As we approach the end of 2022 and look ahead to 2023, there are several emerging trends in the world of technology that are worth paying attention to. Two of the most significant trends that are likely to continue gaining momentum in the coming year are the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and the increasing focus on green technology. Data and Tech Director, Leif Radford, sat down with us to discuss where he feels we'll see developments next year.
Blurring of Digital and Physical
The line between digital and physical has become increasingly blurred over the past few years, with the widespread emergence and increasing accessibility of tools like 3D printing and digital twins. This technology allows real-life processes to be modelled virtually, and vice versa. With 3D printing, you can design an object online and the printer will make it a reality – even things like guns and food, which raises a whole host of ethical dilemmas. Digital Twins could be considered, in lemans terms, the opposite of this: creating a digital version of a real-life object digital to glean insights and discover improvements. A good example of this is in Formula One, they create Digital Twins of their cars and run scenarios to suggest improvements, and then they 3D print the optimised parts! We’re likely to see a lot more of this in the future as businesses strive to optimise their processes.
2023 is set to see huge investment into environmentally conscious technology. Energy giants such as Shell are looking into how technology can help them produce greener energy in the future, and an increasing number of start-up businesses are utilising tech to overcome the climate crisis – such as removing the need for fossil-derived plastic due to 3D printed algae bio-plastic. There’s even the creation of green hydrogen that produces no greenhouse gas emissions. Overall, we’re likely to see an increasing focus on green tech over the next few years.
Finally, it looks like we’ll continue to be more connected than ever in 2023. With the roll-out of 5G, this not only speeds up our own personal internet usage, but also impacts areas such as surveillance, automation, and virtual reality. This also leads into the Internet of Things (IoT), which shows no signs of slowing down, as everything from our fridges, central heating systems, and watches get connected. This will allow businesses to gather increasingly accurate data, meaning areas such as customer service, product maintenance, and even medical care can become increasingly accurate and streamlined.
In conclusion, while there are many other emerging trends in technology that are worth keeping an eye on in 2023, the use of AI and green technology are definitely two key areas to be aware of. As AI continues to advance and become more integrated into our daily lives, we can expect to see new and exciting developments in a variety of industries. And as the world continues to grapple with the effects of climate change, green technology will play an increasingly important role in helping us find sustainable solutions to our energy needs. While this is not an exhaustive list of all the emerging trends in tech for 2023, it is a good starting point for anyone looking to stay informed about the latest developments in the field.
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