As the year 2020 begins to take shape, we take a look back at the disruptive trends that shaped 2019. These trends are showing no signs of slowing down, only that they are gaining more momentum, continuing to lay down the path for the ever-evolving digital transformation.
- Artificial intelligence
This trend has appeared in all the line ups for a few years now, but everything indicates that this year will be the year it takes off definitively. Nonetheless, AI has played a part in the smallest of digital transformations. Like, on IOS devices, when you click a photograph with people, the AI within the operating system identifies the persons face and helps the user categorize photos of them. This, in a broader perspective, may not seem like much, but in essence, it shows how revolutionary AI can be in personalizing experiences.
- Autonomous and Hybrid devices
The world has become geared towards lowering the level of arduous tasks humans should perform. This in turn, has made sure that innovations that are now coming out, are able to automate functions previously performed by people, with a higher performance ranking. This trend goes further than mere automation using rigid programming models, because AI is now being implemented to develop advanced behaviour, interacting in a more natural way with the environment and its users. Hybrid, on the other hand has enveloped the world in a perspective that revolves around caring for the Earth and her natural resources. Hybrid vehicles are becoming part of the norm. All that the vehicles need is a charging port. Emissions and dangerous gases are cut down entirely, and the vehicles are just as capable as their relatives, who are not as environmentally friendly.
3. Augmented Analytics
This trend represents another move in the right direction for big data, by combining it with artificial intelligence. Using machine learning (automated learning), it will transform the sharing, development and consumption of data analysis. Expectedly, the capabilities of augmented analytics will soon be adopted not only to work with data, but also to implement in-house business applications related to human resources, finance, sales, marketing and customers.
4. Enhanced Edge Computing
Edge computing is a trend that revolves around the Internet of Things. It consists in of placing intermediate points between connected objects. Data can be processed at these intermediate points, thus facilitating tasks that can be performed closer to where the data has been received, reducing traffic and latency when responses are sent. With this approach, processing is kept closer to the end point rather than having the data sent to a centralized server in the cloud.
5. Digital Ethics and Privacy
Digital ethics and privacy are topics that are receiving more and more attention from both private individuals as well as associations and government organizations. For good reason, people are increasingly concerned about how their personal data is being used by public and private sector organizations. This ties into how vital it has become to staying safe when online. In a world that is increasingly a pool of information, the line as to where privacy exists must be clearly shown.
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