Just started, 2018 will be marked by the intelligent enterprise, AI, autonomous cars, drones, virtual currencies, connected objects (IoT), security, cloud and so-called devices. periphery. These technologies should not only change the way we work but could also play a role in health! We may even witness a revolutionary medical breakthrough that will eradicate hereditary diseases.
Below are the 2018 predictions of new technologies, by Mark Barrenechea, CEO of OpenText, a company that supports digital transformation by helping companies make the best use of their data.
# 1. AI and the smart business
In the coming year, AI will generate a lot of interest in all sectors of activity. By 2020, the AI market is expected to be $ 47 billion. But what will be the return on investment for companies? Equipped with AI and cognitive systems, big data analytics and machine learning solutions, the intelligent enterprise will benefit from agile development to develop applications in the cloud, but also automate its processes and subordinate tasks. to gain efficiencies and sift through real oceans of data in search of cutting-edge lessons that will inform decision-making.
# 2. IoT, present in all industries
The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a huge global network of connected objects and machines that communicate and share data. With billions of connected objects by 2020, this market should weigh 14.4 trillion dollars.
If the effects of IoT are not yet felt, its potential impact is immense. Advances in connected biotechnologies will bring the health sector into a new era, with 24-hour monitoring, targeted therapies and even automatic drug treatments delivered at the right dose. With IoT, informed decision-making will become commonplace in all industries and in our daily newspapers.
#3. Autonomous vehicles, robots, and drones!
The artificial intelligence algorithms used to reinforce learning will be used to drive autonomous vehicles, robots, and drones.
According to forecasts, self-driving, driverless cars will be widespread around the world by 2025. The largest car manufacturers are currently testing autonomous cars. Uber expects to have a fleet of flying vehicles in 2020 as part of its air taxi service, which it works with NASA. Freight trucks carrying goods should even be on the road ahead of cars, fundamentally transforming the transport and logistics sectors.
The autonomous vehicles represent a very attractive solution because they are synonymous with fuel savings, reduced delivery times and lives saved. Future generations may no longer need to learn to drive. When culturally accepted by all, and once the issues of accountability, privacy, and regulatory compliance are resolved, there will be no more obstacles in the way of these technologies.
The use of drones will continue to gain ground, especially for the delivery of goods – medicines in remote areas, food for the general public, or spare parts ordered by manufacturers. In addition, smart drones will help farmers to better monitor their harvests to react as needed.
Finally, new intelligent robots, such as Baxter, will be able to think alone, but also to understand what surrounds them with greater precision.
# 4. The rise of virtual currencies and the blockchain revolution
In 2017, virtual currencies have been talked about. We often think of Bitcoin but there are more than 1,100 in the market. Because they eliminate the intermediary with traditional financial institutions (and thus eliminate the costs and costs associated with financial transactions), companies in direct contact with their customers are attracting more and more users, traders and businesses. investors. Companies are always more likely to recognize the legitimacy of virtual currencies. Since the beginning of the year, the value of Bitcoin has jumped 1000%, and in Japan, for example, 260,000 new traders plan to accept payments in bitcoins.
One of the biggest innovations in virtual money is the use of blockchain technology. Its potential goes far beyond changing our mode of exchange and wealth management. By linking a chain of archived information or “blocks” that can not be changed, the blockchain has the ability to create more transparent and secure systems. Its applications will be numerous: modes of transactions, renewal of passports, voting, car rental, payment of taxes and even personal identification mode. 2018 will be the year of the blockchain, especially in the areas of security and encryption.
# 5. Next generation cyber security
Firewalls and other traditional security devices are no longer enough. At a time when the battle is taking place in cyberspace, new tools are needed to deal with this type of problem of an unprecedented nature. AI, quantum computing and quantum ciphering are promising to counter cyberattackers. AI (in the form of machine learning) monitors networks and associated devices to track down and report any anomalies in real time. Quantum computing can screen more than 150,000 daily threats within an organization’s network to identify riskier events, and quantum cryptography helps ensure secure communications. These emerging technologies are redefining cybersecurity as we know it, and they will be our best defense against ever more subtle cyberattackers.
# 6. Super-intelligent beings, with an IQ of 1000?
Human enhancement technologies (HET) and brain-machine interfacing (BCI) will increase the neural storage capacity of information. The neocortex is an external treatment system that allows you to store and access everything you have read, learned and experienced. These technologies, combined with computer-assisted learning, will pave the way for IQs greater than 1,000 points.
The technologies of the future and magic are sometimes inseparable, and any fear is a hindrance to the imagination. Regardless of the sector, companies will gain intelligence and will be increasingly represented by Generation Z.
In 2018, everything will be a little smarter: the cloud, border points or periphery, machines, automation, supply chains, security, and customers …
But the biggest change will concern employees. At a time when baby boomers are retiring, Generation X members are interested in knowledge transfer, the Millenials are the dominant demographic category, and Generation Z is preparing to enter the professional world.
Generation Z will embody the largest generational tipping point ever seen in the world of work. With it, hyper-connectivity will reach another dimension and its use of technology will distinguish it from other generations. When its members enter the labor market, they will arrive with their habits, their technologies, and their culture. In the so-called “odd jobs” economy, experience matters more than training, viability outweighs marketing, and standing out is more than making money. The smart business will be based on their beliefs and expectations.