6 Software Technologies You Will See More in 2019
Whenever new technologies are introduced and gain public attention, new software infrastructure to support them becomes commonplace. Here are six software technologies that will become more pervasive in 2019 and the years to come.
Blockchain software technologies become more prevalent nowadays although blockchain itself has become a trendy technology since about a decade ago. The success of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies makes a big contribution to the increasing popularity of blockchain; however, blockchain is not necessarily about cryptocurrency. The blockchain is a list of record that is constantly growing. Blockchain offers some features that make it an efficient system, including direct peer-to-peer transaction, decentralization, and high security. Besides being used in cryptocurrencies, blockchain is also used in small contracts and even games.
Internet of Things
Nowadays, many things that used to be electrical are becoming electronic, and then digital. Internet used to be exclusive to computers. Now, everything ranging from handheld devices to household appliances and car parts is connected to the internet. Internet of things refers to the application of internet connectivity to almost every everyday object. There are obviously software technologies involved in it, and as you become more familiar with IoT, you will see software applications associated with it almost everywhere. You are already familiar with smart TVs. You will become more and more familiar with smart refrigerator, smart vacuum cleaner, and computerized user interface on your car’s dashboard. Even social services, such as senior care, are now heavily using the internet. In the near future, you will see touchscreen more often than you see electrical switches.
As the internet is exploited in almost every aspect of human life, cybersecurity will become a major concern. Cyber attacks may lead to various disasters, ranging from data and financial loss due to ransomware to fatal accidents due to malfunctioning electronic appliances. In the past, you may know cybersecurity software only as an antivirus for your computer. Now, cybersecurity software technologies expand their coverage to more advanced fields, including cryptography, access control, anti-keylogger, sandboxing, intrusion detection and prevention system, and computer-aided dispatch. Thanks to the implementation of these technologies, you may not need to call 911 because the police will be digitally alerted if something wrong happens to your house.
Lately, your smartphone becomes increasingly smarter due to the introduction of AI software technologies in it, including Siri for Apple devices, Google Now for Android, and Cortana for Windows devices. You should already be familiar with how those digital assistants change the way your phone serves you. Thanks to them, the information they provide has become more and more personalized according to your digital behavior. They can answer your questions precisely and they can even provide you with answers and solutions before you ask. Now, the use of AI software has been expanded greatly. You can now use applications like Acobot for online marketing, Lumen5 to assist in your video editing, and ChatBot to help you communicate with your customers. AI software is predicted to bring a massive change in the way people use digital information in the future.
Machine learning is a software technology that allows a system to learn the particular patterns and insights of data and to carry out automatically and smartly some particular tasks based on the result of their learning. Machine learning shares some similarities with artificial intelligence. How do they differ? The easiest way to distinguish machine learning software technologies from artificial intelligence is that machine learning is a system and artificial intelligence is applied to this system to give it a capability of learning. In other words, AI is not a system but something that gives learning power to a machine as a system. Because machine learning simplifies tasks and ensures that they are accomplished efficiently, it is already widely applied in various sectors, hence the emergence of software applications like Google Cloud Platform and Scikit-Learn.
Virtual reality is a growing trend nowadays. Although VR has been around since many decades ago, its integration in the smart device environment has not occurred until recently. When it first appeared a few years ago, virtual reality was exclusive mostly for gaming and entertainment, with VR headsets becoming more and more commonplace. Lately, VR software technologies have reached other fields in which their use has greatly increased the efficiency of works. VR is now used for marketing, business presentation, science and education, and navigation system. It even has given rise to some related branches including augmented reality, mixed reality, and extended reality.