The world is changing very rapidly with emerging technology almost every day. Smartphones, cloud computing or multi-touch tablets, all these innovations revolutionized our life. However, this is just the beginning.

Here are some of the exciting upcoming technologies that will rule 2018 and beyond,

1. Chat Bots And Conversational Interfaces

There will be more conversations with computers and technology that emerges to automate even more of our daily processes at work and in life. This is starting to be used now but is still not widely adopted. It will take more artificial intelligence to push this trend forward.

2. Electrovibration Technology

Electrovibration technology will change the mobile touchscreen experience dramatically. You will be able to feel different kinds of texture. I know what you are thinking. The online shopping experience will go notches higher. Imagine shopping for clothes online without worrying about the texture and quality of the cloth.

This advancement can also lead to socially beneficial trends. For instance, blind people can use it for Braille, and access smartphones like everybody else.

3. Speech-to-Speech Translation

In 2012, Microsoft demonstrated impressive speech-to-speech translation and now, real-time multi-language conference calls may finally become a commercial reality in 2017. IBM has also mentioned that it will open its Watson supercomputing platform to third-party developers. This will allow natural language processing features to be built into apps. Imagine discussing important matters across the globe with just a tap, in multiple languages without the aid of a translator or a mediator.

4. Leap Motion

Leap Motion presents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. Put simply, Leap Motion is more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.

5. Air to Fuel

A British firm based on Teesside says it’s designed revolutionary new technology that can produce petrol using air and water. Air Fuel Synthesis in Stockton-on-Tees has produced five litres of petrol since August, but hopes to be in production by 2015 making synthetic fuel targeted at the motor sports sector. The company believes the technique could help solve energy supply problems and curb global warming.

6. Bio Technology

Bionic Hand controlled by brain signals. It does allow people without fingers to have fully functional hands that can pick up and handle delicate objects. It is completely controlled by the brain and requires no surgery. Touch Bionics, the company the produces the Pro Digits hand, is able to install the hand complete with “living skin,” a plastic covering resembling human skin, for under $50,000. A small price to pay for a new hand I think.

7. Augmented Reality

The future of mobile technology closely revolves around two words: “augmented reality” (AR). AR in simple terms means an advanced and unseen version of what we can see with our naked eyes. A regular sight when perceived through our smartphone infused with the AR technology will be enhanced through the use of computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics and GPS data.

8. Driverless Cars

Autonomous driving cars along with electric vehicles will have a huge impact on the car industry that we know today. Autonomous vehicles will eliminate the need for car ownership for the masses, and electric vehicles will change the game on fossil fuel consumption.

9. Machine Learning

What every startup wants to be is different each decade. In the 1980’s it was a software company. In the 1990’s it was an internet company. In the 2000’s it was a social network. In the 2010’s it’s now a machine learning company. Even established businesses, eBay for instance, are reinventing themselves and want in on the machine learning “cognitive revolution.”

10. Serverless Architectures

The rise of “function-as-a-service” platforms such as AWS Lambda or Azure Functions will bring the cost of DevOps to its bare minimum in the following years. Building your apps within such a framework helps to develop, deliver and scale services seamlessly for a fraction of the cost. The platforms are not there yet for massive adoption, but the trend is growing every day.

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Biplab Ghosh

Biplab lives his life around technology and is particularly keen to explore the intersection of technology and human behaviour. Always looking for new ideas, and ways that can make things simpler. He is a geek with the flair for travel and has great passion for music and theatres.

1 Comment

  1. Athol Brokensha on

    Hi Biplab

    Great article thanks, just wondering why you leafed out the rise of humanoid synthetics? With loneliness being the greatest challenge to overcome in this modern era, I feel these cyborg companions will incorporate many of the technologies you have mentioned. Your thoughts?

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