Some of the world’s most influential technology experts have forecast their predictions for 2018’s technology trends. The trends all point to technologies that boost efficiency and engagement. Lionel Naidoo – Dragon IS’s Managing Director – rounds up his top five technology trends that are set to shape commercial investment for the year ahead.
1. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
VR and AR will make huge steps forward this year. Take Facebook and Google, for instance, who are working on implementing VR as a social technology. Or the education industry, where VR is used as part of training (e.g. for medical students to practise on VR patients). For Apple and Microsoft, the more commercially interesting technology is AR, which Disney is already considering for its theme park rides. Practically, the benefits for workers are clear: imagine engineers being able to see a blueprint as they work on it onsite!
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2. Blockchain Technology
Blockchain is set to disrupt a number of industries in the coming year or so, due to its inherent transparency, security, efficiency, and democratic and decentralised nature. It will see widespread acceptance and use commercially. The banking and financial industries, for example, will need to adapt quickly to the open access that Bitcoin allows around the world.