The covid-19 outburst will continue to have an influence on our lives in a variety of ways in 2022. This indicates that increasing digitalization and virtualization of business and society will continue. However, as we enter a new year, the demand for sustainability, ever-growing data volumes, and increased computation and network speeds will reclaim their place as the primary drivers of digital transformation.
The most critical takeaway from the previous two years for many individuals and organizations has been that a revolutionary change isn’t as challenging to accomplish as initially assumed if the passion is there! We will continue to exploit this increasing openness to flexibility, agility, and inventive thinking as the emphasis moves from just surviving in a changing environment to flourishing in it.
You must this in mind that here are my predictions for the exact trends that will have the most influence in 2022. I have gathered my predictions of trends through scrutinizing the Tech Reviews on the internet.
There will be no meditations on quantum computing, brain interfaces, or nanotechnology — while these are clearly on the agenda, their influence will be seen later. Instead, the most important major trends in 2022 are expected to revolve around the convergence of technological developments, as technologies that allow us to integrate them in new and surprising ways emerge.
- Artificial Intelligence
“Smart” used to mean “connected simply” — cellphones, smart TVs, and various other smart gadgets were essentially the same old toys that were now linked to the internet. Today, “smart” increasingly refers to being driven by artificial intelligence (AI) – specifically, machine learning algorithms – and capable of assisting humans in increasingly interesting ways.
Smart vehicles utilise facial recognition algorithms to assess whether we are paying attention to the road and warn us when we are weary. Smartphones utilise AI algorithms to do anything from maintaining call quality to assisting us in taking better photos. They are filled with applications that use AI to assist us in doing just about everything. Even smart toilets are on the way, capable of helping in diagnosing gastrointestinal ailments by analysing faeces samples using computer vision!
AI has invaded the technologies we use every day, from voice assistants to language translation to tools that allow us to retrieve structured data from images, whiteboard scribblings, and hand-written notes. It also underpins most robotic process automation, which has reduced workloads in administrative, logistical, accounting, and human resources departments. Whatever your sector or job function, there is sure to be an AI-powered solution to make your life simpler.
- Digitalization & Virtualization
Many of us witnessed the virtualisation of our workplaces and offices in 2020 and 2021, as remote working arrangements were quickly implemented. As discussed on Alex J Walker, this was simply a crisis-driven acceleration of a much longer-term trend. In 2022, we’ll be more familiar with the notion of a “metaverse” — permanent digital realms that exist alongside the actual world we live in.
Inside these metaverses, such as the one recently suggested by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, we will practice many of the activities we are accustomed to performing in the actual world, such as working, playing, and socializing.
As digitalisation accelerates, these metaverses will more accurately mirror and imitate the actual world, allowing us to enjoy more immersive, compelling, and ultimately valuable experiences within the digital sphere.
While many of us have had some experience with relatively immersive virtual worlds via headsets, a slew of new technologies on the horizon may soon vastly improve the experience by providing tactile input and even odours. Ericsson, which gave VR headsets to staff working from home during the epidemic and is creating an “internet of senses,” predicts that by 2030, virtual experiences that are indistinguishable from reality will be available.
That may be looking a little further forward than we want to go in this post. However, 2022, coupled with a new Matrix film, will bring us one step closer to entering the matrix for ourselves.
- Sustainable Solutions for Energy
Renewable energy was the only energy that exhibited an increase in consumption throughout the epidemic. Renewable energy consumption climbed by 40% in the United States during the first ten weeks of the lockdown.
Globally, all nonrenewable energy consumption declined as factories closed and people stayed at home, resulting in an 8% reduction in emissions. As a result, it is expected that more investment will be made in renewable energy generation in the future years.