The rapid evolution of technology has been further accelerated by the pandemic, and IT professionals must adapt to this contactless world. In 2023, AI will be more advanced and 5G technology will have a major impact on our lives and work. Staying informed on technology trends can help IT workers remain job-secure and make the most of their time working from home.
Interacting with AI is now an everyday occurrence; it is seen in such things as searching the internet, online shopping, navigation, entertainment, scheduling, and more. It has become an integral part of modern life, even if people who are not involved in technology may not be aware of it. AI is continuing to be a highly popular technology, with the maturing ecosystem of no-code AI solutions and as-a-service platforms making it more accessible. Google CEO Sundar Pichai describes it as having a more significant impact on human civilization than fire or electricity, and those with good ideas are able to create new AI-enhanced products and services.
In 2023, AI will be used to augment human workers, leading to some job losses but also the emergence of new jobs. Companies should be proactive in preparing their workforce to use the new tools available to them to make the transition as smooth as possible. Synthetic content is an exciting field to watch as AI is harnessed to create entirely new images, sounds, and information. Natural language algorithms allow computers to understand and recreate human language communications, and by 2023 this type of AI is expected to grow in use for both entertainment and business.
The Future of Metaverse
The term “metaverse” is used to describe the next generation of digital immersive environments, which could involve virtual and augmented reality, decentralization, and blockchains. There is no clear definition of the term, causing confusion. Organizations are taking advantage of metaverse-leaning platforms to create early outposts and stay relevant as the next big thing develops, hoping to understand the technology, test opportunities, and show their shareholders they can move quickly on trends.
In 2023, smaller organizations will start to adopt outpost-building and piloting, while global brands already involved will be able to create unified products and services for mainstream consumers rather than just tech enthusiasts. Metaverse is becoming more mobile and post-mobile, which allows us to access, experience, and interact with content on devices such as headsets, smart glasses, and haptic feedback suits. Businesses should consider how to leverage these opportunities to create immersive experiences and how to use the platforms and tools for internal processes to make them more engaging and efficient.
An Editable Digital World
The metaverse is becoming increasingly viable due to our ability to digitally recreate physical objects. This technology has gone beyond creating immersive experiences and now allows us to edit things in the digital world and have those changes affect the real world. For example, Formula 1 teams use digital twins of their race cars to test the car in a virtual environment and then 3D print components that are optimized from their digital simulations.
Nanotechnology and CRISPR Cas9 gene editing have enabled us to manipulate materials and living organisms at the nano-scale, allowing us to create new materials, such as graphene, and to modify inherited characteristics of living organisms. These advancements have the potential to improve human health and agriculture, offering benefits such as immunity to illnesses, disease-resistant crops, and personalized medicines.
Re-architecting Trust With Blockchain
Traditionally, trust between two parties online has been established with the help of middlemen such as banks, companies and anti-fraud services. However, these are centralized systems that may not always act in the best interests of customers. In 2023, trust will be largely related to decentralization, which is enabled through blockchain technology using consensus and encryption to store data and run programs across multiple computers, protected from interference.
One of the largest energy companies, Shell, has implemented a trust-driven initiative using blockchain to track the provenance of sustainable energy on its grid, and William Grant and Son has attached NFTs to bottles of its Glenfiddich whisky to enable authentication when re-sold. Decentralization will enable secure transactions between machines to automate elements of business and industry involving different systems.
Businesses are investing in blockchain technology to provide consumers with digital ownership and exclusive virtual experiences. This technology is being used by brands like Prada and Balenciaga to give users a unique experience and prove ownership. The Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) is a blockchain-based entity that uses stakeholder voting and smart contracts to automatically implement decisions such as payments, changes in management, and regulations.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to have a major impact on our lives by 2023. The development of global standards and protocols for machine-to-machine interactions will enable devices to communicate more efficiently, as well as assist with a wider range of tasks. Companies investing in IoT are focusing on improving security to prevent attackers from gaining access. 5G and 6G services will enable faster communication and connection between devices, providing more opportunities for device interconnectivity and secure procedures, such as robotic surgery. In 2023, it is predicted that there will be a boom in health and wellness products and services due to covid-19 concerns resulting in an increase in the availability of affordable technology. Devices, such as the Apple Watch and Google Fitbit, will feature sophisticated sensors like blood oxygen levels and temperature measuring, as well as ECG scans.