We’re drawing nearer to the end of quite a remarkable year (for the better and worst), so I started to get my forward-thinking hat on and began looking ahead at what 2022 might bring in terms of technological advances. Here are just some of my thoughts on what might take centre stage next year:
AI-based software becoming more prominent
Many tech companies and developers appear to be creating things that are there to make our life easier, and in some ways doing things in the background without us even noticing. For instance, let’s take a modern smartphone camera - you can take one single photo but your phone has actually taken multiple, which then will help correct any blurred faces to give you the perfect camera shot (more on this here).
An even bigger example of how AI has become more prominent is with Tesla and their incredible self driving capabilities, this is the stuff of dreams or what you’d only see in a film! With so many of our homes now being controlled or connected to some forms of AI, plus our devices are even more so now being controlled or, at the very least, optimised by AI. Even more so, you can now go shopping without having to interact with anyone or anything thanks to Amazon Go - what is there left for us to do ourselves?
Cloud based software or ways of working is another thing I can see becoming bigger, both in the workplace as well as personally. A good example of this for me personally has been Microsoft OneDrive and the way I now work has completely changed. All my files and folders are now automatically in a cloud meaning I no longer have to worry about having to save my work, or ensuring that I have things in the right folders etc. It’s made the ability to share with others much more efficient and also ensures that, from a business point of view, employees can work anywhere on any device. Our mobile devices are also now becoming a little more reliant on cloud storage as companies are now only creating phones with just the right amount of hardware storage for the average user to use, before they are then sucked in to having to pay for a monthly storage subscription.
Hopefully not the events of the film becoming true, but the adoption of robots in our everyday lives does seem like it is becoming more of a reality rather than a vision. However, I’m not talking about human-like bots, but more so the ones that actually can make a different and those that you don’t even notice. Take the robot hoovers, advanced coffee makers and those in the engineering/manufacturing fields that are doing jobs better/faster than a team of humans.
Of course, this isn’t everything and I purposely tried to avoid the usual discussion about mobile devices/wearable tech.
I’d love to hear from you what your thoughts are for tech next year. Is there something you feel strongly about that you want to share?
Let me know your comments below and we can create some real forward thinking discussions 🤖