The tech industry is constantly striving forward, seeking out innovative ways to revolutionize the world around us. From faster computer processors to dynamic voice-recognition software, it’s safe to say that technology will only get more advanced in the coming years. Here are some top trends you might want to watch out for in 2017:
1. Virtual Reality will become more mainstream
Virtual reality (VR) has the potential to completely revolutionize the way we consume entertainment. From live performances to video games, the possibilities for VR are seemingly endless. And although we all love VR for video games and more, there are practical applications for VR, too like enabling people to do things they couldn’t – like explore planets.
2. Augmented Reality will become more mainstream, too
Augmented reality (AR) will help revolutionize the way we work — from reviewing 3D models of human bodies where surgeons can practice life-saving operations before trying them on a person to reviewing 3D scans of construction sites and reconfiguring those sites to be safer. There’s a wide range of uses for AR in the business world. Read more reasons on why AR.
3. Videos will become even more prevalent
It’s no secret that people love watching videos. While already prevalent, videos are now being used more frequently across numerous industries. For example, more marketers are beginning to use videos to successfully interact with potential consumers online, while employee trainers are using them to speed up and improve onboarding processes.
4. We’ll learn from machine learning
The tech industry has been buzzing about machine learning advances for years. In light of AlphaGo beating Lee Sedol at Go, researchers are beginning to learn more about machine learning than ever before. As machines learn, so will the people interacting with them. Some suggest that machine learning may soon have a significant impact on the way people approach education and training as a whole.
5. Autonomous vehicles will become more accepted
It’s not just Uber who wants this. One of the main goals of the research into and the creation of autonomous vehicles is to reduce the number of human-error car accidents. This desire extends beyond the inventiveness of creating the world’s first truly smart mainstream cars. For example, an AV should be able to swerve and maneuver in a way that protects its passengers in the event of an accident. In an age of texting and distracted drivers, AV might make frequent car crashes a thing of the past.
6. Businesses will move to unified communications
Lastly, while only 19% of businesses have moved away from desktop phones, the vast majority want to. Unified communications (UC) combines all the different communications systems and enables you to integrate them easily. Businesses can save money, scale as they need to do with their business and enable their IT resources to do things that support the business — more than ensure phones are working. And since more than half the workforce will work remote at least some of the time, chances are pretty good UC will become more and more important.