Technology has galloped along at a staggering rate in recent years.
From the invention of the first iPhone and the numerous clones that followed, to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency like BitCoin which challenged the traditional banking sector.
This innovation is not showing any signs of slowing down and these are the trends we predict are most likely to take off in 2019.
Last year was viewed as the breakout year for AI, as investment into the technology increased by nearly 50 percent in the UK alone.
That investment is set to bear fruit in 2019.
All the attention on AI has attracted the interest of superpowers China and the United States who are working hard to stay ahead of the curve. China is building a $2.1 billion technology park dedicated solely to research on AI, for example.
The limitless potential of AI could begin to see some next-level applications rolled out this year.
This technology became mainstream through the release of the smash mobile game Pokémon GO in 2016.
This application changed the way video games are played, overlaying the Pokémon creatures in the real world, encouraging players to walk around to discover and capture them.
But the scope of augmented reality is far greater than that. Already, real estate is using advanced AR programs to deliver remote inspections and even walk throughs of properties that have yet to be constructed.
AR is set to further advance out of the games room and into industry in 2019 as new applications are discovered and developed.
The Internet of Things
While the Internet of Things (making typically analogue devices internet connected) has been slowly rolling out for several years, it has failed to become mainstream.
The applications in office buildings – where lighting and HVAC systems can become smart and turn on and off to meet demands – and agricultural settings have already proven to be a success.
Investment in IoT is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2020 and there will be a reported 1.3 billion connections in 2019. This may be the year that the average person becomes very aware of IoT and what it is capable of.
5G wireless internet
The rollout of the National Broadband Network in Australia has been riddled with problems.
The next evolution of wireless internet could be the solution Australia needs, with its geographic challenges blocking the implementation of perfect wired internet services.
Optus has already switched on parts of its 5G enabled network to give some users a taste of this high-speed wireless broadband service, which will be capable of delivering up to 1Gbps peak speed in the future.
Telstra is expected to follow in 2019, along with other providers, giving us the first taste of true high-speed wireless internet.
The rollout of 5G will mean more than just faster streaming of our favourite shows and movies and an improved experience in online gaming.
This wireless broadband has the potential to change the way our cities operate.
By fusing both the Internet of Things and 5G, we could see the installation of cameras connected to the internet that farm data and help automate our cities.
The predicted first step could be traffic lights, which currently use sensors that are unable to read a range of factors including pedestrians waiting for a light to change.
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