In 2022, the covid-19 pandemic will continue to have a significant impact on our lives in a variety of ways. This indicates that the digitization and virtualization of business and society will continue to accelerate. However, when the new year begins, the demand for sustainability, ever-growing data volumes, and increasing computation and network speeds will reclaim their position as the primary drivers of digital transformation.
For many individuals and organizations, the most significant lesson learned during the last two years is that really transformative change is not as difficult to accomplish as once believed, provided the motivation exists! As a society, we will definitely continue to leverage this newly discovered capacity for flexibility, agility, and innovative thinking as the emphasis turns away from merely surviving in a changing environment and toward thriving in it.
With that in mind, the following are my forecasts for the key trends that will have the greatest impact in 2022. There will be no thoughts on quantum computing, neural interfaces, or nanotechnology – while these technologies are undoubtedly on the horizon, their impact will be felt years from now. Rather than that, the most significant trends in 2022 are expected to revolve around the convergence of technology trends, as new tools enable us to mix them in novel and incredible ways.
“Smart” used to simply mean “connected” cellphones, smart TVs, and a slew of other smart devices were essentially the same old toys that were now connected to the internet. Today, “smart” increasingly refers to devices that are powered by artificial intelligence (AI) more specifically, machine learning algorithms and capable of assisting us in ever-innovative ways. Intelligent automobiles utilize face recognition algorithms to determine whether we are paying attention to the road and to inform us when we become drowsy.
Smartphones employ AI algorithms to do a variety of tasks, from maintaining call quality to assisting us in taking better photos, and, of course, they are crammed with apps that utilize AI to assist us in doing just about anything. Even smart toilets are on the way capable of assisting in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal ailments by analyzing stool samples using computer vision!
Artificial intelligence has invaded the technologies we use on a daily basis from omnipresent voice assistants to language translation to systems that enable us to extract structured data from images, whiteboard scribblings, and handwritten notes. Additionally, it powers a large portion of the robotic process automation that has resulted in burden reductions in administration, logistics, accounting, and human resources departments. Whatever sector or job function you’re in, you’re sure to find an AI-powered solution that will simplify your life.
No-code interfaces will gain popularity when a lack of programming experience or a thorough understanding of statistics and data structures ceases to be an impediment to bringing a game-changing idea to life. OpenAI a research organization founded by Elon Musk and backed by Microsoft among others has debuted Codex, a programming model capable of generating code from natural, spoken human language. As this technology evolves which will begin in 2022 and converges with the capabilities of cloud infrastructure, our invention and imagination will be less frequently stifled by a lack of resources or technical expertise.
Everything we’ve discussed thus far just a sliver of the new IT trends we’re seeing now and which have the potential to transform our lives in the near future. Perhaps in the near future, we will witness completely new technology that we cannot fathom at the moment. Or perhaps the globe will soon revert to its original rhythm, slowing the pace of progress in the information technology sector. Although the latter is a little more difficult to believe.
A contemporary individual can only maintain their finger on the pulse, follow current trends, and avoid missing out on the most exciting new prospects. After all, the majority of the above is now widely available – cloud technologies, streaming services, and random video chats, to name a few. Take them and enjoy their use!