Throughout 2020, COVID-19 has had a torrid effect on many different industries. Although, whilst the majority have struggled, the technology industry has thrived in many areas, leading us to a different future than expected 12 months ago.
Here are the top technology trends that are predicted to excel in 2021.
Throughout 2020, many of us were forced to stay inside, with schools, gyms and non-essential workplaces shut for months. This resulted in a lot of people left short of something to do, meaning a lot turned to gaming for their entertainment.
Video gaming was a hobby that had already started to grow at a steady pace over the past 10 years, with online gaming becoming more prominent through advancements in technology. However, through 2020 this growth has accelerated massively, grasping the attention of millions who hadn’t even touched online games before.
Expect to see the results of this thriving industry going forward into 2021, with the market value estimated to go above $1billion for the first time.
In 2019 5G was launched, by 2020 small parts of the world had access to it. In 2021, you can expect 5G to really start to grow and become more accessible to the many, rather than the few.
Whilst 3G and 4G have been huge in allowing us to connect to the internet wherever we like, many have predicted that 5G is set to take the technology world to the next level. VR and AR will become more accessible through this technology, whilst cloud-based gaming services like Google Stadia, NVidia GeForce Now and many more will also thrive due to 5G having the ability to operate more efficiently with this technology.
The healthcare industry was one that was hit the hardest throughout 2020, with almost every country in the world having its resources tested to the maximum. Over this year there has been huge investment into robotics, AI and many online services this year, which we can expect to see the benefits from moving forward in the near future.
After a year that nobody within the industry could have expected, the need for this technology has become less of a choice and more of a necessity in order for these services to stay afloat going forward.
Whilst cyber security is already something that has been around for a while, it is vital that it continues to evolve and develop in order to stay in front of online threats. Cyber security is evolving rapdily, although so is the ability of online hackers, as they continue to find new ways to get past even the strongest firewalls.
Jobs in cybersecurity are growing three times quicker than any other tech job, and it is predicted that by 2021 $6trillion will have been spent in the industry. This leads to the prediction that the investment in this industry will only see it grow even further.
As a result of the trends already mentioned, VR is also set to become a thriving technology trend in 2021.
Gaming is an industry in which VR has been trying to gain a foothold for many years, however, this extra investment as of a result of success in 2020 may prove the difference in designing cutting edge technology to grow the popularity of VR gaming.
In healthcare, the growing need for online appointments will mean that extra investment will be put into this, with many reports predicting that VR technology could play a major part in this.
With 5G becoming more accessible worldwide, as mentioned earlier, VR is set to become accessible through this, making it easier for people to use and making more companies likely to take a bigger risk in investing in the technology.
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