In the world of technology, every year is important, because the evolution in this sector is a constant and what today is a novelty, tomorrow may already be outdated. The end of the year is always a time of balance and it is time to analyze the main technological developments of 2017 and the impact they had in the business world!
Who doesn’t know robot Sophia? This humanoid was developed by the company Hanson Robotics, of Hong Kong, and is able to reproduce 62 facial expressions. It was created to be able to learn, work and adapt to human behavior. The fact that this robot has received the citizenship of a country this year is a very important step for the world of artificial intelligence. The great goal of this new form of intelligence is to make the life of corporate employees easier by performing repetitive and more bureaucratic functions. 2017 was a very important year for this area and it is expected that in 2018 the trend will evolve further.
Cloud storage and software
It is no longer new that the use of Cloud has been growing in recent years. The increased security of information and the ability to access data from any device and anywhere in the world are factors that have led companies in 2017 to opt for these solutions. This was the year in which Cloud’s position was strong in the business world, and today there is no longer any mistrust of cloud solutions, but rather a growing need and demand.
The bots are systems that can simulate human actions, played the role of virtual assistants. The main purpose of using this technology is to make the user experience more interesting. The bots are programmed to give information about products and services without having to do research (good examples of this are Ikea’s Anna’s assistant and Apple’s Siri). In 2017, bots have become better at interpreting human language, and more and more companies choose to use these small robots, especially in the after-sales service areas.
The present is mobile and there is no doubt about it. In 2017 it has been proved that mobility has to be part of companies’ lives. A recent IBM study reveals that we spend 90% of our time next to our mobile phone. Over the course of this year, technology companies have become aware that if they are to win in today’s competitive world, they must adapt to mobile devices. Having a mobile-friendly website and software that works on mobile phones and tablets is a must to stay one step ahead of the competition.
Internet of Things
This year, the number of devices sending information has grown dramatically. It is estimated that by 2020 there are between 20 and 30 billion connected devices. The great goal of the Internet of Things (IoT) is to make objects more efficient. For example, in a production line, through this system, it is possible to detect possible problems in machines before causing damage to the whole production.