Top 10 technology trends that will redefine a post COVID-19 world

Top 10 technology trends that will redefine a post COVID-19 world

If past bad experiences on a global scale as taught us anything, it’s that they have led to innovations that drive businesses. The COVID-19 will be no different. It has upended our daily lives and caused individuals, organizations and countries to rethink their attitude to tech. with the lockdown in many countries, almost everyone have resorted to tech for their food, job, entertainment and communication

The COVID-19 pandemic is the ultimate catalyst for digital transformation and will greatly accelerate several major trends that were already underway but underutilized before the pandemic. How we do business, how we work, how we produce goods, how we learn, how we seek medical services and how we entertain ourselves have forever changed.

These are the trends that will bring that change to being.


5G
For the millions and millions of people now in isolation and quarantine, internet connectivity is allowing work and learning to continue without need to venture outside. While working from home had been an option before the pandemic, it’s now a must for most people. An MIT study found that 15% of American workers were working from home before the pandemic. Now, the number has risen to 34%; more than double the amount before the pandemic. It’s now clear; work has changed forever. With many students still at home, they now have to learn from their home computers.

5G can provide a far better experience for virtual meetings, e-learning and entertainment, and of course, higher network capabilities, making it an important tool in simply keeping with new traffic demands.

It’s not just that 5G is faster than 4G, it’s a whole different technology. Doctors can now perform surgery with robots through 5G technology. Autonomous cars can now get information to avoid accidents in a fraction of a second, what would have taken minutes with 4G tech. the world is changing, the interaction of humans and robots is changing too, these changes can only come to pass with the superior speed 5G gives.

5G is here to stay and the world has nothing else to do but welcome it with open arms.


Cloud computing


Many industries have gotten a boost in their operations due to the pandemic. Industries like food delivery, home entertainment and network providers. Paramount among them is the cloud companies. Microsoft reports a 775% spike usage of its cloud services demand due to the Corona virus.

As the virus remains, many people are forced to work from home, and as online learning models are put in place, the need and demand for cloud services will skyrocket past projections. Many cloud companies have now needed to upgrade their offerings and functions, and provided resources to meet this demand. The next step would be how to implement this fully on mobile devices.

For cloud computing, the sky is the only limit.


AI (artificial intelligence)

AI tools analyze large amounts data to learn patterns, enabling computer systems to predict human behavior, recognize images, faces, gait, and human speech, among other things. These capabilities will be useful as the world moves away from the old normal to the new normal where face to face interactions might be a thing we do out of necessity. Consumers will purchase a large swath of their goods and services online and machine learning will be valuable to be able to predict and deliver customized experiences for each online customer.

In the medical world, contact tracing and keeping away from disease hotspots have now become easier with AI. Experts are now using machine learning to study the corona virus, test potential treatments, and diagnose individuals, analyze the public health impacts, and more. Health care professionals now make use of AI to leverage audio-visual data, text analysis, chatbots, and sensors. This has greatly reduced administration cost of many medical organizations.

The capability of AI is yet to be harnessed and we are just at the tip of the iceberg of how lives can be improved with machine learning. The future is robot. The future is also human.


Internet of things (IoT)


The world has been inundated with “smart” devices which are connected to the internet. As a result of the pandemic caused by the corona virus there will be a larger usage of these devices. We will see “smart” devices usage grow, so will “smart” homes grow too; with almost every device in our homes as close to us as a touch of a button. From the doorbell to the microwave to the bathtub all controlled by a app on our mobile devices.

For example, smart refrigerators will check, order and stock groceries online. The advent of 5G will greatly increase the deployment of “smart” homes. These “smart” devices will get updates instantaneously from the 5G network, greatly reducing congestion in the mobile network.

The future we saw in futuristic movies is not so far away. Our fridge orders for fresh milk, delivered by a robot and we are no wiser.



VR/AR (virtual reality/augmented reality)


This pandemic has increased the number of people using VR headsets to play video games, partake in online entertainment, and explore exotic places, as they stay at home. Many people are now also using the technology to seek human interaction through social VR platforms.

The influence of virtual and augmented reality will grow in training and simulation, as well as offering new ways to interact with customers, providing new shopping experience (especially during the lockdown, when thousands of people are shopping online). In 2020, the workplace will become smaller with the growth of virtual collaboration tolls like Slack, Zoom, which will begin replacing the need for costly office space. AR and VR will bring workers virtually into the physical space.


Voice user interface

The average person touches their mobile device over 2600 times a day. We also touch our faces 16 times an hour on an average every day; that’s almost 400 times a day.

The corona virus has brought us jarringly to the reality of how much germs we get in contact with through our hands. As we touch door handles, sinks, restaurant menus, our phones, computer keyboards, light switches etc. the risk of contracting the corona virus increases to astronomical levels. The use of voice user interface will be become paramount to people post-covid. Over 70%v of our communication is verbal, that’s why voice usage will continue to increase and extend to other smart-home components implicated as major germ hubs.

As more TVs and entertainment components, light switches, appliances etc. incorporate voice control functionality, there will be less need to use them.


Cyber security

As more people are forced to work remotely, volumes of private data may become vulnerable or at least not protected in a proper way. This emerging challenge may give another incentive to the implementation of cyber security practices. There have been spikes in phishing attacks, malspams, and ransomware attacks as attackers are using COVID-19 as bait to impersonate brands thereby misleading employees and customers.

Cyber security is a shared responsibility. Employers should be in the process of implementing a remote working policy for employees and enforce a stricter password policy, and encourage employees to change login and password details regularly.

There is no doubt that more changes will occur in the cyber security world, which cannot be predicted right now. However, the industry has proven in the past that it can adjust quickly, and while cybercriminals are fast to react, security companies and researchers are not far behind.


Virtualization

Virtualization will lead to disaggregation and open network architectures. This will give way for innovation and newer players to provide cutting edge technology to better manage the network.

With more data being transmitted, the mobile operators will need to ramp up the network infrastructure in order to support the large volume of data. Ramping up physical infrastructure is vet expensive so many operators will opt for virtualization to reduce capex and opex. For example, RAN virtualization is adopted by many network operators which separate the network functions from the hardware. This gives scalability, elasticity and lead to a more flexible network.


Online shopping



The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions people to stay at home, and as more than five people cannot gather in a place, this has forced many people to do their shopping online. Many countries like India, China and Vietnam have seen online shopping spike from 12% pre-COVID to over 50% post-covid according to research. The ease of ordering and delivery and the likelihood of not getting infected by interacting with other people has caused this spike in online shopping.

As the vaccine for the corona virus is still a long time away, we will see more spikes in online shopping as people leave the shelves of physical stores for the pages of online stores.


Remote work and online learning


Remote work is enabled by technologies like VPNs, VoIP’s, virtual meetings, and cloud technology. More and more companies are opting for remote work for their employees to ensure business continuity. Meetings and deadlines are now monitored online and the use of technology in the workplace and business world has spiked 70% according to UN reports. This trend may continue even after the pandemic has organizations now save money by not using physical spaces. The only challenge is how to put the human face back into the organization with the use of so many techs.

Distance learning use similar technology as remote work. Over 1.9 billion students have had their education cut off temporarily by the pandemic. With the use of online learning, most students can now continue learning uninterrupted.

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written by NEWcruitment Switzerland, the Leading Technology Talent Agency Specializing in Senior IT Architects and IT Engineers in Switzerland

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