When developments are being made in leaps and bounds in the computing industry, it is only natural that there will be a massive transformation in all the spheres that use computers. These industries include management, governance, systems of production, and more.
Computers are everywhere, and they are used in virtually everything we use. Therefore, it is almost impossible for changes in the computing industry not to affect you and everything around you as it progresses and becomes more advanced over the years.
The Computer industry is entering into its fourth revolution, and with this, it is blurring the boundaries between the physical, digital, and biological worlds. Therefore, you see advances in quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and more. As a result, this revolution paves the way for a transformative change that will drastically change how you live. However, it is essential to adapt to the change, so it is essential that you know of the upcoming revolution in the computer industry and prepare accordingly. That way, you are not left behind.
The last revolution and the upcoming one
This fourth revolution builds upon the foundation of the previous three revolutions that began with the advent of the steam engine in the 18th century. This revolution allowed the mechanization of production, after which there was urbanization as a result of the social change that it brought with itself.
The second revolution was that of electricity as well as other scientific advancements. These resulted in mass production.
The third revolution included a rise in digital technology, where your data was conveniently stored in a digital format. This change increased how and how much data people could store.
There was also an introduction to cell phones that changed the digital world. From 1990 to 2020, you can see a spike in cell phone subscribers, which hints at how essential it has become and how it has cleverly integrated itself into our everyday functional life.
From the last revolution, a lot has changed. As a society, we are moving into the fourth generation as the rate of technological change is accelerating. You can see different previously disjointed fields merge into one another and amplify each other to create technology that is beyond comprehension as of now. Fields such as artificial intelligence, 3d printing, biotechnology, genetics, and more are amalgamating and seeping into the many computer-using industries.
The technologies that are driving this change
This upcoming revolution in the computer industry brings with it many emerging technologies. These technologies essentially drive this industrial revolution and bring change that will change the business and social landscape. Here are the technologies that are driving this new change in computers.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial intelligence uses machine learning alongside user interfaces to increase the productivity of certain tasks. The user interfaces that it uses include speech and gesture recognition technology. This technology will enable computers to think like humans. As a result, they will be able to do various cognitive tasks that were once thought impossible. These include processing information, drawing conclusions, making recommendations, and recognizing complex patterns. Even though this seems like a technology far from being introduced to common people, your phone probably uses it in the form of autocorrect and more.
Blockchain is a method of doing various tasks without the need for third-party intermediaries. It is also highly secure, decentralized, and transparent in its recording and sharing of data, so most people have started using it more and more. Bitcoin, a digital currency, is one of the best-known blockchain applications, which hints at its massive effect on society and the market. However, blockchain has many different purposes as well.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Virtual reality (VR) offers you an immersive digital experience that simulates the real world. On the other hand, augmented reality fuses the digital and physical world. Therefore, you can use it for various purposes. For example, you can use it to test out products digitally before purchasing.
Faster Computer Processing
With the advancement in computer technology, computers can do a lot more in less time. Therefore, your computer can now process a large amount of data in a short time frame. Additionally, along with speed, there is also the advent of the cloud. This technology allows you to store your data digitally. Therefore, you can access it quickly and work on it using your computer. This seamless connection is also why computers have become faster than ever.
Additionally, quantum computing technologies that are being developed will make computers more powerful than they are now.
Robotics has been an object of fascination for many people. The field of robotics includes the designing, manufacturing, and usage of robots in various fields and for multiple purposes, such as personal and commercial.
3D printing has been monumental in changing how industries develop their parts to make certain devices and machines. This technology allows them to print their parts, making creating and assembling a product a lot faster, easier, and cost-efficient. Furthermore, these parts can be customized so that they fit perfectly together,
Internet of Things
There is no secret that the internet has taken over our lives. For many, it is even their livelihood. Currently, more than 9 billion devices are connected to the internet, and the number is predicted to increase to 50 billion or even 1 trillion in the upcoming decade. With so many devices connected to the internet, it is easier for businesses to collect data regarding their clients and use it to help better their marketing strategies.
Biometric technology offers a new way of security. This technology includes the use of eyes, face, hands, and other body parts as a way of authorization. With this technology, the traditional passwords will fade out. Biometric technology is already in use, as we see face ID and fingerprint scanners being inbuilt into our phones.
Genomics involves genetic engineering technology that includes DNA sequencing technologies and other advancements with analytics. Therefore, genomics, which is expected to grow faster as computer speeds get faster, will be able to improve various agricultural productions and increase reliance on natural sources of energy. Furthermore, genomics can also help extend human life expectancy.
Its effects on business
It is impossible for such changes to occur in the computing world and for it not to affect businesses. Businesses run on computers, so there will be a massive change in how businesses are run and what is expected of them from the customers.
An increase in technology offers you, as a customer, a greater degree of personalization and, therefore, a better and more valuable experience than before. However, it is evident that businesses are not fulfilling the expectations and are falling short. Consequently, they are losing out on clients and falling behind their competitors.
Thus, companies need to learn and future-proof their workforce by ensuring that they have the right kind of employees with the desirable skills. When all the employees have the skill, it will be much easier to keep up with the pace at which technology is changing across the world. Therefore, workers need to update their skills and ensure that their skill set is in with the times and will complement the changing and advancing computer industry.
Change in the computing industry was inevitable. However, with the rapid increase in technology and other advancements, the next revolution in the computer industry is upon us faster than anticipated. This new revolution mixes previously disjointed fields such as biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and more to provide humanity with an advanced way of living.
Like the last revolution, these changes and new technology will become an integral part of our lives. Therefore, you must know the changes to be made in the next decade or two to be well-prepared and ready for it. Moreover, this revolution will affect all sectors of the world that we know thus, it is better to be prepared.