While technology has been growing by leaps and bounds for several years, the pandemic and the ensuing remote work have significantly accelerated that growth. Even if you’ve never consciously thought about tech trends, chances are that you may have already adopted some of these cutting-edge technologies.
Smart devices, highly personalized e-commerce, and telemedicine are only some of the tech trends that have become normalized now. These technologies disrupted industries to provide faster, easier, and better solutions to age-old problems.
The future is even more exciting, going by the competition among tech majors to roll out products and services that capture our attention. A broad analysis of tech launches tells us that these five tech trends will be the newsmakers of 2021.
5 Tech Trends in 2021
1. Virtual Reality (VR)
While it’s been around for decades – and was supposed to be the defining tech trend several years ago – it seems that VR’s time has finally come. If it was predominantly gamers who were excited about the technology for a while, now it’s about to go mainstream and change our movie experiences forever.
It will make entertainment immersive, making sure that everything from sports to music will look and feel different.
2. Machine learning
This is how machines learn from analyzing data and patterns without the need for any human intervention. This is already in operation on social media. Whenever a platform suggests a friend, group, or conversation, it’s learning from your data.
Whenever a streaming service suggests the next movie or series, it’s analyzing your past behavior to offer personalized recommendations.
3. Internet of Things (IoT)
Put simply, IoT is when all smart devices are connected to each other. Your car can tell your garage door when to open and your mobile will notify your refrigerator that it’s time to chill your beverage. Also, your digital assistant at home will be able to schedule meetings and find out the best route for you.
These aren’t from the future. These technologies are already here and finding faster rates of adoption.
4. Enhancement of human abilities
Upgrading machines isn’t new. The emerging tech trend is all about upgrading the abilities of people. Through implants, we could look at improving the cognitive functions of people.
People with brain damage getting a memory device or sensors to convey their thoughts is not science fiction. It’s almost here.
5. Social commerce
Shopping was always supposed to be a group affair. But the traditional e-commerce made it a solo activity. But with social commerce, you’ll be able to bring back the joy of shopping with your friends and family.
You can ask for their recommendation, get their feedback, buy instantly, and then share it with your network.
These tech trends are already here in some way or the other. The only question is their speed and scale of adoption. What’s heartening is that most of these technologies are oriented toward making us better, healthier, and happier. Technology for human’s sake, if you will.