Technology and Innovation Trends Shaking up 2020

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on March 3rd, 2020

Technology and Innovation Trends Shaking up 2020

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on March 3, 2020

The new decade has bought around the turn of a new technological era. With technology evolving faster than ever, what can we expect from 2020? Forget trends, these 5 technological advancements are here to stay as we continue to innovate at lightning speeds. It’s an exciting time, especially for organisations like ourselves who are so closely entwined to the changing landscape of technological advancement. 

5G data networks

“5G offers the potential to transform businesses and sectors. It’s more than just pure connectivity. It has the potential to unlock new experiences and increase productivity around all the things that matter most, so you can transform your business and live life without wasting a moment.” – O2 

5G is being rolled out as we speak and it’s no wonder why; today 67% of the world’s population use mobile devices (GSMA Intelligence, organisers of the Mobile World Congress (MWC). 5G is bringing us more stable connections and super-fast download/upload speeds. On an individual level, it will give us a better-quality experience online with the ability to stream movies, videos and music at a higher quality. However, the real transformation comes when we apply 5G to business and industry. Companies are beginning to explore the endless opportunities that having a super-fast and stable internet connection anywhere will bring. 5G is set to completely transform the way we work as well as contributing to significant advancements in robots, autonomous vehicles and smart machinery. 

AI (artificial intelligence) 

“Artificial Intelligence is laying the foundation to lead a revolution comparable to that generated by the Internet.” – Iberdrola

Whilst there is still controversy around AI and its applications, there is no denying that it has been wholly transformative in the tech sphere. The technology is still relatively expensive, hence why many applications of AI continue to be carried out by providers. Despite the cost, most companies have begun to explore how they can use AI. Applications of AI currently focus on improving customer experience and streamlining business operations. In 2020 we can expect to see an increasing number of providers offering more specialised services and as a result a wider adoption of the technology. 

Autonomous Driving

“Google’s sister-company Waymo completed a trial of autonomous taxis in California, where it transported more than 6200 people in the first month.”

Don’t let that number confuse you; we are a long way from fully autonomous vehicles being commonplace. That said there is huge excitement around autonomy, and we will start to see some key features implemented into vehicles such as automated braking and lane changing.

Whilst this technology is still in its infancy, Tesla chief, Elon Musk has said he expects his company to create a truly “complete” autonomous vehicle by this year. Will they? We will have to wait and see!

The road to autonomy won’t be smooth or easy and we can expect to hear huge debates around autonomous vehicles in 2020. There are still significant questions to be answered around safety, social attitudes and infrastructure before developments in the technology can be kicked up a gear. 

Extended Reality

With so many different versions of reality, it’s getting harder to see the wood from the trees right now. Let’s break it down- 

  • Virtual reality (VR)- a fully digitally immersive experience where you enter a computer-generated world using headsets that blend out the real world
  • Augmented reality (AR)- overlays digital objects onto the real world via smartphone screens or displays 
  • Mixed reality (MR) is an extension of AR, that means users can interact with digital objects placed in the real world 

Extended Reality (XR) is an all-encompassing term that draws these ‘realities’ together. Until now, our expectations of this technology have been confined to entertainment; 2020 is where this all changes.

Virtual and augmented reality will start to filter into training and simulation and customer interaction. Whilst it’s potential was once constrained; the field is now wide open and we are excited to see where XR can take us. 

Blockchain Technology

Blockchain Technology hasn’t received the best press in previous years with many speculating that it’s over-hyped. Despite this commentary 2020 is set to be the year that we see the launch of Facebook’s blockchain-based crypto currently Libra. Will this be the ignition Blockchain Technology needs? 

Blockchain is a secure digital ledger used to record transactions; its encrypted and decentralized. It eliminates the need for “trusted” third parties enabling safe, fast, cheaper transactions.

Despite criticism, big names have continued to invest in Blockchain. If this investment pays off and Blockchain starts to yield real-world results, we could see a real lift-off for the technology in 2020. 

We are excited for the year ahead and with such rapid advancements comes a growing need for a skilled workforce that can keep up with the pace. That’s where we come in; contact Tilt recruitment to discuss your 2020 recruitment needs. https://tiltrecruitment.co.uk/get-in-touch/

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