Big Tech Trends For The 21st Century

Tech Trends

When the historians of the future look back on the 21st century, what will they say? Inevitably, the biggest stories in the coming century will be political and environmental – wars, revolutions, and natural disasters always dominate historical memory. But perhaps more than any previous epoch, the 21st century will also be defined by its technology. If the Internet was the culmination of the 20th century, what will its equivalent be in the next century?

Internet of Things

Perhaps the most discussed innovation of the 21st century is the Internet of Things. Since its inception, the Internet has been used to link computers, servers, and (recently) mobile devices. But we are just beginning to see the rise of a new internet – one that pervades everyday objects and allows them to communicate with standard Internet-equipped devices. For example, many standard car models already have the capacity to run internal diagnostics and send the results to the owner via email. When it’s time to change the oil, the car can inform the owner automatically. And as this technology improves, the online interaction between vehicle and owner will only get more complex, perhaps to the point that drivers will be able to analyze their own habits in order to find more efficient routes, avoid driving during peak hours, etc.

internet-things

Of course, the Internet of Things will not be limited to cars. Imagine a refrigerator that could automatically scan the barcode of any item placed inside and store attributes like weight, expiration date, and frequency of use. A smartphone app could inform shoppers that they are almost out of milk, or that the jar of hummus they bought last week is about to spoil.

Wearables

wearable-tech

Within the Internet of Things, we can expect that wearable technology will be some of the most important of all the interconnected objects. In addition to vehicles and appliances, human beings will also be outfitted with a variety of sensors that constantly collect data and relay it through the Internet of Things. This sort of wearable technology is already transforming the clothing and fitness world, with FitBit and other similar products monitoring steps, heart rate, body temperature, and various other physical attributes that might be relevant for the user’s exercise regime. The recently released Apple Watch promises to bring an even greater level of interconnectivity through wearable technology – if it’s anywhere near as successful as the iPhone, the Apple Watch will be ubiquitous within just a few years, and millions of people will be able to analyze data on their physical stats and daily habits with the click of a button or the tap of a touchscreen.

Big Data

But all this data doesn’t just sit in a vacuum, and it will not stay solely in the user’s control (at least not for long). It’s far too valuable for that. All these sensors and data-collecting devices will gather a wealth of information on human behavior that will be profoundly valuable to marketers, governments, and social scientists alike. Tech giants like Facebook and Google are already capitalizing on the profusion of personal data and constantly finding new ways to monetize users’ information. Imagine how much more information will be available once people adopt smart cars, smart refrigerators, smart watches, and other Internet of Things innovations become commonplace. Balancing all this data against the need for personal privacy will be one of the most profound political challenges of the 21st century.

Nothing is ever certain in the tech industry – indeed, in this dynamic field the only predictable constant is the constancy of change. But the 21st century, already 1/6 of the way over, is beginning to show its direction through the rapid growth of Big Data, wearable technology, and the Internet of Things.

By Brent Anderson

Anita Raj

A Winning Data Strategy Series Part 3: From Data-driven To An Insight-driven Organization

Insight-driven Organization This is the third piece of a 5-part series on plugging the obvious but overlooked gaps in achieving digital success through a refined data strategy. Data is essential, yes. But the whole idea ...
Juan Pablo Perez Etchegoyen

69% of Enterprises are Moving Mission-Critical Information to the Cloud

Why Security matters According to a research study by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), 69% of enterprises are moving mission-critical information to the cloud. These migrations are massively complex and take meticulous planning to ensure ...
Dental Teeth Iot

The Revolutionary Transformation In Digital Dentistry

Transformation In Digital Dentistry 3D printing has taken the field of Dentistry by storm. This additive manufacturing technology has gained enormous popularity due to its many advantages, especially the ability to produce highly personalized prosthesis ...
Atman Rathod

How APIs and Machine Learning are Evolving? 

Machine Learning Continues to Make API Development Better  For any developer, API or Application Programming Interfaces come as the helpful components to add valuable features and functionalities with the app they develop. API in many ...
Gilad David Maayan

Leveraging Managed Kubernetes to Improve Your Operations

Leveraging Managed Kubernetes Kubernetes simplifies container orchestration, but sometimes companies are struggling with Kubernetes adoption. Many organizations do not have the required expertise to configure and manage Kubernetes by themselves. Managed Kubernetes is a good ...
Meta Data

Data-Driven PPC and The Benefits Of Drilling Down On The Data

Drilling Down On Big Data Running a pay per click campaign for your business, which isn’t driven by detailed metrics, offers no more than the hit-and-hope approach which a billboard in the 80’s may have ...