2017 has been a busy year for Technology. Dominating the news cycle since January have been ongoing stories and discussions about hacking (from elections to ad networks), cryptocurrencies, smart speakers, self-driving cars, and of course net neutrality. Here are some predictions of what the top Technology stories in 2018 might turn out to be…
- Net Neutrality – No surprise here. The controversy around the F.C.C.’s recent vote won’t be going away any time soon and we won’t be surprised to see new alternative/underground means of access start to emerge as users fight to keep “big business” out of the driver’s seat. “What’s Next After the Repeal of Net Neutrality” (New York Times, 12/15/2017)
- More Smart Devices – Yes, you can talk to your speakers already, and watch your front door from your phone while you’re on vacation, but I’m guessing it won’t be long before your refrigerator starts sending you texts reminding you about the left-overs you’ve had in there a bit too long. “The Best Smart Home Devices of 2018” (PC Mag, 12/1/17)
- Facial Recognition (and other biometric advancements) – already a very hot topic in the world of smartphones, uses of Facial Recognition technology and the associated concerns will likely continue to grow rapidly in 2018. “The List of Places That Scan Your Face is Growing” (Slate Magazine, 12/22/17)
- Artificial / Augmented / Virtual Reality – as this technology continues to become more sophisticated and more available, it’s also going to become more accepted and expected in mainstream. Once you get used to backing up a car with a rear-view camera and guidelines, why would you want to turn your neck to do it the old fashioned way? “4 Surprising Ways Augmented Reality Will Revolutionize Your Life” (NBC News, 12/19/17)
- Big Tech Continues to Grow – Do you see any sign of Amazon, Apple, Google, or Facebook slowing down? Neither do I. “Prepare For a Fightback Against Big Tech” (Forbes, 12/27/2017)
Of course there are also lots of other things we can imagine becoming major news next year. Wearable tech will almost certainly continue to grow, maybe into physical enhancements or augmentations (there’s got to be a Geordi visor coming soon!). Also mass data-collection and data privacy will likely be a recurring theme in most tech related stories.
Do you have any predictions for what folks will be talking about the most next year? Let us know in the comments!