Technology is pushing its limits every single day, and it is hard to predict exactly what changes we will see in the coming years. Everything that we will get in the world of technology will hopefully be as per the demands of mankind. However, looking at the state of technology today, we can see a number of technological innovations here and there, where a few of them work to make our life easier, while others are mere visual treats for us. But, when it comes to technological buzzwords, we don’t know the meaning of every single buzzword. I myself don’t know them all.
But, if you love exploring the world of technology, like me, you should at least know the meaning of certain buzzwords that are used extensively or will become a part of our lives, in the coming years. I will not talk about the most common ones like Artificial Intelligence or AI, Wi-Fi, that you might already be using now, or the Internet of Things or IoT, but about those, which are yet to be popular in the coming years. Each buzzword can also be a great and fun topic to discuss. But today, I will not go deep to start explaining them. I will keep this story limited to demystify technological buzzwords.
So, without any further delay, let’s get started with the technological buzzwords that you should definitely know about.
Let’s start the list with something that we use almost every day. You might be excited to get your new smartphone or your new laptop. Your friends and colleagues will ask you about the features, specifications, and all, and you will be famous for a few days. Those are visible technologies. Whereas, invisible tech are those, which can’t be seen. These can be powering your smartphone, computer, IoT devices, and everything else that is making your life simpler. It can be the motor that is opening your smart door, to the sensor that is sensing some physical parameters like temperature to automatically select the most appropriate temperature for your air conditioner. The more we use technology for everything in our life, we will be surrounded by invisible technologies even more.
The next one on the list is somewhat serious. There’s a lot of big data available to big corporates like Google, Microsoft, and other companies. As per the terms, these companies will use our data to improve the services, and also sell ads. We hardly have a lot of control in our hands. But we often come across scary news of data breaches, which leak out our usernames, passwords, and other sensitive data. Data ethics come into play here. Data Ethics means, ethical treatment of the data that we generate, and give to those big companies. After all, everything in this world is bound by some ethics. We have ethics in our profession, medicine, and in a similar way, there is data ethics, which are subtle rules that need to be followed by organizations, and even by us individuals, when it comes to treating the data of others.
Internet of Bodies
Just like the Internet of Things, the Internet of Bodies will connect multiple bodies together. Well, we are human beings, and we can’t communicate with other humans, the way machines do. But the Internet of Bodies refers to the connection between multiple external and internal wearable and implanted devices with others, or refer to the connections in between them. The Internet of Bodies will be a powerful technology, despite privacy being the preponderant concern. With the Internet of Bodies, the doctors and surgeons could know our physical body parameters like blood pressure, heartbeats, etc. to prescribe medicines, or if there are other controllable wearables, the doctor could also be able to make the necessary changes to balance the physical parameters. We are yet to see the Internet of Bodies, maybe in the next decade, as even now, the Internet of Things is yet to take off, in most parts of the world.
Most people already know about dynamic pricing, and we see this often at the time of booking flight tickets, and cabs. The concept is simple. The number of seats in an airplane, the number of vehicles on the road is limited, and when the demand is more, the prices are increased so that fewer people can avail the services. It is just to bridge the demand and supply gap. But, in the coming days, more sectors will introduce dynamic pricing, including online shopping portals, and also the local vendors, where you go, for purchasing some everyday goods and groceries. We can also find dynamic pricing on subscription services and apps, and even though, bridging the supply and demand in the case of intangible items like subscription services is not in the line of sight, this can be a way to reduce the load on the server or reduce the overall operational cost.
Multiexperience is simple to explain. One service or interface will be applicable to all devices or platforms. For example, you have a banking app, which helps you in online banking. You might use it both on your computer or laptop. But the banking apps require different codes to be executed on an Android device, and say, on a computer. But, with multiexperience, one app will work exactly the same way on all platforms. This will require fewer codes and will bridge the gap between mobile and desktop apps and programs. However, we are yet to observe Multiexperience on a larger scale. It is fundamentally challenging to build multiexperience platforms, as there are device-specific complexities, but with new tools and technological advancements, we can see multiexperience-based platforms soon in the coming years.
The term is self-explanatory. We know Software, Hardware, Malware, Ransomware, and many more. The last two that I have mentioned, are examples of Crimeware. To be said in simple words, all those platforms, software, etc., that are used to commit a crime, are examples of Crimeware. In the coming days, we can see more users coming to the internet, and more Crimeware will be deployed to carry out scams, phishing, and all other notorious forms of crimes or actions that are offences. Day by day, we are depending on the internet for several activities, and we will be using new forms of technologies that will use the internet, and thus, unless we are careful, the Crimeware attack will keep increasing, and that is scary, to say the least.
Most online services that we use today are using microservices in the background, and we can hardly understand that. To us, it is only one website, app or service, which is doing the complete work. However, with the aid of microservices, a big task is broken down into extremely small tasks so that a particular system can carry out a very small task within a very short time, which eventually increases the overall efficiency of the system or service. Use of microservices also makes it easy to find out problems in a system, and a particular microservice can be updated without affecting the rest of the system. In most cases, each microservice is run within a container that is more efficient than virtual machines, which can also be used to host a certain service.
We love the internet only because of net neutrality. Without net neutrality, the Internet will no longer be a sweet place to do anything you like, obviously, things that are legitimate. Without net neutrality, the government or the service provider can make the experience of accessing the internet worse, by reducing bandwidth for services that they don’t want their clients to access, and offer unlimited or promised bandwidth for other websites, which your ISP wants you to visit. Let me make things easier for you. If you get an internet plan that promises 60 Mbps bandwidth, it is the speed that you will get, no matter what website you are visiting, or which services you are using. But without net neutrality, your ISP might reduce the bandwidth for Netflix, or charge extra for it, and favor Amazon Prime Video. So Net Neutrality is all about treating all the data and services equally on the internet without knowing, what data each packet is carrying. So without net neutrality, our independence on the internet, to be able to use any service that we want, will be lost.
We all know about automation, which is a buzzword from the last decade and is used in industries and manufacturing sectors. But with Hyperautomation that will use automation leveraged by AI and machine learning which will have even more potential to carry out tasks with more precision, even under conditions, humans will struggle to work. In Hyperautomation, multiple automation gadgets will work in tandem to replace humans in various sectors. Hyperautomation apparently seems to fuel the problem of unemployment and can lead to job losses, but humans can be elevated to even higher positions in their professions so that they can achieve newer heights. Even though Hyperautomation isn’t at its peak, we can see Hyperautomation is taking off, maybe in the current or the next decade.
If you have some financial knowledge, you might already know about credit score, which is a score that determines, whether the person is a loan defaulter, or whether the person is trustworthy when it comes to disbursing a loan. Just like that, social credit will be a score that will determine the behaviour of a person, and take into consideration, the other aspects, like how co-operative a person is, or whether the person has committed any offence. China already has social credit, and we can have that too, including other countries. Maybe, the social networking websites will also ask for the social credit score, and will only allow you to create or keep using the account, only if you have the minimum score. Social Credit can also be checked before offering certain services, like, at the time of offering a room in a hotel, or get a rented accommodation, if you have reallocated for job requirements, with your family.
So, those were the few buzzwords that you should definitely know in the current decade so that you can always keep yourself ahead in a debate, or simply for the sake of getting more knowledge that interests you. I just kept only the 10 most useful buzzwords that you should know. New buzzwords are sprouting every single day, and it is cool to grab the knowledge about them all.
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