4 Jul, 2022

Top strategic technology trends for CIOs by Gartner – Wire19

As the head of IT, CIOs are the IT leaders responsible for engineering the trust necessary in today’s connected world. By incorporating the latest top technology trends strategically, CIOs can help an organization grow faster, improve efficiency and be more successful.  

In the following article, we shall discuss the trends that work together to help CIOs meet their business goals for 2022. 

Engineering trust

Digital businesses require a resilient and efficient IT foundation to scale cost-efficiently. Here are four trends that IT leaders can adopt to engineer trust. 

  • Data fabric – Data fabric can learn what data is being used and make recommendations for more, different, and better data. By 2024, data fabric deployments are expected to increase data utilization efficiency by 4 times.  
  • Cybersecurity mesh – A cybersecurity mesh architecture provides a composable and scalable security approach based on identity. By 2024, organizations that adopt a cybersecurity mesh architecture would bring down the financial impact of individual security incidents by an average of 90%. 
  • Privacy-enhancing computation – By using privacy-enhancing computation (PEC), data can be shared across ecosystems while preserving privacy. By 2025, 60% of large organizations are expected to use one or more PEC techniques in analytics, business intelligence, or cloud computing. 
  • Cloud native platforms – By 2025, cloud-native platforms will serve as the foundation for more than 95% of new digital initiatives, thereby reducing dependencies on infrastructure. 

Fusion teams drive innovation to rapidly digitize the business. 

Fusion teams

The latest trends show that IT leaders must provide the tools that enable fusion teams to sculpt the change. 

  • Composable application – By 2024, traditional SaaS and custom applications will be rendered “legacy”. The new SaaS and custom applications will be “composable API-first or API-only”. Composable applications comprise packaged-business capabilities (PBCs) that create reusable modules which the fusion teams can assemble themselves to rapidly create applications and reduce the time to market. 
  • Decision intelligence – Fusion teams can manage, evaluate and improve decisions based on learnings and feedback with the help of data, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI). By 2023, analysts in more than 33% of organizations will practice decision intelligence. 
  • Hyperautomation – By 2024, spending on diffuse hyper-automation that uses multiple technologies, tools and platforms like Robotic Process Automation (RPA), low-code platforms, and process mining tools will drive up the total cost of ownership 40-fold. This will make adaptive governance a differentiating factor in corporate performance. 
  • AI Engineering – By 2025, 10% of enterprises practicing the AI engineering best practices will generate at least thrice more value from their AI efforts than the remaining 90% of enterprises that do not. 

Technology trends that accelerate growth 

growth

Here are the trends that will enable CIOs to win the business and the market share. 

  • Distributed enterprise – As a result of increasing remote work culture and changing consumer behavior, by 2023, 75% of organizations that exploit distributed enterprise benefits will be able to grow their revenue 25% faster than competitors. 
  • Total experience – By 2026, 60% of large enterprises will use total experience that unifies customer experience, user experience, employee experience, and multi-experience to transform their business models to achieve world-class customer and employee advocacy levels. 
  • Autonomic systems – By 2024, 20% of organizations selling autonomic systems that are capable of dynamically modifying their algorithms without software updates, will require customers to give up security provisions related to learned behavior of their products. 
  • Generative AI – By 2025, generative AI which can be an engine of rapid innovation for enterprises will account for 10% of all data produced. 

Source: Gartner 

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30 Jun, 2022

Q&A With Intel Federal President & GM Jim Brinker Tackles Latest Tech Trends, Company Strategic Goals – GovCon Wire

Jim Brinker , president and general manager of Intel Federal and a 2022 Wash100 Award recipient, was featured in a recent Executive Spotlight interview published Tuesday. He remarked on the latest technology trends impacting government agencies. The Q& A also focused on the executive’s latest growth objectives the company’s other initiatives to move forward for the rest of 2022.

Here’s an excerpt from the particular interview with Brinker about his strategic goals:

“Looking at our development strategy, Intel has a number of distinct technologies plus products. Our objective is to leverage our capabilities in datacenter, artificial intelligence, the cloud, the internet of things, software, and more and develop a more focused set of solutions to meet our customer’s needs.

As we’re moving forward with the particular federal government and their programmatic activities, Intel has been partnering with the federal government directly in research and development projects as well as with DARPA, the Department of Energy and the National Labs. ”

Visit ExecutiveBiz to read the full Professional Spotlight job interview with Intel Federal Chief executive and General Manager Rick Brinker , and don’t miss our own other interviews with the particular most significant executives of consequence to the federal plus government contracting sectors.

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30 Jun, 2022

The Metaverse in 2040 – Pew Research Center


Hype? Hope? Hell? Maybe all three. Experts are split about the likely evolution of a truly immersive ‘metaverse.’ They expect that augmented- and mixed-reality enhancements will become more useful in people’s daily lives. Many worry that current online problems may be magnified if Web3 development is led by those who built today’s dominant web platforms

(Gremlin via Getty Images)
(Gremlin via Getty Images)

This report covers results from the 14th “Future of the Internet” canvassing that Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center have conducted together to gather expert views about important digital issues. This canvassing of experts was prompted by emerging debates in the early 2020s over the potential evolution and impact of extended reality tools like augmented reality, mixed reality and virtual reality, as well as “the metaverse” or “metaverses.” This is a nonscientific canvassing based on a nonrandom sample; this broad array of opinions about where current trends may lead in the next 18 years represents only the points of view of the individuals who responded to the queries.

Pew Research Center and Elon’s Imagining the Internet Center sampled from a database of experts to canvass from a wide range of fields, inviting entrepreneurs, professionals and policy people based in government bodies, nonprofits and foundations, technology businesses and think tanks, as well as interested academics and technology innovators. The predictions reported here came in response to a set of questions in an online canvassing conducted between Feb. 6-March 21, 2022. In all, 624 technology innovators and developers, business and policy leaders, researchers and activists responded in some way to the question covered in this report. More on the methodology underlying this canvassing and the participants can be found in the section titled “About this canvassing of experts.” [LINK]

Extended reality (XR) is an umbrella term to cover all of the various forms of computer-altered reality. For some experts and technologists, other terms fall under the XR umbrella:

Virtual reality (VR) completely immerses people in a digital setting. These settings can be created as fully synthetic computer-generated content, they can be made of real-world content (set in actual 360-degree video), or they can be a hybrid of both. Roblox is one of many popular metaverse VR platforms in 2022. Today’s fullest home or work VR experiences require individuals to use a head-mounted device and haptic controllers.

Augmented reality (AR) overlays digital information in real-world settings. You are applying AR when you use your phone’s camera to translate signs and menus in real time from one language to another, or if you play Pokémon Go. Hundreds of AR applications are available today for use on smartphones. AR keeps the real world central but enhances it with digital details that supplement the environment.

Mixed reality (MR) experiences allow people to interact with and manipulate computer-generated images in the real world, in real time. You use a headset but see and remain immersed in the real world while seeing and interacting with images using your hands – for instance, a 3D architectural floor plan for a new school or 3D schematic for an electric vehicle. At this point in time MR is mostly used in industrial, military and medical training and design.

Mirror worlds are digital creations that mimic the physical and social structures of the real world in a VR setting. Several companies are already working to create such representations of the entire planet. For example, Nvidia’s Earth-2 is a digital twin that aims to enhance the capacity for climate modeling. And many mirror worlds are settings for games or businesses. One example is Upland, a virtual-property NFT game (non-fungible-token game) where people buy, sell and trade virtual properties mapped to the real world – for instance, a real-world baseball stadium or museum.

Interest in the idea of the metaverse leaped in 2021-2022, prompted in part by Facebook’s decision to rebrand itself as “Meta.” The word was coined by sci-fi author Neal Stephenson in 1992 in his novel “Snow Crash.” In today’s terms, the metaverse is the realm of computer-generated, networked extended reality, or XR, an acronym that embraces all aspects of augmented reality, mixed reality and virtual reality (AR, MR and VR). At this point in time, the metaverse is generally made up of somewhat- immersive XR spaces in which interactions take place among humans and automated entities. Some are daily interactions with augmented-reality apps that people have on their computers and phones. Some are interactions taking place in more-immersive domains in gaming or fantasy worlds. Some occur in “mirror worlds” that duplicate real-life environments.

While extended-reality gaming and social spaces have been in existence for decades, early 2020s technological advances and societal transformations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed the development of the metaverse to the forefront, inspiring tens of billions of dollars in new investments and prompting predictions that the metaverse is “the future of the internet” or “the next internet battleground.”

Proponents of XR and the development of more-advanced and immersive, 3D, online worlds say its rapid evolution is likely to benefit all aspects of society – education, health care, gaming and entertainment, the arts, social and civic life and other activities. They believe the infusion of more data into people’s experiences, progress in artificial intelligence (AI) assistive systems and the creation of entirely new spaces and experiences for tech users could enrich and expand their lives. Of course, as with all digital tech, there are concerns about the health, safety, security, privacy and economic implications of these new spaces. This has spurred a great deal of speculation about what the maturing of XR and the metaverse will look like and what that means for society.

