Predicting the tech trends of the future is a risky game. The speed of innovation in the tech industry means that the next big revolution could be just around the corner, and none of us would be any the wiser. By the same token, promising technologies that seem set to change the world could have fatal flaws that result in them never making it to the mainstream. With that in mind, here are some of the trends that look set to continue through to next year.
The Chip Shortage Won’t End Anytime Soon
There has been a global shortage of the semiconductors used in computer chips in recent months. This has, in turn, made many new technologies extremely expensive and, in many cases, unavailable altogether.
While semiconductor supply is expected to rebound towards the end of the year, this is just part of the story. The chips these materials are used to create will likely remain scarce throughout 2022 and into 2023.
This will likely impact tech manufacturing across various industries, from video games console production to personal computers and the automotive industry. Ultimately, this will probably mean the supply of such products will remain lower than demand, leading to higher prices or a lack of availability. This article details more information on the global chip shortages and how this is impacting tech manufacturing processes.
Remote Video Conferencing Will Stick Around
The beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 saw remote conferencing tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams gain mainstream appeal when employees were forced to work from home. Love it or hate it, this trend looks certain to continue in the coming year.
These tools allow acquaintances and businesses to share information seamlessly while videoconferencing, which has revolutionised peoples’ ability to work and socialise remotely. Ultimately, software like this has fundamentally changed how some businesses function and have enhanced productivity and communication immeasurably. As a result, the popularity of these programmes looks set to continue into 2022.
5G Infrastructure Will Continue to Develop
The constant societal demand for high-speed internet connections and the transition to smart computing solutions in homes and cities have spurred the development of 5G technologies. While the rollout of 5G has already begun in many places, during 2022, you can expect to see the infrastructure, uses and applications of 5G improve significantly.
Many mobile companies will continue the mainstream integration of 5G into their data networks over the coming year, but the innovative applications of the technology are, perhaps, more exciting. 5G promises to make the rapid transfer of data over long distances possible. Additionally, some companies are exploring how 5G communication can enhance automation and communication between internet of things (IoT) devices, which will improve business practices globally.
On the whole, while it is difficult to make predictions about the future of technology, above are three current trends in the industry that look set to continue into next year and beyond. While some promise innovations to our world, others (like chip shortages) seem set to hinder the development and distribution of new tech.