Quite a large number of technologies have been brought to life in the last century and it is nearly impossible to list them all. What are the hottest technological inventions at the moment? As it turns out some will be pretty obvious, while others might surprise you.
One thing we can do to help ourselves to remain at the top of our game is to become more technologically inclined, look out for technology-based skills that will serve to put us one step ahead of annual predictions.
In this article, we’ve collated the 5 most interesting and potentially revolutionary tech-inventions currently either being researched or developed. We would also be highlighting the job opportunities that will be created from them in 2020.
Internet of Things (IoT)
The “Internet of things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It is a concept that not only has a huge impact on how we live but also our careers. What exactly is the “internet of things” and what impact would it have on you, if there would be any? Let’s start with understanding the basic things…It’s a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work. Broadband Internet is becoming more available and accepted, a lot of devices are currently created with WiFi features and sensors built in them. The cost of technology and connecting is decreasing and smartphone penetration is sky-rocketing. All of these things have created a “perfect storm” for IoT.
IoT is basically connecting a device that features an on and off switch to the internet. We are talking about cell phones, lamps, wearable devices, coffee makers, cellphones, headphones, washing machines, machines, just to be clear, if it has an off switch, then chances are it can be a part of the IoT. You can consider IoT as a giant network of connected “things” which also includes people.
A lot of things are being built via Wi-fi connections; talk about devices, home appliances, cars, and much that are connected to the internet, exchanging data and information over the Internet.
You might not know this yet, but even as consumers, Internet of Things is not only the future, it is our today.
Career Impact; Businesses also have a lot to gain by optimizing the Internet. Through IoT, data collected and analyzed can be used for maintenance, better customer service, making businesses efficient, and improving their decision-making procedures.
Because more and more things are being added to the Internet, more jobs are going to be made available in this digital space which follows that adequate hands will be needed. You might want to acquire some vital skills to operate in the Internet of Things, which includes; IoT security,
device knowledge, cloud computing knowledge, automation, data analytics, understanding of embedded systems, and others that will crop up along the way.
In simple terms, Cybersecurity is the protection of systems, networks, programs from digital attacks. What are cyber attacks or threats? This is a spiteful and deliberate attempt by an organization, individual or set of individuals to breach an information system, they are basically aimed at gaining access to, changing, or destroying sensitive information.
Carrying out effective cybersecurity in today’s world could be quite challenging because there are more devices than people, and attackers are becoming more innovative. However, Cyber is evolving and new ways have been devised to ensure the integrity, confidentiality, and availability (ICA) of information. Cybersecurity also known as Information security consists of an evolving set of tools, training, technologies, risk management approaches that are designed to protect networks, programs, devices, and data from cyber attacks or any form of unauthorized access.
Today, breaches are increasing at a rapid pace despite record levels of security spending. Global organizations are turning to human-centric cybersecurity, a new approach that places focus on changes in user behavior instead of an exponential number of growing threats. Founded on behavior analytics, human-centric cybersecurity provides insight into how an end-user interacts with data and extends security controls into all the systems where data resides, even if not exclusively controlled by the organization.
Career Impact; From the look of things, as technology evolves, new cyber threats will unfold, which will, in turn, increase the need for Cybersecurity. With this cycle in mind, the cybersecurity space is growing rapidly and will need more people to acquire the skills.
The number of cybersecurity jobs has tripled in the technological space because of the enhanced technology. It is predicted that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. A number of jobs available in cybersecurity you may not be aware of yet include; Chief Security Officer, Security Officer, Ethical Hacker, to mention but a few. In fact, here’s a free secret… Many cybersecurity jobs come with a 6-figure pay. Started considering a job in cybersecurity yet?
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Over time, we are being exposed to virtual reality games. Have we considered what this implies in the technological space and the impact of these realities in our lives?
But first, let’s find out what Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality is;
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are simply computer-generated simulations that integrate the real world(AR) or are entirely self-contained(VR). AR applications let you move around in the real world. While with VR, you have to remain in the same location because you cannot see your surroundings. Virtual Reality (VR) immerses individuals in experiences, oftentimes with a lot of expensive technology like headsets. Augmented reality starts with a real-life view of something like a mobile phone camera. The appeal is quite obvious. Bothe offer an innovative way to immerse customers in a more engaging, interactive, and personal experience.
Career Impact; Not only do we find virtual reality in games, but it is also now emerging in different forms of training. VirtualShip is a simulation software used to train U.S. Navy, Army, and Coast Guard ship, captains.
The goal of VR and AR is to create a perfectly natural reality, therefore, different fields of life are buying into this.
VR and AR will come in handy for different pieces of training, which is not limited to the military; the entertainment industry, making karaoke and dramas into VR/AR is fast becoming a norm. Even in education, learners can have a live classroom feeling from the comfort of their homes. Just name the field, and you’d discover a potential for VR and AR in it.
Since both Virtual and Augmented Realities can fit into all fields of life, it simply follows that as this technology keeps emerging, more jobs will be created and you might just have to shoot your shot in this career field. You could be a hardware engineer, a programmer, one way to stay ahead is to have a forward-thinking mindset.
The term artificial intelligence was coined in 1956, but AI has become more popular today thanks to increased data volumes, advanced algorithms, and improvements in computing power and storage. Artificial Intelligence (AI) makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, adjust to inputs, and perform human-like tasks.
In recent times, AI is fast making the technology headlines. A lot of businesses are buying into the idea of AI because it is designed to work exactly like humans, making decisions, mimicking human intelligence, such as images and speech recognition, only 100% faster and more accurate. Personally, we have instances of AI—Siri for IOS, Alexa for Google, streaming, scheduling of tasks and others.
Artificial Intelligence keeps evolving and we see its impacts in fields like development, programming, testing, support, maintenance, to mention a few of the activities we humans indulge in.
Career Impact; Even though AI is a part of automation, that hot topic that talks about the elimination of jobs in a few years to come (Yes, it is predicted that 73 million jobs will be lost by 2030) it is also that part of automation that creates more jobs.
Why don’t you get yourself an AI certification already?
Machine Learning is a branch of AI.
Through Machine Learning, computers can be programmed to learn to do something they are not programmed to do. Machine learning takes place when computers discover patterns and insights from data. Machine learning is of 2 types; supervised and unsupervised learning, and of 3 domains; neural networks, natural language processing (NLP), and deep learning, domains that can only grow careers.
Career Impact; For Businesses, Machine Learning applications are used for data analytics, data mining, and pattern recognition. All kinds of industries are on the lookout for skilled professionals in the field of machine learning because of its growing importance in the world at large.
For Consumers, Machine Learning powers web search results, real-time ads, and network intrusion detection.
Because of these domains of Machine Learning, job opportunities are being created daily. On LinkedIn, Machine Learning jobs rank among the top emerging jobs with about 2,000 job listings posted, all well-paying jobs.
Of course, there are a whole lot more careers to be discovered in the technological world. Why don’t you explore the tech world and take steps into becoming a Tech Master today?
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