The pace at which new technologies are advancing is dizzying and, in the face of this paradigm, companies must immerse themselves in the new digital ecosystem. As every year, we want to make a compilation of the most important technological trends in software, hardware, science and video games technologies in view of the forecast for 2018.
If we have to mention a disruptive technology this year, it would certainly be the blockchain. It is a distributed database whose documentation is encrypted and everything written on that database can never be deleted. This is a revolution in the sharing of information, especially in sectors where this technology is already used as the financial sector.
However, blockchain is currently used in other areas such as smart contracts, contract automation, logistics or the public sector. One of the problems it solves is that of trust, because it brings greater transparency in transactions.
The heart of a company: Big Data
The data has become the heart of a company, the most indispensable factor for improving customer relations and making decisions based on data, not intuitions.
On the other hand, Big Data is already used in the world of culture and sport. In particular, the Museo Reina Sofía, in Spain, successfully presented last October the first analysis carried out with this technology to know the behavior and preferences of visitors in order to improve their experience.
On the other hand, what about the sports world? Data analysis has proven to be effective in improving athletes ‘ performance, for example in cycling. Through sensors that send all the information “ “the data is very useful, especially to analyze situations that have happened in competition and determine which cyclist of the team can perform to the greatest extent and for longer, and thus establish the roles of each runner Daily,” commented Movistar Team’s physical trainer, Mikel Zabala.
The war to win augmented and virtual reality
For years, virtual reality has been one of the technologies where companies have invested more money to get experiences that revolutionized the sector. The fever of virtual reality was replaced by the arrival of augmented reality. And all of a sudden, we all wanted to try on those glasses adapted to these technologies and experience what it was possible to do with them.
The revolution continues and the smartphone becomes the great ally of both technologies. We’ve seen it with the Pokemon Go phenomenon. Now, the same company announces that its next project will be developed in the Harry Potter universe. The company has stated that players will learn to cast spells, explore their neighborhoods and cities in the real world, while fighting and discovering legendary monsters and uniting to bring down enemy forces.
The unstoppable advance of artificial intelligence: machine learning
A study of the firm Statista estimated that in the year 2025, the market of the artificial intelligence will have a value of US$36.800 million and the business forecasts for 2017 were$1,250 million. This year was just the beginning of all the coming developments.
For the moment, robots will not dominate the world and AI will not take people’s jobs. However, this technology is already able to predict the success of a startup or the risk of depression. Automatic learning or machine learning has proven to work within AI and, based on algorithms, is able to make real and concrete predictions.
In this scenario, a group of researchers from the Public Health Center in South Korea conducted a study, to analyze Alzheimer’s, which replaced the work of analysis of brain images of a doctor, by a machine that incorporates machine learning. The analysis made by the Machine reveals the invisible signals to the human eye that would help to identify early the chances of developing the disorder with 81% success.
The breakthrough reaches such a magnitude that software providers are introducing AI into their product strategy and, according to Gartner analysts, by 2020 IA technologies will be virtually all new software products and services.
IoT: The importance of connectivity
Gartner predicted that by the end of 2017, there would be more than 8.4 billion connected objects worldwide. The Internet of Things is reaching all areas of our daily life, with consumption being one of the sectors where it has been most integrated. Smart cars, smart cities, smart technologies for Responsible Consumption, new business solutions in the medical industry, retail, logistics or agriculture… who hasn’t heard of all this?
Inefficiency in transport or energy waste are some of the aspects where IoT solutions can help. In addition, in production to minimize the environmental impact or in agriculture with sensorization of fields, the use of drones or the introduction of intelligent irrigation.
The Internet of Things is more present in our lives than we think. Specifically in examples such as the connected vehicle, such as the experience of driving a connected car; solutions applied to the connected industry such as fleet management, tracking and condition of goods; the connected store such as the smart tester or smart labels, and how it feels to interact with an intelligent Tester in a children’s clothing store.