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Every year the IT gurus gather around their reflective smart glass and pay homage to the tech geniuses of the past in hopes of discovering what information technology trends will be happening in the New Year. Luckily, there are professional references that point pretty clearly at how the tech trends will be shaped for the foreseeable future. To put it bluntly, the digital writing is on the Metaverse wall.
We’ve put together a quick list of some of the more critical IT trends you can expect during 2022 related to industry-specific niches.
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning
Expect to see expansive industry growth in AI as more and more companies begin to patent and sell machine learning technology born in the digital transformation movement. This will be everything from bots that smooth out and back-office processes to decision making that will mirror human capabilities with a skeleton crew managing oversight and explainability. Considering that South Africa granted the first patent to a creative AI in 2021, odds are we’re going to be hearing a lot more about this tech from nations well outside the hallowed halls of Silicone Valley.
2. Cloud Computing
Cloud computer technology trends 2022 are going to be robust as this niche exploded during 2020 and 2021 due to the global pandemic. With as much as 71% of workers in certain regions completing their tasks remotely during the peak shutdown times, reliance on cloud computing became and still is a necessary expense. That is why you can expect rapid adoption of cloud tools ranging from remote meetings via zoom to hybrid work models introduced at a global scale.
3. Quantum Computing
This is probably the most critical technology trends to watch because it is turning into the digital arms race of countries from the US to Russia to China. When the big 3 are all engaged in rapid development, you know it is going to change the world. As Web 3.0 comes online and the Metaverse becomes more of a reality, you can expect the first round of research-based quantum simulators and code breakers to slowly leak from University and Government-backed programs.
Do we ever love the blockchain? That fabled beast that confounds baby boomers and makes millionaires out of Gen Z is only going to get stronger, now reinforced by the rapid integration of NFT sales that make each network a little stronger. Now that at least 86% of Americans have heard of cryptocurrencies, you should start watching for more retailers to accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, and altcoins backed by government currency. Because there is so much money being thrown around, you should also watch for new regulations so Uncle Sam can get his cut of the industry.
5. Internet of Things (IoT)
Having a connected refrigerator let you know when you’re out of milk is no longer cutting edge. That kind of connectivity has become novel and expected by consumers. With IoT being a common attribute of online work and life, you should watch for growing cybersecurity concerns and anti-hacking/counterfeiting measures being widely introduced into the market. While the movies may have had some fun with killer blenders suddenly switching on by themselves, the new concern is someone in Thailand having access to your pacemaker or garage door located in Toronto.
This leads us well into the next tech trends 2022 - cybersecurity. We’ve all seen the widely publicized reports of nation-state-level hacks and data manipulation, and that is only going to get worse in the New Year. Ransomware attacks will increase as more businesses make room in their budgets for accepting a payout over fighting the root cause of updating their systems and increasing training for human assets. We are also more likely to see deepfakes compound the threats as they move from new technology to easy adoption for anyone with a smartphone.
7. 5G Network
There are more than 79 nations either adopting commercialized 5G networking or at least conducting trials for the new tech. As the disheartened conspiracy theorists hold their breath into the New Year, we can expect to see wide government adoption of 5G capabilities due to its rapid speeds. Most of the major industrialized nations will not want to see their military power with having this network to bolster troop readiness and drone capability. That insistence on making the network more accessible will trickle down to those major cell phone providers already trying to get a jump on the 5G train.
8. Virtual and Augmented Reality
The virtual and augmented reality market is forecasted to rapidly grow to more than $209 billion in 2022. This is partly due to eCommerce applications that allow users to virtually try on anything from a new pair of sunglasses to a couch they can picture in their living room using the camera on their mobile device. That same usability is going to bleed into virtual meeting works for hybrid workers and complete ecosystems thanks to Metaverse integration. The income-earning population of today should prepare itself for retirement homes where you can scale Mt. Kilimanjaro from the convenience of your La-Z-Boy.
2022 is going to be a Wild Ride in Tech
We didn’t even get close to the many other tech touch points that are rumored to exist in pretty much every niche, from education to healthcare to underwater basket weaving. The point is, the pandemic had a significant effect on technology because it forced our hand in the rapid development of communication and interactive tools supported by new technologies like the blockchain and Web 3.0.
Now that we’ve had some time to digest these new advances, it’s going to be time to start making some serious consumer ROI to compensate for the expensive research and development. 2022 is promising to be an exhilarating year for upcoming tech trends. Hold on tight, everyone!
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