This heightened interest and investment in extended reality prompted Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center to ask hundreds of technology experts to share their insights on the topic. In all, 624 technology innovators, developers, business and policy leaders, researchers and activists provided open-ended responses to a question seeking their predictions about the trajectory and impact of the metaverse by 2040. The results of this nonscientific canvassing:  

  • 54% of these experts said that they expect by 2040 the metaverse WILL be a much-more-refined and truly fully-immersive, well-functioning aspect of daily life for a half billion or more people globally.
  • 46% said that they expect by 2040 the metaverse WILL NOT be a much-more-refined and truly fully-immersive, well-functioning aspect of daily life for a half billion or more people globally.

These experts were asked to elaborate on their multiple-choice answers in an open-ended question that invited their views about both the positive and negative aspects of the digital world to come. Two broad themes emerged in those written remarks. First, a notable share of these experts argued that the embrace of extended reality in people’s daily lives by 2040 will be centered around augmented-reality and mixed-reality tools, not in the more-fully-immersive virtual reality worlds many people define today as being “the metaverse.” Second, they warned that these new worlds could dramatically magnify every human trait and tendency – both the bad and the good. They especially focused their concerns on the ability of those in control of these systems to redirect, restrain or thwart human agency and stifle people’s ability to self-actualize through exercise of free will, and they worried over the future freedom of humans to expand their native capacities.

The key themes these experts voiced in their written responses are outlined in the three following tables. The first table outlines further details tied to the two broad themes mentioned above. The second describes the five most-mentioned reasons that the metaverse is likely to be much more advanced and more broadly adopted by 2040. The third describes the five most-mentioned reasons it will not be.    

A table showing two meta themes that anchored many experts' predictions
A table showing the reasons The metaverse will fully emerge as its advocates predict
A table showing the reason thatThe metaverse will not fully emerge in the way today’s advocates hope

This is a nonscientific canvassing, based on a nonrandom sample. The results represent only the opinions of the individuals who responded to the queries and are not projectable to any other population.

Some of the most sweeping answers written by these respondents took the long view. These experts wrote that “virtual” spaces have for millennia arisen in the human imagination and that it doesn’t take special technological features or gadgetry to create vivid places beyond “real life.” At the same time, some argued that even the most far-out versions of virtual reality will still anchor in basic human sensory “interfaces” of eyes, ears, taste, smell, motion, balance and speech.

Still, none of these experts doubt major changes are nigh in the way reality is supplemented by technology or even reimagined in tech-enabled ways. As XR pioneer Avi Bar-Zeev, a co-creator of Google Earth, HoloLens and more, wrote, “VR fundamentally strips away the most common constraints of reality: location and travel, physics, even sometimes time, where hours can often seem like minutes, and we can travel to the historical past or imagined futures.”

Many were not sure what the timeline for all this change will be, but did their best to imagine where the evolution of today’s XR tech trends might take society. Some of the answers reflecting that thought:

Laurence Lannom, vice president at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, offered an compact prediction, writing, “The metaverse will, at its core, be a collection of new and extended technologies. It is easy to imagine that both the best and the worst aspects of our online lives will be extended by being able to tap into a more-complete immersive experience, by being inside a digital space instead of looking at one from the outside. At the good end of the continuum are things like the ability of people to interact with others as though they were all in the same physical space without having spent hours burning dinosaur bones to get there; practicing difficult physical tasks (e.g., surgery) on virtual entities; and elevated educational and research opportunities of all kinds as we learn to leverage the built-in advantages of the new environments. The other end is also not hard to imagine – easier addiction to all-absorbing games and fantasy experiences resulting in increased isolation for many; further breakdown of social cohesion as the virtual offers an easy alternative to the hard task of learning to live with each other; and increased political turmoil as the prophets of fear and grievance acquire the ability to command rallies with millions of attendees.”

Edward Baig, freelance columnist and longtime technology reporter for USA Today, wrote, “Even the smartest folks today have difficulty articulating the metaverse so that regular people understand it beyond it being this vague thing emerging out of augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D and mixed reality. Of course, measured in tech years, 2040 is a lifetime away and, when you factor in the sheer magnitude of the financial and intellectual investments already being plowed into the metaverse, how could this thing possibly not morph into something likely to have a profound impact on our everyday lives? Whatever it is that draws all of us into the metaverse, it must provide – or at least promise to provide – experiences and benefits that are otherwise impractical if not impossible to achieve in (for lack of a better way of putting it) the real world.”

Elizabeth Hyman, CEO for the XR Association, which was founded by Meta, Google, HTC Vive, Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment to convene stakeholders for the development and adoption of XR, shared a number of vital use cases already proven as useful in the XR realm: “Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are the gateway to phenomenal applications in medicine, education, manufacturing, retail, workforce training and more, and it is the gateway to deeply social and immersive interactions – the metaverse. Each day we’re taking strides to make the technology better and ensure that the opportunities are limitless – because they are. The XR industry is focused on responsible innovation and it has built a strong repository of resources that lay the foundation for the industry’s continued growth. While widespread adoption does take time and challenges will no doubt arise, we believe XR technology will become the next major computing platform. Already, colleges and universities are teaching students in the metaverse. Human Resources professionals at companies like Walmart, SAP, Delta and many others are using the tool to train workers – some of the fastest-growing job categories in the U.S. are in industries that are rapidly adopting XR technologies. Uses of XR include warehousing and inventory management, product engineering and design, immersive job training and upskilling and virtual health care patient monitoring. Particularly in the health care setting, we’re seeing XR use with children. For example, the Children’s Hospital Colorado is using XR to help to change the pediatric hospital experience for the better – for instance, for distraction and pain management reducing the need for anesthesia and physical therapy.”

Daniel D. Bryant, Wales-based VR educator, co-founder of Educators in VR and a leader in the Virtual World Society, predicted, “By 2040 the internet that you now access on a screen will be a place you can enter, visit and explore. Currently we are looking in through windows (literally), but we are soon going to be starting to climb through the windows and into the internet. The word website implies a location. Currently this is mostly in 2D. What if these sites are in 3D and you can get in and interact directly, rather than with a keyboard and a mouse? Think how creative people already get with creating and monetizing content on the 2D internet. Now add a third dimension to this and you have just created what Charlie Fink has referred to as the ‘largest wealth-and-value-creation experience humankind has ever witnessed.’ I can’t imagine the momentum heading anywhere else. When young people can truly get their heads and hands into the ‘metaverse,’ just stand back and watch in wonder. And that is even before AI [artificial intelligence] gets into the mix. AI will soon be able to generate virtual worlds and useful and very convincing AI bots to populate it. It’s a wild ride already. Better get strapped in.”

Jon Radoff, author of the Building the Metaverse blog and CEO of Beamable, a metaverse consultancy, predicted the influence of gameplay in the evolution of XR. “The metaverse will be important for at least half a billion people in 2040 because it is already important for several billion,” he said, referring to a general estimate of the number of people who have used popular game and social spaces, not the number of daily users. “The metaverse exists. The most-common definitions of the ‘metaverse’ are: 1) an embodied virtual-reality experience; 2) a Web3 framework for economic interoperability; 3) a creative platform for experiences (e.g., Roblox). Some current versions may be a hybrid of these. I think all of these ‘product-centric’ definitions fail to look at the underlying culture and social change. The fundamental shift is toward thinking of virtual property and virtual identity as ‘real’ and/or important. One can trace the origin of the metaverse back to Dungeons & Dragons before it was digitized and look at it as an imaginary, creative space of social interaction and storytelling. Everything since then is simply technologies that have digitized, dematerialized and democratized access to this category of experience.”

About half of the respondents to this canvassing do not expect the VR aspect of the XR realm to be significantly more popular by 2040. Kevin Werbach, professor of legal studies and business ethics at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust,” commented, “There is not a straight evolutionary path forward in maturity and importance for this collection of technologies. Virtual worlds and immersive online spaces will continue to develop in significance, but 500 million people won’t be living in ‘the metaverse’ in any more meaningful way in 2040 than 2022. Perhaps immersive games, social spaces and work tools will merge into a coherent industry sector at that point, which perhaps we’ll still call ‘metaverse.’”

Eric Burger, who recently worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the chief technology officer at the Federal Communications Commission, now on the computer science faculty at Georgetown University, responded, “The metaverse will pan out like remote-controlled self-driving cars or roadable aircraft: almost here for decades yet structurally unlikely for decades. The use cases for fully immersive experiences have a small niche that, for economic reasons, is unlikely to grow into a global phenomenon for decades to come.”

Jerry Michalski, respected technology consultant and founder of Sociate.com and ReX, predicted, “An XR metaverse will be more like 3D TV than the web. It will be more expensive, uncomfortable and disorienting, even as it is less informative and connective. XR is transformative in specific domains and cumbersome in general. I don’t see how 20 years of development will fix that.”

Micheal Kleeman, a senior fellow at the University of California, San Diego, who previously worked for Boston Consulting and Sprint, responded, “Unless we see a large-scale desire to escape from reality, the virtual space will not add much to human experience. The virtual world does not satisfy real interpersonal dynamics, it is expensive in terms of bandwidth unless you are just gaming and it adds little to experiential value.”

