We are in the middle of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and technology is progressing more rapidly than ever before. The possibility of being left behind is for businesses and individuals who do not keep up with any of the big tech trends. Understanding the main trends would help individuals and organizations to plan and understand the possibilities. As a potential developer of business and technology, it is my job to look ahead and recognize the most important trends.
Networks of 5G data : 5G technology
We will be granted super-fast download and upload speeds as well as more reliable connexons by the 5th generation of mobile internet connectivity. Although 5G mobile data networks were first available in 2019, they were still largely costly and restricted to operating in confined areas or major cities. With more competitive data plans as well as dramatically expanded coverage, 2020 is likely to be the year when 5 G finally begins to fly, ensuring that everybody will participate in the fun.
Not only can super-fast data networks give us the opportunity to download movies and music while we’re on the move at a higher quality. The dramatically improved speeds mean that even the wired networks that run into our homes and businesses will become more accessible for mobile networks. The business consequences of providing super-fast and secure internet connectivity everywhere must be taken into account by businesses. The increased bandwidth would allow more data than ever to be collected and transmitted by computers, robots and autonomous vehicles, contributing to developments in the field of the Internet of Things (IOT) and smart machinery.
While we are still not at the point where we would expect to ride in, or even see, autonomous vehicles regularly in 2020, they will certainly continue to create a considerable amount of excitement. Tesla chief Elon Musk said that by this year, he expects his company to build a fully “full” autonomous vehicle, and the number of vehicles capable of operating with a lower degree of autonomy will become an increasingly common sight, such as automatic braking and lane-changing Furthermore, other in-car systems that are not specifically related to driving, such as safety and entertainment features, will become increasingly automated and dependent on data collection and analytics. Waymo, Google’s sister-company, has just completed an autonomous taxi trial in California, where more than 6200 people were transported in the first month. Of course, it will not just be vehicles, trucking and shipping are becoming more independent, and breakthroughs in this area are likely to continue to hit the headlines during 2020.
As autonomous driving technology matures, we can also learn more and more about the steps that regulators, lawmakers, and authorities can take. Before autonomous driving becomes a functional reality for most of us, improvements to regulations, current infrastructure, and social attitudes are all likely to be needed. In 2020, when more and more people come around to the idea that the issue is not “if,” but “when,” it will become a reality, we are likely to start seeing the discussion about autonomous driving spread beyond the technology world.
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Medicine that is personalized and predictive
At an exponential pace, technology is currently changing healthcare. Even before they encounter any symptoms, our ability to collect data from wearable devices such as smartwatches can give us the ability to increasingly predict and manage health problems in people. We can see far more personalized methods when it comes to treatment. This is often referred to as precision medicine, which helps clinicians, due to a data-driven understanding of how beneficial they are likely to be for a particular patient, to more accurately prescribe medications and apply therapies.
Although not a new concept, thanks to recent technological breakthroughs, especially in the fields of genomics and AI, it gives us a better understanding of how the bodies of different individuals are better or worse suited to combat specific diseases, as well as how they are likely to respond to different types of medication or treatment. In 2020, we will see new predictive healthcare technologies and the implementation of more customized and efficient therapies to ensure better results for individual patients.