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Technology Predictions for 2019

Posted by Anna Mielczarek on 13-Dec-2018 07:30:00

Nowadays, technology is evolving at such a rapid pace that it is hard to make any predictions as they may be already becoming a reality at this very moment. However, as the end of the year is approaching we can’t help but to find ourselves trying to forecast how new technologies will impact our lives, both on a personal and a business level. 

Although, there’s no doubt that emerging technologies will change the way we behave and interact with other people, for now let’s focus on the business side and how technology will influence organisations.

source: Influencive 

‘Blockchain, quantum computing, augmented analytics and artificial intelligence will drive disruption and new business models.’ (Gartner)


Gartner highlights changing or not yet widely recognised trends that will impact and transform industries in the upcoming years. We will take a closer look at some of them.


 1. Autonomous Things

Essentially, autonomous things utilise Artificial Intelligence to perform tasks, which previously were performed by humans. They can include cars, robots or agriculture, and depending on the type of task they will vary in terms of the sophistication of the intelligence.

Gartner distinguishes 5 types of autonomous things:

  • Robotics
  • Vehicles
  • Drones
  • Appliances
  • Agents

Naturally they occupy four environments: sea, land, air and digital. And although, autonomous things have a great potential when it comes to narrowly defined purposed, we need to remember that, for now they do not have the same capability as a human brain and should not be utilised for tasks which require decision making, intelligence or even general-purpose learning.


 2. Smart Spaces

Gartner defines smart spaces as ‘a physical or digital environment in which humans and technology-enabled systems interact in increasingly open, connected, coordinated and intelligent ecosystems.’ Fundamentally, as technology becomes more integrated part of our life, it comes as no surprise that smart spaces will increase in popularity. Smart spaces support five key dimensions: openness, connectedness, coordination, intelligence and scope and aim to create collaborative and interactive environment. So, what is the example of a smart space? Well, the most extensive one are smart cities where areas that combine business, residential and industrial communities are being designed using intelligent urban ecosystem frameworks.

                                                       Source: Youtube LinkedIn Learning 


 3. Digital Ethics and Privacy

Privacy is important, especially in the digital age when customers more than ever realise the value of their personal information. Moreover, they are not only aware of the fact that their personal information is floating somewhere online – they want to know how it’s being used by public and private entities. It’s not nice knowing someone can acquire your name, phone number and even address, and companies must be responsible for keeping client information confidential, whether it’s in speech, in print, or online. But digital ethics and privacy are not just your personal information, it’s also your online behaviour and all data collected based on your online presence. So, is it ethical sell data without customers’ permission just so that brands can target them better? What should be done to ensure confidentiality? It seems that this extremely important trend will need to be considered in 2019.


 4. Immersive Technologies

Although, immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) are not that new, it seems that there are yet to reach their full potential. So, can 2019 be the year of the new immersive experiences? Let’s hope so! Gartner believes that AR, MR and VR show potential for increased productivity, with the next generation of VR able to sense shapes and track a user’s position and MR enabling people to view and interact with their world. 

'By 2022, 70% of enterprises will be experimenting with immersive technologies for consumer and enterprise use, and 25% will have deployed to production.'


 5. AI-driven development

According to Gartner AI-driven development looks at tools, technologies and best practices for embedding AI into applications and using AI to create AI-powered tools for the development process. And here, we have 3 dimensions: 

  1. The tools used to build AI-powered solutions are expanding from tools targeting data scientists (AI infrastructure, AI frameworks and AI platforms) to tools targeting the professional developer community (AI platforms, AI services)
  2. The tools used to build AI-powered solutions are being empowered with AI-driven capabilities that assist professional developers and automate tasks related to the development of AI-enhanced solutions.
  3. AI-enabled tools are evolving from assisting and automating functions related to application development (AD) to being enhanced with business domain expertise and automating activities higher on the AD process stack (from general development to business solution design).


 6. Quantum Computing

Quantum computing is the area of study focused on developing computer technology based on the principles of quantum theory, which explains the nature and behaviour of energy and matter on the quantum (atomic and subatomic) level. Quantum computers are an exponentially scalable and highly parallel computing model. Gartner gives a great visualisation of the way quantum computing works based on the example of a library. While a classic computer would read every book in the library in a linear fashion, a quantum computer would read all the books simultaneously. Quantum computers are able to theoretically work on millions of computations at once.                    

However, extracting significant value from quantum computing might take us much longer than just one year.


Of course, there are other technology trends such as 3D printing, wireless technology, edge computing, blockchain, digital twins… the list goes on and on.

We just need to wait and see what future brings!




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Topics: AR and VR, Predictions, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Emerging Trends