9 Significant Technology Predictions for 2016

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-02-24 Email

The speed of technology change has accelerated rapidly in recent years, and we should expect more of the same in 2016, according to research from Deloitte. The "Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions 2016" report indicates that these shifts will continue to profoundly transform the face of industries and world culture during the year: Internet connection speeds will soar. Ubiquitous smartphone usage will make the landline even more irrelevant. Software companies will increase the integration of cognitive technology into their products. And consumers will flock to third-party providers that enable them to pay for services on their devices. "In 2002, homes typically had dial-up Internet access, boxy television sets, wired speakers, standalone digital cameras, shopping catalogs and fixed-line telephones," according to the report. "Photos were stored in albums, and shelves bulged with CDs and DVDs. … Over the last 15 years, connectivity has become steadily faster, enabling many new categories of service to become mainstream, including a number of current staple applications: search engines, social networks, video-on-demand, e- and m-commerce, app stores and online video games. These new services have driven the growing appeal of digital devices." However, the report states that's there's one technology area that remains stuck in neutral: the presence of women in IT jobs. The findings were compiled from prior Deloitte research, along with a variety of published reports, including those from government and industry organizations.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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