Whether you're a tech enthusiast or an average consumer, you can't help but look at the latest developments in the IT sphere. We have come a long way from floppy disks and cassette players to smartphones and VR headsets. Let's have a look at some of the technologies that are set to take us to a new digital age.
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning
AI is manifesting predominantly through Machine learning. An increasingly large number of new platforms and apps are trying to harness the power of AI for their services.
With the power of AI, the ad networks will be able to give recommendations, which will be less annoying and more effective.
Smartphones of the future will be artificially intelligent and they will be able to carry out machine learning tasks. AI is also the key technology behind the autonomous vehicles.
2. Blockchain and Internet of Things(BIoT)
Blockchain offers the distributed ledger technology that can be used in a variety of ways besides settling payments.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term used to describe the communication between smart data gathering devices that stay connected to the Internet all the time.
Blockchain can be used to record data transactions between machines in a transparent way. It solves the problems related to administration by multiple organizations, record-keeping, and custodianship of data.
In case of breakages or data leakages, blockchain makes it extremely easy to identify the leaks. The publicly distributed ledger and cryptography bring the element of trust and we can rely on the machines to record, store and retrieve data without human involvement.
3. Mixed Reality (MR)
Virtual Reality (VR) immerses users into a digitally created virtual world. Augmented Reality (AR) overlays digitally created virtual objects over physical environment.
Mixed Reality (MR) anchors virtual objects over the real world, i.e., they can interact with the real-world objects. There are two major types of MR, one that begins with the real world and the other, which begins with the virtual world.
In MR that begins with the real world, the user stays in the real world and the virtual objects are added to the scene. The user can interact with the virtual objects as well besides the real-world objects.
In MR that begins with the virtual world, the user stays in the virtual world and the real world is blocked for the user. However, digital objects overlay the real objects and the user can interact with real objects through a layer of virtual objects.
4. Serverless Architecture
Serverless architecture does not literally mean running code without the servers. It refers to apps that depend on the third-party services or custom code to run. These apps rely on the BaaS (Backend as a Service) or FaaS (Function as a Service) for their frontend to work for the user.
As the developer does not need to rent, purchase or maintain any server for his app to work, it is called as serverless architecture. The serverless computing is considered the future of business computing.
The apps developed using the serverless architecture are easier to operate and manage. The developers can focus on the utilities without having to worry too much about the backend maintenance. The operational costs of the apps can also come down significantly with it.
The 5G network is expected to be more than ten times faster than the 4G network. Most likely, it will become commercially available at the beginning of 2020.
It will revolutionize the entire IT industry and change the way how we use the Internet. Streaming services, cloud computing and delivering services through apps will be a different game on the 5G network.
The IoT needs a powerful network to allow the increasingly large number of smart devices to communicate with each other. The 5G network will work as the backbone for the entire IoT infrastructure.
To Sum Up
All these developments are impacting the entire IT sphere and they will make our lives far more convenient than we can possibly imagine. We are about to enter an automated digital era in which everything around us will be smart and efficient. Technologies like AI, IoT, Blockchain, VR, 5G, etc. will set us for a digital revolution we have never witnessed before.