- December 13, 2018
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Technology Trends 2019- With the increasing dependency on technology, hanging on to old methods of yesterday’s internet, even as an idea, seems obsolete. The current world of business welcomes you with wide open arms as long as your business is driven by good technology.
As for small businesses, the need for an innovative approach has become more of a mandate. Due to which, the start-up industry has witnessed an uprise in technology-driven ventures. The existing small businesses will have to move on to the latest tech breakthroughs. If they don’t catch up with the latest trends, they would soon find themselves fading away faster than the unportable telecom industry.
With augmented reality, automation, the internet of things and machine learning ruling 2018, the year 2019 seems all set to witness a technological revolution. There are predictions that 2019 will transform the consumption of tech-related products. Here are a few tech trends that are expected to lead the way for businesses in 2019:
1. AI v/s AI
Artificial Intelligence is already a hit in 2018. It turned out to capture nearly 40% of businesses through Automation. By integrating Artificial Intelligence solutions to execute specific tasks, businesses have gained a competitive edge and now provide a higher-quality service experience for consumers. The existing trends indicate the exceeding integration of chatbots into businesses. So much so that chatbots are now developed into everyday products for consumers. Amazon’s Alexa and Amy (the new virtual assistant from X.ai) are two of such examples.
Artificial Intelligence is also gaining popularity as chatbots across digital platforms are being integrated for on-the-go assistance to consumers. The year 2019 will see Artificial Intelligence taking off to the future with more intelligent integrations. As of now, Artificial Intelligence is being used to duel against Artificial Intelligence itself. That’s right. The best way to make Artificial Intelligence smarter is by putting it against itself. Today, Artificial Intelligence creates images of objects and the same technology is used to recognise the reality of it.
2. 3D Metal Printing
The last couple of years has been dedicated to Plastic 3D printing, which has now been taken from a prosumer to a consumer level. Now, it’s time for 3D metal printing to be the next big wave in this industry. The giants in business are already making it big in the 3D Metal Printing game. For one, GE is already printing metal fuel nozzles for its Leap Jet Engines. Sports and fitness market leader Nike is printing metal cleats. Fear not, small businesses will also benefit more than market giants with 3D Metal Printing. With the small accommodating size of a 3D Metal Printer, small businesses can venture into the jewellery or toys industry. This will change the competitive landscape within SMB’s across all industries. Companies entering the market with this technological breakthrough will be on solid ground to take on the next decade.
3. Internet of Things for Everything
Rumour has it that the internet of things will be a choice for every business on earth in no time. The IoT impact is more immediate than that any other consumer-built technology. While Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) provide in-depth knowledge and perspective, their technologies are at least one step behind from what someone is actually experiencing in the real world.
That is what the IoT offers. Within the country, small businesses have been using IoT to sell smart homes and workplaces. While across the world, IoT’s impact on retail companies is especially significant. This year, Amazon opened a number of Amazon Go stores – ones that allow consumers to enter these stores with a scan through their smartphone.
Once they enter, in-store cameras and sensors track their purchases. When the customers leave, the system charges their account for the total amount, dispersing the role of a cashier. Other competitors have awakened to this move by Amazon and have started integrated IoT to their customer experiences.
For instance, Target is using customer-sensing overhead lights to guide app users around the store and help them find specific products they’re looking for – all through an app. Other retailers aren’t far behind; they are deploying IoT solutions for an immediate competitive advantage. Retail is just the start; IoT is ready to disrupt other industries such as finance, healthcare and automotive. IoT will soon become the standard in nearly every industry. Small businesses can only take advantage of the situation and be the ones to get it to market as soon as possible.
4. Data-Driven Healthcare
For years, doctors and hospitals around the world have collected information on various diseases, their diagnoses and treatments for research. Most of this information is stored within individual databases. Today, healthcare has adopted big data analytics to harness the unique ability to link patient information from vast databases in a way where the privacy of the patient is secure. Soon, analytics will move from reporting to prescriptive practices. It will create the possibility for truly personalized healthcare by allowing providers to impact bigger health determinants such as genetics and behaviours.
5. Autonomous Driving
The year 2018 has seen automakers join Google, Uber, and a growing number of startups to harness the technological advances to power next-generation of autonomous vehicles. Soon autonomous driving will overtake the driving of conventional vehicles within the next decade. The arrival of self-driving technology has already begun changing the design possibilities for all types of vehicles. There have been talks on the creation of new vehicle categories that don’t yet exist. It will also change the dynamics of the economy in transportation. The mode of transit will also improve with faster, self-driven buses, vans and more in-between created vehicles. Small businesses across the world are already designing futuristic cars that have built-in safety features for autonomous driving. In India, we are waiting for innovators and disrupters to take the plunge and drive the Autonomous Driving industry home.
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