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Our Top 5 Tech Predictions: 2018

2017 was a boom year for technology. Tesla launched its electric car Model 3 to the public, Amazon and Google both released new hardware and Apple debuted the iPhone X, changing the way people use smartphones.


In addition to product launches, Twitter finally increased its character limit to 280 and the world went mad over Bitcoin. So what can we expect in 2018 - and can it live up to the expectations that 2017 set?


The Rise of AI and Automation


2017 was an important year for AI as a robot called Sophia became the world's first robot citizen, having been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia. It's no surprise therefore that the rise in AI and Automation is expected to increase in 2018.

This doesn't mean that Skynet is imminent! In fact, a number of companies are already using AI assistants and robots to carry out tasks such as food delivery, cleaning and building. In 2018 we can expect AI to become mainstream in many more organisations and homes to assist with any number of tasks.

There will also be an increase in 'robot rescuers' - AI designed to help during natural disasters and places in need of emergency aid that would be dangerous for human rescue teams.

Robot assistants are already receiving backlash though, and 2018 could be a crucial year in deciding whether or not humans are ready to share their homes with AI.


AR and VR EVERYWHERE!


2017 was meant to be a big year for Augmented and Virtual Reality, but expensive headsets have meant that VR hasn't yet made it into every home.

2018 is on track to change that. Shops and online retailers are already taking advantage of AR on smartphones that let consumers 'try before they buy', and games like Pokemon Go also exploited the AR market. Apps such as Snapchat are also bringing AR to a smartphone audience.

In 2018, expect a surge in AR and also a breakout virtual reality app that will remove the bulky headset.


Blockchain and the growth of Cryptocurrency


Towards the end of 2017, Blockchain, or more specifically Bitcoin, rocketed to fame increasing to $16,000 a coin just after Christmas.*

Blockchain, which serves as an open electronic ledger, can simplify business operations for all parties. Due to this, financial institutions, stock exchanges, the music and diamond industries as well as insurance companies and IOT devices are all increasingly attracted to the technology.

In 2018 we can expect to see more companies adopting Blockchain and it will begin a years-long transformation of many industries. As for Cryptocurrency that depends on how Blockchain grows but so far Bitcoin shows no signs of slowing down.


Smart Homes and Virtual Assistants


Without a doubt 2017 was a big year for the increase in smart home technology and virtual assistants with Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Google Home leading the way. Consumers are increasingly becoming more and more used to smart tech in their homes and now it’s hard to imagine not having a voice assistant to order more potatoes at a moment’s notice.

Amazon has also changed the way we get deliveries. 2017 saw the introduction of the Amazon Smart Lock, a device that lets Amazon deliver your parcels directly to your front room without you having to be in the house. The company also offers to send cleaners and even dog walkers to your address using the same technology.

In 2018, this quick and hassle-free way of delivery is set to increase as more and more people are opting for a smart home lifestyle. As for digital assistants, Apple is set to release its Home Pod this year (after an initial delay in 2017), and so the battle of the voice assistants begins!


Futuristic Travel


While flying cars and hover boards are still science fiction (for now), 2017 took us one step closer to the travel of the future and gave us the first glimpse of high-tech smart travel.

In 2017, the Tesla Model 3 was marketed as an ‘affordable luxury’ and since then over 450,000 people have pre-ordered one. In 2018, Tesla are pushing forward and forcing all car companies to become electric and integrate accident prevention and connectivity within vehicles.

Self-driving cars are also on the rise, and in 2018 we can expect to see some autonomous vehicles appearing on our roads, in particular, transit trucks and taxis.

High speed travel is set to increase in 2018. Hyperloop One, backed by Richard Branson, is pushing forward in aim to make super-fast travel affordable to everyone. 2018 will see major developments (however, the first Hyperloop is not expected to be completed until 2021).


*Source: Business Insider



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