Many people pointed to Facebook’s corporate pivot to name itself Meta as a catalyst for the uptick in metaverse buzz over the past year. Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Initiative on Digital Public Infrastructure at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, wrote, “Smart people have spent lots of time on different approaches to building immersive, 3D, collaborative online spaces using a wide range of technologies. Some have achieved more success than others, but none have expanded beyond audiences of 1 million or so users. Those users can be extremely passionate and are willing to learn the complexities of interacting in a virtual world. Some of them are willing to put in the work of learning to build and create in these environments, but thus far we’ve not seen evidence that mainstream users see a good reason to jump through these hoops. Facebook became Meta for two simple and obvious reasons. First, its brand as a social media platform has been badly muddied by years of mismanagement and irresponsibility. If it could be associated with anything other than angry dialogs online, it would benefit. Second, Facebook wants to own the entire stack from hardware to content, much as Apple does. It has a good hardware product in Oculus [a VR headset] and thus is positioned to argue that VR is the future. But does anyone really want VR to be the future? Those of us who’ve been down this road before remember Second Life declaring that its metaverse would be the future and we should all rush in to buy a piece of it. That community never achieved mainstream success and has hovered at 1 million users (overall, most were not daily users). Yes, the tech’s better now. But in 2040 I expect VR to be popular for gaming and some simulations. It will not catch on for routine office work, standard online interaction and so on.”

Jacquelyn Ford Morie, VR pioneer and chief scientist at All These Worlds, co-editor of “The Handbook of Research on the Global Impacts and Roles of Immersive Media,” argued there is much to be accomplished before fully–immersive tech will be viewed as worthy of broad adoption. “To be so successful by 2040,” she said, “it must be many things to many people, enrich or make better their everyday lives. It must go beyond games and entertainment to provide what each and every person needs. The first, and the biggest, step will be to instantiate and regulate the metaverse as a public benefit/utility, so the greatest number of people can access and benefit from it. It must offer value to its participants and not simply treat them as money sources. If it has to make tons of money for companies and the top 10%, it is doomed to be niche-driven and not a true evolution of humanity.”

A notable share of these expert respondents said they expect that augmented reality applications  will be far more widely used in people’s daily lives than immersive VR, which they expect will remain a niche realm. Louis Rosenberg, is CEO of Unanimous AI. His doctoral work at Stanford University resulted in the virtual fixtures system for the U.S. Air Force – an immersive augmented-reality system built in 1992. He predicted: “By 2035 people will laugh at images of the 2020s that show people walking down the street staring down at a phone, necks bent, thinking it looks awkward and primitive. The metaverse will evolve in two directions at once – the virtual metaverse (fully simulated worlds) and the augmented metaverse (layers of rich virtual content overlaid upon the real world with precise spatial registration). The virtual metaverse will increase in popularity but will always be restricted to short-duration applications – mostly for gaming, socializing, shopping and entertainment, and it will have powerful business and education uses as well. The augmented metaverse, on the other hand, will replace mobile phones as our primary gateway to digital content. The transition from mobile phones to AR hardware will begin the middle of the 2020s and will be complete by 2035, possibly sooner. It will fundamentally change society, altering our world into a merged reality of real and virtual. People will use AR eyewear from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep, much like they keep mobile phones with them today. Blockchain will be used to assign ownership of virtual objects within the metaverse. There are many other potential uses, but it’s too early to know if those will happen or not. But assigning ownership is a natural fit. To see a vision of the augmented metaverse at the end of this decade, you can check out my fun narrative, ‘Metaverse 2030.’”

Many respondents who expect the AR/VR metaverse to be well developed by 2040 warned that this will significantly magnify societal challenges already present in the digital sphere. Justin Reich, associate professor of digital media at MIT and director of the Teaching Systems Lab, expressed a view shared by respondents who expect big tech companies will further exploit users, writing, “The term metaverse was coined to describe a corporate, dystopian hellscape where a completely financialized world is stripped of any culture and value. Advocates of the metaverse are currently trying to bring that vision into reality in the hopes of creating new digital surfaces that can be covered in new advertising and made as addictive as possible. As the physical world encounters saturation of existing advertising surfaces and data collection, augmented reality is the new frontier of surveillance capitalism. If it does come to fruition, it will be as terrible as social media is today. Questions that I’ve not seen journalists ask of Mark Zuckerberg or other folks at Meta: ‘How many hours a day are you currently spending in the metaverse?’ ‘How many hours a day do you encourage your children to spend in the metaverse?’ My hunch is that the typical Meta employee spends very little time in the metaverse, because it’s terrible. And they don’t want their children there, because it’s terrible.”

Davi Ottenheimer, vice president for trust and digital ethics at Inrupt, a company applying the new Solid data protocol (a method for building decentralized social applications that was created by web inventor Tim Berners-Lee), responded, “We should declare metaverse to only be a success if it augments the human in a decentralized human-centric model of data ownership. It is currently in danger of being co-opted into overly centralized platforms and constraints, a regression to slavery models in the guise of a proprietary ‘digital twin’ to be abused by giant companies looking to operate selfishly and above the law and deny social good. Those caught up in this abuse of rights, like industrial-era workers suffering the daily grind of soulless factory jobs and homes and vehicles, will long for an escape from the intentionally limiting artifice of metaverse. The utopianism and mysticism that drive cultural waves of ‘escape’ during times of technological upheaval and displacement are here again. There is a fundamental difference between the highly controversial technological augmentation and the politically driven escapism that metaverse development will predictably fall into.”

Keram Malicki-Sanchez, a prominent expert and activist who runs conferences about VR, AR and XR and is founding president of the Constant Change Media Group, advised, “There is no way to put the genie back in the bottle of immersive technologies. There is no future without 3D realities as part of it. Will it be called the ‘metaverse’? God, I hope not if that means the MAANG companies – Meta (formerly Facebook) Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google – appropriate and commandeer it to funnel us into a homogeneous, highly trackable somatosensory collection of walled gardens. An alternative path for these technologies is that they will be built using open-source solutions, improved and expanded holistically, organically by a global community who will create an estuary for systems that allow people to seamlessly transition between 3D worlds where they can embody whatever they want and share whatever experiences they choose. These are also media that can communicate new perspectives and afford us new angles of insight via dimensional contexts. They can provide scaffolding to test our analytical reasoning and processes to potentially escape our cognitive biases, develop greater plasticity, or even test new forms of embodiment. We must always take account of how these new media can and will be manipulated and weaponized and consider the rights of our future selves as we become subsumed in data. In addition, there are important digital divides to consider here. These cannot be worlds accessible only to the privileged. VR needs to be built so that anyone should feel they have the tools and access available to them.”

Sean McGregor, technical lead for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE and machine learning architect at Syntiant, observed, “With every great (and terrible) technological revolution comes great (and terrible) revolutions of social systems. Without a healthy sense of skepticism for adopting software for our new reality and working collectively against our worst imaginings, we will fail to realize social benefits exceeding the costs. The transition will be very difficult and potentially dangerous, but so, too, have been most human advancements.”

Toby Shulruff, senior technology safety specialist at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, predicted, “The ‘online’ will increasingly extend into daily life through interfaces with our cities, homes and bodies. The varieties of both self-expression and connection across distance will expand, and this means that we urgently need to reconfigure how we establish and maintain trust in others, in information, and perhaps even in ourselves. Online life so far has mirrored and accelerated real-life trends, and – absent a major shift in priorities and design – this will be true with XR as well. The rules of the game have so far been written by the very few for the very many. Like other technologies, XR does not solve human problems like bias, fear or violence. It accelerates and amplifies what is already present in society. Therefore, we stand to see an exacerbation of isolation, echo chambers and a dissociation from our bodies and communities. We are already seeing sexual violence from earlier online spaces and real life crossing into more-immersive XR environments. This is likely to extend into and intersect with other targeted violence, or even mass violence or terrorism. There is a real possibility that those who are ‘plugged in’ will become increasingly untethered from the world around them. Future waves of pandemic disease and the effects of climate change will allow those with means to spend more time in virtual worlds. Will we become more willing to let conditions worsen around us because we can escape to an alternate reality? Meanwhile, those on the other side of the digital divide will struggle to access resources, connections and opportunities. As we go from ‘always on’ to ‘always in,’ the constant immersion may cause physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual effects including stress reactions, headaches, disturbed sleep and detachment. Paradoxically, while virtual worlds can be an escape from our bodies and our limitations, many users describe an intensification of sensation, emotion and response from virtual experiences. Another concern is that the more-immersive environment will expand surveillance by governments and corporations, and even within families. The boundaries between our work lives and our personal lives, between the public and the private, will continue to dissolve. Coercive trends in technology design such as dark patterns will drive users to make choices they might not otherwise make. Technology this complex defies precise predictions, but we can find hints from previous examples. If we don’t shift course, we will weave our failures of empathy and justice into the very fabric of XR, as we have in other digital technologies.”

