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5 Tech trends we’re predicting for 2018

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1. Subscription-based models will soar

“From the cars we drive to the content we consume, digital services like Uber, Airbnb, and Netflix have made us less likely to own things and more likely to pay for access to them. Ownership is seen traditionally as a status symbol. But we’re seeing consumer attitudes shift as technology has made the subscription model cheaper and more accessible.

Movements such as The Minimalists and the subscription economy reflect user desire to have more flexibility, choice, and customization when it comes to product consumption – all on-demand and for finite periods of time. Video and music streaming services have offered this type of model for years, and now we are seeing clothes and food-based subscription services becoming more widely used, and even preferred.

This shift is a sign that in the near future we’ll see this trend move into more difficult sectors (such as finance, education, and government) as subscriptions drive customer retention by adapting to changing user preferences.”

-Kim Turley, Director of Technology, Beyond New York

2. Continued adoption of voice-driven interfaces

“2017 was a big year for voice-driven user interfaces, driven by the popularity of smart speakers like Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Home; Apple, too, has a horse in the race with Siri getting in the smart speaker game this year with the HomePod. With the major players all vying for a piece of the pie – paired with a greater consumer appetite for the convenience of voice control – in 2018 stands to see a strong uptick both in the number of available smart speakers and the power of the AI assistants that fuel them.”

-Jarrod Tredway, Client Strategist, Beyond Austin

3. UX will play a pivotal role with machine learning

“UX, and specifically the skillsets of UX experts, will play an increasingly important role in machine learning in 2018. When communicating machine learning complexity, a UX mindset is vital to articulate mathematical models and algorithms in a simple manner.

Similarly, think about the visualisations, dashboards, and other types of interfaces that’ll need to be created to untangle the ‘black boxes’ of deep-learning, automated decision-making. Researchers at Columbia University and Lehigh University are already exploring this with their tool DeepXplore. Their aim: Ensure machine logic outcomes are accurate, fair, reliable, and transparent.

What’s more, UX will be valuable in determining marketable use cases where AI can thrive using innovation methodologies and design thinking techniques. I mean, who wouldn’t want an AI-powered cocktail maker at their party, right?”

-Andy Shanley, Director of Experience Design, Beyond New York

4. AI will unlock creativity – and jobs

“As the focus around AI sharpens, we’re set to see the evolution of established job roles and the genesis of some new ones.

AI is already automating some of our mundane administrative tasks, and the combination of man and machine will signal a new era of creativity. By doing the heavy lifting, technology will free up our cognitive capacity for creative thinking and high-level problem solving.

But before the era of blended man and machine workforces hits the mainstream, enter a new breed of workers: the Trainer and the Explainer. The Trainer will be an integral part of tech-forward companies, coaching their bots and algorithms, and the Explainer will coach the C-suite on what exactly is going on – and we shouldn’t underestimate the significance of this role.
We’re predicting a new partnership, which will define the creative landscape, and a host of indispensable jobs that will usher in this new way of working.”

-Charlie Lyons, General Manager, Beyond London

5. More systematic analysis of qualitative research

“We’re predicting a rise in more systematic analyses of qualitative research.

New tools are already emerging that streamline the analysis of interview and focus group data. For example, one of our clients has a custom database of user research videos, marked with content tags and participant demographics. As such, you can query the database and say, “I want to see video clips of men, age 25-34, who experienced issue X during testing” and it will pull every relevant clip.

Similarly, user research platform, Optimal Workshop, recently released a note-taking tool for interviews called Reframer that supports tagging and tag analysis so you can run basic data analysis or tabulations once your notes are tagged.

Ultimately, the next logical extension is using machine learning or AI to parse qualitative research videos and recordings.”

Six Trends We Might See In Food Tech In 2018

   

News publications making predictions for the coming year is as much a holiday tradition as eggnog, mistletoe and avoiding awkward political fights at the dinner table. As we put 2017 to bed, let’s take a look at trends that we might see in food tech in 2018. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is filled with topics we returned to time and time again throughout the year.

