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5 Technologies That You Should Start Playing With in 2018

Let’s take a look at a few other technologies that could worth adopting early, or at the very least, educating ourselves about so that we aren’t blindsided should they become the runaway successes that they have the potential to become.

5 Technologies That You Should Start Playing With in 2018

Speak to anyone that missed the boat when it comes to technology adoption and you are bound to hear the same kinds of things coming out of the conversation. Things like “I should have gotten in earlier” and “I wish I could go back in time and start over” are bound to come up. Consider the meteoric rise of Bitcoin, which seemingly came out of nowhere. Buying $100 of Bitcoin in 2010 would have been a sound investment in hindsight, as that same purchase would now be worth a staggering $75 million! 

Let’s take a look at a few other technologies that could worth adopting early, or at the very least, educating ourselves about so that we aren’t blindsided should they become the runaway successes that they have the potential to become.

Virtual Reality

Many people were disappointed with VR’s initial implementation back in the 1990s, and although there was some potential for the technology to become successful, it never materialized. This was down to a few factors: prohibitively expensive hardware, limited consumer uptake, and a lack of endorsement from some of the larger industry players. This lead to the concept of consumer oriented VR gradually fizzling out into an almost non-existent fringe market. 

Fast forward to today and we have 2 distinct VR platforms starting to emerge. On the one hand, we have traditional computers that use plugin VR hardware devices such as Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive headset, and on the other, we have a more budget friendly VR implementation that is achieved by using the fast processing power and relatively inexpensive hardware of mobile devices such as smartphones. The latter seems to be forging ahead and is creating greater consumer awareness of the potential of these devices, while the former offers a premium experience for gaming and content consumption such as fully immersive video and interactive entertainment.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality, or AR, has been with us for quite some time already, and can be seen in quite a few different applications currently on the market. People usually only think of targeted advertising when thinking about AR, but there is more to the technology than meets the eye. 

AR is being used in a big way in the retail business, with consumers now being able to try on clothing, look at how cosmetics might look on their own faces, and even shoe sampling, all digitally on a display. Navigation and tracking also makes use of AR, and objects that get displayed on the screen are displayed as icons, with additional information such as distance and speed getting calculated in real time and displayed, creating a much more effective tool for operators.

Machine Learning

Machine learning is an implementation of Artificial Intelligence, and it allows computers to learn how to accomplish tasks without being explicitly told anything about the subject that they are trying to learn. Researchers have discovered that machine learning is very useful when teaching a computer how to play games, and this is because the computer learns from each attempt of the game, and then plays against itself until it has become so good at the game that it could be considered to be superhuman. 

AI is able to play thousands of games in a relatively short space of time through machine learning regiments, allowing it to play more rounds than even a seasoned veteran of the game might play throughout their entire lifetime. In time, these same learning techniques could be applied to other industries and sectors, such as communications, finance, agriculture and security.

Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT, or The Internet of Things, is a buzzword that has come through in recent years and can be used to describe a great deal of different devices. IoT refers to any electronic device that connects to the internet, things such as CCTV cameras, home automation systems, sensors, and much more. 

These devices can be controlled remotely by anybody with an internet connection, so monitoring your house while you are away via cameras, or turning on the lights in your house via an internet connection are two such ways of using IoT devices to enhance your life. The great thing is that many sensors and other such IoT devices is that they are relatively inexpensive and offer great potential when it comes to adding valuable remote services to your life.

Blockchain

Blockchain can be thought of as a ledger that digitally stores information across a distributed network, making in virtually incorruptible and programmable from many different sources. This makes Blockchain a safe way to store large amounts of data, such as Crypto Currency transactional information. 

Blockchain is more than just a distributed database though, and a single ledger of transaction data holds enough information to verify a send a receive command of a transaction, meaning that the sender and receiver both have access to the same information simultaneously, speeding up the transaction drastically. This simplifies the transaction and reduces the chances of there being any discrepencies in the shared data, much like a Google Doc is shared across multiple simultaneous instances. The change log in the file serves as an auditing tool, and makes the fidelity of the file unquestionably secure.

Conclusion

So there we have it, some great technologies that are definitely worth looking into if you are looking to adopt early or get yourself up to speed. There are so many developments happening in the technology space that it would be difficult for anyone to stay informed about every new project that comes into the mainstream, but these 5 are a good start.

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