Technology is one of the fastest-growing fields out there, and it feels like there is always something new for us to learn about. Today we have collated a list of the top 5 trends in technology in 2020, so read and enjoy!
Artificial Intelligence In 2020
AI has been at the forefront of a lot of discussions in technology for a fair amount of time now. From advantages like virtual assistants and disadvantages like deepfakes, AI has been controversial, to say the least. However, 2020 has been a pretty great year for Artificial Intelligence. Purdue University engineers found a way to get medical drugs to the target site with a back-flipping robot. The backflips allow the microrobot to navigate over the rough terrains of human organs, and avoiding the unnecessary detours the drugs would take otherwise helps cut down on the potential side effects. Earlier this year, scientists from the Nanyang Technical University, Singapore successfully developed a way for robots to recognize pain and self-repair. They achieved this by embedding AI into sensor nodes that, in a way act like mini-brains spread across the robot’s skin. The system comes equipped with a type of self-healing ion gel material that helps the robot repair itself without human intervention. Cool, right!?
A blockchain is often defined as a distributed, decentralized, public ledger. Over the past five years, this has been a fairly hyped up topic. One of the most important uses of blockchain in 2020 could be to discern between real and fake media. As the earlier mentioned deepfakes grow more and more popular, people expect blockchain to help with this issue by verifying images/videos that are true and then inserting a watermark on said content and then proceeding to place the watermarked content on the blockchain making it tamper-proof. The world of blockchain is ever-growing, and experts from Fortune Business Insights expect it to be a market of over 69.04 billion USD by 2027.
The Growth Of IoT – Internet of Things In 2020
The Internet of Things is a fastly evolving trend, and it is expected that there will be over 75 billion IoT-linked devices by 2025 (🤯, right?). One of the sickest inventions of 2020 for IoT has to be the Arable Mark 2. The Mark 2 is one of the latest products of startup Arable that intends to help food-producers farm better. After it is deployed in a crop field, the solar-powered machine collects data on a wide variety of crop-related things like precipitation, temperature, leaf wetness, and crop water demand. The data is then sent to the cloud where it is run through Arable‘s global network of 30 calibration-validation sites to ensure accurate insights. Another invention on the list of the uber-cool this year is the Lenovo ThinkCentre M75n. The “Nano” laptop is specifically designed to withstand extreme conditions and can survive in industrial heat of up to 122° Fahrenheit. The flying device is powered by AMD Athlon processors and can be used to analyze collected data from sources like cameras, sensors, and displays.
Immersive Technology is undoubtedly an inviting possibility today. As growth and precision help slightly blur the lines between reality and fiction, 2020 saw all kinds of action. First Immersive Technologies rolled out a high-quality mining simulator named PRO4-B. With high definition, bigger screens, and a 180° curved edge screen, the PRO4-B promises an in-depth learning lesson for all trainees. Immersive Technology can also play a big role in healthcare, as proven by US-based company Osso VR. Surgeons rarely get a chance to practice their magic before entering the real deal, and this company could probably change that. The technology allows the students to carry out supremely complex surgeries with VR technologies that can then be assessed and graded. Inventors are also looking for ways to use the help of VR and AR to combat mental illnesses.
Progressive Web Applications (PWA)
A progressive web application works on practically anything that uses a standards-compliant browser, including both desktop and mobile devices, and perhaps that is what makes it such an exciting prospect. Although officially introduced quite a while ago, Progressive Web Applications have been under the spotlight only recently. Every day more and more companies shift to PWA’s and opt to give their consumer base a smooth experience despite not having an app. The success of this is truly underrated as brands like Alibaba saw 76% higher conversions across browsers after adopting Progressive Web Applications. Some other famous examples of PWA’s include – make my trip, Uber, Pinterest, and Spotify, and with all the growth it is witnessing, the PWA train is definitely something we can jump aboard.
Well, that is it for now. We hope you enjoyed catching up with all the latest trends. Let us know if we missed anything and what you think will be the most favored trend in the coming years in the comment section below.