Technology continues to change the way we live, but with so many technologies on the market, it can be hard to keep up with what’s trending and what will stick around. Some of the trends you see today may seem superfluous in a few years, while others will help to shape your life from here on out. Here are five major trends in technology that are going to change the way you live.
1) Artificial Intelligence
The real-life Terminator robots aren’t coming anytime soon, but it’s hard not to be fascinated by AI. Companies like Apple and Google are already putting out AI devices—Google Home, Siri, and Amazon Echo—and they seem pretty useful so far. From answering questions at home to controlling your thermostat while you’re away on vacation, there’s a lot of promise in these technological beings.
And with more companies jumping into AI development, we can expect to see more practical applications in years to come. If you want an idea of what our future could look like, check out Spike Jonze’s Her (2013). In 2054 Los Angeles, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system. While still relatively early days for AI technology, Her offers some insight into how humans might interact with their future robot overlords…if we let them take over our jobs first!
2) Virtual Reality (VR)
Virtual reality is an interactive computer-generated experience taking place within a simulated environment. Using headsets or specialised glasses with stereoscopic displays, users feel as though they are actually inside a virtual world. Most people associate VR with gaming, but its applications go far beyond entertainment—from education and medicine to architecture and beyond.
The technology has come a long way since it was first developed by Morton Heilig in 1962, but we’re still only scratching at its potential. In fact, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes it will be a major part of our future. As he said in his 2017 mission statement: After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences.
While Bitcoin was an amazing innovation, blockchain technology is going to have even more of an impact on our lives. Blockchain is being used for smart contracts, tracking digital identities and legal documents, and a whole host of other cool things—but it’s still really new.
No one really knows how big of an impact blockchain will have on our world (if any). But we know it’s something we should be paying attention to. Read up about blockchain, its potential applications, and what governments think about it all. And if you decide you want to take a crack at investing in cryptocurrency because of your newfound knowledge? That’s fine too! Just make sure you do your research first!
4) Smart Homes
Since it’s inception, smart technology has paved its way into almost every home. From intercom systems and security cameras to thermostats and smart locks, internet-connected devices have made our homes a little smarter – meaning a lot more convenient. Whether you want your front door to automatically unlock as you approach or control your thermostat from across town, there’s a gadget out there for you. Keep reading for five major trends in technology that will change how we live.
5) Cloud Computing
Today, everyone is connected and information can be accessed anywhere. Cloud computing allows businesses, schools, and individuals to store their data online and access it through a browser on any computer. Cloud computing provides users with flexible technology solutions so you don’t have to worry about buying hardware or upgrading software. It’s cost-effective for all types of organizations.
Cloud services also provide increased security because your information is stored offsite. If your computer crashes, you won’t lose your files because they will be accessible through another device. This means less downtime and fewer headaches!