Where is Tech headed in the coming years?
That’s a question that serious tech-watchers should be mulling over at this point. In this half of the year we have witnessed seen a flurry of activity for the Tech sector, so it’s safe to say that these are, indeed, exciting times for the niche. The recent developments have starkly pointed to how the tech giants are really gearing to bring to life the kind of technology that only the likes of Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, or the best of the sci-fi writers, can dream of.
We list down the top three innovations that the tech giants are leaning towards, as of this quarter:
Better Broadband For Everybody
The United Nations Broadband Commission released a report on September 21, 2015 stating that 57% of the world’s population still has little to absolutely no access to the Internet. In response to this, Facebook, Google, and even Microsoft have pledged to expand connectivity in India so far, and other companies are expected to follow suit with the efforts. Hopefully, more countries in Africa, Asia, and the rest of the disconnected parts of the world will be given Internet access by the UN Broadband Commission’s target date, the year 2030.
Since mid-2015, some startups have rolled out “indestructible” Androids, such as the Turing Phone. Most of these not only have sturdy hardware, but also claim to use versions of the Android that are equipped with stronger encryption. In fact, another startup claimed that their product line, the Blackphone, is NSA-proof.
Blackberry also confirmed that there is a potential market in encrypted Androids: The recent release of the Blackberry Priv was met with anticipation, and was touted to be Blackberry’s effort at remaining relevant.
The recent Stagefright vulnerability scare also showed the very real need for this niche in Androids, so expect more companies to design and roll out secure Androids.
From Multi-Media Cars To Self-Driving Cars
The tech companies certainly know where the future is: Both Google and Apple have invested in car, media, and smartphone integrations. Google has the Android Auto, while Apple has CarPlay. Google was probably the first tech company to widely announce that it’s developing self-driving cars, though there are now reports that Apple is also working on self-driving cars, as well.
Thus, we can be sure that within the next five years, self-driving cars will increasingly have a presence on the highways.
The news was abuzz relatively recently when Sharp announced that it will release the RoBoHon, a quirky smartphone shaped like a robot. While it would be odd to hold the phone to one’s ear if a call comes through during a business meeting, there just might be a demographic willing to look silly using the gadget.
Or maybe there’s a demographic out there that’s bored of the form factor for phones and just wants something different. Who knows? Though one thing’s for sure: These are exciting times for Tech.
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