Tech predictions for the future

The past decade has witnessed many technology breakthroughs – the arrival of motion-sensing control systems, the rise of wearable tech and the proliferation of tablet devices, to name a few. But what does the second half of the decade have in store for us? A recent Tech Crunch article offers some predictions:

Automated information sharing

Big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) have both hit the mainstream recently. Going forward, it is expected that the two will merge for one sole purpose: automated information sharing.

While security issues will need to be addressed, automated information sharing has the potential to benefit society significantly. As an example, the article says that oil and gas firms, together with weather stations, could combine and analyse data on plate movement in real-time, enabling them to issue earthquake and tsunami warnings to people living in coastal locations across the globe.

The rise of self-driving vehicles

From adaptive cruise control to self-parking systems, many cars are fitted with features which automate our driving experience. Such technologies are expected to advance even further over the next five years with self-driving cars becoming mainstream, particularly in metropolitan areas.

A vehicle will be able to be operated autonomously if its CAN bus (or Controller Area Network) is connected to public and line service systems. Receiving data in real-time, the vehicle will be able to carry out tasks such as selecting the least congested driving routes.

AI assistants

From Google Glass to fitness trackers and smartphone assistants, the devices we use are learning more and more about us. Over time, it is predicted that AI will become so advanced it will at least appear to learn information on its own, allowing it to determine what is valuable to us as human beings.

Data virtualisation

The data required for these innovations will come at a cost, which is likely to be picked up by vendors. IT infrastructure will need to adapt fast in order to deliver the data this technology needs, and the way it will be able to do this is through adopting data virtualisation.

According to the article, data virtualisation will provide servers, applications and clients with the knowledge and capability needed to be able to efficiently move data between IT resources. Virtualisation will boost the efficiency of today’s systems, so they are able to provide the information required by the technology of tomorrow.

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