Three Dark Horse Technologies To Keep An Eye On

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Being forward-thinking isn’t just a plus, it’s necessary for success.

When you work in a field like IT, it’s imperative to keep up on the latest trends and developments in technology.

Of course, not every potential new trend or clickbait headline comes true, even when they’re truly useful. Sometimes good ideas just don’t catch on. But that doesn’t make it any less important to keep trying to identify truly useful advances in information technology apps and hardware from the flash-in-the-pan types.

As with all things though, determining the potential usefulness of new tech isn’t necessarily an entirely binary choice. If you’ll permit us a bit of leeway, there are some new tech trends on the horizon worth keeping and eye, even if they didn’t quite make our earlier list of tech trends to watch in the next 10 years.

  • Recommendation Engines
  • Peer-to-Peer Networks (P2P)
  • Distributed Ledgers (blockchains)

Recommendation Engines

The first two technologies on this list are actually relatively old by technology standards, but will begin realizing their potential as new use cases, advancements, and refinements are made.

For example, recommendation engines have existed in one form or another since before the widespread adoption of the internet, and they’re already ubiquitous, powering social media feeds, film and music suggestions, and online shopping options. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still room to grow, as they have potential uses for healthcare, financial, and even government services.

Peer-to-Peer Networks (P2P)

Even if you’re not hooked deeply into technology, you’ve likely already heard of at least one notorious peer-to-peer network, the Dark web. Don’t let that one example spoil your view of the technology though. Also known as P2P networks, peer-to-peer networks enable users to create and contribute to communities in a “bottom-up” style as opposed to the “top-down” style of intranets and intranet portals. In fact, P2P-based and distribute apps have the potential to reshape healthcare, the energy sector, journalism, and even policing

Distributed Ledgers (blockchains)

The youngest technology on this list, distributed ledgers are still widely conflated with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Etherium. However, that perspective is potentially limiting, as blockchain technology (as distributed ledgers are sometimes also called) is positioned to transform supply-chain management or any other trust-based transaction. We’ve got a primer on the business use cases for blockchains already, but as the technology further evolves it’s likely that individuals will increasingly become equal parts contributors, auditors, and inspectors in their online communities and creating new opportunities for everyone involved.

To be clear, all of these technologies are already available and even in wide use in some sectors. As we mentioned, pretty much every social media platform ever used or uses a recommendation engine to push posts into peoples’ feeds. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t emerging use cases and applications for each in other areas of the economy. If you need help planning or implementing any of these technologies (and plenty of others) contact a TRINUS technology expert today.




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