What are the most promising future technologies

What does the future hold? Five promising technologies

What does the future hold?

Digitization is making great strides and shaping our future at an unprecedented speed. When you consider that it wasn't long ago that we didn't have smartphones and we didn't know what “social media” actually meant, it becomes clear how fast and merciless technological change is advancing. Global networking through the Internet, one of the greatest developments of mankind, not only makes daily life much more efficient, but above all faster. The question arises: "What's next?" You don't need to be a clairvoyant to discover that the potential of promising technologies that are changing our everyday lives is far from being exhausted. Herzregion.at took a closer look at five trends that will shape technological progress in the years to come.

Big data - nothing is free!

Large companies like Facebook and Google have known how to monetize their customers' data for several years. Mountains of customer information and the targeted use of this for marketing purposes for companies are what make up the business model of the Internet giants. With the free offer of the platforms, users quickly become customers and one quickly forgets that these services are not really “free”; one simply pays with personal data that is subsequently converted into money.

In 2018, however, small and medium-sized companies will also have to think about how to handle their customers' data. On May 25th this year, the General Data Protection Regulation will come into force throughout the EU. This means that personal customer data may only be stored until the underlying transaction has been concluded without the customer's consent. Then these must be deleted again. (More on this in an upcoming article)

Blockchain

In an earlier article we already explained to you how the so-called blockchain works and where it is used (also read on herzregion.at). The new government has included the topic of digitization in its program and it also includes the blockchain. This technology will be used in a wide variety of areas in the coming years, especially in the public sector. The basic idea of ​​the blockchain is to eliminate “intermediaries” and to create the highest level of security for data transactions via a decentralized network. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are also gaining more and more attention from the masses. It is unclear where these “currencies” are heading. The interest in these is still unbroken and will not decrease in 2018 despite the sharp ups and downs.

Virtual reality

Have you ever imagined standing on Mt. Everest or flying to the moon? All of this becomes possible with a so-called virtual reality. You then have the opportunity to travel to any place at any time and experience a wide variety of things - but that is only a small part of the possibilities of “virtual reality”. So-called VR glasses for private use are already available with compatible applications and these are getting more and better every day. The top models like an “HTC Vive” or Facebook's “Oculus Rift” are still very expensive. But when these become cheaper and the technology is mature enough to be able to use applications, programs or games seamlessly, they will probably be found in every household as a gadget for everyday use.

IoT - Internet of Things

In the not too distant future, everything will be connected to everything, the refrigerator with the toaster, the car with the house, the heating with the clock. This technology is also about making life as easy as possible for people. “Smart home”, ie an intelligent home, is the desirable state. Imagine getting into your car after a long day at work and driving home. During the journey, the vehicle communicates with the kitchen or bathroom at home. When you arrive at your own home, you can expect a hot cup of tea and a freshly made bath. This may sound a little too futuristic, but it is not technically possible right now.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) - Alexa, what time is it?

Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri or Google's home assistant are the current market leaders in the field of virtual assistants for the home. These products are still in their infancy, but still convince with considerable functions. Artificial Intelligence has a mission to make people's lives as simple as possible. So people have more time for more important things. Technology will do a wide variety of tasks that humans have previously performed themselves. Booking your favorite restaurant via a simple voice command, which is immediately compared with the stored personal appointment calendar and a taxi to the restaurant is reserved - that is not a dream of the future either, these processes can now be carried out using AI systems such as Alexa. The topic of “chatbots”, small programs that can intelligently chat with customers on Facebook and the like, are also a popular topic, especially for companies. For example, “chatbots” will play an important role in customer support. Artificial intelligence is also used in the field of autonomous driving, which relieves people of driving a car - here too there are the first successful pilot projects. It is even believed that the last driver license holder was probably born.

Conclusion

You see, there is a lot to come. But one shouldn't look to the future with fear, but with great joy. New possibilities and opportunities are constantly emerging thanks to technological change. Dare to take it! The big losers will be the ones who step on the spot. This has recently been seen in large companies that did not believe in the Internet and have not adapted accordingly. We wish you another successful year and do not forget "Happiness is with the able!"