Information technology is continuously influencing our lives. From artificial intelligence to virtual reality, the world is changing quickly. The only way to stay on top of your game is to follow the latest tech development.
Knowing where to catch up with IT innovations and went to let go is part of anyone's road to success. Let's take a look at top IT industry trends to watch out for in 2020.
1. Mixed Reality Will Take a New Step Forward
Virtual and augmented realities have been around for a while. However, they didn't seem to be making a lasting impression on an average consumer. Costly headsets and hardware could have been the cause. Many people predicted the death of VR in the nearest future.
However, mixed reality is actively being used in many industries. And it's not just automakers and streaming companies. Sony's VR headset, which came out three years ago, is setting new sales milestones while Facebook's Oculus Quest is gaining popularity.
In 2020, with the appearance of 5G cloud VR games, mixed reality will jump to a new level.
2. Robotic Process Automation Will Take Over Thousands of New Tasks
Artificial intelligence trends are hard to predict because of the speed at which it's evolving. Just a few years ago, we had robots taking over crude manufacturing and production line tasks. Today, we have them replacing office workers.
In 2020, we'll see the rise of robotic process automation and its deployment in all industries where manual tasks are still performed by humans. As a result, workers can enjoy free time to focus on complex and creative tasks, which robots can't take over. Yet.
According to a report published by Brookings Institution, automation is threatening 25% of jobs in the United States.
3. Quantum Supremacy May Become A Reality
At the end of 2019, Google announced achieving quantum supremacy, which was a long-awaited milestone in quantum computing.
The company claims that in under four minutes, its quantum computer carried out a certain calculation, which would take the best classical supercomputer on the planet 10,000 years to complete.
Even though the advantage of quantum computers over classical supercomputers hasn't been proven for cases other than this specific situation, Google supplied evidence that a quantum speed-up is achievable. This opens up immense possibilities.
4. Blockchain May Solve Social Media Problems
Almost three billion people use social media all over the world. Privacy violations, data control, and content relevance issues are highly acute today. Blockchain can solve these problems by blending in the social media domain.
Implementing Blockchain will mean that all data published on social media remains untraceable and impossible to duplicate even after its deletion. Social media users could store their information more securely and avoid losing ownership.
Even though current social media platforms may be reluctant to implement blockchain, 2020 could bring us new decentralized social media options.
5. Cybersecurity Professionals Will be in High Demand
Faster internet means faster work for anyone using it, including hackers. With the arrival of 5G, new security measures would have to be introduced. As more and more data is sent to the cloud, cybersecurity is becoming the top concern for many companies.
In 2020, we'll see the rise of biometrics recognition options and new firewall technologies. That's why cybersecurity specialists will be in high demand.
According to 2019 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, the supply of cybersecurity experts needs to grow by about 145% to fill the estimated gap of 4.07 million positions. The United States requires growth of 62% to meet the demands of its businesses.
The IT industry is expected to bring a few surprises in 2020. Following the latest trends could help you meet them fully armed.
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