Where Technology is Headed
Technology is advancing daily. Most of the time, it’s iterative: An interesting improvement on a system that came before. But occasionally, new branches of tech develop, offering completely new approaches to solving old problems.
Discussed here are my ideas and predictions on what we may expect will be the next big thing in the technological world.
The blockchain is disruptive in the same way quantum computing will be. You can’t ignore the beauty of decentralization and this new way of exchanging information without involving a middleman. The blockchain is not cryptocurrency, and it can fit into enterprises as a part of their enterprise solutions.
The Internet of Things
The next breakthrough will involve the combination of the Internet of Things with other leading technologies like AI and blockchain. Together, these technologies will create transformational value, first in the industrial sector, and then in the consumer market. The results will include improved business decision-making and a better quality of life at work and at home. –
Advances in healthcare are desperately needed and are being tackled, whether it be through predictive analysis using genomic data, which can permit the prediction of disease and other people’s characteristics, or through novel drug therapeutics such as RNA targeting. The healthcare industry has long been in need of reform and knows that tech giants and other companies are entering the sphere to tackle this problem. Gene modification poses the promise to be the next quantum leap in public health protection and that is just the beginning.
Generative Adversarial Networks
Generative adversarial networks are next. This is a way of pitting two neural networks against each other in order to train one of them to produce new things. For example, it may generate realistic-looking pictures. We’re not quite there yet but we will be soon. When that happens, it could conceivably become impossible to separate real information from false. For better or worse, that will be a very big thing.
Human and Artificial Neural Networks
The next thing would be a new way to communicate with these new technologies including AI. It could be some new kind of wearable. It might be some mechanism to fit a receiver inside a body, similar to how pets are microchipped. Basically, something to seamlessly connect humans with the immense power of AI. We already have made some advances in AI. Now we need to make it more utilized.
Breakthroughs continue to happen each and every day in the technology world. Recently, Fast Field Programmable Gate Arrays were added to Intel processors which will accelerate extreme real-time IO and machine learning. It is not the massive breakthroughs, but these incremental improvements that lower costs, improve efficiency and drive better customer outcomes.
The ability to store and retrieve orders of magnitude more portable energy will change the world. Today’s battery technologies have lagged woefully behind other technology advances. When we break through with dense battery technology, such as applying quantum physics and other methods to get beyond simple chemical-based batteries, it will rock our world and solar power will eclipse fossil fuels.