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The top five tech trend predictions for 2018

2017 was a very interesting year for the world of tech, with a rise in wearable technology and lots of technology developments across all industries; it was surely one to remember! As we head into the new year of 2018, there are a number of tech trends that are expected to advance the tech industry even further…

Here’s a look at the top five tech trends for 2018:

  1. Artificial Intelligence will become empathetic computing: Although many AI products such as Alexa and Google Echo are extremely advanced and can perform pretty impressive tasks, they still can’t actually anticipate what we want or need to do. During the course of 2018, key enhancements for various personal assistant platforms will begin and it may not be long before they develop digital empathy.
  2. The Year of the accelerator: The semiconductors that are tucked away in most electronic circuit boards have been undergoing a huge transformation in the last few years with work underway to see how they can drive power. This year, it is likely that several new chip architectures will come into play, with far wider reaching capabilities, and we will see the use of computing accelerators across a variety of devices too.
  3. Virtual Reality Reflection: 2017 was a very successful year for virtual and augmented reality products and although it was very exciting for many users, the enthusiasm has sadly faded away. Following the release of a number of headsets and apps in 2017, the focus may shift to reflecting and improving these products throughout 2018 to keep the technology from being a one hit wonder.
  4. Edge Computing will transform: In 2017 the Internet of Things (IoT) devices was supposed to enable smart homes, smart factories…the list goes on. However the IoT has entered 2018 not much further on from where it started. In 2018 it is expected that edge computing will start to deliver on the promises that IoT originally set out to do; to drive not just more connected, but more intelligent devices in the tech world.
  5. 5G is set to drive connectivity: With the formalisation of the 5G specification, the telecom industry is set to head into an exciting phase. Although the official unveiling of 5G is not set to happen in 2018, lots of critical connectivity enhancements are expected. The forthcoming broadband wireless network standard has a range of connectivity options becoming available including the ability to have a consistent connectivity experience, regardless of location, the number of people/devices around you, and other mitigating factors that commonly limit the speed or quality of connections.

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There you have it, the top five tech trends expected for 2018! If you have seen other trends that you think are pivotal for 2018, let us know. We love hearing about new technology and what the future can hold for this exciting industry.

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