In 2022, the covid-19 pandemic will continue to impact our lives in many ways. The Technology of digitization and virtualization of businesses and society will continue to develop at a breakneck pace. However, as a new year dawns, the need for sustainability, steadily increasing data volumes. And increasing compute and network speeds will begin to regain their status. As the most important drivers of digital transformation.
For many individuals and organizations. The most important lesson of the past two years has been that truly transformative. Change is not as difficult to implement as one might think if the motivation is there! As a company, we will undoubtedly continue to harness. This new openness to flexibility, agility, and innovative thinking. Is no longer a question of simply trying to survive in a changing world. But of s ‘flourishing there.
With that in mind, here are my predictions for the specific trends. That is likely to have the most impact in 2022. You won’t find any thoughts on quantum computing. Neural interfaces, or nanotechnology – although they are certainly on the horizon. agenda, their impact will not be felt until later. Instead, the most important trends in 2022 should focus on the convergence of technological trends. As tools emerge to allow us to combine them in new and amazing ways.
Artificial intelligence everywhere
Before, “smart” simply meant “connected”: Smartphones, televisions, and the plethora of other smart devices were actually just the same old toys, but connected to the internet. Today, “smart” means more and more often powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Usually machine learning algorithms – and able to help us in ever more innovative ways. Smart cars use facial recognition algorithms to detect if we are paying attention to the road. And alert us if we are tired. Smartphones use AI algorithms to do everything from maintaining call quality. To help take better photos, and of course, they’re full of apps. That use AI to help us do just about anything. A smart toilet is even emerging that can help diagnose gastrointestinal issues by using computer vision to analyze stool samples!
AI has crept into the tools we use every day. From ubiquitous voice assistants to language translation. Including tools that allow us to extract structured data from photos, doodles on whiteboards, and handwritten notes. It also powers much of the automation of robotic processes. That has helped lighten workloads in administrative, logistics, accounting, and HR departments. Regardless of your industry or function, chances are you’ll find an AI-powered solution designed to make your life easier.
This broad trend encompasses AI
The Internet of Things (IoT), and new ultra-fast networks such as 5G. Which combine to give us capabilities that we did not have just a few years ago. This highlights the fact that on a longer timescale than the one we are looking at here. The trend that will have the most impact will be convergence. The increase in data volumes. The acceleration of network and processor speeds and the “democratization” of data (we will come back to this later) are all coming together. And will have an impact on society that is far greater than the sum of their parts.
“Everything as a service” and the “no-code” revolution
Another increasingly powerful driver will be the continued democratization of data and technology. In recent years, an entire sector has emerged. The goal of which is to put the skills and tools necessary for technological innovation. Into the hands of as many parts of society as possible. Regardless of their expertise or background. experience. Cloud computing solutions for storage. Networking and processing can greatly mitigate the costs and risks of setting up expensive infrastructure to test new ideas. Hybrid solutions – for cases where public cloud services are not entirely appropriate,
Innovation has been held back in some areas by the skills crisis. This may seem like a problem but it has been a driving force. Behind the explosion of self-service and do-it-yourself solutions. Not all businesses need to hire an army of computer geniuses to build their own “digital brain”. There are out-of-the-box AI solutions for everything from marketing and HR to project management and production process planning and design. In 2022, we will continue to see companies deploying AI and IoT infrastructures. Without owning a single server or proprietary piece of cognitive code.
Codeless interfaces will become more popular
A lack of programming knowledge, or a detailed understanding of statistics and data structures. Will cease to be an obstacle to making a world-changing idea a reality. OpenAI, a research group founded by Elon Musk and funded. Among others, Microsoft recently unveiled Codex. A programming model capable of generating code from natural and spoken human language. As technologies like this mature – which we will start to see in 2022. And converging with the possibilities offered by cloud infrastructure. Our innovation and imagination will less often be held back by a lack of resources or skills. techniques.
Digitization, ratification, and virtualization
During the 2020s and 2021s, many of us experienced. The virtualization of our offices and workplaces, as remote working devices were quickly put in place. This was just a push, due to the crisis, of a longer-term trend. In 2022, we will become increasingly familiar with the concept of ‘metaverse. Persistent digital worlds exist alongside the physical world we live in. Inside this metaverse – like the one recently proposed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Be performing many of the functions we’re used to in the real world, including work, games, and life. social. As the rate of digitization increases, these metaverses will model and simulate. The real world with increasing precision, allowing us to have more immersive, compelling. And ultimately more valuable experiences in the digital realm.
