As 2015 comes to a close, many of us are keeping a keen eye on what types of technology will emerge in the coming year. From lightning-fast Internet services to three-dimensional printing and beyond, what can we expect to enjoy in 2016? Let’s take a closer look at a handful of trends that are expected to dominate our lives.
Three-Dimensional Printing Technologies
While the art of 3D printing has been around for the past few years, technological innovations have now enabled these systems to become affordable for the average individual. How will this affect our lives? Many will now be using three-dimensional printers to create common objects such as smartphone cases and even fashion accessories. Sectors such as the medical industry are predicted to benefit in the same way; prosthetics and dental molds are only two items now being constructed with the help of this amazing technology.
The So-Called “Device Mesh” Revolution
As the name may already hint, device meshing is the act of bringing multiple points of technological contact together within one centralised platform. In other words, consumers can expect multiple devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptop computers and even home security systems to be integrated together. This allows for streamlined remote access with it is needed the most. Some examples here can include faster communications, remote employment opportunities and instantaneous data transmission at the click of a button. This evolution only makes sense, for there are now millions of individuals who are interacting with the virtual world every day.
The Rise of Machine Learning
This is perhaps one of the most interesting advancements that is already taking hold in developed countries. Using the power of such innovative systems as deep neural nets (DNNs), computers will begin to learn at a breakneck pace; interpreting the world around them while enabling “smart” machines to appear even smarter. Some common applications for these systems include smartphones that are more aware of the desires of the user and enhanced shopping experiences through targeted advertising. However, DNN systems are still in their infancy and we can expect much more to come.
Megabytes of Data Access
Countries such as the United Kingdom have always struggled to provide lightning-fast Internet access to remote regions. In the past, some areas were still utilising speeds that were considered outdated a few years ago. Thanks to an enhanced infrastructure and transmission methods including fibre broadband internet, the majority of users should be able to enjoy massively increased communication speeds in 2016. This is great news for those living in remote locations who still require unfettered access to the online community.
It should be noted here that these are only three of the numerous other technological breakthroughs which are only now becoming realised by the average individual. Other developments include adaptive security software, 4G mobile data coverage and the emergence of the bitcoin as a form of virtual currency across the Internet. 2016 will indeed prove to be an interesting year.