Meet George Jetson

It should be of no surprise that voice, drone, and machine learning technologies are maturing at an expeditious rate. Furthermore, the consumer desire to be further dependent on such devices is driving and fueling this technology growth. All this change will impact how and what technology services are provided to both corporations and consumers. Just take a look at network connected appliances and smart homes – the concept of “the internet of things” where all “things” communicate with one another. All this change will impact how technology services are provided.

Shouting binary Our managed services will continue to evolve as the technology changes and I can see “IT” technology services becoming more and more of a consumer requirement as well, in the near future.

And I am sure this week will be no exception at the Computer Electronic Show (CES) where all the new whiz-bang products are introduced.

The author and screenwriter visionaries who predicted the future have always blown me away with how they dreamed up some story lines. Some with a not so pretty outlook. To that end, the Netflix “Black Mirror” series is an awesome yet dark look into how technology has and could disrupt our lives.

#1 – Voice recognition digs deeper into our everyday lives

Voice commands have dominated our smartphones and now our homes. Talking to a device like Siri or Alexa and asking for information has become common place and the technology itself is very reliable to interpret human voice commands. Google Home can even decipher between voices. Loo for this technology to expand further into other consumer products and begin providing proactive reminders/suggestions from multiple sources.

#2 – Drones become more tech savvy with feature enhancements

Drone technologies will continue to evolve and become more cost-effective so that “a drone in every household” may come to fruition. Just kidding, but the technology holds untold possibilities for the workplace as well as consumers. You may see new features other than camera technology added to drones. Search and rescue organizations have already endorsed drone technology for video surveillance, but what if there was capability for scent or infrared hotspots to help located victims or criminals? Pretty compelling. And more sci-fi every day.

#3 – Machine Learning takes on decision making so we can do less with more

Machine learning has been around for some time. This technology takes into consideration the mountains of data that has been warehoused over the years to determine a decision. And there’s much to refer to. Recall the IBM computer that played and beat chess champions around the world? Recently, I ordered a machine learning photography device that calculates settings for that perfect photo. In my opinion, this technology will have the most impact on us to make right, informative, incorrect, miscalculated decisions. But with all the data that we have collected electronically, this technology has the most to gain.

2018 SpeedometerWith the speed of technology innovation, I believe 2018 will be the true beginning of the Jetson age. Current sci-fi technologies will mature to become complex systems that we will begin to use and become dependent on in everyday life. Being somewhat old school, all this rapid change is a bit scary for me. Take me back to the 50’s with carburetors and drive-ins any day.

As providers of technology services, we here at IT Acceleration know that our universe is constantly evolving and we must adjust accordingly. Just as smartphone apps and cloud computing have dramatically changed the way we now use computing devices, our IT support services and forensic investigative efforts needed to evolve as well. 2018 will bring many new changes to the IT and digital investigative landscape as well. But know that we’ll keep watch on how we need to evolve in order to support, and perhaps control, this new and ever-evolving computing environment.

From all of us at IT Acceleration, we wish everyone a safe and prosperous New Year!

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