With the increase in vaccination rates against the “Corona” virus worldwide, life begins to return to normal, however, the world will not return to its usual life before the epidemic, as the long-term nature of this global crisis has changed the needs of consumers and daily lifestyles, which in turn leads to changes In the interest and priorities of technology, whether at the level of corporate trends, or at the level of consumer technology as well. In the coming lines, we try to identify the most prominent technological trends expected during 2022 in both fields.
Facebook launched the great race for “Metaverse” in 2021, and this term refers to a digital reality that combines social media, online games, augmented and virtual reality, and cryptocurrencies with which the user can interact, which represents the future of the Internet that provides access to all kinds of Leisure and projects including employment opportunities.
Experts expect that 2022 will witness a wide spread of “Metaverse” with easy access and use, as it will turn into a digital center, likely to include entertainment, social communication and work productivity, as it will create a complete ecosystem for developers, applications, advertisements and new digital innovations, facilitating consumption and access processes. to services.
Today, a few companies own a stake in “Metaverse”, including Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba and Snapchat, but perhaps Microsoft, through the “Times” application, is the most advanced in the world in this area, and wearable devices from Apple. With the augmented reality glasses coming soon, it also indicates entering the Metaverse arena, while the Chinese company WeChat has great capabilities in facilitating payments and access to a variety of services, which can be considered a prelude to storming this world.
With the growth of the Metaverse business system during 2022, it is expected to have a direct impact on the future of many technology sectors, including games, wearable devices, virtual and augmented reality, social networking, educational and health technology, communications and digital currencies.
Blockchain technology, which can be considered a technical development of the accounting ledger, enables companies to track transactions and trade with unverified parties, even without the help of financial institutions, and these capabilities significantly reduce commercial disputes. They add other advantages such as transparency, security, stability and decentralization.
During the past period, large sectors have adopted Blockchain technology, and according to the International Data Corporation, companies have spent nearly $6.6 billion on solutions for this technology in 2021, an increase of 50% over the previous year, and this number is expected to exceed $15 Billion dollars in 2024, and with the proliferation of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the rise of “Metaverse”, “Blockchain technology will become more important in 2022.”
Perhaps the most noticeable application of this technology today is what the Walmart store chain has applied to its supply chain databases, allowing the monitoring of individual products directly to their sources, and effectively raising the standards of supply operations. Amazon is also introducing its own initiatives in this field, including Allows Amazon Web Services customers to benefit from advanced ledger solutions.
Momentum of life sciences technologies
The life sciences industry includes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, environmental sciences, biomedicine, nutrients, cell biology and biophysics, and due to the increase in investments in vaccine technology to confront Corona under the pressure of the epidemic, we witnessed huge innovations in life science technologies during 2021. Examples of these innovations are RNA-based vaccines. mRNA developed by companies like Pfizer and Moderna, plus recent developments in the field of Covid vaccines spearheaded by Merck, have propelled the life sciences industry forward at breakneck speed.
In terms of the future, experts expect to see strong movement in many sectors of the life sciences including advanced research and application of robotics technology, artificial intelligence tools, use of cloud technology and improved speed of drug testing, integration of genetic information, in addition to developments in ordinary medicine through science technology. Genetics, for example 23andMe helps people access, understand and benefit from the human genome.
artificial intelligence growth
Artificial intelligence has become an integral part of our lives, from personalization and search results to recommending products and understanding and controlling devices to building better models for the environment, automating industries, and many other AI applications, and we are expected to see more over the next year. Currently, organizations are using predictive analytics applications to forecast future trends, and according to a report published by Facts & Factors, the global predictive analytics market is growing at a compound average growth rate of about 24.5% and is expected to reach $22.1 billion by the end of 2026.
We are also expected to see massive growth in cloud computing, and by 2022 the cloud will be more established, and a lot of computing capabilities will be running through the cloud, the Internet of Things will also drive this trend as well. According to Gartner forecasts, global spending on cloud services is expected to reach more than $482 billion in 2022, up from $314 billion in 2020.
The spread of high performance computing
Given recent developments in research and analysis based on big data and cloud computing, experts anticipate increased use of HPC in 2022 in sectors ranging from cancer research to space exploration, HPC will become increasingly important, and quantum computing will need to keep pace with growing business demand. .
We have already witnessed in the recent period a tremendous development in the field of quantum computing by the big players such as: Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Alibaba, but dozens of startups in this field have also exceeded all industry expectations in technology and growth. Experts expect rapid progress in this field over the next year, because the increasing demand for greater computer capabilities will accelerate the development in this sector, and within a short period of time, commercial quantum computing will soon be within the reach of very large sectors.
Internet security dominance
Due to the acceleration of digital transformation, we are witnessing more personal and organized cyber attacks around the world, and many companies have been the target of major cyber attacks in recent months, and companies have become more vulnerable to destructive attacks due to the increase in remote work with the spread of the epidemic.
