2020 is the year when the world will see transformational changes in how technology impacts our lives as in the span of 59 years our computing power has improved by 1 trillion times. Technology is now evolving at such a rapid pace that annual predictions of trends can seem out-of-date because hyper-automation, blockchain, AI, security, distributed cloud, and autonomous things drive disruption and create opportunities in this year's strategic technology trends. The IT industry has seen some very disruptive changes throughout recent years and with domination from artificial intelligence, followed by the cloud and innovative digital platforms will bring even more changes to the sector. In the digital world, along with digital realities, related products and services will be hyper-personalized because new technology is becoming the foundation of other technologies. As technology evolves causing an acceleration of the rate of change until eventually, it will become exponential.
Artificial technology or AI is not a new term in the IT-sphere, but now there are further verticals of AI that are shaping the industries globally and AI is still growing and unlocking its full potential. AI is now part of everyday life, driven by the emergence of a device ecosystem including Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant and it has already shown lots of functionalities that people 10 years ago would think are only possible in sci-fi movies. AI continues to be a trend to watch because its effects on how we live, work and play are only in the early stages as Artificial intelligence is a megatrend, which combines artificial general intelligence (AGI), deep learning and cognitive computing. With AI comes to its products such as AlterEgo, a mind-reading wearable, and citizen robots like Sophia, are only a promo to how big AI technology will get in 2020. New applications for personal, professional, and business purposes are being discovered for AI every day and in 2020, emotion recognition and computer vision will scale and AI will have a breakout moment.
The very notion of machines thinking and behaving like human beings is revolutionary while in addition, other branches of AI have developed, including Machine Learning as it mimics human intelligence and performs tasks such as recognition of images, speech or patterns, and decision making. From the first AI program in the 1950s, this field has come a long way as today, AI can do these tasks faster and more accurately than humans. Whereas, AGI tries to realize human intelligence in hardware and software as it requires help from other sciences such as biology, physiology, chemistry, social science, medicine, and even neurosciences.
As of 2019, there are about 26 billion IoT devices installed around the world as The Internet of Things is the future and has enabled devices, home appliances, cars and much more to be connected to and exchange data over the Internet. This is going to be leverage when 5G comes into play and in addition to improvements with speed, capacity, and latency, 5G offers new network administration functions, among them network slicing. Many industry experts have termed 5G as the future of communication and to some extent, it’s true and it is anticipated that with 5G, the number of connected devices and mainstream IoT applications will reach scale. By the end of 2020, each person has an average of 4 connected devices but despite this boon in the development and adoption of IoT, experts say not enough IT professionals are getting trained for IoT jobs.