Among the additional intriguing predictions from those canvassed were:

  • Avi Bar-Zeev said digital systems will perform ever-more-sophisticated analyses of how people think and feel about people and other elements of their lives, their private political and spiritual thoughts, their emotional triggers. “We’ve turned people into data mines and no longer truly free-thinking individuals.”
  • Glynn Rogers predicted virtual extraterrestrial travel based on imagery constructed from a multitude of spacecraft sensors, “in which virtual craft can be flown, driven or sailed through environments in which humans could exist only with the most extraordinary aids.” And Gary Arlen noted that alternative cyber environments will allow people to virtually go inside humans, animals or machines.
  • Jim Spohrer noted that “digital twins” will often function as people’s alter egos in multiple worlds. And Melissa Sassi noted that having a digital twin in health care will be incredibly powerful when it comes to predictive modeling of diseases and sharing patient data across healthcare providers. She wrote, “One example I have seen inspiring this work is BioTwin, an early stage health tech startup that’s created a virtual replica geared toward detecting and preventing health care ailments before they occur.”
  • Barry Chudakov said he expects that immersive mirror-world environments may raise enough psychological issues that “psychiatrists and counselors will be called in to help people cope with multiple-self syndrome.”
  • Stephen Downes predicted that in 2040 it will not be possible for most people to distinguish between avatars representing humans and artificial intelligences, adding that there will be “convincing impersonations and worse.”
  • Jonathan Kolber said he expects that the “demand for all manner of physical objects will drastically diminish” as people move into digital spaces to live more of their lives and the need for real objects shrinks.
  • Marc Rotenberg said gaming and other life experiences will be far more immersive by 2040, with participants joining their favorite sports stars in online competitions or sharing the concert stage with the avatars of famous musicians.
  • David Porush predicted immersive reality will produce unexpected consequences for human intimacy and connection and “new opportunities for global unity and tribal discord, for totalizing control and individual freedoms, and for the effective expression of love and hate.”
  • Rahul Saxena said he expects a “Super-Metaverse” of tech enhancements that help people augment their work, for instance using imaging and actuators to perform surgeries. But some will choose to live in a “Fantasy-Metaverse” that “prefers gullible consumption over critical thinking,” and he warned that “the shifts to the Fantasy-Metaverse will be like the unleashing of an opium super-epidemic.”
  • Sam Adams said anonymity applied through XR will establish far more settings in which people trust in transactions with unknown entities, leaving behind many norms of reputation and branding and allowing parties of “bad reputation (e.g., narco syndicates, mafia, terrorists) to easily conduct ‘legitimate’ business which income supports their antisocial agendas without the transactions being tarred with their true purpose.”
  • Alexander B. Howard said he expects people to interact with augmented-reality layers in any given physical location, viewing the annotations and glyphs others have left, with background systems pulling up information about the people, places and objects. He also warned that it is possible that a “metaverse could empower authoritarians to track, control and coerce billions of humans in silicon prisons ringed by invisible barbed wire, governed by opaque algorithmic regulation and vast artificial intelligences.”
  • Gina Neff called for a redrafting of fundamental social contracts about trust and democracy, noting that powerful narratives in the metaverse will combine new ways of experiencing social connection with new forms of  “trustless trust” from the hundreds of little contracts and exchanges people are asked to enter into every day.
  • Jaak Tepandi predicted that new species may evolve out of the integration of humans and artificial systems, saying “examples of important components in the development of such a species include genetic engineering (including CRISPR), artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, metaverse and others.”
  • Warren Yoder encouraged that humanity scrutinize its overall transition, writing: “Postmodernity interrogated modern power and knowledge. It was useful, back then. Now meta-modernity recognizes the existence of multiple modes of the real and prompts one’s imagination to take bits and pieces from useful practices wherever we find them.”

In the next section, we highlight the remarks of a diverse set of experts who gave some of the most wide-ranging or incisive responses to our request for them to describe what XR and the metaverse might look like by 2040. Following it, we offer a number of longer and more discursive essays written by participants. And that is followed with additional sections covering respondents’ comments organized under the sets of themes set out in the tables above. The remarks made by the respondents to this canvassing reflect their personal positions and are not the positions of their employers. The descriptions of their leadership roles help identify their background and the locus of their expertise. Some responses are lightly edited for style and readability.

27 Jun, 2022

Technology trends shaping the cloud and cloud security landscape – ETCIO

The days of having an uniform customer or employee experience and dominating the industry are long gone. Customers claim that a company’s service makes or breaks it, and there is a talent war for employees. A secure, agile, and real-time platform that can orchestrate individual components throughout the customer plus employee experiences is necessary to succeed on both fronts. And all of this results in a scalable, differentiated encounter. Security experts no longer have the only responsibility with regard to cybersecurity; rather, all digital and technology executives must make cybersecurity a top priority right away as threat actors become more intelligent, inventive, and cooperative.

Rapid changing environments

One within four attacks worldwide in 2021 were concentrated within the Asia-Pacific area, one of the most targeted by cybercriminals. According to research, server access and ransomware are two of the most common ways of attack. The top three countries facing the consequences of the attacks are usually India, Japan, and Australia. However , the particular fact that Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand are also at risk regarding assault shows that no place is safe.

Businesses possess been forced to quickly change the way they do business as a result of the global pandemic in order to keep up with the environment. Vijendra Katiyar , Country Manager, India and SAARC outlined a few security issues on the cloud. Some of the particular concerns are misconfigurations, exploitation of serverless plus container workloads less dependable third-party resources. To confront this diverse list associated with security challenges, a cloud security services platform approach is necessary intended for safeguarding servers, resources, and applications within the impair. “Organizations will shift gears once a lot more this year, putting their electronic transformation plus hybrid work journeys because a priority. This will certainly be driven by a focus on hybrid cloud strategy, AI in impair computing, and a rise of serverless which will help businesses create new user experiences that make innovation more accessible”, he adds.

Organizations are placing a lot more emphasis upon and trust in third parties as they adopt cloud and hybrid cloud strategies. Supplier risk has always been and will continue in order to be a problem in cybersecurity. Businesses and outside parties are expected to work together more closely to develop shared responsibility frameworks and put into practice solutions that promote compliance, believe in, and openness. “Security may become everyone’s job, and it is crucial to deploy zero-trust environments than integrate almost all departments to get complete digital visibility plus control. We also predict and encourage more investment and innovation in the cybersecurity industry in order to build frictionless solutions pertaining to users”, this is what Michael Montoya , Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, Equinix had to say.

Organizations are usually placing more emphasis on and trust in 3rd parties since they adopt cloud plus hybrid impair strategies. Supplier risk has always been and can continue to be the problem in cybersecurity. Businesses and outside parties are expected to function together a lot more closely in order to develop discussed responsibility frameworks and put into practice solutions that will promote compliance, trust, and openness. Akshat Jain , CTO & Co-Founder, Cyware also shares his opinion on this, stating that “As assets are spread across multiple environments, organizations need a holistic cybersecurity strategy involving protection automation options that provide their safety teams the ability to take response actions throughout cloud, on-premise, or cross environments”. Additionally, security teams must gather threat intelligence from security technologies installed on cloud platforms in addition to other internal and external sources associated with threat data in order to enable proactive detection and reaction to threats. Additionally growing in popularity are cloud-native applications, which necessitate new cutting-edge security solutions to protect such deployments.

Innovation, scaling, and speed

“The speed of composable platforms is a game-changer; businesses can connect data that predict the customer’s require and delivers the next-best action in the moment. These platforms can orchestrate customer plus employee experiences in current, routing calls to the agent predicted most likely to deliver a positive outcome. In the fast-approaching future, composability will be a key requirement meant for CX impair platforms”, Raja Lakshmipathy , Managing Director-India and SAARC, Genesys opined. The real-time assembly, integration, and orchestration of capabilities across four fundamental building blocks—development, ecosystem, marketplace, and product—is made possible simply by composable systems. The API-first, continuous deployment, global availability, and integrated security features of contemporary clouds were the particular ancestors of these safe plus adaptable platforms, which they now complement.

Micheal Montoya addresses the growing number of cyberattacks and explains that with threat stars becoming more sophisticated, innovative, and collaborative, cybersecurity responsibilities today extend beyond protection professionals – Now a lot more than ever, cybersecurity should be a primary focus for all digital and technology executives. He continues by saying that hacks are usually unavoidable as long as businesses continue to use cloud solutions and undergo digital transformation. “The question now turns from ‘if’ to ‘when’. Digital leaders will play a more prominent and vital role within helping companies navigate risks and risks as these people anticipate what’s next”, this individual explained.

The more groups organizations produce, the more complicated safety becomes. Many firms still handle security through segregated functions. They might believe that this will be a benefit, but threat actors really benefit from complexity in security because it makes it easier for them to find flaws in the particular system. Significant attention will be given to integrating protection for better visibility plus management. “At Cisco, we are expanding our cloud technique across areas to help businesses link, secure, and automate in order to deliver a seamless electronic experience. Our full-stack observability moves beyond domain monitoring into full-stack visibility, insights, and actions across the technology stack within the multi-cloud environment so that operation teams can deliver plus optimize customer experiences”, Trideeb Roy , Director – Sales, Data Center , Cisco Indian & SAARC said, Adding to this, he or she also talks about the value of getting Cisco Intersight onboard, saying “ Cisco Intersight provides a portfolio associated with services that will enable intelligent visualization and orchestration to bring teams, infrastructure, and programs together. And our Workload Optimization Manager, powered by AI/ML, assures application performance by giving workloads the particular resources they will need at the time of requirement”. Lastly, he concludes with about how their Secure Cloud Insights also track and normalizes data across multi-cloud conditions and is usually integrated along with SecureX, their cloud-native safety platform, to strengthen cloud security posture.

23 Jun, 2022

How to Keep Up With the Latest Technology Trends – PakWired

In the 21st century, the evolution of technology is happening at breakneck speed. 

Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen the stellar rise of technologies straight out of 1980s sci-fi. Think smartphones and tablets, social media, and cryptocurrencies. 

