Technology has been evolving faster than ever in the last few years and this is a trend that will continue into 2017 and beyond. Be it an electric window opener or a self-driving car, we have it all at our disposal to make everyone’s lives easier. As 2017 nears the end of its second month, let’s take a look at the technology trends that are going to be in focus this year.
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft Cortana, Apple Siri, Google Assistant and the upcoming Samsung Bixby; they are all AI powered smartphone voice assistants that adapt according to the complex and varied principles of machine learning. The current and the upcoming products of machine learning will transcend the limits of traditional rule-based algorithms to make use of neural networks, deep learning, natural-language processing and much more. The new AI will be able to learn, understand, adapt and take calculated decisions on its own by predicting the right action on the basis of all that it has learned. This could mean massive advancements in terms of digital security and universal assimilation of information.
VR and AR
The potential for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are tremendous and 2017 is proposed by experts to be the year when it really starts to take off. While VR will continue to make headway into games, media consumption and other entertainment, AR is looking to integrate reality itself into the embraces of the virtual world, thereby creating one singular and seamless experience. The Microsoft HoloLens, the Samsung Gear VR, the Facebook Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are all signs of things to come.
Big Data Will Become More Accessible to Medical Science
Big data refers to the tremendous amount of data that has been amassed over the course of many years regarding human behavioural patterns and expectancies. While the basic idea behind the info gathering was business, this holds a lot of potential for medical science as well. Unfortunately, the quantitative numerical nature of the data makes it mostly unusable by human standards. However, it is expected that from 2017, it might be possible to present at least a small portion of the data into a more understandable, accessible and qualitative form.
It may go against everything your doctors and dieticians have been telling you about eating natural, unprocessed food, but this could indeed be the future. The human population is growing fast, and the world is having a hard time keeping up with it. The truth is that the planet’s ecology, environment and just about everything else is being threatened, including us, by our own ever-growing population. In order to counter the pending food shortage issue, synthetic foods and meal replacements will need to be developed on a much larger scale, which could start right from this year.
Apart from the new developments in the tech world, we are going to see an expansion of the technology that’s already there. Smartphones will continue to reach more hands, self-driving cars will become more available, new and old apps will continue to offer more services and, hopefully, synthetic food will become more appetizing and palatable than it is now.