2021 has been a year of great global adjustments, within them we have seen an acceleration towards the adoption of technology by all sectors and industries. This acceleration has worked as a catalyst for innovation and as a definition of change towards growth.
What awaits us this 2022?
The planet concerns will continue to impact people, societies, companies, and organizations. We will continue to transform towards new ways of working, hybrid and remote. Sustainability will be the strategic focus to define actions at all levels. We will visualize a culture and habit change that will weave all business, consumption, and technology trends towards new scenarios that better fit the changes experienced.
The technological trends for 2022 show the incremental development of the previous years. The technological developments that I have previously been presenting on the blog will follow. At the same time, new doors will open so that new applications can see the light and have their moment.
Tech Trends for 2022. Focused on key areas: Security, Sustainability and Technology.
Large data repositories growth and analysis are already acting as a competitive advantage for companies of all sizes. Data becoming more and more valuable for companies has opened hackers’ intrusions of all kinds, making it imminent to find solutions for security and privacy for all actors.
What to keep track of?
Cybersecurity meshes: This technology is a modern approach to a flexible architecture to implement and extend security where it is needed most.
As a result of the digital acceleration, the trend of digital assets – and workers – increasingly being located outside of traditional business infrastructure has also accelerated. This has generated the need to secure myriad forms of digital transformation and other new technologies. Therefore, security must be flexible, agile, scalable, and adaptable, to allow the adaptation and usability of tools in a secure environment.
Security meshes allow different stand-alone security solutions to work together to dynamically enhance security. It is used for cloud environments, where it helps to verify identity, context, and policy compliance quickly and reliably both in the environment and outside the cloud.
Computing Techniques That Enhance Privacy
Privacy-enhancing computing uses a variety of privacy protection techniques to enable value to be extracted from data while still complying with privacy and data protection laws.
This has an impact mainly on improving the processing of personal data, responding to the growing concerns of consumers and companies in this regard. These are responsible for protecting data while it is being used, as opposed to when it is at rest or in motion. They enable secure data processing, sharing, cross-border transfers, and analysis, even in untrusted environments. The goal is to minimize the risk of data breaches through new forms of computing and information sharing.
Holistic Sustainability: Sustainable Technology Design
Different technological developments have the objective of changing the way we do things, towards more sustainable processes and optimized practices. This is a difficult balance to achieve, however, imperative for the planet and society of these times.
More and more will be the technologies that integrate sustainability into the core of the action. Increasingly, companies will seek to create products and services that serve environmental and sustainable objectives.
- Smart and Sustainable Homes at CES 2022 by Schneider Electric
- The 7 Most Environmentally Friendly & Sustainable Companies
What to keep track of?
The battle for optimization begins.
Although technology allows us to live a more comfortable life, the amount of energy that devices, servers, machines, etc. use is huge. The focus is to lead an increasingly intelligent and efficient development. Achieving global energy efficiency triggers this trend towards the search to “optimize everything”. Keep in mind that the devices that consume electricity today exceed humans by four and that it will be even greater in the future. The transformation of energy supplies will still take some time, so now the objective is to optimise as much as possible.
- An example of this approach is the M1 chipset developed for current Apple computers.
Knowledge and assets acquisition is necessary to optimize processes and devices that will increasingly be an essential commitment by companies in their transformation processes.
Natural user interface (NUI)
A time has come when the possibility of being able to interact with the computer through touch, gestures and speech opens. What might seem like a dream is becoming a reality, with countless disruptive interfaces on the horizon.
NUI (Natural User Interface) is a field within interface design in which natural human abilities are harnessed to weave technology. Derived from biomimicry, this is an emerging change in human-machine interaction. It seeks the use and exploitation of our natural human abilities to integrate them with artificial technology woven into learned human interactions.
NUI is an area that focuses on traditional human skills such as vision, touch, speech, handwriting, movement, as well as cognition, creation, and exploration to replicate real-world environments by optimizing the interaction between physical and digital objects.
The word “natural” is used in the context where most computer interfaces today use artificial control devices. An operation that must be learned. The difference is that a NUI relies on the user being able to perform relatively natural gestures that are quickly discovered to control a computer application or to manipulate on-screen content.
- Application example: Natural User Interface for Meditative Games.
This year can be a new beginning, where the great concerns of our time will be the common thread. Sustainability is the axis towards the future that we want to live and leave in the future. Bring security and cohesion through new developments thinking about our new ways of working and relating. We will see a year, undoubtedly fascinating and where transparency, human values, and intelligence continue to be vital.