EHW Tech 2022 In Review
The Technologies Innovations of 2022
We highlight some of the latest and most notable developments taking place globally across several different sectors and technologies in our time ahead. From cloud computing, The Internet of Things, passwordless authentication, Metaversities, VR, Augmented Reality, multicore devices, networking, and interconnectivity, it’s clear that innovation is not fading away anytime soon. With more research also being invested into space technology, communications satellites, robotics, synthetic biology, and other cutting-edge fields, we’re absolutely convinced that humans will create valuable breakthroughs for generations to come in everything from life support systems to interplanetary exploration. That’s because we believe technology has the ability to empower people around the world to achieve things they never thought possible before.
1. Cloud Computing
With cloud computing continuing to be one of many enablers for innovation, it will drive a range of technologies from artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles, multiplayer gaming, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), remote and hybrid working. Already cloud has enabled the ongoing mass adoption of these technologies that are pushing us toward a more human way to interact with technology. In addition to the transformative nature of these emerging tech trends, going forward we can expect cloud to become an enabler of even more technologies, including the metaverse, cloud gaming, and even quantum computing.
2. The Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, refers to the network of physical devices that are online and connected. Many people think of IoT in terms of “smart” home devices – thermostats, lighting systems, security cameras, etc. But as the internet grew, phones, office equipment like printers and scanners, and industrial machinery were added to the internet until practically every device we used came with its own little internet connection. In fact, there’s already a staggering number of 13.1 billion devices worldwide in 2022 and many more being developed all the time. How will this new world of connectivity change the way we live? What threats and opportunities does it present? And what happens when things go wrong? Can you ever have too much IoT data?
3. Passwordless Authentication
There are few things we take for granted in today’s world. We log into Gmail and Facebook, tap on a link to check our Snapchat account, or authenticate an online purchase with our Google payment account. Without knowing it, we’ve been logging into websites and managing our digital lives using just one form of authentication: A password. Passwords are hard to remember, easy to crack, and leave us exposed each time we type them into a website. They can be stolen, guessed, or brute forced. New forms of authentication will finally let us get rid of passwords for good. Password-free alternatives are poised to take over from behind in the near future. Passwordless Authentication uses more secure alternatives like mobile device push notification, verification via email link, or a biometric scan. Not only are these methods easier, they don’t have to be unique to that website. They tend to be more secure than traditional passwords and they’re already being used by companies big and small.
Virtual Reality is being used to revolutionise higher education for the first time. 10 leading universities recently announced that they will embrace the metaverse in a big way by launching metaversities. This will involve the creation of digital twin replica campuses, within which students will use virtual reality headsets to attend classes, socialize and complete their degree. The universities are partnering with the private companies VictoryXR and Meta to create virtual worlds for higher education.
Metaversity will enable a more inclusive delivery of higher education content and services, enhance collaborative and innovative practices among peer educational institutions, and create new avenues for research and data collection. Metaversity aims at redefining the traditional boundaries between online and in-person education, testing and professional development, ultimately serving students, faculty, staff and alumni through greater presence, access, and participation.
Multicore became a mainstream in 2022. From wearable systems and smartphones to cameras, games, vehicles, computers, and cloud servers, multicore will be the new standard for product performance everywhere. With the ubiquity of multicore comes the need to guarantee high performance while maintaining security. Today’s electronics already benefit from faster connections, more data storage and faster processing. Leading semiconductor makers say their chips will have been rebased to be fully multicore capable. This means that all applications can take advantage of parallel computing using as few cores as possible, optimizing every transistor for maximum performance.
6. Networking and Interconnectivity
For today’s connected world, the advancement in all levels of the network stack has been critical to advancing research and driving innovation on the Internet. New developments at all levels will continue to keep networking providers on their toes as connectivity becomes more essential to both daily and business life. Research into all levels of the internet stack will continue to drive innovations that empower consumers, businesses, and governments worldwide.
The technologies listed are in various stages of development, but the common thread is that each has the potential to change the way we live. We personally hope for further innovative developments in every category. There are few technologies that we can absolutely say will have a profound impact on the future as these new additions to our technology landscape. As technological advancements continue to evolve, we’re bound to see a diversity of new classifications and subsets emerge, with even more potential to enhance our lives.