2021 is becoming a great launchpad for change and innovation. There will be major advances in areas such as artificial intelligence, space travel, virtual reality, and quantum computing.
Digital Technology also continues to produce massive innovations for society’s greater convenience. It makes people’s tasks easier and more precise. Along with digital technology, non-digital technologies are used for machinery and equipment, industrial use, and in the home.
Emerging innovations are also producing apps and other online platforms targeted at the same industry or market.
Moreover, many large tech companies like Google and Facebook, among others, have been establishing strong presences in these fields, although Canton believes we’ll see promising newcomers that can challenge these incumbents.
2020 was a year unlike any other. Other corporations and enterprises, as well as state and federal government agencies, had to alter different aspects of their operation, but technology helped handle these changes.
Rather than slow technology down, 2020 accelerated transitions to a more digital society. In the coming year, we will be seeing all kinds of change as the world adapts to a new normal. Here are some of these innovations in technology changing and making an impact in 2021.
Cloud computing is a bi-part system with front-end client devices and back-end data storage and servers, which are remotely located from the users and linked through wireless connections.
Cloud computing is an on-demand network access system for different resources like networks, storage, software or applications, services, and the like, requiring minimal service provider involvement and management effort.
Cloud computing comprises centralized hosted applications such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
It’s a massive trillion-dollar industry, but with the integration of the IoT (Internet of Things) technology, the cloud becomes cost-effective and affordable for businesses. Developers and manufacturers can render IoT applications with lower overhead costs hardware/software.
Technology changing has also had an influence on how individuals live their everyday lives. It inspired unconventional ways of doing traditional things. Case, in fact, is how the health sector was revolutionized, giving way to mHealth technology.
The growth of mHealth or Mobile Health is one of the most exciting technological advances in the medical sector. People have become fully dependent on these technologies with the rise of mobile devices.
For example, the doctor-patient relationship has been reinvented and transformed as it allows users to monitor their health, verify relevant medical conditions, and achieve any fitness objectives.
These days, many are also into wearables that help track their health on a regular basis. However, as demand continues to grow, many threats to security have also begun to come to the surface. Despite this, and primarily out of necessity, mHealth will continue to rise, and will even become mainstream in the years to come.
IoT, or Internet of Things, are smart devices, vehicles, and even appliances equipped with electronic sensors, software, actuators, and connectivity that allows connection and data sharing in a wired or wireless system or network.
The possibilities are endless with IoT systems. Smart cities are moving out of conceptualization phases to actual implementation because of this changing technology, which is under the arm of Artificial Intelligence and brushing elbows with Machine Learning.
These innovations are being applied to build smart city networks and similar systems soon. IoT will revolutionize industries and sectors like agriculture, transportation and aviation, mining, energy, even businesses, and health care. IoT, as we know it, is reshaping the Internet, making the Internet more embedded into our lives. The IoT is the next big thing in the digital age.
IoT is a type of technology meant to make our lives better, and should not be feared at all. Countries around the world are already becoming more and more aware of how IoT can be integrated with the fabric of our modern society. The most progressive ones are already creating measures to regulate such technology so that it will not be used to control users or invade their privacy.
As IoT technology continues to develop and integrate into our daily lives, we will see how our lives will be made more convenient. The shift towards IoT cities may be a long and tedious process, but it is already changing our digital lives more and more, especially as we are moving towards more touchless solutions in the future.
We generate more data in an hour than was generated in the entire 2000s, and more data will be created in the next three years than was created in all the past 30 years. In 2020, the world’s efforts will be geared toward creating vaccines, new therapies, and other means to help the world’s people stay safe during the pandemic.
These efforts involved massive data collection and processing. The only practical way to deal with all the data is to use ingestion and aggregation methods, coupled with Machine Learning (ML) models. Clearly, Machine Learning is becoming more and more mainstream.
In 2021, we’ll see a big explosion of Machine Learning models. This technology will be part of the production process, allowing it to spot problems in real-time.
ML models can help farmers intelligently handle resources like soil and water. In parts of the world where small-scale farmers are the majority, pushing ML models into new and various applications and collecting data closer to the edge will be revolutionary. It will help increase agricultural productivity and find the best price for goods and services.
The Internet of Behaviors (IoB) framework aims to provide multiple types of technological services, such as location tracking, big data, and facial recognition. Industries and corporations are using IoB technology to predict customer behavior. Gartner even forecasts that by 2025, half of the world’s population will be on the IoB commercial or government agenda.
IoB does, however, make customers uneasy. Therefore, there are growing concerns about the ethical and social implications that might happen as a result of this modern technology. We have yet to see how this technology can be adequately handled and controlled to benefit the public rather than exploit it.
Although businesses have realized how strong and useful AI is, they need to be cautious because it can also raise risks. Data and AI ethics are therefore required by businesses and clear strategies to solve the legal dilemmas of AI technology.
Companies that have embraced machine learning and other AI-powered innovations have not paid attention to its legal and ethical ramifications. As AI significantly affects user experience, customers and workers expect businesses to use AI ethically, with great transparency and accountability.
The world’s leading technology innovators and social media leaders like Facebook and Twitter have established AI research teams to address and resolve these ethical issues pertaining to AI.
We need to be conscious that artificially intelligent systems are being used to “teach” AI-powered machine learning models. They may be learning to predict everything from our individuality to our political outlook.
We could expect companies to work only with other businesses built-in transparent about their data policies, and follow best practices in data handling and management.
Technology’s major effects on education and learning are seen in recent statistics that say that around 16% of children in the age bracket of 8 to 11 years old own five or more multimedia devices. 72% of those children in the 12 to 15-year-old age bracket have three or more multimedia devices.
What this means is that about 51% of households with a child or children between the ages of 3 and 15 already have one or more tablets or handheld devices.
This has both positive and negative implications. Parents and guardians need to be aware of the appropriate age when they let their children use electronic devices. However, it is undoubtedly getting harder to regulate gadget use among children, because digital devices are now ingrained in modern society’s everyday activities.
When it comes to children and teenagers, internet use is growing at a fast rate. We can turn this around for good use.
Using technology to improve classroom learning and teaching would enable practitioners to function more effectively. It provides today’s students access to information they didn’t have compared to students from the past. Technology has made knowledge easily available to students of today.
For both students and teachers, the apps that are relevant and useful allow them to be more involved in learning and the learning environment.
The Internet will move people, convince them to think differently, and either support or disrupt society’s cohesiveness, but further research is required to evaluate these consequences.
But the benefits of technology outweigh the disruptions. It is now possible to quickly share information with millions of users worldwide immediately.
Independent content producers can market their work at a lesser expense but on a global scale. There are local bands, singers, writers, and more at this exhibition. By using social media, small and big businesses are provided alternative means to thrive during the pandemic.
This global culture helped us during our most trying times in 2020, to shed valuable information, give or gain support, and work together as one in fighting the pandemic.
Yes, there may be concerns about abuse of technology, but as a global community, we can also be proactive in protecting our rights and make sure that technology continues to work for mankind, and not against it.
Mayleen Meñez used to work in media before finding her true passion in NGO work, traveling the Philippines and Asia doing so. She homeschools 3 kids and loves reinventing Filipino dishes. She is a resident SEO writer for Softvire Australia and Softvire New Zealand.
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