2021 has been an incredible year for tech. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we've seen more digital transformations than ever. Even some of the world's tech giants, such as Facebook, underwent a rebranding by changing its parent company name to Meta Platforms, Inc. So, what can we expect for 2022? Here are our predictions.
Primarily, we saw many small businesses leveraging technology and innovation to increase their sustainability and accessibility. Online shopping, delivery, and curbside pickup tools have increasingly emerged; the QR code showed up on every window, restaurant, and bar table, and tap/mobile payments + "Face ID" have made the POS keypad a thing of the past.
On a broader scale, the investment and trade of new cryptocurrencies have become increasingly popular, such as the Dogecoin. There has been an increased demand for digital collectibles like non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Tech had quite the year in 2021. So, what about 2022?
1. Continued rise of Artificial Intelligence
In the past year alone, we've seen an increase in artificial intelligence (AI) applications in sectors like healthcare, real estate and education. But it won’t stop there. Artificial Intelligence will become a driving force in many sectors over the next 12 months.
2. Cracking down on online privacy will continue
We've seen already with Apple's "hide my email" feature. Web users are getting far more serious about their personal information, how it's used and how it is shared. The increased use of privacy and security tools, encryption tools and IP address masking software are proving that users will be reading the fine print when using new websites, apps, and social media platforms.
3. Tech verticals will grow substantially.
We predict a boom in verticals such as Cleantech, DaaS, Cybersecurity and more. Why? The increase in remote work creates a need for secure and reliable collaboration tools – when these tools are in high demand, it'll open doors and career opportunities within these sectors. Additionally, the increase in cyberattacks in the past year is said to have cost businesses over $20 billion, 57x more than in 2015! This leads us to believe that businesses will be looking to cybersecurity analysts to help improve their online security measures.
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