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4 Technology Trends Shaping 2018

Posted October 29, 2018 in Articles

It’s hard to believe, but 2018 is nearly in the books. We’ve learned a lot during the course of the year, and we’ve seen rapid progress in a number of areas. One area in particular that has seen significant change – even more than in recent years – is enterprise and consumer-level technology.

Things are changing. In many ways, advancements during 2018 appear to be setting the stage for even more-significant changes in the future. For example, the following are four technology trends shaping 2018 that appear poised to shape even greater change in the years to come.

1. Voice-Control Integration into Smart Technologies

While major companies like Amazon and Google are leading the way in voice-control integration, many smaller companies have made waves in the voice control sector as well. Additionally, there has been a substantial movement toward building a voice “ecosystem,” where various brands’ products integrate broadly-used voice control platforms. Large multi-national corporations from Toyota to Sony have begun taking this approach, and we expect to see even more companies utilizing voice control in the future in order to appeal to changing consumer demand.

2. Digital Surfaces Everywhere

Once largely viewed as novelties, in 2018, digital surfaces are ubiquitous in the business and consumer environments. From restaurants to subway platforms, and from conference rooms to vehicle dash boards, digital surfaces are popping up everywhere, and they are getting more and more sophisticated. Software developers, hardware developers, installers, integrators, consultants, and various other types of businesses are likely to find a wealth of opportunities in this space over the years to come.

3. Health Care and Finance Finally Embrace Technology

When was the last time you signed a document by hand? Most likely, it had something to do with either (i) your medical care, or (ii) your personal finances. But, while the health care and finance sectors have been exceptionally resistant to new technologies, it looks like 2018 might be the year that they finally turn the corner.

Along with electronic signatures, smart devices are likely to play an increasingly-prevalent role in health care, while we expect to see platform integration and a variety of other technology-oriented strategies taking hold in the financial sector.

4. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

This is the big one. Artificial intelligence has been on the radar for years, but it has always still seemed like a technology of the future. As of 2018, this is officially no longer the case. While there is still much work to be done in a world of endless possibilities, AI is here, and companies that find smart and effective ways to use it stand to benefit significantly.

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