11 Game-Changing Technology Trends
One trend addresses computers so intelligent that they're capable of conducting human-like reasoning and conversations. Another focuses on machines so small that you could literally drink one with a sip of water and not realize you swallowed it. A third pits the need for advanced cyber-security tools against the demand for personal privacy. Combined, these and other selected IT developments represent the following 11 game-changing technology trends for the next eight years. They were adapted from a recent report published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), considered the world's largest association of technology professionals, with 400,000 members. The "IEEE CS 2022 Report" includes some of the usual tech suspects—the cloud, big data and the Internet of things—but it casts these familiar topics in a fresh light. The report also provides insights into technologies that don't generate as much attention, and it conveys a compellingly human side to the equation. "Technology is the enabler," says IEEE Computer Society President Dejan Milojicic, who led the "2022" effort. "What humanity takes out of it really depends on human society." The report is based on the input of nine IEEE leaders.