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Tech Trends in 2019

Tech Trends in 2019

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We’ve summarised all you need to know about upcoming technology and what to look out for in 2019.

Security and GDPR - What is it good for?

2018 was a year full of breaches and lacking data security. Technology like blockchain and cloud computing are expected to be huge players in securing the data of businesses and consumers alike, Mindsight. Although the tech isn’t new, how we use it is likely to be..

We are likely to see more conversations surrounding these topics due to 2018’s GDPR regulations, according to ComputerWorld. Phil Beckett, Managing Director of Disputes and Investigations at Alvarez and Marsal, stated, “In 2019, I expect that consumers will start to reclaim control of their data and monetise it,” according to BBC. Cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows’ senior analyst Harrison Van Riper agreed, predicting that companies will struggle to get their policies in line with GDPR regulations, resulting in major fines.

According to Forbes, cyber-attacks have been listed as one of the biggest current threats to businesses. Technology that will allow for the safekeeping of data and assets, like Blockchain, will boom.

2019 goes 3D

Casts and molds aren’t just useful for broken arms and high school art classes. Industries across the globe are looking to 3D printing as the solution for skyrocketing demands and prices for their products. According to several experts in the 3D printing industry, additive manufacturing is the technology to look out for in 2019. This process allows solid objects, usually composed of plastic but can include stainless steel and titanium, to be created layer by layer as prototypes or personalised items. This drastically reduces price and the requirement of specialised machines.

Although difficult to predict due to government aspects including Brexit and the US/China trade war, companies are optimistic about the production and success of 3D printing in many areas of industry. Inclusive of this is Boeing and Airbus, who are using 3D printing to manufacture parts quickly and efficiently, both in terms of money and the environment. With this type of manufacturing reducing emissions, waste, and costs, it’s not difficult to expect the presence of 3D printing in 2019, according to The Engineer.

Many are erring on the side of caution, since some experts are concerned about the security of these 3D parts. In 2016, group of researchers made their point by crashing a drone through hacking a 3D printer, which inserted a flaw into the printing of the drone’s propeller. Both Boeing and Airbus say they will only use 3D printers in ways that have been certified as safe by regulators, according to CNN.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is an ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity that allows familiar every-day objects to send and receive data. Think of your daily morning routine and connecting your lamps, appliances, cell phone, headphones, vehicle, etcetera, to the internet. This provides the accessing of your daily schedule, work calendar, preferred travel routes, and more. Your alarm clock could activate your coffee maker immediately upon waking you. Your vehicle could send a text to your morning meeting informing them you’re running late. Your office equipment could automatically order your favorite brand of pens when it computes that you’re almost out.

2019 will inevitably see more advancements of mobile internet, cloud computing and big data. 2018 saw a lot of progress with 5G, and Forbes predicts that 2019 could be the year when it really starts to take off. 5G will enable more wireless connectivity options, higher bandwidth and lower latency, and will connect new applications ranging from virtual and augmented reality to gaming.

The ‘smart home’ market will see growth in 2019, with more home appliances connected, IoT software platforms will control these devices. According to IoT World Today, potential areas of growth include lighting, irrigation, heating and cooling, bringing increased automation to everyday tasks. Forbes explains that success in the area of the IoT will allow for virtually endless opportunities and positive changes, the impacts of which are difficult for us to grasp.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence was a hot topic in 2018 and will continue to evolve in 2019. Very simply defined as the concept of “machine learning”, AI will allow machines to bear the majority of the weight of our societal advancements and living requirements. This technology will help us break barriers and introduce us to new challenges in terms of personalization, data regulation, and monitoring.

So far, AI news has been driven by tech companies such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google. It is predicted that many non-tech enterprises will focus on AI in 2019, and the technology will start becoming widely adopted in all types of businesses, processes, products and services. Some AI experts have predicted healthcare companies will leverage AI technology to drive break-throughs for researchers, doctors and patients.

At the Consumer Electronics show in the US in early January, AI took center stage, according to CBC, who quoted CTA President Gary Shapiro, “AI pervades the show. We have a separate area. Almost every major company is showing AI and applications that are just truly jaw-dropping."

As the year progresses, we will continue to see and report on the potential benefits and hindrances that tech will bring to the lives of consumers throughout 2019.

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