The IEEE Computer Society, a membership organization for technology leaders, has peered into their crystal ball, so to speak, to foresee what the top tech trends of 2013 will be.
Considering IEEE members include professors, researchers, software engineers, IT professionals, employers, and students, it’s a good group to look to for unbiased and sound opinions. Their predictions can prove helpful to businesses that are trying to plan their next IT expenditures and the overall direction for their company, and for consumers looking for the next great thing.
"The promise for the coming years is not just technology," said incoming IEEE Computer Society President David Alan Grier in a press release. "But technology and data -- how we get data from the right sources and get it to the right people in the right forms. That is the big issue that engages many of our members."
Below are just some of the technological advancements that the IEEE predicts for 2013. You can see an entire list of their predictions in the society’s Top Trends for 2013 report.
What follows is a quick executive summary of the major advances that IEEE Computer Society experts forecast for 2013. Key terms have links for quick references to definitions for unfamiliar readers.
The Internet of Things will change how consumers and enterprises use technology: Promising to be the most disruptive technology since the World Wide Web, the Internet of Things is expected to result in up to 100 billion Internet-connected objects by 2020.
Researchers will develop new approaches to cybersecurity: With enterprises, governments, and consumers all depending on digital connections to function, new approaches to cybersecurity are becoming even more crucial.
Visualization will help solve challenges of big-data: In this data-driven era, the ability to make timely decisions based on data is crucial. As all fields confront the big-data problem in 2013, visualization will become an increasingly effective tool for presenting information and driving complex analyses.
Enterprises will deploy hybrid clouds, and consumers will embrace personal clouds: With the growth of services exceeding predictions, cloud computing will gravitate even further into the enterprise with hybrid clouds. Consumers, meanwhile, will embrace personal clouds.
Mobile computing will meet the cloud: In 2013, expect to see further intersections between mobile and cloud computing. The deployment of 3G and 4G networks, the rapid adoption of feature-rich smartphones, and the growing integration of computation into consumer products such as cars and home appliances, have brought these technologies into the mainstream.
Concern will increase over Internet censorship and control: Invented as a way to spread innovation and new ideas, the Internet has become a battleground for technical, social, and political control. In 2013, expect to see these battles continuing, in the form of Internet filtering versus circumvention; surveillance versus anonymization; denial-of-service attacks and intrusion attempts versus protection mechanisms; and, on- and offline persecution and defense of online activists.
Public interactive displays will become more common: With their prominent visibility and interactive features, interactive public displays offer new opportunities to enrich user experiences in public facilities such as museums, libraries, public plazas, or architectural facades.
The need will grow for next-generation mobile computing: enterprises, consumers, and government all rely on mobile computing for everything from disaster response and business continuity to simple communication. Yet, many of these systems operate within degraded network, power, or computing environments. Researchers in 2013 will tackle the challenge of maintaining quality-of-service in mobile computing environments.
New multimedia applications will emerge for 3D printing: From architecture to entertainment, manufacturing to security, 3D printing and multimedia has become increasingly incorporated into real-world applications. The extraction of 3D information has been studied in the field of computer vision for more than three decades, but remains challenging.
New approaches to securing safety-critical systems will emerge: With driverless cars, networked patient care, and personal apps on the horizon, and the advent of new control systems for air traffic, nuclear power plants, and military protection, researchers in 2013 will increasingly turn their attention to ensuring the security of safety-critical systems.
Reliability will become the biggest design challenge: Over the past decade, power, performance, and cost have been the biggest design priorities. But in the coming era, designers will turn their attention to creating robust and reliable systems. Without innovations in the areas of microprocessor and software reliability, researchers warn, future systems may face continuous failure.
Haptics will become more useful for rehabilitation: The science and technology of haptics has great potential to affect the outcomes of rehabilitation, as well as the adoption of advanced prosthetic and orthotic devices. Researchers are making great strides in using haptics to aid stroke and spinal-injury patients, and in creating more effective devices to enable mobility for lower- and upper-extremity amputees.
Use of shared memory will advance for multicore processing: Multicore processing has the potential to vastly increase computing speeds, but researchers are still exploring how to best allow for shared memory on a single node. This challenge must be resolved in order to move into a future where each node could hold up to 1,000 cores.
So, what do you think of these predictions? Do you see them coming, too? How will these technologies affect your business?
This is an interesting informative article Pam. I can't wait to see all these majoradvances happening, that IEEE Computer Society experts forecast for 2013. Especially when new multimedia applications will emerge for 3D printing. According to a survey, the technology refinements, lower prices and an emerging consumer market drove 3D printing stocks higher in 2012. 3D printing has gotten off to a strong 2013. For offering up the apparently most powerful desktop 3D printer, In the first week of January, at the annual CES convention inLas Vegas, a private company "MakerBot" present the crowd with a relatively low-cost dual extruding 3D printer, which can print in two differing materials and in two different colors.It seems as it has started working !
It is very depressing to get a nice phone like a Samsung galaxy s 3 and it is a great 4g phone but you don't have that service. I however have T-Mobile and live in the middle of nowhere and they do not even have service at my house I have to use the Wi-Fi calling feature just to use it to make a call or send and receive text messages.
I would love to see where they take the public interactive displays when it comes to museums, libraries and other architectural facades. The 3-d printing has been showing up more and more on T.V. from the discovery channel, T.V. shows and other technology shows. The ability to create a 3-d image and be able to print almost anything. Makes you wonder will they be able to make working moving 3-d printings.
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Agreed. A modernized approached infrastructure or converged type infrastructure would benefit an organization. Having platforms that support semi-structured and unstructured data makes good for companies that specialized in big data, analysis.
@jadams I can agree somewhat. I am new Sprint customer. I signed up for one of their hotspots to get a great deal on an iPad 2 last year. Right by my house I have 4G coverage. However pretty much everywhere else its lack luster.
Alison, I happen to be on Sprint and yes, they do advertise that they are unlimited everything with no throttling. The catch 22 is their service range is terrible. Half the time you're in 3g. Their prices are the only reason that keeps me coming back, haha.
@Paul, you're right on. With speeds getting faster and faster with cellular technology, the last thing a company really should be doing is throttling those speeds because that's just going to create an outrage with end users. Why purchase a 4g phone when you can barely take advantage of it? It's obsurd.
Sprint does market their plans strictly around unlimited data plans. I think thats what gives them a specific competitive edge in the market. Some consumers really want the unlimited data. However, I would say on the whole its not a big issue for most people anymore.