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What Is the Future of Tech: 23 Technologies by 2022

  1. Security Cross-Cutting Issues
    The growth of large data repositories and emergence of data analytics have combined with intrusions by bad actors, governments, and corporations to open a Pandora’s box of issues. How can we balance security and privacy in this environment?

  2. Open Intellectual Property Movement
    From open source software and standards to open-access publishing, the open IP movement is upon us. What are the implications?

  3. Sustainability
    Can electronic cars, LED lighting, new types of batteries and chips, and increasing use of renewables combat rising energy use and an explosion in the uptake of computing?

  4. Massively Online Open Courses
    MOOCs have the potential to transform the higher-education landscape, siphoning students from traditional universities and altering faculty and student roles. How significant will their impact be?

  5. Quantum Computing
    Constrained only by the laws of physics, quantum computing will potential extend Moore’s Law into the next decade. As commercial quantum computing comes within reach, new breakthroughs are occurring at an accelerating pace.

  6. Device and Nanotechnology
    It is clear that MEMS devices, nanoparticles, and their use in applications are here to stay. Nanotechnology has already been useful in manufacturing sunscreen, tires, and medical devices that can be swallowed.

  7. 3D Integrated Circuits
    The transition from printed circuit boards to 3D-ICs is already underway in the mobile arena, and will eventually spread across the entire spectrum of IT products.

  8. Universal Memory
    Universal memory replacements for DRAM will cause a tectonic shift in architectures and software.

  9. Multicore
    By 2022, multicore will be everywhere, from wearable systems and smartphones to cameras, games, automobiles, cloud servers, and exa-scale supercomputers.

  10. Photonics
    Silicon photonics will be a fundamental technology to address the bandwidth, latency, and energy challenges in the fabric of high-end systems.

  11. Networking and Interconnectivity
    Developments at all levels of the network stack will continue to drive research and the Internet economy.

  12. Software-Defined Networks
    OpenFlow and SDN will make networks more secure, transparent, flexible, and functional.

  13. High-Performance Computing
    While some governments are focused on reaching exascale, some researchers are intent on moving HPC to the cloud.

  14. Cloud Computing
    By 2022, cloud will be more entrenched and more computing workloads run on the cloud.

  15. The Internet of Things
    From clothes that monitor our movements to smart homes and cities, the Internet of Things knows no bounds, except for our concerns about ensuring privacy amid such convenience.

  16. Natural User Interfaces
    The long-held dreams of computers that can interface with us through touch, gesture, and speech are finally coming true, with more radical interfaces on the horizon.

  17. 3D Printing
    3D printing promises a revolution in fabrication, with many opportunities to produce designs that would have been prohibitively expensive.

  18. Big Data and Analytics
    The growing availability of data and demand for its insights holds great potential to improve many data-driven decisions.

  19. Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems
    Machine learning plays an increasingly important role in our lives, whether it’s ranking search results, recommending products, or building better models of the environment.

  20. Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
    Unlocking information in pictures and videos has had a major impact on consumers and more significant advances are in the pipeline.

  21. Life Sciences
    Technology has been pivotal in improving human and animal health and addressing threats to the environment.

  22. Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
    Vast amounts of data are enabling the improvement of human health and unraveling of the mysteries of life.

  23. Medical Robotics
    From autonomous delivery of hospital supplies to telemedicine and advanced prostheses, medical robotics has led to many life-saving innovations.
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