2018 has been plagued by technological events. And now it is new era, the era of technological innovations in 2019. We saw the bitcoin plummet 75% throughout the year, but, in turn, it has been when the ‘blockchain’ has begun to be implemented in various areas that have nothing to do with the ‘crypts’, such as controlling the healthiness of the food distribution chain.
We have also seen that police robots, such as the K5 Knightscope model – similar to Dr. Who’s Dalek – began to monitor gas stations in San Francisco.
And it was also when the CEOs of Facebook and Google were questioned by the United States Congress about the use they give to our personal data. Technologically speaking, we have not got bored during 2018.
And everything points to 2019 will also be an interesting year in which we will see how some of these innovations continue to develop. Therefore, we will summarize some of the technological inovations that will dominate 2019 and to which we will have to pay special attention.
Here are the top Technological Innovations in 2019:
I consider blockchain at the top of the technological innovations in 2019. Bitcoin, the queen of cryptocurrencies, opened 2018 around $ 17,000 and ended up under $ 4,000. The biggest lesson that 2018 leaves in this area is that the power behind cryptocurrencies, the ‘blockchain’, can be used in a multitude of industries or initiatives, such as creating a database that helps small producers of legal marijuana. the abuses of large corporations.
We can expect new journalistic projects, like CIVIL, that use ‘blockchain’ to avoid that the censorship or the hackers can erase reports from the internet. Or also that new businesses are based on the ‘blockchain’, as is the case of Devery, an app that tracks online purchases. We will see that new developments appear focused on some type of innovative use of blockchain technology, as it is called in Spanish.
The truth is that the good Mark Zuckerberg does not seem to have had a great time in that commission of the United States Congress to give explanations about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Especially since there was a question from a senator that turned it maroon: “How does Facebook earn money, if it’s free?” Or there was another senator who snapped: “Would you feel comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel where you Did you stay last night? ” 2018 was when melon was opened on the use of our personal data in social networks, applications and search engines.
2019 will be where we will begin to see some limitations to the use made by these companies, as just announced by the German regulator that recently declared that it will not allow Facebook to share information of its users with other applications.
AI & Robotics
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics are going to take over the world in technological innovations in 2019. You only had to go shopping this Christmas to realize: shelves full of Roomba and Alexa.
And although it was in 2018 when an autonomous car killed a pedestrian in May, in September the US Congress approved new regulations around the development of this technology. With these two ingredients, IA + Robótica, 2019 has the recipe ready for us to start seeing more autonomous devices hanging around, like the robots that watch shopping centers, more cars that drive alone or it could even be the year in which Amazon ‘drones’ begin to take orders in the United States. In fact, the US government announced this year that it plans to facilitate the rules so that they can operate the commercial ‘drones’, so the futuristic project of Jeff Bezos could become reality very soon.
5G is one of the best technological innovations in 2019. The arrival of 5G can mean a significant change in the speed at which we connect to the Internet. And, surely, we begin to experience this revolutionary change in 2019. Several companies have already confirmed that the launch of new phones such as Samsung Galaxy S10, Huawei P30, and OnePlus 7 will be adapted for 5G.
Rumors suggest that the iPhone will not have 5G until 2020, however, it is expected that all major mobile phones that use Android will have 5G throughout 2019, according to the president of Qualcomm.
2019 has all the potential for it to be the year of Augmented Reality (AR), since most of the flagship mobiles that are on the market have the capacity to execute it.
The 2017 was when Pokemon Go demonstrated the power that the RA has to be applied to mobile games, a gigantic market for which the company Magic Leap has just announced that it is already working on an RA device that is compatible with our phones. Magic Leap is one of the leading RA companies for video games.
With increased analytics, Garner understands an approach to automate the understanding of data through the use of machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) technologies. If so far the data scientist professionals were engaged in analyzing the data, Gartner believes that in 2019 there will be a series of instruments to analyze the data.
This way, more and more people will be able to analyze them and citizen data scientists will be trained. This is an intermediate figure between the technicians (the data scientists) and the average user who analyzes the data thanks to the analysis systems with prescriptive and predictive functions. The data, but above all the information obtained thanks to these, will be increasingly integrated into business applications, in departments, for example, human resources, marketing, sales, customer assistance and finance.
Privacy & Ethics
The issues of digital ethics and privacy are very current: individuals, governments, organizations are increasingly concerned about the use of their data. For this reason, both governments and companies are increasingly facing this problem – as we are already seeing with the RGPD. The issue of privacy is connected to the ethics and the trust of the clients or the voters.
As a result, all positions that an organization will assume about privacy will have to be consistent with its ethical conduct. Gartner predicts that by 2021, organizations that have underestimated appropriate privacy measures. they will pay 100% more of the compliance costs compared to their competitors who have not underestimated the problem.
Between virtual, augmented and mixed realities, companies are discovering new ways to reach the customer. Used well, these technologies allow users to interact with the world.
Gartner estimates that 70% of companies will have experimented with immersive technologies by 2022. The effectiveness of virtual assistants should increase, and thus improve the answers given to users.
In the end, people will be in contact with several of these entities, from their watches to their cars, through their lamps.
Serverless computing is an innovative software architecture that is gaining popularity now. In fact, it can completely eliminate the need for infrastructure support. I & O executives should move to a software-based approach to serverless computing, managing APIs and SLAs, and not physical infrastructure.
In general, the term “serverless” does not quite correctly reflect the essence of the technology, Gartner argues. In fact, the servers still exist, but only the service provider is responsible for all the basic resources associated with the computing resources. In sum, this leads to flexibility and cost optimization.
Digital Imitation of Personality
Here we are talking about a variety of assistants and systems trying to impersonate real people. The loudest last year, Google made this decision. The company introduced the voice assistant Duplex. He could book a table in a restaurant, talking exactly like a person: the algorithm paused, sighed, took time to think.
While everyone was discussing the development from Google, the system from Alibaba, which is not inferior to the American development in “humanity”, remained almost unnoticed. This year, these systems will penetrate into everyday life, complicating the process of separating cars from people.
Home Security Systems
Amazon introduced the smart doorbell, Facebook for video communication Portal, Google has expanded the Home Hub system. In 2018, smart home gadgets showed an unprecedented growth. To add to their sales, the growing capabilities of speech recognition and face recognition algorithms is an easy way to control the lives of huge numbers of people with their consent.
All features of distributed security and smart devices are concentrated in the hands of individual AI assistants. And it remains only to hope that the desire to serve people will not abandon them.
Turn people into Bots
At the core of this fear is a general trend towards predicting everything, anything. The operating system of the smartphone offers the following word during correspondence, services with serials and music – content that, in their opinion, will be liked by the client.
Shops predict customer desires. Because of this, it is becoming increasingly difficult to understand what comes first – the desires and choices of people or the predictions of algorithms and big data.
Here is a massive technological innovation in 2019, face recognition. Already, airports, shops, city services and many others use face recognition. Real-time systems help search for criminals. This year, facial recognition technologies may be closer than they seem: Moscow mayor’s office will spend 7.5 billion rubles to implement an effective facial recognition system, and Aeroflot will test the biometric identification system of passengers at Sheremetyevo.