Digital technologies have been unfolding at a rapid pace. As technology advances, it also comes with other developments that have led to exponential growth with the tech-world. This has made annual predictions on trends seem outdated as soon as they have been published. Notably, technological developments do not follow a defined path, but they have to evolve. This implies that it following these trends is primarily out of necessity. Here are some technology trends to watch for in 2018.

Artificial Intelligence

Also known as AI, artificial intelligence has drawn a lot buzz in recent years. It is still a key technology to watch in the future owing to the role it plays in our social and professional lives. Brave ideas that have been for a long time hard to believe in are now with us, and AI has made it possible for more business to become data-driven, and therefore smarter. Thus, we expect more and better applications of AI in automation and data management.

Machine Learning

Machine learning is a subset of AI. However, machine learning serves to make computers learn things they are not used to do. This essentially means that computers are used to uncover critical operational metrics using business data. Machine learning is rapidly being deployed in most organizations for data mining, data analysis, and pattern recognition. On the consumer’s end, machine learning will be key in refining search results, customising online ads, and in network intrusion.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is a technology that serves to simulate a realistic environment. On the other hand, Augmented Reality (AR) enhances the environment by creating a direct or indirect view in a real-world environment. Virtual reality that been widely used in gaming spheres and training. These two technologies have shown enormous potential in training, marketing, and entertainment.

Blockchain

Blockchain technologies are one of the most widely talked-about topics as far as digital technologies are concerned. Ideally, this is a revolutionary technology that has been integral in secure storage and transfer of digital currencies. This technology has shown impressive prospects in the financial world. Using blockchain will make it nearly impossible to forge digital transactions, and the credibility of these transactions will undoubtedly get better. These developments will be integrated together, and the outcomes will undoubtedly be fascinating.

Internet of Things

Most devices are now built with WIFI connectivity, meaning they can be networked. Internet of things is fundamentally about allowing things like home appliances, cars, gadgets and much more to communicate or exchange data via the internet. Smart living has attracted serious attention in the recent past, and with subtle innovations and expansion, the Internet of things is poised to influence a global trend in 2019 and beyond.

It is worth noting that technological predictions are not definitive. However, just like it has been the case, the bar will be even higher in 2019. We expect to have more accurate AI and machine learning applications and more developments in each of the other four domains.