There’s a new market that might be (if not already) the next big disruptive innovation. Augmented reality is becoming the next viral technology. Apple recently acquired two startups, Metaio and Faceshift, that create software that change reality. One way is called augmented which is adding things to the reality around us and another is called virtual which changes everything surrounding us. There are already headsets that will launched in the near future and Apple wants to take part in this industry. They already patented a VR headset which means Apple is planning their strategy. Apple usually comes late adopting innovations because they want to do it right and always become successful, surpassing pioneers. Will Apple revolutionize the VR industry? Their strategy worked for MP3 players, smartphones, tablets and smartwatches.
In recent news, China has begun to lay the groundwork for a massive shift from human labor to robot technology. China has high hopes to double per capita income within four years and will try to succeed this goal through artificial intelligence. China’s goal is to use robots to replace low-paid employees to help boost the economy. The country’s main focus is in the manufacturing industry as China is the world’s largest producer of an abundance of goods. A new program is currently in place to boost China’s manufacturing industry. Ironically, it is being called Made in China 2025. This program aims to make China an innovative and green “world manufacturing power”. My views are a bit skeptical concerning this article. Robots are definitely a cost-effective way to increase efficiency of production and reduce error. My thoughts go out to the thousands of low-paid employees who will be displaced because of this shift. Will technology reach a point where the need for humans is replaced by machine? What will happen to the thousands who lose their job because of one robot?
Recently, Microsoft released an article describing the future technology predictions its employees have. All throughout its Microsoft Researcher division, a dynamic group of individuals stated their opinion on the direction of technology. The interviewer asked three main questions: What will be the key technology breakthrough or advance in 2016? Looking forward 10 years to 2026, what will be the major technological advance and what impact will it have on a person’s computing experience? How would you complete this sentence: 2016 will be the year that… When I first started reading the article, I assumed that most answers would be relatively the same. That most people would point to the similar technology trends that the world was drifting towards. However, the more I read each person’s opinion, the more striking it was that each person had a different idea. Some saw the future in cloud technology, robots, online conversations, and even stylus-based drawing. There was not one common topic that these researchers gravitated towards. The thoughts on technology in 2016 ranged from enhancement in cameras in mobile phones, increase in deep learning language, and even awareness environmental conservation to prevent mass extinction. This article was intriguing in showing how dynamic technology is viewed among the most brilliant minds. Some may think that the world is running out of ideas for technology, but there is still an expansive amount of change technology can and will bring in the future.
Dropbox has announced that it is shutting down two of its major applications: Mailbox and Carousel. In 2013, Dropbox acquire Mailbox for $100 million through purchasing its company Orchestra. The application was designed to innovate the email experience through organizing mail for people on the go. The initial buzz for the Mailbox app was grand as people were anxiously waiting the arrival of its beta version. As time passed by, Mailbox began to lose its appeal as other email clients such as Spark, Google Inbox, and other mail services began providing just as intricate products. The Carousel application was made to provide a unique way in sharing photos. Unfortunately, this application also failed to gain popularity within pop culture. With such lofty competitors such as Snapchat and Instagram, Carousel had a great cliff to climb in order to take off. Dropbox closes its statement in saying that the company will now focus on enhancing its current main functions such as cloud computing. This article is another example of the turbulent technology market. It came as a shock that such a large company as Dropbox had difficultly in launching its applications. There were too many strong competitors and new entrants to the email and photography sectors which hindered Dropbox’s successes.
According to recent surveys, audio and video “real-time entertainment” consists of 70% of web traffic. Web browsing falls below significantly at 7.01% with Marketplaces following with 6.79%. Looking back five years ago, video and audio entertainment was only 35% of all prime-time use. Today, Netflix and Youtube dominate the real-time streaming market with Netflix at 37.05% and Youtube at 17.85%. It goes to show the changing times that our current technologically reliant society is in. What once seemed like an unshakable market, live TV broadcast is now becoming a thing of the past as new, more convenient ways of entertainment are entering the marketplace. Technology has transformed the way consumers view their shows and entertainment. It really makes society wonder where web traffic will heavily concentrate itself in the next couple years. Will online web streaming dominate the market? Or will a new form of entertainment take over?