That’s why it’s more important than ever to keep up with the latest tech trends. Lagging tech knowledge puts you at a real disadvantage in your personal and professional life. 

With the rapidly advancing technology, though, it can be difficult to stay on top of things. Those who are part of the digital generation now have a definitive leg up in the job market. (Want to find out how tech-savvy you really are? Check out this technological age quiz!) 

So what can you do to keep up with technology? What strategies can help you stay ahead of the curve? Here are six habits to adopt to stay at the cutting edge of tech developments. 

1 – Read Tech Blogs 

To start with, you should make reading tech blogs part of your routine. 

Blogs are a fantastic place to start because they’re much more agile than traditional print media. That means they pick up on new trends faster. 

Plus, many tech thought leaders are guest authors on these blogs or run their own. As a result, you’ll hear of incipient trends straight from the top players.

Following multiple tech blogs also gives you a good gauge to evaluate different trends. Is only one single blog featuring a new “defining” trend? Or is it popping up across the entire niche? 

2 – Follow Tech Thought Leaders on Social Media 

A second box to tick on your tech to-do list to keep up with trends is to hit social media. Follow thought leaders and tech outlets. Turn on your notifications and check new articles and high-profile posts as soon as they’re published. 

But who should you follow? 

Hot tip: Don’t restrict yourself to tech titans like Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos. While these are undoubtedly top players, they’re by far not the only – or the most innovative – ones. 

Also follow tech editors at trustworthy media outlets, CEOs at smaller companies, and fast-growing startups. 

Social media offers an additional advantage. It lets you assess how much each new trend resonates right away based on engagement – likes, shares, and mentions. By keeping an eye on social media, you’re sure to know which trend is currently blowing up. 

3 – Sign Up for Tech Newsletters 

You don’t want to trudge through multiple blogs or be constantly bombarded with social media notifications? 

Then tech newsletters are a great option to stay on top of the latest trends. 

Many tech-focussed media outlets offer newsletters at varying frequencies – daily briefings, weekly catch-ups, or monthly summaries. 

By subscribing, you’ll get the latest tech news delivered straight to your inbox. 

4 – Join Tech Forums 

Another way to go is to get right in with the tech crowd by joining tech forums. Whether it’s tech-related threads on generalist forums like Quora or Reddit, or more tech-specific platforms, forums give you a great feeling of where the conversation is heading. 

Of course, you won’t be able to trust every “insider tip” or personal opinion on what “the next big thing” is going to be. But by looking at the overall discourse in these democratic spaces, you’ll get some first-hand insights into where the tech community is headed. 

5 – Attend Tech Events 

If you live nearby or if you have the chance to travel, attending tech events is a fantastic avenue to staying on top of the latest tech trends. 

Expos, conferences, and conventions all give you a chance to deep-dive into the latest developments in the tech sector, and listen to some of the greatest tech influencers speak in person. 

Plus, they’re fantastic ways of finding out who the key players in the arena are and doing some networking. 

Even if you can’t attend in person, many tech events offer online participation or publish programs so that you know who to look out for. 

6 – Listen to Podcasts 

Finally, another option to stay tuned to the latest developments in the tech sector is to listen to niche-specific podcasts. 

Like blogs, podcasts are agile and quick to pick up on the pulse of tech trends. 

Check out the hottest podcasts in the tech sector on different platforms – from Spotify to Stitcher. Follow several and make a habit of tuning in whenever you’re on the go, doing housework, or working out at the gym. 

Conclusion 

In 2022, staying up with the latest tech trends is essential. It’ll give you a significant advantage in your professional, financial and personal life. By following the tips above, you’ll be able to keep ahead of the curve and earn a reputation as a tech insider. 


22 Jun, 2022

Top 9 Technology Trends In The Next 5 Years – ReadWrite

Technology is always changing and we can expect all sorts of new initiatives to take place in the next five years that will change how we live. Below are some of the most interesting technology trends all of us see coming in the next several years.  

Expansion Of The Metaverse

We have been reading a great deal about the software development of the Metaverse and what the new Facebook initiative could look like in a few years. While it isn’t yet possible to live in the Metaverse, we think in 5 years, it will feasible to fully immerse yourself there.  

Right now, the particular Metaverse is where the World Wide Web was in the mid-90s. Many people believe once it advances and improves, the Metaverse will possess a revolutionary impact on us like the particular Internet did. It’s expected this will forever change how we socialize, work, plus live, and organizations that will don’t adapt to the Metaverse will be wiped out.  

The big driver of the Metaverse experience will be gaming. As the Metaverse’s technical capabilities grow, more games will be available there that completely immerse you in the experience. And that life-changing experience is what will make people move to the particular Metaverse.  

We could eventually get to the point where people live most of their lives in the Metaverse.  

Edge Computing

One associated with the major concerns for many organizations today is the particular lag that can affect how operations are managed. That is usually why many industries are concentrating on how efficient and responsive computers are usually so data can become analyzed as quickly because possible. This is where edge computing comes into the picture.  

Edge computing brings computer processes and information storage closer to organizations and reduces response times and lowers the amount of bandwidth used.  

Some advantages of edge computing that we will see in the future are:  

  • Boosts cybersecurity to a new level by reducing problems with privacy regulations, local compliance, and the sovereignty of data. While many believe that advantage computing makes the possibility of cyberattacks a lot more likely, the truth is that this reduces the impact on the particular organization if an attack occurs.  
  • Computer speed will increase dramatically with edge computing since it decreases latency. For instance, self-driving cars need faster computer procedures because every fraction of a second the vehicle is moving is definitely critical. Data analysis is limited to the edge, so processing speeds can be massively accelerated.  
  • Reduces the particular cost associated with keeping the data by categorizing it according in order to a management point of view. Information could be kept on locations on the particular edge therefore it reduces the cost of band width.  

Drones

Lots of people think drones will end up being much more common by 2024 and 2025. Right this moment, drones are mainly used only by videographers and photographers. But soon, drones will be cheap enough that a lot of people will want to own them. And along with improved technologies, they will be able to be flown for many hours at the time without a recharge.  

Drones also will not require permission from the government within the next few many years, so they can be used for more things. For instance, drones may be used more to find people or animals that are lost. There also could be more use of drones in order to deliver consumer goods.  

There will certainly be a time soon when none associated with us can go through a day without seeing a drone.  

Blockchain

Many of us only think about blockchain technology in terms of cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum plus Bitcoin. However, blockchain offers many types of security that are beneficial in other areas.  

Blockchain can be data that will only may be added to and cannot be taken from or changed. Because the information can not be transformed, it makes this extremely secure. Also, blockchain is driven by consensus so no one person or organization controls the data. Blockchain means there isn’t a third-party gatekeeper keeping control of the transactions.  

AI

Artificial intelligence will grow by leaps and bounds in the next few years. Recently, the idea of AI has advanced as researchers and scientists have found more innovative ways to use the tech.  

We think one area that may expand rapidly for AI is healthcare. With the advancement of artificial neural networks and sophisticated deep learning, medical professionals will be able to do intellectual tasks a lot faster.  

Further, AI in the medical field will help doctors to leverage data to notice patterns that can make the delivery associated with healthcare a more personal experience. Healthcare can see main changes because of AI with healthcare experts spending more of their time working along with the patient rather than understanding the diagnosis.  

Cloud Processing

Cloud processing will just get bigger within the coming years as more organizations large and small put their data within the cloud and stop relying upon local servers. We can anticipate a large transition to cloud computing in the following five yrs in many businesses, businesses, and industries.  

There also will be more advances within alternatives in order to cloud computing, including advantage computing (which we detail on this list) plus fog processing. Fog computing bypasses the challenges with cloud processing not being able to process massive amounts of information in a short time.  

Fog computing moves each function the particular network’s edge so speeds are much quicker.  

Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

RPA, like machine learning and AI, is certainly another emerging technology that will automate numerous jobs. RPA involves the use of software in order to automate routine business processes including processing technologies, interpreting applications, manipulating data, and even answering texts and emails. RPA can essentially automate common jobs that individuals once do by hand.  

Some sources estimate that will robotic process automation will threaten the jobs of more than 200 million people plus up to 9% from the workforce around the globe. RPA, however , also will certainly create brand new jobs, and it is believed that most jobs can only be partially automated, not entirely replaced.  

Tech professionals who want in order to learn the ins and outs of RPA will find work as RPA developers, analysts, and architects.  

5G

No list of growing tech trends is ever complete without having talking about 5G. This is the particular new generation standard in mobile comms that offers faster speeds plus reduced latency. This is great news because so several of us make use of our phones all the time to live our busy life.  

Of course , 5G systems have been developed with regard to many years. But now the networks are usually starting to go online and 5G will be offering much faster speeds on mobile devices and Internet connections are more reliable.  

With so much more wireless bandwidth available, it’s not possible regarding more IoT devices in order to connect with each other. There will also be a lot more possibilities within the future for self-driving vehicles plus even smart cities . All associated with these points will become made possible simply by considerably faster wireless data transfers with 5G networks.  

Quantum Computing

Quantum computing is a type of processing that uses quantum principles including quantum entanglement and superposition. This intriguing trend in technology is furthermore part of preventing the spread of viruses and developing new vaccines. These things are achievable with portion computing because of the ease of monitoring, querying, and acting on data, no matter the source.  