During 2022, cyber attacks are expected to continue across different sectors, and in turn, the industry will take a variety of countermeasures, and these actions will include awareness and education of individuals so that they can recognize and avoid network attacks, thus contributing to the protection of company resources. Expanding the application of artificial intelligence techniques will make creating powerful cybersecurity protocols easier, less expensive and more effective than ever before, and the use of artificial intelligence can enable cybersecurity to identify risks and learn the behaviors of cybercriminals, thus preventing future attacks.
And the boundaries of technology expectations do not stop only with organizations and companies, but also reach to consumer technology which is a broad category of products and services that help us solve problems, or have a better experience in our daily lives, and this technology can be as large and clear as a 100-inch TV screen inch to provide 4K Ultra HD picture quality, or as small and portable as one of the generations of mobile phones, watches and media players.
Home robots have been around for the past few years, and robotic vacuum cleaners and other single-purpose devices have become relatively common. But Amazon is preparing to bring to market the Astro, which it says will be the first multi-purpose home robot. And if the experiment succeeds, then surely many companies will follow in the same direction, just as Amazon was introduced by Echo, the home assistant that relies on artificial intelligence.
This bot works through an interface based on the famous Alexa assistant, so do not be surprised if it comes to you directly when you receive calls or alerts, and it can also act as a security monitor to detect any unauthorized access. In addition to having a unique personality that can befriend you or provide general entertainment. In addition, markets are preparing for a wave of home robots that can help with household chores, health care for the elderly, or even help with education.
The first generation of “smart” products were Internet-connected devices, from smartphones that allowed browsing the web to TVs that made it easier to watch “Netflix” and “YouTube,” and machine learning came later, in addition to new elements such as enabling phones to extend Battery life through intelligent power management, or the development of image capture through image optimization algorithms, as well as devices capable of operating independently such as self-driving cars and others. Today, instead of allowing you to watch online content and run applications, smart TVs use artificial intelligence techniques to adapt the sound and picture to the surrounding environment, and they have natural language recognition algorithms that allow them to be controlled by simply speaking voice commands.
During 2022, companies are expected to build and develop smart consumer devices to provide solutions to the unique challenges we face in everyday life, whether it’s the angle from which the sun shines on a TV screen, or monitoring consumer activity to provide fitness advice.
Internet of the senses
Engaging with online digital content and services typically involves stimulating two human senses: sight and hearing. But what the companies are working on is to engage the rest of the senses through touch, smell and taste, to create fully immersive experiences. The majority of these modifications will take place in the realm of VR, where new devices will allow us to smell and feel experiences, meaning they will feel increasingly “real” and interactive.
The game «Famsphobia», for example, which is an electronic game with the idea of hunting ghosts, can be played with wearing a special suit, and here the player will feel these mythical creatures, touching or holding him, and the expectations of a wide spread of consumer devices for virtual and augmented reality AR, benefit It is reported that Facebook’s Oculus glasses sold nearly two million pieces of its latest releases during 2021, which means that more content producers will be more excited to bring games and experiences to virtual reality, in addition to expecting more entry Competitors like HTC and Sony are coming to the market for a lucrative market share. In addition, experts anticipate the emergence of more realistic audio experiences in the world of movies and games, as Nvidia is leading this race by providing the appropriate technology.
With the increase in vaccination rates against the “Corona” virus globally, life begins to return to normal, however, the world will not return to its usual life before the epidemic, as the long-term nature of this global crisis has changed the needs of consumers and daily lifestyles, which in turn leads to changes In technology priorities, whether at the level of corporate trends, or at the level of consumer technology as well. In the following lines, we try to identify the most prominent technological trends expected during 2022 in both fields.
The Internet of things
The trend of “smart” home appliances that are able to communicate with the world and with each other will continue to evolve greatly. Analysts at Gartner predict that the average home will contain more than 500 smart devices by 2022. This year is expected to witness The launch of Matter, a “smart home operating system”, which is being developed in cooperation between “Apple”, “Google” and “Amazon”; It aims to create a standard operating environment for home-connected devices.
Currently, devices made by different companies operate using their own protocols, and although these devices are designed to interact well with other devices, there is no unified operating system that everyone can run through like Windows or MacOS or allow the consumer By managing all devices through it, this may change dramatically during 2022, especially with the expected growth of the smart home device market to $53 billion.
high speed networks
5G capabilities will become the norm for mobile phones and other devices – no matter the price – rather than currently being limited to premium and flagship products, which simply means that high-definition video services will be more widely available, including 8K ultra-high-definition broadcasting as well as to cloud games and virtual reality applications. This also means that devices will become smaller and lighter, as there will be no need for huge processors and graphics chips, as the same processing will be done on servers and returns as a high-quality stream to consumers’ devices as video transmission.