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5 Technology Trends and Breakthroughs in 2018 That Will Shape 2019

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The technology trends and breakthroughs from last year can help determine where the industry will go in 2019. We looked at what those major breakthroughs were, how they can potentially shape the future of technology, and how they work in our lives. Check out our list of the top five trends in technology that will carry into this year:

1.      Risk-Detecting Health Technology

Disease detection technology saw major advancements, notably in detecting genetic risk by means of DNA tracking and sequencing. Now risk factors for genetic diseases can be revealed much earlier.

California-based researchers found a quicker and more accurate way of detecting Alzheimer’s disease by using artificial intelligence (AI). This technique uses the same imaging technology that has been used by clinicians for years but uses AI to examine multiple images, finding minute details. The method can not only zero in on early signs of the disease 6 years before physicians can issue a diagnosis, but the results are more accurate. 

2.      Advancements in Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) advanced in usability and became more mainstream among consumers last year, especially in the video game space. However, the progress made doesn’t just affect entertainment and gaming. Now, the use of AR, VR, and MR has expanded into many different use categories, including healthcare, engineering design, manufacturing, and space exploration.

Interested in learning more about VR and its potential future uses? Read our overview post here.

3.      Advancements in Artificial Intelligence

Though we’ve seen a boom in recent years in smart home technology and virtual assistants, AI moved way past those simple uses in 2018. This past year saw the rise in dueling consciousness for AI, where one AI system tries endlessly to create images and behaviors that seem human and another AI system guesses whether they actually are.

With each try, the machine gets better at imitating life. The next step is machinery and technology that can replicate human speech patterns and other behaviors, which has applications in robotics and other fields.

4.      Adaptive Fashions and Wearables

Wearables and fitness trackers have been all the rage for the past few years. However, in 2018, wearable technologies evolved to not only track your movement, but actually adapt and change while you are using it. One example is a release from Puma and the MIT design lab of shoes that use bacteria to analyze the sweat your feet give off and adjust their soles to help you perform better and reduce fatigue.

Another example is translation earbuds, which can decipher foreign languages in near real time. While earbuds like these were still very expensive in 2018, 2019 holds many more possibilities and is likely to see prices for this type of technology decrease.

5.      Social Awareness for Large Tech Giants

Last year was eye-opening for many tech giants, when companies such as Apple, Google, and Facebook took more in-depth looks into the effects of their products and networks. This generated a movement toward better safety, protection against cyber-bullying, and providing consumers with a greater awareness of their usage. Apple’s new operating system, for example, now alerts users about how much time they’re spending on their devices and provides a breakdown of their browsing behavior.

Though we can't say for certain what the future will hold, we know the technology advances in 2019 will only improve upon the strides made in 2018!

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