Technology in 2019 has been nothing short of a sci-fi fanatics dream. From developments in artificial intelligence and digital personalisation to autonomous vehicles — we’re in a world, occasionally an augmented one, that’s waiting with bated breath for the next tech milestone to be reached. Until that happens, we’ve uncovered three technology trends making an appearance on our radar.
1. Autonomous machines
Advancements in AI means that tasks once solely controlled by humans, such as driving or flying, are now being taken over by intelligent algorithms. Over the last six months, we’ve seen an increase in the willingness to test and accept machines running autonomously.
“As autonomous things proliferate, we expect a shift from stand-alone intelligent things to a swarm of collaborative intelligent things, with multiple devices working together, either independently of people or with human input,” says David Cearley in an article for Business Tech.
“For example, if a drone examined a large field and found that it was ready for harvesting, it could dispatch an ‘autonomous harvester’.
2. Mixed reality
Digital platforms, like Instagram and SnapChat, are changing the way people interact with the real world. So forget Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR) and get ready for Mixed Reality (MR) — the ultimate immersive experience.
“Over time, we will shift from thinking about individual devices and fragmented user interface technologies to a multichannel and multimodal experience.
“The multimodal experience will connect people with the digital world across hundreds of edge devices that surround them, including traditional computing devices, wearables, automobiles, environmental sensors and consumer appliances,” says Cearley.
Blockchain is classified as a type of a decentralised public ledger that’s used to foster trust and transparency and reduce friction between users. While it’s most commonly associated with cryptocurrencies like BitCoin, blockchain technology can be used to underpin many different industries — from eCommerce and cryptocurrencies to energy trade and data security.
“Current blockchain technologies and concepts are immature, poorly understood and unproven in mission-critical, at-scale business operations. This is particularly so with the complex elements that support more sophisticated scenarios,” says Cearley.
“Despite the challenges, the significant potential for disruption means CIOs and IT leaders should begin evaluating blockchain, even if they don’t aggressively adopt the technologies in the next few years.”
NEC XON has announced that it will be providing the first AI-powered wireless LAN (WLAN) solution in Africa which will enable the company to provide automated insights across the network stack while saving time and simultaneously improving network performance.
The solution is based on technology from Mist Systems, a Juniper Networks company, which has been an NEC XON partner for 15 years.
“MIST’s intelligent, cloud-based architecture provides phenomenal opportunities across verticals such as healthcare, enterprise, commercial, and safety and security management,” says Ross Templeton, GM of Networking at NEC XON. “The cloud delivery model enables rapid scaling, agility, flexibility, performance, and solid ROI. The solution makes Wi-Fi more predictable, reliable, and measurable, because it is automated, and enables location services using Bluetooth LE.”
WarnerMedia has announced that its upcoming streaming service is going to be called HBO Max. HBO Max will be WarnerMedia’s attempt at entering the lucrative and ever-expanding world of entertainment streaming. This new streaming service will be going up against giants such as Netflix and Hulu.
The announcement came on Tuesday 9 July 2019, along with a list of shows that will be airing on HBO Max. HBO Max will include all shows currently airing on HBO as well as new original shows. truTV, TBS and TNT chief Kevin Reilly has ordered original TV series to be produced for HBO Max. Some of these original shows are Tokyo Vice, Dune: The Sisterhood, Gremlins and more. This is a strategy to compete with other streaming platforms that have their own original series, such as Netflix’s Stranger Things and Hulu’s Marvel’s Runaways.