Well now Christmas has come and gone and the ball has dropped on 2016, it’s time to start thinking about what the year has in store for us. In my life everything is about technology, and my business makes it important to stay on top of everything tech related, sometimes before it’s even happened. So to kick off 2016, I’ve picked my favourite 3 tech predictions for this year.
If you haven’t heard of the Internet of Things already, you will very soon. The Internet of Things is the name given to the physical network of things embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity, which all together can collect and exchange data. Progress in this field is what makes modern ‘tech homes’ (where you can run a bath and make a pot of coffee by tapping some buttons on your phone) possible. These advances are wondrous, and may make our lives much easier, but with their new applications and connectivity comes new security risks and hack points. The Internet of Things is an industry primed for world domination, and experts predict the initial explosion will happen this year. At the moment, this tech is largely restricted to industrial applications like utility infrastructure monitoring, health, mart metering etc. You may have come across some of these things already (HiveHome is a fantastic example of this) but you are likely to see a lot more uses and applications emerging over the next 12 months.
Business has never been simple, but in 2016 the corporate space is more complex than ever, with digital businesses taking over the marketplace. But with the digital world comes new risks, and with the emergence of the ‘hacker industry’, security is a big priority. Businesses who rely on a perimeter defence and rule based security algorithms are in for a shock as their systems become more vulnerable. This is especially true of businesses adopting cloud based services and storage, allowing customers to integrate with their systems or access certain data. So how do we ensure our ever evolving businesses are secure in the digital age? By employing an adaptive security architecture. IT leaders should now be focussing on detecting and responding to threats in an automated and secure way, while still employing the more traditional security methods like blocking to prevent attacks on their systems. This may include advances such as application self-protection and utilizing user behaviour analytics to enhance and tailor the way your business is protected.
Ok so we’re not quite at the days of IRobot yet, but experts from Silicon Valley predict we’re not far off. The president of Silicon Valley Bank’s UK branch has predicted that ‘from healthcare to space exploration and self-driving cars, business in 2016 will be powered by robotics.’ In fact, robots are already replacing surgeons and factory workers, and they are even learning to say no to human commands and employ reasoning! If you don’t believe me, watch this amazing video online. But as well as the physical tasks, software robots and AI will start to take over the ‘repetitive manual tasks’, leaving our human business people to focus on problem finding, rather than problem solving. But spookiest of all, some experts say that AI powered virtual assistants will be interacting with us more regularly, attempting to make us believe they are real people – and some might even succeed.
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