Virtual doubles, biological machine learning and cryptocurrency. They are all included in The Telegraph’s list of technologies that will color by 2020.
When we look back at technologies that made an impression in 2019, facial recognition and deepfakes have a given place, the British summarizes The Telegraph. But now it’s time to look ahead.
1. Smart home. The technophiles no longer have to be alone about fixing connected lighting, alarm systems and thermostats at home. Making your home smart has never been as cheap and straightforward as it is now. However, how security really is is another five. Should a major hacking scandal occur, consumers will hesitate. Otherwise, the smart home may soon become as natural a part of our everyday lives as the smart mobile phone, The Telegraph believes.
2. Virtual Dual Walkers. How much time do we spend responding to messages, emails and calendar invitations? With our very own virtual duplex, we can spend less time and energy on it, and more time for things we really want to spend. Predictive text technologies have become better at predicting what we want to say, and in 2020, that trend continues.
3. Electric SUV. In the US, the suvars already dominate the market. In Europe, they are gaining in popularity. At the same time, car manufacturers are getting more and more incentives to make electric variants. Tesla has already launched one, and has more going on. Next fall, Ford will release its Mustang Mach-E. The only thing that seems to be able to prevent a real impact is the range of electric cars.
4. Fintech beyond the banks. An app can make your financial planning easier, whether you want to manage your pension, your home insurance or your loan. It is teeming with startups trying to challenge the traditional banks, and who want you as a user or customer.
5. The return of the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has reached ten, but still has not had its major impact. But The Telegraph believes that the cryptocurrency could soon break through on a broad front. In 2020, Facebook wants to launch its digital currency Libra. It can be exactly the push that technology needs.
6. Biological machine learning. The biotech area is on the rise, and biological machine learning can be the next big thing. The technology can make it easier to develop individualized medical treatments, where we know exactly what effect they will have. Google’s Deepmind algorithm Alphafold is a possible step on the road. Alphafold focuses on protein structures, and is part of creating tailored proteins for tailored treatments.
7. Reverse for smart speakers. In recent years, they have grown in popularity. But so has the concern for the passive listening of the smart speakers and the spread of private audio clips. In 2019, it has been discovered on several occasions that tech companies have given employees access to users’ audio clips in order to improve their systems. The consumers did not like it.
8. Solid state battery. With the growing popularity of electric vehicles, innovation comes in the field of batteries. Without fire risk and with greater reach, the solid state battery can become a real challenger to the lithium ion variant. At universities and companies, a lot of work is currently underway to develop what can be the battery of the future. It’s just a matter of getting the solid state battery out of the lab environment and into our cars.
9. New Google Doctor. Artificial intelligence enabled Google’s AI to identify lung cancer in patients one year before doctors did the same. This is just one example of how the tech giant is training its algorithms on X-rays to get better and faster than people making the right diagnosis. It bodes well for future medicine. But can we feel confident in handing our patient data to Google?
10. Next round in the console war. The gaming market continues to grow, mainly thanks to our smart mobile phones. But the heyday of consoles is far from over. Who will win the battle, Xbox Series X or Sony Playstation 5? It may expire in 2020. At the same time, interest in streaming games is expected to increase. Microsoft releases its Project Xcloud, as a potential competitor to Google Stadium. And in conjunction with the launch of Sony Playstation 5, Playstations Now can gain stronger muscle.