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10 TECH TRENDS THAT WILL DEFINE 2018

No one can predict how the future of technology will shape up, but we can make some informed guesses.

Streaming services will expand and businesses will contiue using AI bots and machine learning systems to run efficiently.

Here are some trends in tech that are set to become more pronounced in 2018 and beyond:

1.) VR & AR WILL BECOME JOINT EXPERIENCES

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Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. Unlike traditional user interfaces, VR places the user inside an experience. Instead of viewing a screen in front of them, users are immersed and able to interact with 3D world.

Right now, Virtual Reality is an isolating experience. You put on a headset and immerse yourself in the world that only you inhabit.

Going forward, VR and AR (Augmented Reality) will allow people to explore the untold worlds together.

We will get to play, work and explore jointly in alternate realities.

In 2018, the release of several standalone VR systems will be awesome. Get ready for VR 2.0–an evolution that could help the technology fulfill some analysts’ predictions of it becoming a $38 billion industry by 2026.

2.) DEMOCRACY WILL COZY UP TO THE BLOCKCHAIN

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Frog strategists Kristina Phillips and Sally Darby believe the rise of blockchain technology won’t be limited to cryptocurrencies in 2018. They see it moving into much larger arenas of society, including government.

“Because it changes how votes are collected and minimizes the risk of fraud or manipulation, blockchain technology may be what helps more voices get heard in government matters and policy decisions. By the 2018 midterm elections, we may just see an end to paper ballots altogether.”

The tech will be able to help more voices get heard in governement matters.

3.) ELECTRIC CAR TECH WILL REACH ITS TIPPING POINT

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Self driving cars are still in the labs. So forget about them for a few years, and embrace electric cars.

In 2018, we will see new electric cars promising ranges of 200 miles or more, including the Tesla Model 3 and the second generation Nissan Leaf.

Long term investment in petrol cars will also come down.

4.) THE FIRST SPACE TOURISTS WILL GET TO ORBIT

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Space Tourism is the term that’s come to be used to mean ordinary members of the public buying tickets to travel to space and back. Many people find this idea futuristic. But over the past few years a growing volume of professional work has been done on the subject, and it’s now clear that setting up commercial space tourism services is a realistic target for business today.

Space tourism may finally get off the ground in 2018. Not only does Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin hope to take the first space tourists into orbit in its Crew Capsule 2.0 abroad its New Sheherd rocket, but Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is also counting down to the first commercial trip into orbit for its VSS Unity spacecraft.

5.) STREAMING WARS WILL INTENSIFY

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Fuelled by a surge in sales of voice-controlled speakers in 2018, the likes of Apple, Amazon and Google are on the verge of abandoning digital downloads in favour of fast growing streaming services.

Those big players plus Spotify have followed Netflix’s example in video, on the monthly fee model.

6.) AI WILL INSPIRE HOW PRODUCTS ARE DESIGNED

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Companies like Airbnb and Netflix already infuse AI into their products in a host of ways, generally to the customer’s benefit.

Tech insiders believe 2018 will see far more comapnies focusing their product design around the best use of artificial intelligence.

7.) AR WILL INVITE QUESTIONS ABOUT IP

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Physical works of art are the property of their creators. But with Augmented reality enabling consumers to add infinite changers, intellectual property in 2018 is geared for a change.

Mixed-media will let people not only have access to public art, but also add one’s signature without leaving a mark.

8.) SMART SOUNDBARS WILL SURGE

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On the back of the voice-controlled speakers, multi-room audio looks set to grow.

While there is an explosion in hardware; a market reasearch company has recently reported a significant growth in premium multi-room systems, smart soundbars in particular.

We will also see more of Dolby Atmos and high-resolution audio in 2018.

 9.) WE WILL USE FACEBOOK (AND OUR PHONES) LESS

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Criticised for hosting fake news, voilent videos and hate speech and even for ripping apart the social fabric, Facebook is suddenly on the back-foot.

In 2018, we will care less about Facebook than we used to.

Deloitte also predicts that almost half  of adults today are worried about using their phones too much, and could try to limit their usage in 2018.

10.) BUSINESSES WILL USE DATA AND MACHINE LEARNING

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There are companies that already cater your shopping experience specifically to you, including Amazon’s re-order feature and subscription services. This customisation trend will increase in 2018.

Companies will look to combining user data with technologies like AR and machine learning systems to help customers better engage with products and services.

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