Tech of the Future
According to most of the shows we watched growing up, by 2020 we would have flying cars, colonies on the moon, and hoverboards that would endow us with automatic style points. While none of these have yet come to fruition (and still need a fair amount of research), that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of cool stuff to look forward to in the years ahead. In fact, some of the real technology now being developed rivals any of the predictions that science fiction authors dreamed of in decades past. We’re talking about things like…
Artificial Intelligence Services
Hey, Alexa! Once just a staple of imaginative TV shows, artificial intelligence programming has made huge strides in recent years – and is now commonplace on devices in your home, on your desk, and in your pocket. Alexa and Siri can process your speech in real-time, and Facebook’s machine learning algorithm will self-optimize your ads to their most receptive audience. But what does the future hold?
The power of cloud computing and artificial reasoning is being applied to plenty of real-world problems: biologists used it to solve a centuries-old genetic puzzle in just 42 hours; tourists can translate foreign signs instantly using their phones; doctors can detect – and potentially one day even treat – illness and disease based on intelligent algorithms. Social media networks are personalized for you, creating a customized experience that will define the normal interaction of consumer and company in the years ahead. These programs will become much more ubiquitous as processing speed and networks get faster, so it’s a good time to start thinking about how you can incorporate them into your daily life.
Long gone are the days of hissing modems and cumbersome cables running to the nearest phone jack. The fifth generation of mobile networks – called, funnily enough, 5G – is now here, and it uses larger channels of data transmission in order to achieve faster speeds with less latency. The rise of these networks means tech-savvy people can expect to see their phone’s wireless network speeds shooting up in the years ahead – moving up anywhere from a few megabits per second to 100+ Mbps in 2020, though the ultimate goal is an unimaginable 20 Gbps at 1 ms latency.
This means the Internet of Things will grow even more exponentially as fast connections are standardized around the country, so look for some cool innovations for new home tech in the months following a widespread rollout!
OLED Thin Screens
In the world of phone screens and device displays, the race is always on to find the thinnest, most durable material possible. The winners these days are known as OLEDs (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes), which you may recognize as the flexible, ultra-thin screens you see on curved TVs, monitors, and the latest smartphones. OLED material can be bent and folded, attached to nearly anything (like Coke bottles), and is paving the way for a brand new generation of crisp display possibilities.
Flip phones have made a comeback utilizing this new technology that can adapt to different configurations, and 3D printing allows researchers to put an OLED screen on nearly any object or shape as needed. These screens can handle being dropped and bent much more than traditional glass ones, and in general they consume less power, making them ideal for all kinds of consumer applications. Look for a lot more devices with OLED screens coming in the next few years!
Image Recognition Algorithms
The newest models of iPhones have been using facial recognition as passwords for a few years now, and the technology is improving all the time – and the same software that allows for that recognition is also being increasingly used for other consumer services.
Google Lens, for example, lets you take a photo of an item in the world and will scour the internet to help you identify or even purchase it, and realtor apps can pull up house listings and information, just from an image of the “For Sale” sign. This instant access to a world full of details, simply by having a photo analyzed, removes another tedious step in the interaction between our devices and ourselves, lending even more meaning to the term, “smart devices”.
What tech breakthroughs are you looking forward to in 2020? What are some of your favourite new apps or programs that have made a big difference in your life? Let us know – we’d love to hear about anything we might have missed!
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