2017 witnessed the marvel of AlphaGo Zero when it taught itself the game of Go became its best player ever in just 40 days. And it did all that without any human data or interference. With the Hanson Robotics Company creating Sophia, World’s one robot citizen, Artificial Intelligence has been revolutionized. As Deep learning and Machine learning complement each other in proportionate terminologies, Artificial intelligence revolutionized digital advertising. 2018 Promises to be an interesting year for more such revolutionary insights.
Large organizations and companies started working on Big Data and created their way to be better at predictive analytics. This was helping medium and large businesses tremendously for improving customer experience, processes and many other things. However, the next goal is to reach the prescriptive analytics, where a large set of algorithms and data modeling techniques will recommend the actions on the predictions. This would in 2018 be the final stage of understanding the business and prescriptive analysis will certainly decide the future of Big Data.
Edge computing is the key factor in making IoT (Internet of Things) work. There has been an unprecedented rise in data generation which has led to an increase in demand for means of gathering, storing and utilizing all of that data in more compatible and centralized means. Emergence of technologies such as driverless cars and advanced robots has also created a requirement of rapid processing. It has been predicted that around 100 trillion sensors will be integrated into our economy within the next decade generating a humongous amount of data. And the technology which has emerged as the solution for the need of all this rapid processing and data gathering requirement is – edge computing, i.e., computing on the sensors itself. 2018 has been predicted as the year which will be dominated by the advancement in edge computing.
Seamless voice recognition (Conversation with machines)
Voice recognition technology has always been viewed as a helping but unreliable assistance. But all that may change in 2018 with the rise of sophisticated voice and speech recognition technology. There are already much research and development going on in this field with some big names like Google and Microsoft racing to be its flagbearers. 2018 may come out as a year when we start to have a normal sophisticated conversation with our devices without experiencing any hiccups or obstructions.
4G technology reached its peak in application in the year 2017 and 2018 has been predicted as the year which finally gives us the next set of communication technology in the series; the 5G. Development work has been going on in many countries with countries such as Japan, China, the US and some others promising to launch it in 2018 itself. The launch of 4G technology dominated the tech headlines in 2011 which makes us pretty sure 2018 will be the same for 5G. The end of 2018 may give us the next set of revolutions in communication technologies.
The development race for self-driving cars was the major fodder for news channels around the world in 2017. The concept of self-driving cars has attracted some big corporations such as Google, Tesla, Mercedes and more in an arms race for introducing the first driver-less cars on the road. Many test runs of the technology was done by companies such as Google, Mercedes and Uber in the passing year. With possibilities of driverless cars running for complete distances on their own, 2018 promises to be a year that delivers on the stimuli provided by technological enhancements.
2018 may be the year where our interaction manner with our devices may change completely. Development of smart UIs may make it possible to interact with our computers or cellphones by the use of voice commands only. Work is already on for the introduction of user interface with voice or visuals as cue only instead of traditional commands and 2018 can be the year where it finally materializes and there is an huge UI overall.