviours which are natural and integrate almost seamlessly with their environments and humans alike.
In 2019, we can expect to see the collaboration of multiple autonomous devices and systems which may or may not be independent from human input.
Best described as augmented intelligence which makes use of machine learning (ML) to revolutionise how analytics are developed, consumed, and shared, in 2019 we can expect augmented analytics to become widely adopted in the fields of data preparation and management, modern analytics, process mining, data science, and business process management.
While by no mean new concepts, in 2019, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) are all changing the way people perceive and interact with the digital world.
This shift in the way people interact with the digital world – imagine playing online blackjack Canada in VR – will see a participation in a far more immersive user experience in future, as well multichannel and multimodal experiences.
The Cutting Edge of Computing
Endpoint devices are LAN- or WAN-connected hardware devices which connect across a network and the ‘edge’ refers to these endpoint devices which are embedded in the world around us.
When looking to the advancement of this technology, edge computing is a computer topology in which content collection and delivery, and information processing are placed closer to these endpoints. With the end goal of reducing traffic and latency, expect to see a push towards edge computing in 2019.
Smart homes and smart offices are examples of smart spaces in which humans and tech-enabled systems interact to create connected, co-ordinated, and intelligent environments.
While many people have already started turning their homes and offices ‘smart’, 2019 will see a rapid acceleration towards smart spaces as technology becomes increasingly integral to our everyday lives and multiple elements such as processes, services, devices, and people will come to together to create a more interactive and automated environment.
Operating on quantum state subatomic particles such as electrons and ions, quantum computing (QC) is a form of non-classical computing that represents information as elements signified by quantum bits or qubits.
The execution and exponential expandability of quantum computing provides it with the ability to excel with problems too complex for traditional computing and 2019 will see a dramatic shift to this type of non-classical computing.