Tech Predictions 2017
This year marks a decade of the iPhone, 10 years since a device was produced that would prompt the opening of businesses like ours. A decade later we’re fully in the midst of the technological revolution. In this post we’ve put together a selection of tech predictions for 2017, and it’s all looking pretty smart.
AI and smart homes
Last year a computer beat the best Go player in the world. While this is notable in itself, what adds to the story is the reality that this computer also out played a human 10 years earlier than expected.
These advancements in the field of artificial intelligence are only set to continue this year. Closer to home - so to speak - are voice activated assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, which is leading the market currently. Systems such as these will become the virtual personal assistants in our homes with 2017 predicted to bring a lot more interactions with AI-driven bots.
Interestingly, the outlook for this tech as AI improves could become a preferred way of accessing services over using a screen. Other offerings include Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Apple’s Siri HomeKit.
These assistants are pivotal in AI advancement as these are the virtual hands that will come to live inside not only our smartphones and smart homes, but also our smart cars by 2020.
AR + VR
2017 is said to be the start of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) being used for more than just games with the expected release of non-gaming applications.
There were already signs of practical uses for AR+VR at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio, and with the consumer release of the Oculus Rift last year, and Samsung’s Gear VR the year before, the offering of non-gaming apps is a likely prediction for 2017.
What could non-gaming apps be used for? Take a look at Google Earth created for the HTC Vive, anything from exploration use to demonstrations and training for business.
AR is predicted even to outshine VR too with companies like Magic Leap still working on a consumer offering.
Although the first self-driving cars won’t be available as a mass consumer offering until 2020+, this year the interest in such cars, and cars with software is predicted to rise.
Until self-driving cars are available and the great cars being produced by the likes of Tesla become more accessible, people are expected to bridge the gap in the meantime with software such as Google Android’s Auto, and Apple’s Carplay to make existing cars smarter.
There’s much more that could be mentioned which we’re set to cover in future blog posts, but here’s something cool to end with that’s a longer foresight than 2017… By the 2030’s we will be able to communicate with each other, and animals, and computers, whilst also sharing memories, and dreams (wow), oh, and navigate the web, all by using our minds.
Hate or love the idea of AI, this is pretty wild.
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