As we head further into 2020, new technology trends will inevitably impact our work and our lives. Some may benefit us long-term, while others may only be short-term trends. Here are some of the Source top technology trends facing 2020 and beyond.


TREND 1. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AL) IN MANUFACTURING

The emergence of Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant has made Al a huge part of our lives. In 2020, Al will go further by using emotion recognition and computer vision will scale up.


TREND 2. 5G BETTER BROADBAND INTERNET TECHNOLOGY

2020 will see U.S. and China compete to deliver 5G into the mass market, and broadband service providers will aim to provide ever-higher internet speeds.


TREND 3. THE DISTRIBUTED CLOUD

The cloud has always been seen as location independent. However, now it is changing to becoming a distributed cloud. What this means is that now, the distribution of public cloud servers will move to different locations. The originating public cloud will still hold responsibility for the governance, operation and updates to the public cloud. This will bring a new dimension to cloud computing.


TREND 4. EVOLUTION OF AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGIES

With companies such as SpaceX making aerospace advancements, 2020 could be the year that we go back to space. Reusable rockets have been developed in order to save money on getting to space, and it is thought that developments could be made in commercial travel that could bring us closer to visiting space stations. In fact, in 2020, we should see the release of broadband services based in space. There will obviously be regulatory challenges to overcome, as well as commercial ones, which could require some further development to overcome.


TREND 5. DIY AI

With a shortage of AI skills, platforms that have automated machine-learning options could make AI technology development something that general business users could get to grips with, as the systems could teach themselves.


TREND 6. AUTONOMOUS DRIVING TECHNOLOGY

Autonomous driving experts are competing to reach level 5 (fully autonomous) in autonomous driving. Currently, cars such as Tesla cars on the motorway can be switched to autopilot mode, but only with driving support or operated by the driver in an emergency.

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TREND 7. HUMAN AUGMENTATION

Human augmentation is another hot topic for technology trends 2020. We have already seen how technology can be used to deliver physical and cognitive improvements. A variety of human augmentation devices have already been created for use in factories or battlefields to improve performance. Development is set to continue, but will it makes better humans of us? Time will tell.


TREND 8. ESIM

For consumer electronics and company-related IoT, eSIM will become more common. Users won’t need to wait for a new sim card to be mailed or collected to activate or change subscriptions. Several new apps and eSIM services will be available in 2020.

None of these technology trends are incremental changes, neither are they as simple as finding the next technological tool. 2020 is communicating great challenges and opportunities for business, embracing change and adopting new technologies and trends guarantees that your organization remains competitive in the market.


Technology will change the future, and with further changes comes an increased demand for talent – looking for talent solutions for your technology organization, or searching for your next opportunity in tech? Reach out to the Source Technology team today.


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