2020 shattered the ways we used to communicate, work, and live. It also triggered changes that the future already had in store. Now, 2021 is introducing a bunch of innovative technology we can use, not just to tackle those obstacles, but also to create new ways to live better and work smarter.
To help your business stay on top of what’s to come, here are five technology trends to watch out for in 2021.
1. Ethical AI
Artificial intelligence or AI has been around for years. More than anything, it has revolutionized the way we access and collect data. It has also undeniably enabled better product quality, service efficiency, and user experience.
However, data collection by businesses has constantly been growing more intrusive, and now customers are demanding for more ethical AI.
This means there’ll be stricter laws regarding data collection, and more and more consumers and businesses will choose to work with organizations that comply with the new regulations on data privacy.
Robots have been a part of modern life for a long time, from home helper robots like vacuum cleaners to autonomous warehouse robots that’ll be the game changer in the supply chain.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, robots have played an even bigger role in the healthcare industry. Countless intuitive automatons have been monitoring patients, cleaning facilities and hospitals, and more.
Despite having only been deployed in certain places so far, robots have been a big help in minimizing contact and lowering transmission risk. And robotics companies worldwide are working hard to roll out more next-gen creations in 2021.
3. As-a-Service solutions
COVID-19 and the need for social distancing has forced businesses across industries to adopt remote work. Fortunately, workforce mobility has been on a rising trend even before the pandemic occurred, and a growing number of business cloud solutions have made it possible to maintain a collaborative and efficient remote workforce.
Whether it’s an HR administration system, a productivity tool, or a platform that allows easy application development, these IT solutions are available on an as-a-Service model.
This means they are readily accessible in the cloud and require no human or capital resources from businesses to build or maintain the foundational infrastructure.
The rise of as-a-Service solutions enables more efficient anywhere operations, where staff, business partners, and clients can connect using different devices, on various networks from many geographical locations.
4. Distributed cloud
Distributed cloud refers to a new model of cloud computing where cloud services are distributed to more physical locations that are closer to where the users are. However, updates and operations are still managed by the public cloud providers.
This new solution helps reduce latency and risk of service unavailability from central network failure, while also making it easier for businesses to comply with data location requirements.
5. Virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR)
VR refers to technology that places users in an entirely virtual environment with the help of specialized headsets. Meanwhile, AR involves the overlaying digital images or data on real-world objects by looking through AR-enabled glasses or mobile devices.
From next-gen games to virtual try-on makeup looks to digitally simulated medical exercises, AR and VR have been a great source of both entertainment and advancement in business operations, marketing, skills training, and more.
VR and AR technology are increasingly being used to minimize in-person interactions and transmission risk where necessary. This can look like anything from remote treatment for certain medical conditions, hassle-free online shopping for try-before-you-buy items, more effective online learning, and more.
If you’re looking to improve remote workforce efficiency with the right technology but don’t know where to start, the teams at Athens Micro are ready to help. Talk to us today to get started.
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