Trend #1
AI & advanced machine learning

Intelligent systems that learn, adapt and potentially operate independently rather than just perform pre-defined instructions.

Trend #2
Smart apps

Includes technologies such as virtual personal assistants (VPAs). Can transform workplaces by making trivial tasks easier (prioritising e-mail) and users more efficient (emphasise important content and action points). Through AI, technology suppliers will focus on three areas – advanced analytical tools, AI-driven and increasingly more autonomous business processes and A1-driven engaged, conversational and continuous interfaces.

Trend #3
Intelligent things

New intelligent things are usually placed into three categories: robots, drones and autonomous vehicles. Nonetheless, these three things represent only a part of what we include in intelligent things. The Internet of Things, IoT, represents tons of widgets and installations that will also become smarter thanks to artificial intelligence. These will be found everywhere in the home, in the office, on the factory floor and in hospitals, for example.

Digital

The demarcation between the digital and the real world will become more and more unclear. The fact that the digital world will increasingly become a detailed mirror image of the physical world, and in some contexts appear as a part of the physical world, creates fertile conditions for new business models and digital eco systems.

Trend #4
Virtual & Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) will change the way we relate to each other. For example, VR can be used in training scenarios and to create experiences from locations or events that cannot be experienced without VR. AR, which enables a mix of the real and the virtual worlds, will also provide companies with opportunities that are difficult to describe in words.

Trend #5
Digital twin

In 3 to 5 years, billions of things will be represented by digital twins, a dynamic model of a physical thing or system. A digital twin is used to analyse and simulate real conditions, react to changes, improve operations and increase value. Digital twins of physical objects combined with digital representations of facilities and environments, as well as people, companies and processes, will enable an increasingly more detailed digital representation of the real world for the purposes of simulation, analysis and control. 

Trend #6
Blockchain

Blockchain is a global database of registered information. Blockchain technology has the potential to change the ways we engender trust, thereby influencing our relationships with agreements, trade and ownership. With the EU’s new payment directive in place in January 2018, many of today’s super companies will be very vulnerable

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