5 Technology Trends for 2019

December 29, 2018



Even as new technologies are developed, innovation around the application of existing


technology is rapidly changing how organisations operate and how we interact with the world.


Leaps in computing capacity, data capture and connectivity are accelerating this change. Here


are five areas to watch in 2019 and beyond…



1)Artificial Intelligence


A.I.(Artificial Intelligence) is about machines with human attributes - speaking, reading, seeing and even recognising


emotion - completing tasks while also "learning" from repeated interactions. Using algorithms that


adapt to location, speech or user-history machines can perform tasks that are dangerous or


tedious, more accurately or much faster than humans.


Within a few years, analysts predict that all software will use A.I. at some level, according to US


research and advisory firm Gartner. Importantly A.I. offers the opportunity to continuously tailor


products and services providing a competitive advantage over rivals that is not easily copied. The


question to ask is 'how can A.I. help my organisation?



2)Augmented Reality


Systems that combine real-time 3D vision, sound, haptics (the sense of touch), location data and


even other senses such as smell enable people to immerse themselves somewhere else, react to


what's around them and alter their virtual environment in real time. Organisations are increasingly


applying this technology across a wide spectrum of human activity from art and entertainment to


commerce, education and the military. It's used to train doctors, nurses, teachers and police


officers and will soon be available on your smart device. Could you use A.R.(Augmented


Realitiy) to lift efficiency for your internal stakeholders or help you communicate with your


customer base?





The fortunes of digital currency Bitcoin have drawn public attention to Blockchain technology, but


this secure system for recording and verifying transactions and storing trusted records has the


potential to disrupt enterprises of many kinds. Companies are using Blockchain technology to


transform time-consuming, centralised, less reliable and less secure systems. Digital democracy


platform MyVote, for example, uses Blockchain to store users' personal data and voting history to


give citizens a more direct voice in the political process. Could you use Blockchain to keep your


data secure?





Robots in manufacturing go back to the 1960s. Now it's the scale and breadth of the


transformation that automated systems make possible, as a result of other advances in machine


learning and connectivity, for example, that puts automation firmly at the forefront of technology


trends. From convenient devices at home to industrial applications on a massive scale,


automation will be a key focus of technological change, with potentially far-reaching economic


and social consequences.


Currently, professional services such as the legal and finance industry are being disrupted by


automation with feedback from these sectors being that core technical skills together with


management and people skills being more important than ever. How will automation disrupt your





5)Internet of Things


Gartner calls the combination of technologies and the connection of people, devices, content and


services the "intelligent digital mesh." This is the foundation for new business models, platforms


and possibilities that will transform how we live and work with implications that go far beyond the


technology itself and involve disciplines such as law, economics, business and politics.


It is early days for the application of IoT strategy but it is clear that opportunities will exist for those


with the technical knowledge to connect platforms as well as those with the data analytics skills to


utilise the rich stream of information generated by IoT applications. What could you learn from


connecting and analysing the data from your products or elements of your core operations?








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