7 Disruptive Tech Trends To Watch In 2021

After the unexpectedly huge dumpster fire that was last year, most of us would much rather look forward at whatever the future may hold than ever turn and look back. And with new advancements in tech already changing our lives for the better, here are the top seven disruptive technologies to watch in 2021.

5G enhanced connectivity

As telephony technology increases and applications become more advanced, the capabilities of the networks we use to access them must also do the same. As the rollout of fifth-generation mobile networks continue in 2021, 5G promises to provide us all with incredibly fast download speeds and increased bandwidth. The latest advancement in mobile technology is anticipated to revolutionise our lives by changing how we interact with technology, while probably making fibre-based cable networks redundant at the same time.

Edge computing

As the next big thing in computer science, edge computing is already becoming a disruptive technology in business technology. It’s basically an automated form of cloud-like computing, except edge computing is much more powerful, with greater bandwidth, and increased security. Edge computing can instantly perform extremely complex processes in ultra-low latency environments, which really helps to improve distributed operations implemented by many of today’s businesses. Say goodbye to slower cloud computing and hello to lightning-fast computing on the edge!

Advertising in VR

VR has been essential during the pandemic, most significantly in the real estate industry through virtual viewings. But in the not-too-distant future, VR technology trends point to advertising and marketing in the virtual reality space too. The technology will soon have advanced enough for VR content developers to be able to incorporate all types of branded ad placements and native advertising in-game within virtual realities. Developers will partner with brands to create sensational experiences in VR worlds to promote their product to players based on their location or other highly relevant consumer demographics.

Ethical AI

While it’s contributed significantly to technological fields like automation and robotics, Artificial intelligence has yet to reach its full potential. As advancements in machine learning technology allow for increasingly capable problem solving and other cognitive functions, many companies believe they should echo customer values regarding their ethical impact. So the trend of firms embracing morally responsible AI will continue, intentionally focusing on technology providers who implement ethical handling of data. After all, AI is gearing up to become a multi-trillion-dollar industry.

Drones and automation

Drones may have been increasing in use and popularity for over a decade now, but use of this technology is only going to continue evolving. Drone technology encompasses all kinds of autonomous devices that have been designed to perform tasks typically done by humans. They vary greatly in capacity and design, depending on their intended use, and can be self-driving cars, planes, trucks, boats, helicopters, appliances, and all kinds of robots. The ongoing mass-deployment of this technology looks like it will continue changing our world for the better.

Internet of things

The Internet of Things or IoT technology refers to objects in the real world that can be identified using virtual representations via the internet. According to Antoine Bechara, “These objects can then be enabled to respond to specific smart commands or controlled using a combination of sensors and software within allowed parameters of online networks.” IoT devices have primarily been used in the home — and as they can collect data, exchange information, and respond to commands, 2021 will likely see some IoT objects used in new areas like manufacturing, mining, and even healthcare.

AR glasses

After the disappointment that was last decade’s Google Glass, Augmented Reality glasses will finally become a reality worth waiting for in 2021. Recent advancements in technologies has allowed for a massive decrease in the weight of AR glasses, which means a corresponding reduction in price. The latest model 5G smartphones can provide enough computing power necessary for AR glasses to run advanced applications that deliver a variety of personal displays and entertainment functionalities. AR Glasses will be as functional as they will be stylish, and should be the market in a big way later this year.

Final thoughts

As we continue reinventing the world we will live in tomorrow, we may as well take advantage of the digital and technology trends available to us today. Because these trends will ultimately shape how we live, work, and play over the next year and far ahead into the future.

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