Over the last two decades, businesses have invested heavily in digital transformations. That means that what was once a competitive advantage is the new norm, and therefore companies must continue looking for new ways to stay ahead of the pack. To help you understand the disruptive technologies changing lives in the next few years, we’ve highlighted the top five technological trends that will make a huge difference in 2020.
Artificial Intelligence as a Service
AI (Artificial Intelligence) is among the most transformative technological evolutions today. As such, most companies are starting to explore new ways of how they can use technology to improve customer experience and streamline business operations. That will continue in 2020, and though people will become accustomed to working alongside AIs, creating and deploying AI-based systems will remain expensive for most businesses.
Due to the high cost involved in developing Ai-based systems, most applications will be made through AI-as-a-service platforms offered by different providers. In 2020, you can expect to see a growing pool of providers that will be offering more tailored applications and services for specialized tasks. That means most companies will have easy access to AI.
While we haven’t reached the stage where we can expect to see an autonomous vehicle on the streets in 2020, the technology will continue growing next year. Tesla Chief, Elon Musk says he plans to have a completely autonomous car on the roads by next year, operating with a lesser level of autonomy. Automated lane-changing and braking will become common next year, along with other systems not related to driving like entertainment and security systems.
5G Data Networks
5G mobile internet connectivity will give us super-fast upload and download speeds as well as reliable connections. These networks became first available in 2019, so they’re quite expensive and limited to only a few areas and major cities. Next year is highly likely to be the year for 5G, with improved coverage and more affordable data plans so that everyone can be part of the fun.
Super-fast data network won’t only give you the ability to stream music and movies faster, but also at a higher quality when on the move. The significant improvement in speed means mobile networks will be more useful than wired networks running into businesses and homes.
Computer vision is all about systems that can identify places, items, people, or objects from visual images. Your smartphone uses this technology to recognize the part of the image where your face is located. It’s also the power behind systems such as Google Image Search. In 2020, you can expect more tools equipped with computer vision, and the technology rolled out at an ever-increasing rate.
Extended Reality (XR)
Extended Reality is just a fancy word that covers several emerging technologies that are useful in creating immersive digital experiences. Specifically, it refers to AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), and mixed reality.
VR offers a digitally immersive experience in a computer-generated world accessed via headsets, while AR overlays digital objects on the real world through smartphone screens. Mixed Reality is developed as an AR extension, meaning users can interact with digital objects in the real world, like playing a holographic piano through AR headsets.