Quantum computing also should be of use in the particular future in finance plus banking to reduce credit risk and detect fraud.  

Quantum computers are now much faster compared to conventional computers and big brands of computers are now making significant improvements in mess computing.  

This listing of technologies trends within the next several many years shows exactly how much technology changes very quickly. While all of these technologies are still relatively early in their own lifecycles, we all can expect that they will continue to improve and evolve in the next five yrs.  

By the time another five years passes, it’s hard to imagine how much more superior technology may be but we are sure it will end up being impressive!

Nate Nead

Nate Nead

Nate Nead is usually the CEO & Managing Member associated with Nead, LLC, a consulting company that will provides strategic advisory services across multiple disciplines including finance, marketing and software growth. For over a decade Nate had provided strategic guidance on M& A, capital procurement, technologies and marketing solutions for some of the most well-known online brands. He and his team advise Fortune 500 and SMB clients alike. The team is based in Seattle, Washington; El Paso, Texas and West Palm Beach, Florida.

21 Jun, 2022

The Metaverse: Technology trends – Verdict

The metaverse brings together a range of next-generation technologies from cloud computing to artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cryptocurrencies, cybersecurity, the internet of things (IoT), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), digital twins, and adtech.

Listed below are the particular key technology trends impacting the metaverse theme, as identified by GlobalData.

VR and AR

The metaverse is the next big theme in digital media, and VR and AR are crucial technologies driving its development. These two systems will make the metaverse immersive plus allow users to interact with virtual objects, people, and environments. Although both VR and AR are within nascent stages of development and the metaverse is still largely conceptual, AR will have edge over VR in the short run. This is due to AR’s accessibility through web browsers plus smartphones compared to bulky VR headsets.

Companies like Meta, Microsoft, and Lenovo are making heavy investments in developing metaverse-related VR and AR. In 2021, Meta invested $10bn in developing VR and AR hardware plus software to achieve its metaverse vision. In April 2022, Lenovo announced a five-year plan in order to invest $15bn in metaverse research focused on VR and cloud services.

On the consumer front, AR and VR metaverses are focused on gaming, ecommerce, social press, and live events. A fair share of the particular investments going into VR and AR over the next three years will be focused on developing metaverse experiences plus platforms.

AI

AI is a vital tool for the metaverse, affecting all aspects of the value chain. It will support computing capabilities in semiconductors, process user data generated on devices, create virtual worlds and avatars within software platforms, and allow content creation plus interactivity within experiences, making the metaverse immersive and engaging.

Tech giants are investing in building AI to build their metaverse abilities. In March 2022, Qualcomm announced a $100m fund to assistance developers plus companies integrating AR and AI in their metaverse platforms plus experiences. Meta is also working on unified AI models that can understand multiple modalities, meaning they can read lips while listening for better speech recognition or identify policy-breaking social mass media posts simply by analysing text, image, and video simultaneously.

Game developers are using AI to improve the particular intelligence associated with non-playing characters, while social media firms use AI for content moderation, safety and privacy, and article marketing assistance.

The importance of AI will increase as technology such because AR plus VR mature, more customers signup in order to the metaverse, and new use cases emerge within the coming years. The enormous volumes of data produced on the metaverse will also require AI with regard to interpretation and analysis.

Cloud processing

The particular immersive plus ubiquitous facets of the metaverse will increasingly demand impair computing tools to process, store, and analyse the data generated upon platforms. The metaverse platform will not succeed if it cannot deliver the seamless consumer experience or even struggles to scale. Within March 2022, Nvidia launched the Omniverse Cloud, a suite associated with cloud services that gives artists, creators, designers, plus developers access to Omniverse for 3D design collaboration and simulation.

Cloud solutions providers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Alibaba will benefit from the growing metaverse theme. They will record increased demand for their services through metaverse systems desperate to access on-demand compute, storage, and analytics providers. As the particular metaverse expands over the next three years, system owners will certainly also demand edge computing solutions.

Web3

Web3 is an ideology that relates in order to the underlying infrastructure of the metaverse. It will rely heavily on blockchain technologies and be designed and managed by communities. Web3 may provide solutions to some limitations of Web2, specifically related to issues with the ownership and control of content material and data. It will be a reaction to the walled ecosystems owned by Big Technology companies such as Meta, Alphabet, Amazon, and Alibaba, which do not allow users possession over articles or visibility into how their data is used.

Web3 plus the metaverse are often misinterpreted since the same because both integrate similar technologies like blockchain, AI, and cloud. As the result, despite their fundamental differences, the development of one can, by default, fuel the particular progress of the other.

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs)

Large companies from sectors including beverages, music, ecommerce, entertainment, sport, and tourism are usually also gravitating towards NFTs. These companies are bringing NFTs plus the metaverse to the attention associated with investors, media, and consumers. According to Dapper Labs, the particular NBA’s Top Shots, a marketplace to buy, sell, and collect NBA NFTs, has created over $700m in sales between 2019 and August 2021.

NFT sales amounted to $18. 5bn within 2021, posting a 570-fold increase through 2020, as avatars and digital art gained popularity, according in order to NFT information aggregator CryptoSlam. With forecasts suggesting that will the market for brand new NFTs will surpass $30bn in 2022, many brands view NFTs as a gateway into the metaverse and a new revenue stream.

This is an edited extract from the Metaverse – Thematic Research   report produced by GlobalData Thematic Research.

20 Jun, 2022

The Biggest Gaming Technology Trends 2022 – UKTN (UK Technology News

Technology has been evolving faster and quicker over the past decade. With the advent of COVID-19, the pace has accelerated, contributing to more rapid change and progress. However , it is not only new tech in order to rehearse, evolve, and change. The world around us is changing, and we can only see that when we grab some free time. The online gambling industry was always at the forefront of changes, and we will show you some of the latest game trends to benefit all gamblers.

Mobile gaming

The industry of smartphones, PDAs, or mobile gaming systems, has taken over the global market in terms of revenue in recent several years. Experts in the video business consider playing on smartphones and tablets the particular best game playing technology since the dawn of the gaming industry.

The players are enjoying the most entertaining things on the internet with friends and foreigners from almost all over the world, plus since the particular pandemic’s beginning, many new users have joined. Currently, some of the most popular mobile games include PUBG: Battlegrounds, Minecraft, Apex Legends, and Fortnite Battle Royale.

The starting of the new millennium led to an eruption in the particular video game business development, and consoles plus television screens have started to dominate personal computer screens. Furthermore, the convergence of digital platforms will enable the development of the games industry upon new media, smartphones, and PDAs, which will pave the way for the eruptive growth associated with revenues from gambling on small displays.

Blockchain

With cryptocurrency firmly anchoring its place in the particular modern market, no one dares in order to say that Bitcoin is just a temporary financial bubble that will burst soon. Indeed, we are witnessing that will paying with crypto is becoming a common way. Some countries have even introduced this type of payment as official currency that people can use at every turn.

The particular same goes for various industries, for instance, online casinos and gambling. The possibility to use secure payment will be attracting more and more customers. Along with this service the players these days are looking for low deposit sites to stay upon the safe side from the road. That’s why the $5 deposit casino has become a good choice for many gamblers. Combined with cryptocurrency payments, a minimum down payment guarantees minimal risks for players.

The online casino industry is probably one of the most well-known destinations where cryptocurrency is used, although there are many more, and the particular number is usually increasing continuously.

In 2022, Forbes expects blockchain in order to change the way we encounter technology in general, announcing, above all, a significant impact on consumer products. For example, Sony, Asics, plus Coca-Cola have already shown interest in being part of the NFT world. Also, big companies have got defined their development strategies to equate the brand experience in the particular digital sphere with the physical products we buy in stores.

The disruption caused by the emergence of NFT will completely change the traditional betting technology and financial market and provide brand new ways to make money at home. For example, once you earn, find, or even buy NFT, you can rent, borrow, license, sell, pack, insure, or make money. In addition, we will witness various applications of decentralized blockchain financing which will empower content creators, cryptocurrency owners, plus innovators to make money without any contact along with traditional monetary institutions.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Virtual and augmented reality have a new chance thanks to 5G, as the new-generation mobile network will bring higher speeds and bandwidth with less latency. A revolutionary implementation of increased reality relies on this trend. Today, machine learning and artificial intelligence play a vital role in the particular functioning associated with almost all modern electronic devices, which usually we call “smart”.

Moreover, within the absence of travel and tourist visits, many users have turned in order to VR to enjoy the beauty of national parks, museums, gambling in on-line casinos, plus historic cities. In this context, virtual reality is definitely beginning in order to be used to rehearse real experiences before potential visitors pay for the trip to a particular destination. Another technological phenomena we have witnessed are perfectly illustrated with casino games technology trends and popularization of online plus VR concerts.

For example , the famous electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre held a VR concert on New Year’s Eve, which the “visitors” characterized because spectacular. Therefore, he demonstrated how special effects could turn such an event into a new experience.

Like inside VR and AR gaming, this betting tech can have a lot more gamers even after things return to normal after a pandemic.

Graphics Design

The world of graphic design is the world associated with unprecedented growth. If you want to be on top, you must keep up with what’s happening around a person in all the best gaming systems. Developing generative software makes it easy to implement complex plus highly dynamic solutions. As times switch, so does this area. Some things keep coming back, a few flash briefly and disappear forever, and some constantly push boundaries since new technologies develop.