1. Alterna-Products Will Get More Mainstream. With growing concerns over how meat and dairy impact our planet, there are a ton of alternative products coming to mass market:pea-based burger patties that “bleed,” plant-based shrimp, and coconut milk ice cream, to name just a few. And with investment from accelerators, the whole alterna-space is just going to get better and cheaper.

2. Virtual Restaurants Will Pop Up Everywhere (and Nowhere).
 Data driven food delivery services such as UberEATS have convinced some real world restaurants to open up virtual ones. These delivery only offshoots can experiment with new cuisines and menu items without the cost of adding additional square footage.

3. Meal Kit Shakeup. The prepared meal kit delivery market is going through an evolution as one of its pioneers, Blue Apron, had a rough year, and more focused services are blossoming around specific markets such as kids, or just sending proteins. Then there are hardware players like Nomiku and Tovala looking to bring their full stack food solutions that can be paired with sous vide machines or smart ovens into more houses. Oh, and then there is Amazon, which may make same day customizable meal kits a thing this year.

4. The Further Instagrammification of Food. The meals you eat can no longer just be tasty, they also have to pop off the plate to impress all your Instagram followers. As Restaurant Business points out, look for “rainbow colors, vertical deserts, smoking cocktails” to be on the menu next year.

5. Artificial Intelligence and Robots Rise Up for Real. Robots are already flipping burgers and now even your face can help you order (both at CaliBurger in Pasadena, FWIW). But robots and artificial intelligence will become more mainstream throughout the food stack next year. From agriculture to reducing food waste, and from food aisles to food delivery, the immediate future is about to get way more high-tech.

6. Amazon, Amazon, Amazon. No company had a bigger impact on the food space this year than Amazon. It bought Whole Foods, giving the e-commerce giant an instant, nationwide, physical presence to better facilitate grocery delivery. It partnered with AllRecipes for shoppable grocery lists and launched an in-home delivery service. And, oh by the way, it just sold tens of millions of Alexa devices this past holiday to make ordering that much easier. But the interesting thing won’t be what existing markets Jeff Bezos and company will exert its influence over, but entirely new categories Amazon will create (visual recognition in your garden!).

Top 3 Technology Trends For 2018, Which Will Be A Game Changer !

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1. Live Video Broadcasting & VOD(Video On Demand): Mobile Is Your New TV:

Traditional broadcaster who owns most of the rights for sports or any show for that matter are getting some serious threat from this Over-The-Top players . like Amazon, Netflix, Apple & Fb are all eyeing it as huge potential and are committing themselves to grab this with full hands. Amazon & Fb will be the largest player to fight for sports broadcasting rights. Various premier leagues pertaining to cricket, Football etc grabs millions of user attention, who love to watch the matches live on their mobile powerhouse. So this social media & eCommerce giants have started to invest heavily on getting all the popular shows & live sports events. Amazon with Amazon prime has already taken the huge leap forward and i believe it will rule the OTT game in coming year. Facebook with its FB live has started to experiment with videos and they will use its huge user base to buy some of those big events rights and use its platform to engage their user making huge profits for themselves.

2. Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain :

As a technology enthusiast and specially being fascinated byCryptos &Machine Learning stuff, I strongly feel that this virtual currency & virtual machine training stuff will continue to fire imagination of many technology giants like Alphabet, IBM, Amazon, Facebook & they will invest hugely to make human more efficient by doing less. It has already been started with all the intelligent chatbots being deployed in the market, Voice Recognition and Intelligent robots being employed within an organization & restaurant doing the work more efficiently than humans. NLP being employed to make machine speak human language

3. IOT will leverage Edge Computing To Make this World Look More Smarter & Connected Over The Cloud-

Having said that let me make you understand a bit about “Edge Computing”-

As per Wiki-

Edge computing is a method of optimizing cloud computing systems by performing data processing at the edge of the network, near the source of the data. This reduces the communications bandwidth needed between sensors and the central data centre by performing analytics and knowledge generation at or near the source of the data.

Edge computing pushes applications, data and computing power (services) away from centralized points to the logical extremes of a network.

I feel that many Tech leaders will employ this edge computing which in no way is the direct competitor to any cloud based model, to fast track their #IOT services, saving a lot of infrastructure cost for this companies and making them more smarter over the coming future in serving their consumer