It’s no secret that technology is advancing more rapidly every year. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen technology accelerate like never before.
Since our world has changed so drastically this year, businesses have had to alter their approach in order to stay operating during lockdown periods where possible. People who may have never considered working from home now do so as if it’s second nature. We hold Zoom meetings with colleagues, screen share our work and catch up in all sorts of remote ways. Higher education has also moved to online learning and there isn’t a shop or restaurant that isn’t either on Uber Eats, Deliveroo or another home delivery service.
Although no one could foresee the events that took place in 2020, there are exciting technological developments on the horizon in 2021 that will help us move forward in the world as we know it now. Below you will find the top three that we are most excited about.
From edge-based AI to facial recognition becoming the norm, it’s all go for one of the biggest tech trends that will help us navigate the world around us. Even though Covid-19 has forced many data scientists to work from home, AI-driven innovations are continually developed by the world’s greatest minds. One of the most notable is machine-learning algorithms which will become even more sophisticated and better informed in finding practical solutions to hurdles in a range of industries.
Robotics, vehicle automation & drones
With major players such as Google, Amazon, DPD, UPS, and even 7-Eleven committing to the development of robotics, drones and vehicle automation technology, there is consensus that it will play a crucial role in the future of the transport industry. Drone delivered packages and self-driving cars may be just around the corner.
As-a-service & distributed cloud
AAS refers to something being presented to a customer, either internal or external, as a service in the context of cloud computing. Thanks to companies such as Google and Amazon who first started offering cloud services, there is now a growing number of startups in which innovators in all fields can deploy cutting-edge technology with a range of tools and on-hand specialists. During the mass spread of Covid-19, we have seen companies that rely on cloud to provide scalable solutions as-a-service prosper because they are able to increase capacity to meet the demands of the consumer. In 2021 and beyond, the demand for these services will continue to increase and more possibilities will open up including distributed cloud innovation which does not rely on centralised data centres but instead runs services at the network edge.