Modern tech trends in game development heavily rely on graphics design. For instance , the particular users determine whether they will play on the web games based on their visual appearance and attractiveness. As a result, the trendy 3D momentum goes towards incredibly realistic, hyper-real visuals.

We anticipate that these 3D visuals will be awe-inspiring, not only being suppressed as a side element but taking center stage, dominating the entire page, plus enhancing your gaming encounter.

Cloud Gaming

Some data shows that will growth in the cloud technology market was faster in 2020 than inside 2019. According to press and telecommunications forecasts, this particular development results from increased demand due in order to the COVID-19 pandemic, complete closures, and business environment at a distance. Deloitte predicts that revenue development will remain higher than 30% between 2021 and 2025 as companies opt for cloud technologies to save money, become more agile, plus drive innovation.

Esports, gambling and betting are gaining increasingly more fans, with online casinos’ popularity raving. The particular offer can be so vast, it is certainly difficult to choose what to play and exactly where. Numerous reviews the best paying on the internet casino Canada help the users to find the greatest games styles, high payouts, and, what is the most important – take care of their own security.

Guided by central pillars such as Fortnite and League Of Tales, e-sports possess increased their particular share in different platforms and brought in more investment. With 12 professional leagues covering all regions except Africa, 120 franchise teams, and more than 1, 000 professional gamers, the industry will certainly continue to grow in the coming years plus compete with traditional sports. We see it as a clear sign that will video games will have the completely different destiny than ever planned for a gamer who follows the latest online on line casino gaming developments.

Conclusion

The whole industry-changing process that is taking place in front of us tells us that it is necessary to stay up to date with the latest trends, follow every development and adapt to it. This way, we can look to the particular future within the online gambling world, develop strategies and improve skills that will provide more productivity plus enhance overall gaming experiences. For example , Mark Zuckerberg’s current announcement that will he may invest $10 billion in metaverses next year has just confirmed what we’ve seen in the movies – that we’ll be living in VR in the future. And while Apple, Microsoft, and other giants are already investing greatly in metaverses, others are usually wondering how to join the most significant wave of disruption we may remember.

20 Jun, 2022

How to Stay Current with Tech Trends – INQUIRER.net

Gadgets and online services continue to improve as time passes. It can be daunting to follow its pace, so older people may avoid learning them. Contrary to popular belief, you may keep up with future technology trends no matter your age.

Technology has become more intuitive for users so that it could benefit anyone regardless of age. Check your familiarity with tech trends by answering this tech age group quiz . No matter the results, you will learn something new as you always read this article.

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We will start simply by discussing the benefits we all receive from technology. After that, we will go through some of the particular latest technology trends, such as artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency. More importantly, we will elaborate on how to adapt to future styles.

Technology is for people of all ages.

The assumption that old adults do not follow technology trends is an outdated stereotype. According in order to 2020 research, 77% of people over 65 years old use the internet at home.

The same findings indicated that the number of women who are 75 years old plus above and use technology regularly rose more than twice through 2011. The internet use for individuals aged 65 to 74 jumped from 52% to 83% in 2019.

What’s more, 28% of people aged 75 plus higher make use of tablets, representing a 15% increase since 2015. This report also says that 21% associated with the same age range have social media accounts.

More people are starting in order to realize the particular numerous benefits of new technological trends. Here are some examples:

  • You can now have anything delivered to your door thanks to the internet. Most of your own favorite shops now possess online sites where you may click on everything you want.
  • Teleconferencing and social media apps allow you in order to talk to loved ones no matter where they are usually. You can share photos through your last trip plus speak face-to-face through the screen.
  • Now there are more ways to spend your days productively. For example , numerous online resources like websites and videos can teach a person new skills. You might even speak to professionals worldwide if you need extra pointers.
  • Furthermore, you can play simple games like crossword puzzles or solitaire for free. You can binge-watch thousands of TV series plus movies on the internet streaming services. If you want something more intellectual, you could play chess against people within remote areas.
  • Various apps and websites can help you prepare for tax returns, bill payments, and bank records. They will crunch the particular numbers and organize the paperwork on your behalf.

The latest technology developments

The latest technology trends

We have only explored a slim portion associated with the latest technical trends. The particular internet is only the beginning since experts work hard in order to improve technologies.

People in the particular past thought the internet was useless because it only had a few web pages with limited usage. Those web sites contained textual information plus a few images, but nothing more.

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Old computers did not have that much functionality either. Nowadays, laptops are essential for everyone, from children to older adults. Kids use computers in order to participate in online studying. Adults make use of them to work from home, achieving a work-life balance.

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Thanks to remote work, parents may spend less time at the office and more time with their children. Older people can use social media to speak with loved ones who live far away. They could also reconnect with friends they have not seen in many years.

We continue to enjoy more technological marvels, yet we will certainly see a lot more amazing things. Here are the growing trends within the digital world:

Health devices

Health devices

You might be familiar with Apple Watches if a person use Apple products. Similar devices like the FitBit permit users to keep track of specific vital signs, such because your heart rate and body temperature.

This feature can be a lifesaver for those along with certain medical conditions. They could quickly adjust their behavior whenever a vital sign veers toward abnormal levels.

These fitness trackers help you monitor your performance during a workout. You could avoid reaching a blood pressure level when jogging. On the other hand, you could sustain a heart rate for weight loss.

These health monitoring devices have advanced significantly, so we now have WiFi-enabled nano-pills. A doctor may install it in a patient’s body to keep a close watch on their wellness.

Some hospitals use distributed ledger technology to improve patient access to their medical records. The Siloam Hospitals in Indonesia will be a prime example. We are going to talk about that trending technology later.

Transportation

Transportation

Cars that will drive themselves used to be science fiction stories. Nowadays, a person can get a vehicle like that from Tesla . A person can find several videos of Tesla owners relaxing in the driver’s seat as the car traverses the particular freeway.

These automobiles detect road indicators, pedestrians, and other vehicles to avoid accidents. Global positioning systems or GPS is now standard inside these vehicles so they can basically take you anywhere you like.

What’s more, they can park themselves at a nearby spot. If you need to ride it again, you do not want to walk toward your own vehicle.

Tesla cars have the “summon” function that prompts these automobiles to drive themselves towards your location. What’s a lot more, Teslas plus similar cars are electric vehicles.

Battery technology has advanced significantly, so that will modern cars usually do not rely heavily on crude oil. Some use batteries that you can charge at any power outlet.

Artificial intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI)

The term “AI” brings notions of fully-sentient computers and robots. However , real-life synthetic intelligence refers to digital capabilities that enable machines to perform human tasks.

Voice assistants like Siri and Alexa are great examples. Your iPhone has a female voice that can understand plus follow voice commands. AI also increases productivity with regard to factories.

You are able to open a sample of AI right now. Search engines like Google make use of artificial intelligence to suggest content to customers based on their own preferences.

That is why search engines can show relevant sources whenever you input the query. AI also provides suitable advertisements for products and services you may like.

These types of facilities may rely on robotic process automation to do repeated tasks multiple times without tiring. Still, humans need to prepare these systems and respond if they malfunction.

AI also helps with fraud detection regarding electronic information. It can identify patterns unique to genuine copies that people struggle to identify.

Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency

Digital currency is one of the new technologies trends that is well-known worldwide. You might have noticed people buying stuff using their particular smartphones.

They have applications that store fiat currency to cover expenses in brick-and-mortar stores and on-line marketplaces. Nowadays, we will see another digital transformation of money.

We can buy things via online obligations, but we still use fiat foreign currency. The numbers on your online account merely represent the bills and coins of your country.

Soon, all of us will replace that physical money with a new digital form known since cryptocurrencies. They are electronic assets that people use in order to purchase goods and solutions.

They operate on decentralized computer networks to turn out to be more resilient than regular networks. Disabling one of the computers within the networks will not compromise the entire system.

However, individuals can take down an ordinary network by targeting its central server. Blockchain technology makes cryptocurrency networks possible.

Crypto is one of the new technologies changing multiple facets of society. For example, it has sparked a new technology trend called decentralized autonomous organizations or DAOs.

They turn the traditional office hierarchy over its head by giving power to the particular employees. DAOs have a native cryptocurrency that members use to vote on the future actions of the entire organization.

Once they have reached a consensus, the leaders of the particular DAO will implement the final decision. Some modern companies now function as DAOs, and we may see this technologies trend expand in the particular near future.

We could go on plus on regarding the possibilities of cryptocurrency , but we have to discuss the other technology trends. It is one of the most exciting updates in the technology industry!

Virtual reality

Virtual reality

As the name suggests, virtual reality (VR) lets people experience environments that will closely simulate real life. It is prevalent in the gaming industry due to VR games.

People experience this technology with the help of VR headsets. The headgear allows users to inhabit their favorite game and interact along with it in unique ways.

If you do not want to make use of VR accessories, you could experience virtual reality while augmented fact (AR). This technology lets you view digital media in the real world.

For example , the particular mobile game Pokemon GO lets players find virtual pets within the real world. The particular app shows them nearby Pokemon that they can view from their phone screens.

VR is among the new technologies trends that want in order to expand its scope. The Ikea mobile app uses augmented actuality to enable customers to view how furniture would look inside their homes.

