This year has seen a tech inundation like never before. From virtual technology to deep learning machines and artificial intelligence, it’s been a big year in terms of experimental and prototyped tech finally being rolled out into the hands of consumers. In fact this entire paradigm of semi-autonomous technology will change and shape urban and social environments significantly. It’s impossible to accurately predict the future, but we can make some educated guesses. With that in mind we’ll take a look at some of the coming tech trends in 2017.
While VR has already been deployed in full force in 2016, next year will see it being used in a variety of different ways. For example, we’ll see a lot of VR finally being used at sporting events and concerts. So instead of watching your favorite band from a hundred meters away sandwiched between thousands of other revelers, you’ll be able to watch – and more importantly, experience – them in the comfort of your own home. And with POV recording devices such as Snapchat’s Spectacles, it’s likely that you’ll be able to view other peoples’ experiences too.
Doctors will use data to make medicine more precise
To diagnose a patient is tough, to precisely treat each patient’s unique case is even harder. This burden will be lifted as doctors will be able to use mass amounts of shared and digitized medical data to tailor each treatment to suit a patient’s problem. It’s one of the many uses that professionals are finding for huge, complex amounts of data that can’t be handled or digested by conventional software. This will enable doctors to have access to hitherto inaccessible information, such the water quality or air pollutants present in a patient’s area. This will refine the treatment as doctors will have greater access to the cause of a disease and not merely its symptoms.
Both Tesla and Uber are vying to make autonomous cars a staple on our roads, and 2017 is likely the year that they perfect it. Uber is looking to invest in an autonomous fleet of taxis that can pick you up and drop you off without any hassle. Autonomous vehicle technology as a whole could lead to a dramatic reduction in human fatalities on the road as smart cars would be able to communicate and talk to each other, predicting and anticipating the movement of vehicles all around them.