3 Digital Trends to Watch Out For in 2018

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The interconnected AI. The future trend will be towards AI assistants and augmented reality with big mobile phone manufacturers rivaling each other on service oriented apps. “The possibilities of innovation are endless” says Gemma Reeves our guest author. Her post is below. Artflow on Andriod was used to draw the sketch above and is open for interpretation.

Now that we are on the last stretch of 2017, tech enthusiasts and the market in general are expecting about what could be the next best thing that could take the digital world by storm this 2018.

So far, 2017 had its fair share of digital trends that can be more or less considered revolutionary. One of those is the surge of wearable gadgets that are used to track one’s health and overall fitness lifestyle. The most famous examples of these are FitBit and Apple’s SmartWatch.

The market also saw some improvements from Artificial Intelligent (AI) assistants such as Siri, Alexa and Google’s own AI assistant. Most notably, these AI assistants are not just limited on smartphones, but they can also be used in smart home devices such as wireless speakers.

So what could still be in store for the digital industry this 2018? The possibilities of innovation are endless, and the industry definitely has a lot more to offer by next year and the upcoming years or so, such as:

More uses for Augmented Reality (AR)

Pokemon GO took the world by storm when it was introduced in 2016. From then on, smartphone users were introduced to Augmented Reality (AR) on a wider and more entertaining scale, and developers see a lot of potential uses for this.

Aside from gaming, AR is expected to be used in navigation, marketing and information systems in the near future – possibly starting in 2018. Users can simply turn on their camera, point it to certain streets and find information as to what shops and offices are situated there.

Some stores have also started using AR to help customers choose products by giving them information and interactive sampling through screens. Aside from these, there are many more possibilities with AR that might be introduced in the next year or so.

An improved and more ‘intelligent’ AI assistant

Let’s face it, despite the developments done to Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, they still get many voice commands wrong. However, users won’t be suffering for long – industry leaders and developers are doing everything they can to significantly improve these AI assistants beginning next year. Google Assistant for one will get improvements for its voice command hearing ability, and it will also come equipped with a real-time language translator that can translate over 40 languages.

AI assistants are also expected to be found on other devices – not just smartphones, but also on several smart home devices. As previously mentioned, these are already used on wireless speakers, but enthusiasts expect to see AI assistants on other upcoming smart devices that can be useful at home.

More service-centric apps

The past few years saw a rise in apps that have made day to day living a lot easier and more comfortable for us. These includes service apps such as Uber, Grab and food delivery apps such as Food Panda. These kinds of apps were exactly the type of service that customers never knew they needed – and who knows what other apps will be introduced in the upcoming year.

Tech enthusiasts however expect that health and medical-related apps might be a thing by next year. The healthcare field was always one of those niches that was expected to use more apps and digital tools, but somehow, it keeps on lagging behind because of privacy issues and other limitations. However, with the surge of wearable fitness trackers like FitBit and Apple SmartWatch, it might be easier for developers to come up with new apps that can come up with reliable diagnosis and health readings for every user (using data gathered from their health trackers).

The market also has Apple’s iPhone X to look forward to in 2018. Whatever features this phone could introduce might also dictate what kind of digital trend will the market see next year. The phone is already available this month – but in limited supply only. It is not until next year when it will be made widely available.

Aside from that, a new Samsung phone model is also expected to come out to rival whatever the iPhone X has got to offer. If the Samsung brand can pull off a revolutionary design and specs for its new smartphone model, it might also stir up some new digital trends by 2018 and beyond.

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The Bitcoin is a social money network and is as scarce as gold

The value of Bitcoin has gone up from zero to 120 billion USD in 9 years since its inception in 2008. Nobody knows who created the ‘Bitcoin’. The creator has handed over and disappeared since then and goes with the pseudonym “Satoshi Nakamoto”. As part of its creation, the world’s first ‘Block Chain’ database was devised. Image credit: Pixabay

Podcast special feature

“Bitcoin is a social movement” says The New York Times technology reporter, Nathaniel Popper, and author of a book on Bitcoin called ‘Digital gold’.

In the podcast radio talk, heard on ‘Fresh air’- NPR, Terry Cross talks to Nathaniel on how Bitcoin has emerged from an underground currency to a system where major financial institutions and banks are looking at using its decentralized network. Thanks to NPR org.

Please find the essence of the talk below. For those of us who do not understand what Bitcoin is, the below essence of the podcast can be helpful.

Bitcoin can be understood on a number of layers, says Nathaniel. From its initial journey, where in participants were able to buy drugs, do black-marketing, shrouded in privacy and secrecy to its current recognition as the world’s decentralized cryptographic digital payment, Bitcoin has come a long way.

It is pointing to a direction where money is going; or needs to be.

Its origins can be traced back to the late 2008. Scientists, worried about the then internet privacy and the distrustful central financial institutions, created an anonymous digital currency for the public good.

Bitcoin is a digital token. It consists of a vast network of decentralized computers and it lives inside it. People can use this digital token to buy, sell, and transact on the internet with a network of widely accepted places, just like any other currency.

It is a legally accepted digital currency in almost all the countries, except for a few. It is an independent entity and anyone can freely transact and support Bitcoin.

There is no central administrator and as such, the network gives incentives to people to join it. People can volunteer to keep financial records and earn some Bitcoins. The transactions are transparent. A new block of Bitcoins are released every 10 minutes into the network and there are somewhere around 13,000 interconnected nodes to support it.

“A year ago, a Bitcoin was worth less than $1000″ says Nathaniel and now it could be much more. He says “it is not a bubble” and there is much speculation that its value will be much more in the future.

Just like gold, Bitcoin is created as a scarce asset, only about 21 million of Bitcoin can be released, and it is going to be only until 2140.