Every new year comes with the latest technology trends or advancements in the already existing technologies, all aimed at solving the day’s problems.
In 2020, we saw lots of rapid innovation in the medical field due to the COVID-19 pandemic putting almost every country in a state of emergency.
COVID-19 has also led to innovation in other sectors like e-commerce, online collaborations, and many more tech fields that made it possible for people to avoid crowded places.
For 2021, we expect to see a continuation of this rapid innovation and new trends that may come just like it has been in the previous.
We’re going to share some of the technology trends with you that you should look up to 2021.
More attention on the total experience
When user experience, customer experience, and employee experience are combined, we get the total experience.
As a result of the pandemic, many companies are looking for solutions that can enable them to attain a great user experience, customer and make sure their employees get a seamless experience.
Technologies that will be addressing this problem will likely be on-demand throughout 2021.
At the moment, there are already existing applications that address this, but we expect them to get more robust in the coming year.
More distribution of the cloud
In recent years, tech companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Amazon have heavily invested in cloud computing technologies to help individuals and companies solve complex work problems without investing in expensive hardware.
One of the challenges that cloud computing has faced is latency, especially in areas where the internet is not that fast.
One way of solving this problem is to bring cloud servers close to those areas and enhance the cloud servers close to those areas and enhance more.
When all these are automated, workers will then focus on the Internet speeds. In the coming year (2021), we expect lots of tech companies to invest in making cloud servers more distributed across the globe heavily.
This move will happen as a result of the increasing demand for cloud computing services worldwide.
Remote collaboration technologies
This year’s pandemic has taught us that company operations can go on even if employees are not physically present at the workplace.
Companies that offer remote collaboration services like Zoom, Slack, Microsoft, and many more have experienced growth during this pandemic due to the increased demand for their services.
Come 2021; we expect many companies to maintain the strategy of having a good number of their workers operating remotely, whether the pandemic will still be here or not.
So, we shall see new and already existing tech companies also coming up with products that will make remote working more seamless than it is today.
Increased demand for ethical AI
Some of the most in-demand technologies in recent years have been AI and machine learning. Companies like Google, Apple, Amazon. Microsoft and Facebook use AI and machine learning to improve the user experience of their products.
There’s been criticism regarding how these companies have used the technologies to make their products more addictive.
Many look at the practices of making products addictive as something unethical. It subjects users to a situation whereby they will have to use a product almost all the time, even when they don’t have to.
So, value-driven individuals and organizations will likely associate with companies that ethically use AI. This will lead to a boost in demand for AI that does not hurt us as humans.
More need for Hyperautomation
The term Hyperautomation refers to automating anything that can be automated as a way of increasing efficiency in production. Every organization is looking at automating tasks like customer service, solving fundamental IT problems at the workplace, inventory management, and many more.
When all these are automated, workers will focus on complex problems that still require critical thinking and decision making.
Companies that will be slow at adopting this new normal will likely be left behind because they won’t be as efficient and effective as those using the technologies.
Demand for privacy-enhanced computing
Both organizations and final consumers want to have their privacy respected every time they use the computer. Consumers of tech products want to be sure that the data they are giving companies is safe and secure and won’t be accessed by any third party without their consent.
Data privacy is affected by hardware and software; it can’t be solved by only concentrating on software.
As Apple was recently launching their new Macs with Apple’s in-house-processor – the M1 chip, privacy is one issue they said this chip would address. They aim at ensuring Mac users get the same level of privacy just as the people using iPhones and iPad.
We shall see more practical applications of AR and VR.
With big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple heavily investing in Virtual reality and Augmented reality, we are likely going to see a couple of new products that will be using these technologies to solve some human problems.
Products like Oculus, Google Glass, and many more will get more practical use cases this coming year.
We have also seen Apple launch iPhones with a Lidar sensor that is meant to improve AR apps’ performance on the iPhone. This same sensor was also on the iPad Pro in 2019.
There are many other technology trends that we could likely see come 2021, but the above will take center stage while other trends may also be adapted based on the unique problems that 2021 could come with.
We hope to see these technology trends make an impact in the right director in 2021.