The year 2020 reshaped our outlook on life more drastically than anyone expected. COVID-19 hastened innovation while changing technology trends, and the general digital ecosystem. It is undeniable, as businesses compete to be on top, that 2021 will be filled with unexpected discoveries and advancements in technology. Let’s check out some of the anticipated technological trends in 2021.
Expansion of remote working
One of the digital areas that has had the most rapid growth during COVID-19 and will probably continue growing. For instance, zoom which initially started back in 2011, has continued to grow and flourish during the previous year, becoming one of the most commonly used online platforms for video conferencing. Digital development is currently taking place to further promote remote working across the globe and improve user experiences especially employee experiences. Chances are further into 2021 physical office working will be left behind and will be replaced by remote work entirely as companies work to bridge the gap between the physical and digital world.
After the major success of developing the mRNA COVID vaccine, further development and experimentation of new drugs and treatments is highly likely. At the rapid pace of progress and distribution, cost-effectiveness will be a significant factor so the majority of the world population can stay healthy.
Furthermore, to limit the exposure of COVID-19 from patients to health care workers, many places are offering digital healthcare services such as online doctor consultations and a procedure that has no direct contact for the delivery of medication. It is predicted that we will see a surge in healthcare-related advancements in biotech and A.I as well.
Advancements in A.I
This year, due to a huge increase in demand, we expect to see further development and experimentation towards artificial intelligence (A.I). Automation will be a key factor in effectively operating manufacturing if manpower availability becomes a serious issue. Chances are within a year or two, A.I will become mainstream as it has become a useful tool in digital-based learning as well, with many A.I powered platforms and personalized tools entering the market.
Extended development of 5G infrastructure
Development of 5G was on the fast track even before we shifted to a majorly digitally-based world, with a higher demand for faster internet and smart cities there is no doubt we will see a rapid advancement towards 5G-6G internet technology. We hope to see more refined infrastructure and programming and application development from all innovation-centric businesses and companies.
What will 2021 look like?
The technology of the world is developing at an unfathomably rapid pace, with self-driving cars and advanced A.I, the world will certainly look much different by the end of 2021.
Although there will be more challenges ahead and many new behaviorisms will evolve as we continue to learn to live with the influence of COVID-19, with the help of advancing technological innovations and a year full of potential and hidden opportunities, there will be many things to look forward to in 2021.