Tech companies are trying to achieve ubiquitous apps. Constant information is provided by multiple applications. There are reminders all the time from friends and notifications. How can we make one stand out between a sea of numerous alarms and reminders every second of the day. There is an industry dedicated to hooking consumers. There are even research studies that show that people who use electronics late at night decreases sleep, which keeps them up using their devices. Is there a stopping point or are we reaching electronic usage all the time?
Two computer security researchers recently found a software bug allowing unlocked Teslas to be remotely controlled by anyone with the knowledge and intent. In the process of discovering this alarming fact, they also found that the Model S was running on a 4-year old browser susceptible to exploits fixed over the years by Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer.
These finds are not as alarming as the future potential for performance critical bugs that could result in lawsuits, car accidents, and even fatalities. With the legal landscape for self driving cars still in a gray area, there is still no precedent for who is to blame when an autonomous vehicle puts a passenger or other vehicles in danger. Designing code and architecture to support such a performance critical function will require much more scrutiny.
As giants like Google, Tesla, and Uber begin to use these technologies in with the general, there is a huge legal risk. Personally, I would not be surprised if a case regarding self-driving autonomous cars reached the Supreme Court in the coming 5-10 years.
Uber has become a global phenomenon and four ride-sharing service companies have join forces to compete against Uber oversees. Local competitor Lyft is joining international companies such as China’s Didi Kuaidi, India’s Ola and Southeast Asian taxi-booking app GrabTaxi to offer service for foreign travelers. The companies will share technologies as well as local knowledge to offer a service designed to meet local needs. This will benefit travelers to use the same app they use at home when they travel internationally. Globalization also affects service companies which are looking to expand their markets and maintain their competitive advantage. They also have to adapt to local needs. Uber is the most valuable startup and is looking to expand to the largest markets in Asia. Disruptive innovations have also an international impact that must be taken into consideration by businesses.
By Luke Fitzmyer
During this semester we discussed the evolution of wearable technologies, and bright future that they hold in marketplace. I recently came across an interesting article that features a startup company Chaotic Moon and their focus of designing a wearable tattoo device to rival wrist like features such as fit-bit and apple watch. Over the past few years wearable wrist technologies have accounted for nearly 40% of the market, however the concept of a wearable tattoo could be on its way to disrupting that trend. The device will use biosensors to monitor vital body statistics such as heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature, and you will be able to use it anywhere on your body. The device is not yet on market, but if it does succeed it could be very appealing to customers. The device is even working on ways to integrate apple wallet into its features, as well as additional features that would allow you to monitor your sick child from home. Do you think that wearable tattoo devices have the ability to take over wrist-wear devices or do you think wrist-wear devices will continue to dominate the wearable technology market place?
Swift is a very modern high level programming language developed by Apple that was released in October, 2014, only over a year ago. To provide context, Java, one of the most popular if not the most popular programming language was released in 1995, over 20 years ago, by Sun Microsystems and is now maintained by Oracle. What is remarkable about Swift is that it is one of the first technologies that Apple has made open source. So what does this mean for IT? This means that the IT organization can use Swift for more than just development of software for Apple products. One great thing about Swift is that it uses something called optionals, which isn’t an extremely novel concept and is used in other programming languages like OCaml. Swift is however, high level and allows programmers to create programs quickly. Optionals are great for security because if they are not used properly they will cause compilation errors, rather than runtime errors like we see in Java with Null Pointer Exceptions. This is significant for the IT organization because if a company was using software to make a cash transaction to a non-existent (null) account the program would be forced to handle this before being compiled rather, than having the program crash and have the money be lost.