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Tech Trends for 2016

Tech Trends 2016Due to the impact on both the IT and the business world that the tech trends will have during 2016 and further into the future, it is important to be aware of these and their potential impact. These trends include everything from machine learning and a growth in sensory and contextual experiences to neuromorphic computing architectures. These predicted trends will be explored more beneath.

Device Mesh: Smart phones were just the beginning, and already they are being overshadowed. Device Mesh means the ability to access information at any time from a series of devices such as smart phones, watches, smart TVs and even monitors in cars. Device Mesh is an extension of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Internet of Everything: The Internet of Everything, has been created as a strategy to address the influx of smart devices of all kinds that produce and send text, audio, contextual, video and sensory information. The production of information and data is of course nothing new, what is new as presented by the Internet of Everything is the ability in which people are able to interact and utilise this data.

3D Printing: 2016 looks like the year where 3D printing, which has previously been dismissed by some as overly hyped, will come into its own. This is due to the vast increase in materials which can be 3D printed, meaning that the amount of practical applications for 3D printers will also increase. Areas which are likely to gain significantly from 3D printing include, the military, medicine, aerospace and energy. One advancement of 3D printing that looks set to continue is what is referred to as “bioprinting”. This is the process whereby food is printed dot by dot to produce edible meals.

Advanced Machine Learning: This is the process whereby computers automate data processing by both learning and adapting. The end result of this process is ultimately the creation of artificial intelligence. This is an incredibly fast moving and growing sector, businesses who are quick to adapt and understand advanced machine learning stand to gain a strong competitive edge.

Adaptive Security Architecture: The growth of the digital realm and its users also brings with it a rise in the number of digital hackers. In the light of this traditional anti-virus solutions are no longer effective. Adaptive security architecture includes features such as “stealth mode”, whereby the system lies dormant to avoid detection, until a viable threat is posed.