Nobody foresaw the world-changing events of this year, but one thing is clear: technology is just as badly affected as any other part of our lives. Therefore, in this article, we want to look at the technology trends in 2021.
In many ways, Covid-19 acts as a catalyst for a whole series of changes that were already foreseeable thanks to our increasingly online and digitized life. Things are just going to happen faster now, with necessity being the driving force.
These are 5 technology trends for 2021:
1. Artificial intelligence (AI)
Artificial intelligence is undoubtedly one of the biggest trends right now and it will become an even more valuable tool as the year progresses in 2021. With it we can interpret and understand the world around us.
The amount of data that we collect about health care, infection rates and the success of the measures, for example, will continue to increase. Machine learning algorithms will have more information and solutions will become more and more sophisticated.
The challenge for business is understanding the changing patterns of customer behavior. More human activity will take place online: shopping, socializing, virtual workspaces, meetings, and recruiting.
2. Robots, drones and vehicle automation
In the past few years we have seen the advent of robots in the care and assisted living areas. Rather than completely replacing human interaction with caregivers, which is so important to many people, robots can open up new channels of communication. In addition, robots will take care of both cleaning and security of vacant premises.
Drones are used to deliver vital medicines, monitor pedestrian traffic in public areas, and identify places where there is an increased risk of virus transmission.
Increasing efficiency in the public transport network is a priority for both service providers and authorities. Therefore, initiatives around self-driving vehicles will continue at an increasing pace.
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3. The revolution in the service sector
The services we need, with which we live and work via cloud-based on-demand platforms, are the key to further technological trends.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are a way for almost any company to reach many customers. Regardless of their size or budget.
Companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and an ever-growing horde of start-ups and spin-offs offer many cloud offerings. This enables companies in all areas to use cutting-edge technology with little up-front investment in tools, equipment or specialized employees.
One example of this is Zoom, which recognized the demand and quickly added servers or increased its range and service quality at the beginning of the pandemic. They were able to make a name for themselves, which is due to the cloud-based character and their partnerships with their own service providers.
In 2021 and beyond, this flexibility and speed will become increasingly important.
4. 5G and advanced connectivity
Faster and more reliable internet doesn’t just mean that we no longer have to wait. Every successive advance in mobile connectivity from 3G onwards has opened up new use cases for the Internet:
- 3G made surfing the Internet and data-driven services usable on mobile devices.
- 4G led to the growth of video and music streaming platforms.
- 5G will also open more doors to what is possible.
5G means for services that are based on advanced technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality as well as on cloud-based gaming platforms that can be implemented anywhere and anytime.
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5. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
These terms encompass technologies that use glasses or headsets to project computer-generated images directly into the user’s field of view.
Augmented Reality (AR) takes place when the perception of reality is expanded through computer-aided animation.
Virtual Reality (VR) is when the user is placed in a completely computer-generated environment.
With these technologies, medical examinations and diagnoses can increasingly be carried out remotely. In addition, we will see an increase in the use of VR and AR tools in the education sector, and the fight against pandemics is also supported by augmented reality. For example, warnings might appear as we move through areas where the infection has spread widely. Or we are reminded to wash our hands.