The New Year has arrived, followed by a host of new technological trends that will need to be closely watched. From the democratization of artificial intelligence to the increased use of virtual or augmented reality, these technologies already allow us to manage our businesses more efficiently.

Whether your business is looking to stay on the cutting edge of technology or protect its data by integrating advanced digital technologies, the technology trends of the year will certainly help you. According to a report published by Deloitte, you should pay particular attention to advances in artificial intelligence , the Internet of Things and virtual reality.

Below are the trends that are likely to upset the technology sector this year, according to 13 members of the Forbes Technology Council

1. Standardized artificial intelligence

Now that it is possible to develop some of the most advanced artificial intelligences in the market in a few hours on your own computer with an open source framework, AI will become ubiquitous. The software will be smarter and more efficient in the processing of natural language, computer vision, recommendation systems and they will be easier to develop in CMS.

2. The chatbots

We will see more chatbots and we will have to learn to interact with them. We can teach them what we expect from them.

3. The growing place of ethics in the field of technological innovation

We face the ethical dilemmas that are directly related to what we create and how we create it: by targeting advertisements based on demographic factors, the anxiety of job automation, universal income and even the frequency of harassment. sexual. The tech sector is evolving faster than the ethical systems that frame it.

4. Augmented reality

Snapchat has helped democratize augmented reality through its fun filters. More recently, Apple has introduced ARKit, facilitating the integration of augmented reality in applications for iPhones and companies like Amazon already adopted. I think that 2018 will be under the sign of augmented reality.

5. Features of computer equipment and software compatible with augmented reality and machine learning

Many companies produce hardware features and software that are compatible with augmented reality and machine learning. Developers know how to take advantage of these chips and APIs to create applications to see the world differently and better communicate with machines. I also predict that new technologies will be used to control security, help consolidate big data, and improve authentication processes.

6. An improved method of analysis

Augmented analysis automates data results using machine learning and natural language to automate data preparation for later sharing. This presentation of data helps simplify them in order to achieve a clear result while providing access to sophisticated tools that comfort customers and employees with the luxury of making day-to-day decisions with confidence and objectivity.

7. The pressure to migrate to the cloud

More companies will migrate to the cloud because more CEOs will demand it, which will have the effect of anguishing the teams that will have to implement this decision. They will have a lot of difficulty and wonder if they have the skills or the teams to do it. The cloud is changing the game, but it is creating pressure in companies that want to move there.

8. Computer piracy constantly increasing

Piracy will be more numerous than ever, whether targeted or not. Attackers will certainly target platforms and devices that are poorly protected. This trend is growing and will cost more and more to its victims.

9. Investments in cybersecurity

In 2017, constant cyberattacks have revolutionized the technology sector. It is now essential to invest in the field of cybersecurity. I am particularly interested in seeing how technology can help the private and public sectors improve their protection. The cloud offers higher levels of security, so I hope people will trust it more in 2018.

10. The Blockchain

The Blockchain technology needs to be closely monitored in 2018. The removal of middlemen in many areas will have a huge impact on the markets. This flawless system promised by the Blockchain should revolutionize the financial sector. We are also witnessing the birth of trends to improve consumer comfort. If they are well designed, these solutions should be successful.

11. Conversational Artificial Intelligence

The artificial intelligence conversational will be the second most disruptive trend in 2018. The conversational applications reveal their full potential in the areas of supply chain, sales, production and insurance. Coupled with the success of consumer-oriented applications such as Alexa, the Comcast remote, etc., voice and natural language interactions will slowly replace keyboards.

12. Visual aids (integrated with voice assistance devices)

Amazon’s Echo Show is a good example of how visual support is a key part of using smart wizards, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to the intelligent collaboration between the manufacturers of this technology and the support providers, great progress could be made in this area. We should see a wider range of features and real-time customizations of visual aids for voice assistants in 2018.

13. 3D printing

3D printers have changed the manufacturing process in many sectors and they are more and more present. There are now easy-to-use, space-saving 3D printers that can be used by individuals. Their price decreases, making them more accessible. 3D printers will continue to revolutionize different sectors in 2018.