After a breakneck year of tech world advancements, setbacks and successes, Telenor Group’s research arm, Telenor Research, identifies seven tech trends to study up on for 2019. While there is no shortage of staggering high-tech feats identified for the year, the notion of “responsibility” resonates through many of this year’s trends.
Internet connectivity isn’t just limited to smartphones, tablets and computers anymore. There are more connected devices such as smart cameras, digital displays, WiFi connected appliances and trackers.
Dubbed as IoT (Internet of Things), these connected devices can help increase efficiency, automate processes, reduce cost and enhance customer experience. Imagine companies being able to track their fleet of company cars or having a fully automated workplace where you can control your appliances from your smartphone.
“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.”
This sentence is buried deep inside Samsung’s End-User License Agreement for its Smart TV in the UK, at least the ones with voice recognition technology (here’s the link to the EULA. Read the terms under “Voice Recognition”. Still it’s scary to think that with more devices connected to the internet the more we have to be hyper-aware of our privacy and how it can be violated.
While the future looks interesting with a more connected world and the internet of things becoming a reality, in some form or another, someone is watching almost everything that you do without you even knowing it — and, that’s scary as hell.