- Social distancing, ‘health passports’ and other new-age tech suited for a distributed workforce emerged in 2020
- But what are some of the other tech trends for 2020 that will drive innovation and competitive advantage over the next decade?
So-called social distancing technologies were identified as one of the top new tech trends for 2020, among other emerging trends that will drive innovation over the next ten years.
In addition, biodegradable sensors, composable enterprise, differential privacy, and AI-assisted design were other influential new technologies to watch this year, according to analyst firm Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2020 report.
As with nearly all aspects of life this year, many of the emerging tech trends for 2020 revolved around the ‘New Normal’ and its related market conditions. When it comes to the distributed enterprise in the New Normal, adoption of remote working arrangements occurred at an unprecedented scale this year, along with the wider adoption of many tech tools that were once considered emerging trends themselves.
Productivity, collaboration, and communication solutions took on a new importance for those working from home. Take up of cloud-native systems shot up in territories where cloud services had previously been next to non-existent. Service providers like Google Cloud and market leader AWS made significant inroads into new Asia Pacific (APAC) markets, not just helping with the transformation of enterprises but all sorts of organizations including critical sectors like healthcare.
After months of adapting to remote working conditions, it appears that working flexibility and a focus on personal well-being in the post-COVID workplace is something that 9 out of 10 APAC workers want on a more permanent basis, a new Skillsoft study found.
So while new trends like health passports and social distancing technologies are having a high impact in the short term, what other emerging tech shifts are showing promise to influence the workplace– remote or otherwise– over the next five to 10 years.
Here are a couple of other tech trends for 2020 that might provide a competitive advantage in the years to come.
Social distancing tech and ‘health passports’ like India’s Aarogya Setu app, are just some of the ways that humans can represent themselves in the digital sphere nowadays. Not only can a digital representation of their appearance be generated nowadays, but more and more interaction-based activations using gesture, the voice, or the eye are making their way in, beyond just verifying IDs but enabling a variety of functionality.
Besides social distancing and contact tracing apps, the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report points out other data points that can be used to recreate a digital version of you like biometric measurements of heart rate and glucose levels, but that the potential of the overall trend will be much bigger than that.
And it looks like integrations directly with the brain are not too far off, with 2-Way BMI (brain machine interface) allowing information and responses channeled directly from the brain to the machine, and vice versa.
The wide world of AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) is having a big 2020, being featured prominently in Gartner’s Hype Cycle in all its many forms including AI-augmented development, responsible AI, explainable AI, embedded AI, composite AI. AI algorithms will have a tremendous swath of applications in the coming years, influencing the enterprise 360-degrees.
Organizations looking to explore the boundaries of the Intelligent Enterprise should consider AI-assisted design, AI-augmented development, ontologies and graphs, small data, adaptive ML, self-supervised learning, generative AI, and generative adversarial networks.
For over forty years, the physical limitations of silicon-based circuit constructs have existed within the IT field, and have been bound by Moore’s Law. Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles nearly every two years, meaning there is a physical upper limit to the amount of innovation that can be packed unto circuit boards.
In the next few years, the discovery or creation of new advanced materials of a more organic nature, are creating breakthrough opportunities to make technologies faster and smaller, and bypassing the limitations of silicon-based materials.
Some of the technologies emerging with a decidedly ‘natural’ slant will include DNA computing, biodegradable sensors, and carbon-based transistors.
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