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Top 10 Tech Trends for 2018 …

As for any new year 2018 brings along tech forecast These are the ones proposed by IEEE Computer Society. Credit: IEEE

As a new year approaches from all around the world we hear forecast on top technologies that will leave an imprint on the coming year and 2018 is no exception. Just google for “2018 tech predictions” (or trends, forecast….) and you get plenty of “foresight”.

Clearly each “foresighter” has her own point of view, as EIT Digital, for example, we are looking at the increasing pace of the Digital Transformation (and how to make it happen faster making sure we benefit from it), as IEEE FDC we are looking at emerging technologies that may not impact significantly in 2018 but that we need to work on NOW to make sure that their impact in the next decade will be a positive one.

Gartner is segmenting the 2018 trends in three areas, that are in themselves a clear ranking on what matters: Intelligence, Digital and Mesh. In the former they consider AI foundation, Intelligent Apps and Analytics and Intelligent Things. In the second they consider Digital Twins, Cloud to the Edge, Conversational Platforms and Immersive Experience, in the third Blockchain, Event Driven and Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust.

The IEEE Computer Society has published their top 10 tech trends:

  • Accelerators and 3D, Robotics, Cybersecurity and AI
  • Industrial IoT, AR/VR, Deep Learning, Transportation
  • Blockchain, Digital Currency, Ethics

I have included in this post also the clip from Trendy Technoz, because they have decided to have the narration done by a computer (speech syntheses). I bet that by 2020 we will see a similar clip, I hope produced by IEEE FDC (working on that!) that will be not just narrated by an artificial voice but whose CONTENT will have been produced by a computer (software).

With the amazing quantity of sensors that IEEE has at its disposal, in terms of articles, conferences, interviews, webinars I am sure there is the possibility to see what is emerging with an accuracy that may go far beyond the ones of the “experts” of today.
So, you see, I am also venturing in a prediction: IEEE in the next decade will have the capability to serve its community and the overall world communities depending one way or another on technology evolution with an artificially created horizon of the the foreseeable future, even though I know there’s not such a thing as a “foreseeable future”

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. He's currently the Chair of the Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative of IEEE-FDC. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and up to September 2018 he was the Head of the EIT Digital Industrial Doctoral School. Previously, up to December 2011, he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the Industry Advisory Board within the Future Directions Committee. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books. He writes a daily blog,  http://sites.ieee.org/futuredirections/category/blog/, with commentary on innovation in various technology and market areas.

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