While many of us have already experienced somewhat immersive virtual realities through headsets, a slew of new devices entering the market will soon dramatically improve the experience by providing tactile feedback and even smells. Ericsson, which provided VR headsets to workers working from home during the pandemic, and which is developing what it calls an “internet of the senses,” predicted that by 2030, virtual experiences will be available and indistinguishable. reality. This may be going a little further than what interests us in this article. But, with the release of a new Matrix movie, the year 2022 will undoubtedly bring us a little closer to entering the Matrix.
Transparency, governance, and accountability
For technology to work, we humans need to be able to trust it. We are already (rightly) seeing a strong backlash against many current uses of technology that are seen as embarrassing, dangerous, or irresponsible. AI, in particular, is sometimes described as a “black box,” meaning we can’t see inside to understand how it works. This is often due to its complexity rather than a malicious plan to limit our understanding, but the effect is the same. This means that incidents where AI is proving to be harmful – for example, when Facebook recently appeared to label images of black people as “primates” – are extremely alarming.
The idea of transparent and explainable AI has gained popularity in recent years, as it has become evident that some segments of society are wary of it – and rightly so, of course! Governments, too, clearly understand that a regulatory framework is needed, as evidenced by the existence of the EU’s proposed artificial intelligence law. This proposed law prohibits authorities from using AI to create social rating systems, as well as from using facial recognition tools in public places. There is also a list of potentially dangerous effects, including “exploitation of vulnerabilities” and “physical or psychological harm”, which AI solution providers will need to demonstrate that their systems will not cause.
Before they can be offered for sale.
Some argue, however, that it does not go far enough because, in its current state, it does not contain any stipulation that people should be informed when they become the subjects of AI-driven decision-making processes. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he recognizes the need to regulate AI, but a balance needs to be struck so as not to stifle innovation. This balance is expected to become an increasingly important topic of discussion in 2022, as people become aware of the potential positive and negative effects of AI and other technological trends on society. it does not contain any stipulation that people should be informed when they become the subjects of AI-driven decision-making processes. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he recognizes the need to regulate AI, but a balance needs to be struck so as not to stifle innovation.
This balance is expected to become an increasingly important topic of discussion in 2022, as people become aware of the potential positive and negative effects of AI and other technological trends on society. it does not contain any stipulation that people should be informed when they become the subjects of AI-driven decision-making processes. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he recognizes the need to regulate AI, but a balance needs to be struck so as not to stifle innovation.
This balance is expected to become an increasingly important topic of discussion in 2022.
As people become aware of the potential positive and negative effects of AI and other technological trends on society. but that a balance had to be found so as not to stifle innovation. This balance is expected to become an increasingly important topic of discussion in 2022, as people become aware of the potential positive and negative effects of AI and other technological trends on society. but that a balance had to be found so as not to stifle innovation. This balance is expected to become an increasingly important topic of discussion in 2022, as people become aware of the potential positive and negative effects of AI and other technological trends on society.
Sustainable energy solutions
During the pandemic, renewables were the only form of energy that increased in use. In the United States, the use of renewables increased by 40% in the first ten weeks of containment. Worldwide, the use of non-renewable energy has declined as industries shut down and people stay in their homes, resulting in an overall reduction in emissions of 8%. Increasing investments are therefore expected to be made in the production of energy from renewable resources in the coming years.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that the production and use of renewable energy increased by 40% in 2020 compared to the previous year and predicts that this growth will continue in 2022. Collectively, the cost of producing renewable energy from a variety of sources, including onshore and offshore wind power, solar power, and tidal power, has decreased from 7% to 16%. This development will be of great help to countries and companies trying to meet their emissions targets, for example by going carbon neutral or even negative.
In addition, new emerging energy sources like biofuels
liquid hydrogen and even nuclear fusion are becoming more viable, although it will be necessary to wait a little more than 2022 for the impact of some of them to be fully felt. However, breakthroughs in all of these areas are likely to grab the headlines. Helion Energy – a pioneer in the field of fusion energy, which replicates the process used to create energy in the sun – predicts that its latest prototype fusion generator will be commissioned sometime in 2022. Des practical applications should also emerge in the field of “green hydrogen” energy. Unlike the established processes for creating energy from hydrogen, which involve the use of large amounts of “unclean” fossil energy to create electrolysis, separating hydrogen and oxygen without emitting any emissions. carbon,