Technology keeps evolving each day and the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for technology solutions to our problems.
Here are 5 of the main trends the technology industry is currently developing and that we expect to make a big change in 2021.
Remote working and studying
Remote work is now the new normal, and this trend will likely continue growing.
According to The Verge “ Zoom doesn’t say exactly how many people used its software over the past few months, but the company claims it added an “unprecedented number of free participants,” including more than 100,000 K-12 schools.
Zoom now has around 265,400 customers with more than 10 employees, a number that’s grown 354 percent, the company says, and it added 175,000 licenses for new customers. That significant increase in usage has come with a significant increase in costs, though — expenses doubled year over year to $201 million.”
Other similar tools such as Cisco’s Webex, Microsoft’s Teams, and Google Hangouts, are also providing videoconferencing systems, facilitating remote work and online education across the globe.
China is implementing delivery apps to provide contactless delivery and using autonomous vehicles to distribute grocery products.
Other countries are also looking forward to developing robotic delivery systems soon.
Telehealth and telemedicine
In order to avoid exposure to the virus, many health care institutions both public and private are implementing telehealth services to protect patients and workers.
Telehealth is offering health education services, A.I. avatar-based diagnostics, no-contact-based medication delivery, remote monitoring of vital signs, ECG or blood pressure, and remote doctor-patient consultations (telemedicine).
Forrester Research predicted the number of U.S. virtual care visits will reach almost a billion early in 2021.
In the near future, we’ll see advancements in biotech and A.I., as well as machine learning opportunities to improve health care and support diagnosis, treatment, and robotic health care.
Development of 5G infrastructure
The World Economic Forum, citing IHS Markit research, expects the fifth-generation mobile network, 5G, to reach a global economic output of $13.2 trillion and generate 22.3 million jobs by 2035.
Development of 5G and 6G technology will contribute to smart-city projects globally, to boost the manufacturing industry and will support the autonomous mobility sector.
The reliability of 5G connectivity guarantees a stable and constant network connection anywhere, which will be the backbone of well-connected homes, smart cities, and autonomous mobility in the near future.
Augmented and Virtual reality
As technology usage rises, so does the augmented reality and virtual reality fields.
We’ll be using these immersive technologies both in entertainment and business, which will transform all sectors from e-commerce to healthcare.
According to a recent report, the AR market size is estimated to increase from roughly $3.5 billion in 2017 to more than $198 billion by 2025.
2021 will be a year for change and development. Make sure to stay up to date and take advantage of the best aspects of technology.