As a tech enthusiast, I always get fascinated by the constant innovation and evolution taking place in this field. The pace at which technology is advancing is incredible and it's tough to keep up. But, worry not! I'm here to keep you updated on the latest trends and developments in technology. Let's dive in!
Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has already received a ton of buzz in recent years, but it continues to be a trend to watch because its effects on how we live, work, and play are only in the early stages. Moreover, other branches of AI have developed, including Machine Learning, which we will go into later. AI refers to computer systems built to mimic human intelligence and perform tasks such as recognition of images, speech or patterns, and decision making. AI can do these tasks faster and more accurately than humans.
Machine Learning is a subset of AI. With Machine Learning, computers are programmed to learn to do something they are not programmed to do: They learn by discovering patterns and insights from data. In general, we have two types of learning, supervised and unsupervised. While Machine Learning is a subset of AI, we also have subsets within the domain of Machine Learning, including neural networks, natural language processing (NLP), and deep learning. Each of these subsets offers an opportunity for specializing in a career field that will only grow.
Like AI and Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation, or RPA, is another technology that is automating jobs. RPA is the use of software to automate business processes such as interpreting applications, processing transactions, dealing with data, and even replying to emails. RPA automates repetitive tasks that people used to do. These are not just the menial tasks of a low-paid worker: up to 45 percent of the activities we do can be automated, including the work of financial managers, doctors, and CEOs.
Formerly a new technology trend to watch, cloud computing has become mainstream, with major players AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud dominating the market. The adoption of cloud computing is still growing, as more and more businesses migrate to a cloud solution. But it’s no longer the emerging technology. Edge is. Move over, cloud computing, and make way for the edge.
Virtual Reality (VR) immerses the user in an environment while Augment Reality (AR) enhances their environment. Although VR has primarily been used for gaming thus far, it has also been used for training, as with VirtualShip, a simulation software used to train U.S. Navy, Army and Coast Guard ship captains. The popular Pokemon Go is an example of AR.
Although most people think of blockchain technology in relation to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, blockchain offers security that is useful in many other ways. In the simplest of terms, blockchain can be described as data you can only add to, not take away from or change. Hence the term “chain” because you’re making a chain of data. Not being able to change the previous blocks is what makes it so secure.
Last but not least, cybersecurity is a trending technology because it is essential in the digital era. Despite a lot of advancements, the number of cyber threats continues to rise. Cybersecurity, in simple terms, is the practice of protecting internet-connected systems, including hardware, software, and data, from digital attacks. As long as we have hackers, cybersecurity will remain a trending technology because it will constantly evolve to defend against those hackers.
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