Top Tech Trends For the Second Half of 2022
Every year for decades, humans debate about the new tech trends and future tech innovations that can change our world, many of which end up only theoretical. But something has changed about tech in the last decade. Look at the jump from BlackBerry phones to iPhone and Android phones and look at the jump from theoretical debates about self-drive cars to Tesla cars. You live in this world, and you see powerful yet simplified tech all around you every day. Things that were imaginations 50 years ago are now pocket-size technology devices even children use, so what more unique advancements can we see in tech in the future?
Let’s try to answer that by starting with the top tech trends that will dominate the second half of 2022.
They say necessity is the mother of inventions, and we see that in tech advancements in the past decade, creating a symbiotic relationship between tech inventions. The creation of high-powered hardware and chips in turn causes the creation of high-powered software and operating systems and vice versa. This cycle of innovation in tech is why we have these top tech trends that are bound to shape the second half of 2022.
Computing Power: Edge Computing and Quantum Computing
One of the tech trends to look out for in the second half of 2022 is a remarkable advancement in computing power. Cloud computing has laid the foundation, and it’s still gaining mainstream adoption. However, data processing with cloud computing shows that cloud computing struggles when there is complex data to process or when the conditions for data processing are not smooth. As data increases, we will need better computing power for data processing — IDC reveals that 64.2ZB data was created/duplicated in 2020, and we expect the number to reach 180ZB by 2025.
Edge computing is the emerging tech trends that will take over from where cloud computing stops, although it won’t replace cloud computing. Edge computing is a unique computing technology that is more powerful than cloud computing and can do some of the functions of cloud computing. So you see why we expect it to take over in that context. Edge computing can process time-sensitive and complex data remotely with limited or no connection to a centralized location. One of the tech inventions that will benefit from edge computing in the second half of 2022 is the Internet of Things (IoT).
Another feat we will achieve in computing power this year is the trend of quantum computing. Quantum computing is the super-powerful tech invention sci-fi movies have prophesied about for decades, and now it is here, and it is beautiful. Quantum computing can process and analyze unrefined data easily and fast because it’s a trillion times more powerful than the current supercomputers available. Quantum computing will impact logistics, banking & finance, science, and medicine, etc.
Because computing power will increase in 2022, companies that produce smart computers will also improve them to make them compatible with the increased computing power. There will also be introductions of new smart devices since there is now powerful enough computing power to bring their designs alive. For example, robotics has been lurking in the shadows because there is hardly enough computing power to make it practicable or commercially feasible. But now, we will see more smart robotics, especially home robotics. There will also be intelligent TVs, smart home systems, and more because we have the computing power to match.
Before, you couldn’t build a startup without coding, whether you code by yourself, hire employees or outsource. Coding was a necessity. The global tech startup industry is taking a new turn this year. Now, startups can avoid investing their time or resources in coding first, thanks to the emergence of the low-code/no-code trend. Tools such as WebFlow and Bubble help startups bring their ideas to life without requiring a single line of code.
Whether low-code/no-code will remain a tech trend in 10 years is a question we don’t have the answers to now, but low-code/no-code will surely gain more adoptions in the second half of 2022.
Blockchain and Digital Trust
In the past two years, the adoption of blockchain technology has extended beyond cryptocurrency, creating the foundation for businesses and other tech innovations to build on. Blockchain technology makes it possible to establish digital trust using technologies such as smart contracts, non-fungible tokens (NFT), and distributed ledger. More businesses, especially those in the B2B sector, will adopt blockchain technology to foster transactions and optimize their supply chains.
AR and VR have remained in the shadows because of the delay in creating widespread practical and commercial use and products. For example, the most popular VR product is the Oculus, but it didn’t gain widespread adoption because of its impractical use. With the growth of the metaverse, people will develop more interest in reality-bending technologies, thereby creating a market for on-the-go AR, VR, and mixed reality (MR).
2022 will give us more immersive AR and VR use in the education, entertainment, marketing, and health sectors this year. And VR/AR on-the-go products like glasses will increase the commercial adoption of the technologies.
AI and Machine Learning
AI and machine learning are familiar technologies that have been gaining momentum for years. However, there will be a breakthrough in AI and machine learning in the second half of this year. We can already see traces of said breakthrough in the recent stories about the famous Google AI, LaMDA, which is rumored to have become sentient.
New Energy Solutions
The energy tech industry is the solution for energy creation in the future, but it doesn’t have enough stakeholder support because it aims to create alternatives to traditional energy creation. But we will see more widespread support and breakthrough in the energy tech industry this year. We will be able to develop alternative energy supplies such as green hydrogen that don’t compound our climate problems, and these alternatives will power our planes, ships, trains, and more.
Now that production and manufacturing are back in motion, manufacturers will benefit from the growth of 3D printing technology, which will make manufacturing processes faster. We can now print delicate objects while retaining their design intricacies for commercial use. The second half of 2022 will show us that 3D printing technology has reached a point where we can use it for large-scale manufacturing.
Genomics and Nanotechnology
The pandemic created a spark in science and technology, especially in genomics and nanotechnology. In 2022, we will see breakthroughs in these fields that will enable science to edit genes, create new vaccines faster and more accurately, create subatomic level manipulations, and lots more.