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4 Jan 2019, 11:45

Tech predictions for 2019

So if you are like me you have will have entered 2019 thinking wow where did 2018 go?

Also, I suspect you are now thinking about how technology will influence the year ahead.

What are the technologies that will develop in the next 12 months and when we look back in 2020 will you have been right, wrong or deeply disappointed.

So to get us started I will make 3 predictions. 

1) AI will become more prevalent in three areas, health, fake news and cyber-attacks.

For health, it will be all about the data set from patient's records and the first steps taken to infuse these with data from smart wearables to deliver a personalised health monitoring service. Fake news is a scary thought. If you saw this video of Barak Obama released in 2017 without knowing it was fake, would you have known? With the technology widely available imagine how easy it would be for something more sinister to come out of fake news. Also with AI being used more in cybercrime and combating cybercrime, there is likely to be an AI vs AI situation in 2019.

2) Wider adoption of electric vehicles. With more cars becoming available in the £20-£30k range, for example, the e-Golf from Volkswagen the take-up rates will increase, let's hope they deploy more public charge points. During 2019 when people mention electric cars, Tesla may not be the automatically associated brand in most people's minds.

3) Will 5G come to prevalence in 2019? From what I have been reading recently, this is unlikely. Although there is wide interest and investment in 5G, 2019 is not the year for it to come of age. Let us look to 2020.

However there is still a lot to play for, some European networks are being bullish about 5G becoming a commercial reality sooner rather than later, whilst others are only committing to commercial 5G in 2020, so all rather confusing.

Incidentally, at the time of writing it's widely assumed that Apple has no plans to launch a 5G iPhone in 2019, this is against a forecasted sale of 60 million 5G enabled smartphones, this seems strange. Infrastructure costs will also need consideration and there will probably be a period of time where 3G, 4G and 5G services are available.

One thing that is agreed 5G will be the platform used to deliver the IoT age to its full extent, and it's a must if we want to continue using mobile broadband. The estimated forecast predicts 2.7 billion 5G connections by 2025.

Just to finish a few other things I'll be watching in 2019

The adoption of Blockchain for industrial use. RS DesignSpark showcased this at Electronica 2018.

ARM vs Intel

Wider use for edge computing, the benefits of localised computing to reduce latency.

Any advancements in Quantum computing.

So these are mine, please share your thoughts for 2019 in the comments below.

Favourite things are Family, Music and Judo. Also, I have the ability to retain and quote useless facts, something that pleases me but can annoy others. My engineering hero - Isambard Kingdom Brunel

4 Jan 2019, 11:45