The next exceptional technology trend – Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), and Extended Reality (ER). VR immerses the user in an environment while AR enhances their environment. Although this technology trend has primarily been used for gaming thus far, it has also been used for training, as with VirtualShip, a simulation software used to train U.S. Navy, Army and Coast Guard ship captains.
In 2022, we can expect these forms of technologies being further integrated into our lives. Usually working in tandem with some of the other emerging technologies we’ve mentioned in this list, AR and VR have enormous potential in training, entertainment, education, marketing, and even rehabilitation after an injury. Either could be used to train doctors to do surgery, offer museum goers a deeper experience, enhance theme parks, or even enhance marketing, as with this Pepsi Max bus shelter.
Fun fact: 14 million AR and VR devices were sold in 2019. The global AR and VR market is expected to grow to $209.2 billion by 2022, only creating more opportunities in the trending technology, and welcoming more professionals ready for this game-changing field.
While some employers might look for optics as a skill-set, note that getting started in VR doesn’t require a lot of specialized knowledge – basic programming skills and a forward-thinking mindset can land a job; another reason why this new technology trend should make up to your list of lookouts!
Like AI and Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation, or RPA, is another technology that is automating jobs. RPA is the use of software to automate business processes such as interpreting applications, processing transactions, dealing with data, and even replying to emails. RPA automates repetitive tasks that people used to do.
Although Forrester Research estimates RPA automation will threaten the livelihood of 230 million or more knowledge workers or approximately 9 percent of the global workforce, RPA is also creating new jobs while altering existing jobs. McKinsey finds that less than 5 percent of occupations can be totally automated, but about 60 percent can be partially automated.
For you as an IT professional looking to the future and trying to understand latest technology trends, RPA offers plenty of career opportunities, including developer, project manager, business analyst, solution architect and consultant. And these jobs pay well. An RPA developer can earn over ₹534K per year – making it the next technology trend you must keep a watch on!
Taking lessons learned over years of delivering online orders to shoppers’ doorsteps, Amazon’s cloud division unveiled a service called AWS Supply Chain to alert businesses when inventories are low and help them address supply issues that were chronic during the pandemic.
The second set of ‘Twitter Files’ or revelations has been shared online, this time by Bari Weiss, an independent journalist. These ‘revelations’ —aided by Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk— claim to reveal details about the platform’s much talked about ‘shadow-ban’ policy. The thread claims that some teams worked to reduce the reach and visibility of certain pro-right-wing accounts in the US.
However, many have pointed out that the thread does not really reveal anything new. Twitter’s former head of product Kayvon Beykpour also replied to the thread saying, the company never ‘shadow-banned’ anyone and that they only ‘de-amplified’ certain tweets, which was known. He also called it ‘manufactured drama’ in another reply.
Chrome is infamous for being a memory hog, often eating up a larger percentage of the RAM on machines with less memory. The joke is that even if you have a laptop with 64GB RAM, it will never be enough to run Chrome. It’s been that way for years, but Google’s now finally doing something about it. The company on Thursday announced two new modes for Chrome – Memory Saver and Energy Saver – with the goal of optimising the browser for your device’s battery and system memory.
With Memory Saver on, Chrome frees up memory from inactive tabs. This gives active tabs and tabs on the foreground more memory to work with, thereby improving their performance. The feature will come in especially useful when you are running other intensive apps alongside the browser – video editing tools, video games, and the like. Inactive tabs become active again when you go back to them. You can also mark websites important to you to be exempted from Memory Saver.