A year marked by the development of technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, immersive experiences in virtual reality or Big Data, among others, begins. Many 2017 trends continue this year and continue to improve exponentially.
We are already immersed in 2018 and, since BlogThinkBig.com we wonder what exponential changes this new year will bring in terms of the technological world, according to an article collected by MIT Technology Review.
Cryptotechnologies become more important and begin to prove their usefulness
The blockchain technology it has been totally disruptive in 2017 and, during this year, activity in decentralized blockchain-based applications is going to increase. Professionals will address the current issues of cryptotechnologies such as transparency and speed. As the MIT magazine article points out, artificial intelligence developers will facilitate the distribution and use of blockchain and smart contracts.
In this scenario, in Spain, a group of companies and institutions has created Alastria, the first national blockchain network that promotes this collaborative technology.
Investment in innovation and business reaches more parts of the world
Regarding the contribution to mitigate climate change, investments have increased to improve energy efficiency. Europe and Central America remain on track to eliminate carbon in the energy grid, and China is making progress in electrifying its urban transport systems.
Although the largest companies in the world continue to come from Silicon Valley, we will see more and more innovation in sectors such as agriculture and energy in all parts of the world. According to the latest Global Innovation Index 2017countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom are leading global innovation. However, some findings indicate that India is emerging as the new innovation hub in Asia.
Artificial intelligence software development
Companies will have to adapt to new machine learning models since artificial intelligence will continue to be one of the trends with the greatest impact this year. The author of the MIT article points out that this could mean the creation of new interface mechanisms, specialized hardware, new code libraries, cloud-to-edge computing and, ultimately, a new paradigm for software development.
Artificial intelligence, an investment priority
As we have already pointed out, companies need to learn to adapt to this technology and develop business models based on AI. Those organizations that do not include AI tools in their strategy will see their competition reduced in the new digital ecosystem. In fact, the consultancy Gartner says that one in four companies has already created areas related to this technology, or, they plan to do so.
Autonomous cars of the future
Autonomous cars are still on the right track and many companies are committed to this industry. The future is for cars to drive themselves and we are getting closer. Some companies such as Tesla or Google are already working on it and it has been one of the main themes of the CES 2018 consumer fair, which is taking place this week in Las Vegas (USA) Companies like Mobileye, Toyota, Uber or Nvidia they are demonstrating their progress during the fair. For example, Mobileye has already introduced its latest technology that can allow cars with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems to see how and which way to drive.
Health services will be increasingly interesting for entrepreneurs
According to the author of the article, because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first gene therapy and more approvals may follow this year. Therapy CRISPR it is a molecular tool used to modify the genome in any cell, and could serve to cure diseases whose genetic cause is known. This innovative technique could have its first applications in humans this year.
These are just some of the exponential changes we will see throughout 2018.