Disruptive Trends in Technology in 2017
Each year we see new technological advancements, and 2017 could be the year with the most disruptive technology trends so far. The improvements we witnessed in technology are happening at such a pace we are struggling to keep up. As soon as something innovative comes out, companies try to implement it into their operations and improve their products and operation. So, which game changing trends should we keep track of in the upcoming year? Here are some of the most disruptive trends that we will see in 2017.
The one innovation that could impact everyone’s lives is automation. More factories are introducing automated machines and robots that work on production lines. This can make the production faster and, in the long run, cheaper. Soon we might see automated transport. A great example of this is the Google’s self-driving car which, after hundreds of thousands miles of driving, still didn’t have an accident. Technology like this could be implemented into public transport to make roads safer.
The online retail company, Amazon, took it a step further with its Amazon Prime Air program. It is an upcoming service that will deliver the ordered goods with drones. This could decrease the costs of delivery and make it faster. As the automation advances, we might see some serious developments in artificial intelligence and robotics. With time, the robots will become cheaper and safer to use, and in the end they could substitute the need for human labor in hazardous workplaces.
Also known as Additive Manufacturing, this is a process of building three dimensional objects with 3D printers. These objects are usually made out of plastic or metal. While these printers were first used to make prototypes, companies soon realized their full potential. This technology is now used to make jewelry, prosthetics, musical instruments and even machine parts. There were instances when this technology was used to make human tissue, kneecaps and joints. In the future we might be able to print organs, which would decrease waiting time for donor lists.
As this technology becomes more common, it is bound to become cheaper. People could have 3D printers in their home, they could buy an electric blueprint and make the item in their own home. This could revolutionize the manufacturing process. Not to mention the fact that these printers would produce less waste.
The usage of fossil fuels is widespread, but as the cost of wind and solar energy drops this is about to change. New improvements in renewable energy and cost reductions have caused companies and sometimes whole cities to start using wind and solar power. This means that a building could be built green from the very start. With some help from people who work in geotechnical engineering we could see whole neighborhoods that use solely solar power.
Internet of Things
Internet of Things is expanding rapidly and is connecting devices in our households. At this moment not many homes have this technology implemented, but with the arrival of Apple’s Home app we will surely see an increase in the usage of this technology. There are more than 100 products that can work with HomeKit. This means they can be linked together and controlled from a handheld device. Imagine a smart fridge that keeps track of products in it, so when it runs out of groceries it can automatically order fresh ones. This technology could also be used in factories, where everything would be automated and controlled by a single person.
Technological advancements are changing and improving our daily routine. Automation and connectivity make our lives easier, and 3D printing technology can save countless lives. All this might look like science fiction but as the technology improves this becomes our reality.