The future is looking bright in the field of technology for 2017. This past year we saw the rise of automation, live streaming, virtual & augmented reality, the Internet of Things, along with a list of others. 2017 looks just to be as promising. Below we have compiled technology trends of what experts are suggesting will be big in 2017.

Smart Home Tech

The rise of the Internet of Things allowed for hundreds of smart-home applications to be created, so why hasn’t it taken off? What was missing from these applications was the means of connecting everything together seamlessly. That is why in 2017 it is predicted that the Internet of Things will become more connected to one another and be more versatile with other devices. Consumers want to have a centralized hub for their controls rather than having multiple devices that all do different things. The company Vivint took notice and is doing just that. They have bundled security cameras, thermostats, and even a garage door opener into one seamless experience.  Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has also taken notice of this trend. Check out his latest video below where he is seen controlling the lights, thermostat, playing music, and even making toast all with his AI called Jarvis.

More On-Demand Options 

There has been an influx of on-demand startup companies in the past few years. Businesses such as Uber have pioneered the way for on-demand startups and it is predicted that in 2017 nearly everything will be available on-demand. They already have apps that will pick up and clean your dirty laundry, go grocery shopping for you, summon a hairstylist to your house and a bunch of other services all from the convenience of your phone.

Augmented and Virtual Reality 

Augmented Reality gaming app, Pokemon Go, surprised the world this year when it exploded onto the market with over 100 million downloads.  This was the first real push into turning AR mainstream. Augmented Reality works by enhancing a user’s current perception of reality.  Augmentation is in real-time and in context with environmental elements. There was also significant developments in virtual reality with the Oculus Rift headset being released along with Playstations new VR headset. Virtual reality works by replacing the real world with a simulated one. Experts are suggesting that VR will be used in the medical world, specifically in therapy. There is research that shows VR can help people overcome their fears and PTSD through the use of a VR headset. In 2017 we may also see virtual reality coming to sporting events and concerts.

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User-Friendly Big Data

The term ‘Big Data’ has been thrown around the business industry recklessly. Big Data ultimately means a collection of data specifically relating to human behavior and interactions. It is estimated that online users generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data per day. Having access to this type of data can help in everything from marketing campaigns to business decisions. Big Data is built on a numerical foundation, which seems to be its weakness. In 2017, we will see a more humanized and visual exploration of big data. This will allow for business owners and marketers to understand more clearly the data that they collect.

Machine Learning 

In 2017 we will begin to see an increase in machine learning. A good example of machine learning is Google’s investment in RankBrain. RankBrain uses artificial intelligence to filter results based on its own understandings. When RankBrain comes across a word/phrase that it isn’t familiar with, it can make a guess as to what words/phrases might have a similar meaning and filter the results accordingly. This will make it more effective at handling never-before-seen search queries. The investment that Google made into RankBrain goes to show that companies are starting to trust their most valuable and sensitive information to systems controlled by machine intelligence.

Security Architecture 

As the Internet of Things movement strengthens, so must Information Security. Anything you connect to the Internet creates a potential risk for threats and vulnerabilities. With the IoT connecting devices to one another these risks increase.  Information Security teams will need to work alongside application, solution and enterprise architects to consider security early in the application design or IoT solutions. Two-factor authentication and use of user and entity behavior analytics will become a requirement for nearly every business in 2017. Along with securing the IoT, some other security risks that we will face in 2017 are connected cars, smart medical devices, and government espionage.

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