4 Technology Trends That Will Shape the Rest Of 2017
By Arijit Banerjee
Whether we’d like to admit it or not, technology plays a huge part in our lives, right from the apps we use on our phone to the transactions we make online. We’re not only surrounded by technology, we’re also heavily dependent on it.
You may notice that most people around you want to get into a technology related course like Android App Development or Data Warehouse Architecture, Computer Architecture and more. However, are these courses the right choice for you? It’s probably best to take a glimpse into the upcoming technology trends to make an informed decision. Some of the technology trends of 2017 are-
AR, VR and Mixed Reality
Augmented reality and virtual reality are not just for gamers who can splurge on expensive Virtual Reality headsets. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have even found their way into the education sector, healthcare, and defence industry. For example, Google's Daydream View has already found practical application and is being used to treat loneliness. The aim is to make AR, VR and mixed reality devices more affordable and accessible to the masses.
Brands that spend time on developing VR and AR include big names like Google, Samsung, and Apple as they realise the growing market for it.
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Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial intelligence has been a hype for a while now, but lately, we have seen it shine. This is because of the role it plays in self-driving vehicles, live translation devices and more. They rely on computer vision and machine learning to make our lives easier. Good AI makes any machine simple to manage and smart enough to work with little to no human assistance.
All you need to do is talk to, gesture at, or touch the AI that controls the device (Amazon's Alexa, for example).
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Now with the Internet of Things (IOT), even gadgets at home are connected to the Internet. However, with each device that connects, the risk of a cyber-attack gets higher. With viruses such as WannaCry that can take down hundreds or thousands of computers in minutes, cyber security is something that needs a lot of attention.
Companies such as Norton are taking these threats seriously, and have come up with many solutions. One such solution is called Core. This router and network manager can use machine learning to protect homes against viruses, hacks and even malware.
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Changing smartphone technology
Gone are the days when owning a smartphone was a status symbol. It’s now a necessity. Considering how everyone needs a smartphone, it’s time for the device to get smarter. The trend this year will be to develop features that increase battery life, reduce battery heating issues, and provide better specs overall.
Flagship brands will need to step out of their comfort zones to perform well or else they will find it hard to justify their pricing structure. With less expensive phone brands churning out cheaper variants that have equally great specs, there is bound to be a change in the smartphone industry.
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Looking at these trends it’s easy to see how technology is going to change in the future. It’s also easy for us to figure out how we can contribute to this growth.