Following Covid-19, 17 promising technology trends of the year.
While the effects of the new type of coronavirus epidemic on health and the economy are devastating, it is stated that the epidemic accelerates the progress in technology and increases the acceptance of digital tools.
Stating that the effects caused by Covid-19 make economies more rapid, innovative, and productive, experts point out the importance of increasing productivity in economies and finding new growth opportunities.
Experts say that productivity growth in industrialized countries has remained low since the financial crisis in 2008, despite cloud technology, artificial intelligence, robots, and numerous scientific breakthroughs and digitalization. They are stating that this will change in 2021, and in the following years, experts emphasize that humanity will be ‘much more productive’ with the reflection of new technologies in production.
Experts show that as a reason for this optimism about progress, the effects of Covid-19 on health and the economy are devastating and state that technical developments and acceptance are accelerating. They point out that Covid-19 has dragged large and small companies to a digital transformation, and they state that competition is increasing in this regard.
While daily life becomes more accessible with technology, mRNA-based vaccines protect humanity from viruses, cars can drive driverless on highways, artificial intelligence can process loan applications, quantum computers can solve daily problems, and satellites provide the internet faster.
Request for research funding for new technologies
Also, experts point out that many new technologies come from universities and research institutes, emphasizing that more research funding is required for new technologies.
17 most promising technology trends of 2021, from quantum computing to space to the internet
Semiconductors: New super chips: As processors are the brain of every computer, competition among tech companies for their chip design and super chip development is accelerating. While Amazon and Microsoft develop their semiconductors for servers in massive data centers, Apple, the chip industry’s biggest customer for years, is now poised to become one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers.
Chips, which are of great importance in every field of technology, from wearable electronics to in-vehicle electronic systems for health, are becoming competitive elements between countries. Companies and governments that want to dominate the market are trying to shape the chip industry with huge investments.
Protein structures are uncovered: It was noteworthy that the tool called AlphaFold, developed by DeepMind, one of Google’s subsidiaries, to assist in protein research, made significant improvements regarding the “folding” problem in proteins. Equipped with a database containing 170,000 decoded protein structures, AlphaFold revealed precise data on the “folding” issue in malfunctioning proteins and whose layouts (codes) cannot be solved.
The healthcare sector is faced with a huge productivity increase with artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence is increasingly helping to diagnose diseases faster, develop drugs, or design treatments more individually. Accenture estimates that the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare will save 123 billion euros annually by 2026.
Quantum computing outside the lab: Quantum computers are slowly leaving the lab after lengthy research. More companies are trying to identify the potential of quantum computers to use in the business world.
Indicating that quantum computers’ development is still in its infancy, experts expect the progress to accelerate this year. While fast quantum chips with low energy consumption and substantial storage capacities are expected to be developed soon, quantum technology’s potential is attracting more and more investors.
Internet from space: While fast and reliable internet is needed worldwide for the internet of things, autonomous driving, or machine communication, attempts to provide fast internet connection from space is increasing. According to US bank Morgan Stanley estimates, the turnover of the “satellite broadband” market will increase from $ 3.9 billion to $ 95 billion by 2040.
Autonomous driving: As car manufacturers prepare to launch vehicles with Level 3 autonomous driving capability, this is expected to help drivers on long and tiring journeys on the highway. In autonomous driving, the degree of automation varies by levels (between 0 and 5), while the current technology is second.
Wearable technologies: Improved AI algorithms such as speech and text recognition, 5G, and more powerful headsets are expected to provide real-time translation soon, while Chinese start-up Timekettle Technologies is already capable of translating nearly 40 languages with a microphone and smartphone app.
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