Time to pick the trends that will make the industry interesting—or not—next year.
This is the time of year when the tech pundits discuss what happened last year and what will happen next year.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
This has been “the next big thing” for the past few years and may become the hot ticket for 2017. I sure hope it is, so I can figure out what good it is. I cannot see it creeping too much into everyday life because we already have too many “things” that are not compatible. There is no way to develop a strategy to incorporate legacy toasters, for example. In the world of industry, high-end smart homes, and some other niche markets, it may have an impact eventually.
This is a technology that I have personally been grousing about for the last decade, but it is still something of the future. This is
This could be big for 2017, but I mostly see continued blather about it in the press. Google has gone out of its way to
The AR and VR devices that utilize various high-resolution mobile phones will become more ubiquitous and popular over the next year, but this trend began some time back. It’s just waiting for the one killer app that everyone must have. This app better appear in 2017 or else the entire category will become something like the 3D TV: something that was supposed to catch on like crazy but is now hard to find. The problem of looking like an idiot wearing these devices is still a problem.
Blockchain, Blockchain, Blockchain
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
One cannot help but add this quasi-technology to this list. It appeared last year, and I think in 2015. Also in 1980, 1981 and a slew of years in between. The way I say it, artificial intelligence is the technology of the future and always will be.
Keep an eye out for other hopeless predictions. Happy New Year.