People may select an item from the Swedish furniture brand and then aim their camera where they might put that will fixture. The particular app will show the thing as if it is in the person’s home.

As a result, Ikea makes it easier for shoppers to choose the correct item for their houses. Nowadays, more companies want in order to expand the particular use-cases of VR for workplaces.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be currently working on VR headsets for office workers. He named the upcoming VR headgear Project Cambria, and it will facilitate remote work.

He wants employees to collaborate on his VR platform, Horizon Workrooms, with the help associated with his forthcoming accessory. Unfortunately, virtual reality can only upgrade with the particular help of other brand new technology styles.

5G cellular networks

5G mobile networks

VR experts want the technology to become an extended reality. In other words, they want people to enter VR as though it is usually a real-world location. That way, everyone can benefit from this particular technology trend.

These experts refer to this by another name: the particular Metaverse . Unfortunately, it will need faster internet speeds in order to make this possible. All online services require a lot of data shared among myriad computers worldwide.

This Metaverse requires a good unprecedented level of detail to deliver its feature. That means it would need internet speeds that are not widely available.

Fortunately, emerging technologies will soon provide 5G worldwide. The term stands for “5th generation, ” designed to connect everyone via their own devices.

It delivers higher data rates of speed, better reliability, and broader network availability that we have never seen before. In other words, 5G provides fast internet wherever you are around the world 24/7,

According to Qualcomm, 5G can generate global economic output worth $13. 1 trillion and provide 22. 8 million new jobs. Also, the telecommunications firm said 5G can realize its full economic potential by 2035.

Fortunately, this is one of the technology developments that draws closer to reality, thanks to the particular NICT or even the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology.

On May 30, 2022, the Japanese institute discovered how to transmit 1 . 02 petabits per second through an internet connection. A petabit or PiB is worth one mil gigabits.

Because an outcome, the NICT distributed data billions of times faster than current web speeds. This used a standard optic fiber cable so that we may see wide use soon!

Keeping up with emerging technologies

Keeping up with emerging technologies

That was a lot of technology trends! The most interesting part is that we only discussed a summary of each. If you want to learn more, you will have to check other sources.

It can be challenging to grasp all of this without an expert guiding you. Fortunately, you can find numerous seminars that elaborate on these trending technology trends.

A quick Google search can show such events in your area. If you are currently employed, perhaps your industry holds public conferences about these new trends.

Various sectors want to adapt to the brand new technology trend to improve their business processes. Attending related events may even help you earn a work promotion.

However, these types of often charge hundreds of dollars for admission. Fortunately, you can learn regarding the upcoming technologies for free with the help associated with the following:

  • Follow online publications this kind of as CoinDesk, Inquirer USA, and Yahoo Tech. They consistently share articles about the latest systems for free.
  • You could tune in to online influencers on social media. These regular people keep themselves in the particular loop with the latest technology so that will you may receive updates as soon as possible.
  • Online classes can teach you about these technologies. Various companies such as Google provide them with regard to free. Alternatively, you can take information technology courses from colleges and universities.
  • You can watch many tech conferences on YouTube, such as TED Talks. They are free, and they provide fascinating insights into emerging systems.
  • In case you are the busy person, you could just listen to podcasts. Let them play while you wait on the bus or finish late-night work.

Conclusion

Everyone can keep up-to-date with the latest tech trends, regardless of age. The internet provides a lot of totally free information plus updates concerning the subject.

You will see the styles toward an overarching technologies vision: Web 3. 0. It goes by the name “decentralized web” or the “internet of things, ” and it is the next evolution of the web.

What’s more, you will discover various companies investing in Web3. They believe that this development will offer a more inclusive internet that offers a lot more benefits to people.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Why do I need to keep up with technology trends?

Emerging technologies are shifting our societies regardless of whether we learn about them. We should keep upward to date along with the developments to find out how we can improve our lives with them.

What are some examples of emerging technology tendencies?

Machine learning and cloud computing are usually changing the way we process plus store information. Meanwhile, quantum computers might accelerate the particular advancement further.

What are the benefits of technology?

Technology allows a person to perform tasks easier and faster. As a result, you have more time to do more essential points in your life, like socializing with friends.

What is artificial intelligence?

It will be a technology that lets devices carry out tasks usually performed by humans. They maintain high levels of productivity without stopping for breaks.

How do I keep up with technology?

You can start simply by reading online articles and videos on topics like edge computing and data protection laws. Then, see if there are seminars that teach tech trends in your area so that will you can receive expert advice.

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17 Jun, 2022

The 9 Biggest Trends Manufacturers Need To Be Ready For – Forbes

Manufacturing organizations have enormous opportunities to leverage smart factories and new technology trends to boost revenue, increase safety, and improve processes.

In this article, we’ll look at the 9 top tech styles that every manufacturing organization needs to be ready for – starting today.

1. Data, AI, and the Industrial IoT

Within the future, we will have increasingly interconnected Internet of Things (IoT) devices in order to collect data, and manufacturing companies can use this information to enhance their processes. For example, data gathered from sensors on machines can help manufacturers understand how machines are performing, so they can optimize maintenance schedules, reduce machine downtime, and even predict when things will go wrong during production.

2. 5G and Edge Computing

The particular fifth generation of mobile data network technology will certainly enable manufacturers to easily connect their own IoT technology and collect and process data within devices, such as smart machines and sensors.

Advantage computing, which brings more of the collection, processing, and storage of information to actual devices, will become more common. Even today, producers can create private 5G networks on their premises, which will give them ultra-fast data speeds without the particular need for cables.

3. Predictive Maintenance

Manufacturing organizations will use sensor data to detect when a machine or part is likely to fail, so they take preventative action and maintain their equipment more effectively. Predictive maintenance isn’t something that only works on brand new devices, either. For example , Siemens has even used maintenance detectors on older motors plus transmissions, and by analyzing the data, they can now fix older machines before they fail.

4. Digital Twins

A digital twin is a virtual representation that serves as the counterpart associated with a real-world, physical procedure or object. In manufacturing, a digital twin could be used to create a virtual replica of the gear on the factory floor, therefore workers can see how machinery operates under specified conditions. Or a digital double can even be utilized to visualize and simulate an entire supply chain.

Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg said that digital twins could be the company’s biggest driver of production efficiency improvements for the next decade.

“We’re seeing things like 40 in order to 50% improvements in first time quality [of parts], ” stated Muilenburg. “My expectation for us being able to grow the bottom line year over 12 months cash growth regardless associated with some of the externals is because of the incredible ability we have now to drive first-time quality into our production systems because of the new technologies. ”

5. Extended Reality Technology

Augmented plus virtual reality will play an increasingly important part in manufacturing, including enhancing product design, improving production planning, complementing human abilities on assembly lines, and providing more immersive training.

At GE’s factory in Florida, for example , workers assembling wind turbines wear augmented reality glasses that display digital instructions on how to install parts correctly. Honeywell found that their particular passive learning experience didn’t really lead to great knowledge retention – so they implemented the VR training program that improved retention in order to as high as 80%. As more from the word extends in to the metaverse , a lot more opportunities may arise with regard to manufacturers to use extended fact technology.

6. Automation and Dark Factories

Dark factories are fully automated sites where manufacturing happens without direct human being intervention. As robot technologies advances, we will see more of these completely automated factories.

In more traditional manufacturing environments, robotic exoskeletons can help those upon the creation line lift heavier parts without compromising safety. We also have got collaborative, intelligent robots or even “cobots” that are specifically designed to work alongside humans. Nissan already uses cobots to help employees install engine intakes.

7. 3D Printing and Additive Production

With 3D printing technology, we can make use of fewer materials and produce less waste than all of us do with traditional production methods. 3D printing will also drive a new era associated with personalization because manufacturers can make individually customized products without worrying about economics of scale. Rapid prototyping is also possible along with 3D publishing technology. With regard to over 15 years, Airbus has been using THREE DIMENSIONAL printing technology for localized, on-demand production of toolings like jigs and fixtures.

8. Web3 and Blockchain Technology

Along with the emergence of Web3 and distributed computing technologies like blockchains and NFTs, there will be opportunities for manufacturers to better monitor supply chains – and even automate many of the transactions along their supply chains. Additionally , many of the particular products that we can manufacture in the future will be sold with NFTs. Regarding example, Alfa Romeo is already now selling their cars with accompanying NFTs that will certify the car purchase, record essential vehicle data, plus generate a certificate that can be used to ensure the car has already been properly maintained.

9. Smarter, More Sustainable Production Processes

Today, there are wise versions of everything, through vacuum cleaners to thermostats to toilets – and therefore, producers will continually need to explore ways of giving customers the intelligent products they expect.

Manufacturers will even offer more services alongside popular items. For instance , vehicle manufacturers currently offer add-on services want maintenance, charging, roadside assistance, as well as infotainment packages.

More customers will increasingly gravitate towards products that will are sustainable, reusable, plus recyclable along the entire supply chain. All of us already see smaller, pop-up factories starting to replace mega factories that produce items far away and then have extensive source chains in order to get products to consumers. For instance, a British company called Arrivals offers completely reimagined the manufacturing of delivery vans. They can create smaller, flexible pop-up industrial facilities in less than six months that have considerably more streamlined supply stores.

For more on these and other future trends, check out my book Business Trends in Practice , which usually has just been awarded the Business Book associated with the Year 2022.

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