Technology is an essential part of everyday life. Activities such as reading, shopping, banking, traveling, eating, and even sleeping are controlled by technology. Given that the areas of exploration are numerous, developers can expand their scope of research and work on creating technology for the future.
2017 looks promising and has a lot in store for developers. Here are 6 programming and tech trends that will define 2017 and the years to come.
It’s no surprise that the world is moving towards mobility. Almost everything people need is available at their fingertips. Businesses too are tapping the potential of mobility to further their growth. Tablets, smartphones, and other portable mobile devices are fast becoming a norm. Organizations even have BYOD policies that make working convenient and smart. HTML5 is the primary language on which mobility stands. It adds form and functionality to a website which is exactly what users want on their devices – a website that not only looks good but is also easy to use. HTML5 can be one of the defining technologies of 2017.
Virtual and augmented reality
When you think of the future, virtual reality probably comes to mind. Virtual reality has grown leaps and bounds over the years and seems to be getting better with progress. It’s not just the gaming industry that’s seeing a surge in virtual reality programming, even the web is looking to expand its dimensions. Augmented reality, on the other hand, is yet to find solid footing in the industry. But thanks to Pokémon Go, people are beginning to embrace it. The experience of augmenting the real world with the virtual is an area that many developers can explore.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
Do you ever feel that the Internet should be in places other than your phone or computer, like your toaster? The IoT makes this possible. With IoT, you can connect everyday objects like toasters and kettles to the Internet and communicate with them. A prime example is Mark Zuckerberg’s “Project Jarvis”, an AI-based assistant that controls home appliances and devices. Thus, using IoT will allow the Internet to expand beyond the realms of the computer.
Businesses, small and large, are looking to improve customer satisfaction by providing impeccable service that is available anytime, anywhere. And customers too are becoming more tech-savvy, so they are able to adapt easily to changes in support mediums. There already are a number of chatbots and conversational interfaces, such as Siri and Google Now, available. Developers can expand the functionality of these interfaces to create smarter chatbots.
Artificial intelligence has been in the technology space for a long time now, but it has seen a rapid growth in the past few years. Home appliances, electronic and mechanical devices, search engines, and websites use artificial intelligence to improve or add on to their functionalities. Now, even website creation is possible using only AI. The Grid is a good example of what AI can do with a few inputs. This significantly cuts down development time, a factor that is essential in these competitive times.
There are, of course, other trends as well, but these 6 have stood the test of time and are sure to continue doing so.