Top 10 Emerging Technologies that Marked 2020

Top 10 Emerging Technologies that Marked 2020

Top 10 Emerging Technologies that Marked 2020
Top 10 Emerging Technologies that Marked 2020 by Dr Rayyan Ep
Summary:

Since 2017, CompTIA Emerging Technology Community has been releasing their Top 10 Emerging Technologies list yearly. The aim of the list is to identify which emerging technologies were the most dominant in the year and which have the most potential for near-term businessimpact. The Top 10 Emerging Technologies list is of great importance because keeping […]

Since 2017, CompTIA Emerging Technology Community has been releasing their Top 10 Emerging Technologies list yearly. The aim of the list is to identify which emerging technologies were the most dominant in the year and which have the most potential for near-term business
impact.

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies list is of great importance because keeping up with the latest tech trends will allow people and businesses to prepare, grasp newly-arising opportunities, and advance. Those who fail to keep up with the major trends risk being left behind and failing.

Here are the top 10 emerging tech trends that marked 2020.

Top 10 Emerging Technologies to Look Out For

1. AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most significant emerging technology this year. Many companies already started exploring how to use AI to improve customer experience via intelligent websites and bots as well as how to streamline their business operations. In 2020, companies began increasingly applying AI-based systems in the security and sales sectors

2. 5G Network

4G was a breakthrough that brought many changes to data connection. However, 5G brings revolutionary features, including low latency, intelligent power consumption, and high device density.

Thanks to 5G, the ability to move, manipulate, and analyze data across wireless platforms is continuously increasing. This advanced network will undoubtedly lead to more complex apps and bring us one step closer to augmented reality, smart cities, and connected vehicles.

3. Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) combines information from a series of connected devices that allow for the creation of analytics of systems. It consists of platforms, devices, and datasets that provide the data needed to improve marketing, increase sales, and decrease costs. Having an insight into all this data provides businesses with more opportunities and increased efficiency.

“IoT may mean many things to many people, but it can mean incremental or new business to a channel partner if they start adding relevant IoT solutions with their existing and new customers. More importantly, they don’t have to start over from scratch,” stated Frank Raimondi, a member of the CompTIA leadership group.

4. Serverless Computing

Serverless computing, or Function as a Service (FaaS), allows organizations to develop applications that scale in real-time, responding to demands that may change instantaneously depending on orders of magnitude.

Once FaaS is incorporated, developers gain access to a consumption-based platform to deploy applications quickly and cost-efficiently. FaaS reduces operational costs while allowing companies to invest in developing new capabilities that have more value

5. Biometrics

Biometrics are already a part of our everyday life. We use face and fingerprint scans to verify our identity and unlock our phones every few minutes. However, the more advanced biometric scans will improve security and allow people and devices to authenticate and move seamlessly throughout the world. New biometrics methods will form a secure foundation for solutions delivered by IT companies in the coming years

6. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Virtual reality systems comprise a headset that blends out the real world and allows the user to enter a computer-generated world (think VR for video games). Augmented reality, on the other hand, is less immersive. These systems overlay digital objects onto the real world via smartphone screens or displays (think Microsoft’s Hololens or Snapchat filters).

By combining mixed reality (AR and VR), AI, and sensor technologies, companies can significantly enhance execution flexibility, operational efficiency, and individual productivity.

7. Blockchain

When doing transactions on the internet, everyone wants maximum security. Blockchain is a technology that enables just that. It is a digital ledger that records transactions and manages data and supply chain challenges. It features encrypted and decentralized nature for increased security.

At first, many people claimed that Blockchain is overestimated and not as useful as claimed. However, once IBM, FedEx, Mastercard, and Walmart continued investing in the technology and showing real-world results, Blockchain started making its way into many other companies as well.

8. Robotics

Robotics is already well implemented in various sectors ranging from industrial use to service delivery. However, the trend is slowly shifting to home and businesses, both physically and virtually. We are perhaps days away from revolutionary breakthroughs in this area.

9. NLP (Natural Language Processing)

Two decades ago, no person could imagine controlling their lights, security systems, and phones by voice. It was something that existed only in movies. However, nowadays, we can “talk” to our devices and have them carry out our orders.

This results from significant progress in NLP, a field of AI that enables computers to analyze and understand human language. Speech-to-text transforms human language into a programming language, whereas text-to-speech changes a computer operation to an audible response understandable by humans.

10. Quantum Computing

Quantum computing first appeared on CompTIA’s list in 2018. However, they left it out the following year because it seemed that the technology’s potential for business opportunities was too far off to make the list. But, nowadays, things have changed. Quantum computing is the engine
that impacts our ability to process and analyze big data. It is about to become the key to leveraging machine learning and the power of AI.

Nobody knows what exactly the future holds. But we can make lists and guess what is going to happen and how the technology will keep developing. Of course, this list is not final, and many are going to disagree with it. However, as Mike Haines, the chair of the Emerging Technology Community’s Executive Council, claims – that is precisely the point of the list. “It’s a living
document. It’s the view of this community, but it fosters great discussion,” Haines pointed out.

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