According to recent surveys, more Americans are using technology than ever before. This growth in technology has changed the way we work, communicate, and access entertainment. Technology isn’t slowing down, either. Big businesses and startup companies alike are introducing innovative tech advancements that are continuing to change the world. With all these advances and all the noise that comes along with them, it can be hard to know what’s soon to be in the past and what’s bound to define our future. You can be sure that these 5 tech trends are in it for the long haul. And they’re taking us all with them.
Artificial Intelligence Will Not Slow Down
Since Apple released Siri in 2011, AI personal assistants have become a popular technology trend. Amazon and Google have added variety to the options available to consumers. In 2017, we expect more companies to introduce their own personal assistants to the market. This AI technology will become more compatible across devices and geographic locations. But artificial intelligence isn’t just for personal assistants. We’ll soon see AI being used to do everything from building websites to helping police departments fight crime.
The Internet of Things Will Keep Us Connected
The impact of artificial intelligence will be magnified by the growth of the internet of things. The use of wearable technologies, smart devices, and smart home technology will make it easier for users to optimize every aspect of their lives. Also, we expect the internet of things to move away from “central hub” technology. This way, users will not be limited to choosing certain products that are compatible with the hub they’ve chosen. Instead, they’ll be able to use the devices they already have to control devices around their home.
Virtual and Augmented Reality Will Change How We See the World
Augmented reality is a form of virtual reality that superimposes digital images on the real world. Last summer, the hit mobile game Pokemon Go introduced the concept of augmented related to the mass market. In 2017, we expect to see more augmented reality games, particularly in fantasy and horror markets. But augmented reality isn’t just about video games. It will also be a powerful tool for marketers to demonstrate to their customers what their products would look like in real time.
Synthetic Food Will Expand Our Diets
The world’s expanding population and our focus on being environmentally-friendly have forced us to change the way we eat. For instance, vegetarian and vegan diets have become a popular way to eat in a sustainable way. In 2017, we expect to see new forms of meat substitutes that have been optimized by food scientists. Also, eggs and meat grown in laboratories will become a popular cruelty-free option.
3D Printers Will Be More Accessible
We’ve all heard about advancements in 3D printing that will be used to print everything from car parts to human tissue. But what about 3D printing for the average consumer? We’ve already seen the prices in printers decrease dramatically. Making these accessible for customers will make it possible for users to print products like bowls and spatulas from the comfort of their home.
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