TMT Blog: Top transformative technology trends of 2018

05 Jan 2018 IHS Markit Technology Expert

Note: For a complete analysis of the transformative technologies of 2018, download the white paper.

IHS Markit has identified eight transformative technologies to watch in 2018. Some are new, and some are rapidly evolving-and even teaming up-in ways that are disrupting industries and fueling innovation at lightning speed. Take a look at what we think you need to pay attention to:

1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Industry experts are abuzz with innovations in autonomous vehicles, infotainment, natural language processing, and augmented reality. Stay sharp by listening to concerns about data security and the debate over cloud-based vs. device-based implementations.

IHS Markit graphic on rate of AI-based systems in new vehicles from 2015 to 2025

2. Internet of Things (IoT)

The IoT is converging with other transformative technologies in 2018 to create new growth opportunities. Pay particular attention to analytics-driven IoT platforms, computing at the edge, and data exchange brokerages (DEBs), as IoT influences everything from home security systems, to oil and gas exploration, to smart cities, to retail experiences, and beyond.

IHS Markit graphic of IoT devices at the edge between 2018 to 2025

3. Cloud and virtualization

Cloud services will pave the way for technologically immature companies to utilize machine learning (ML) and AI, radically transforming their usage and understanding of data.

IHS Markit graphic of off-premises cloud services market roadmap

4. Connectivity

While it's important to keep track of 5G's rapid and meaningful development, it is crucial to pay attention to other network players as well, such as LPWA, private LTE, D2D/mesh, mobile broadband, fiber, and LEO satellite.

IHS Markit graphic of LTE-M and NB-IoT connectivity by 2020

5. Ubiquitous video

Expanded video capabilities will have impact far beyond the video supply chain itself. Look for bigger and better screens, plus continued consumption of video, to alter strategies in multiple markets not directly tied to the video supply chain.

IHS Markit graphic of flexible and foldable displays from 4K to 8K

6. Computer vision

Using technology to read images and analyze data as well as-and as quickly as-the human eye will quite literally transform our world. From facial recognition software to self-driving cars, advanced robotics, and surveillance, this technology will accelerate innovation across multiple industries.

IHS Markit graphic of major issues and buzzwords in computer vision

7. Robots and drones

Talk about robots and drones is nothing new. But 2018 could show us the deeper story: the disruptive potential of of robots and drones to transform long-standing business models in manufacturing and industry. From logistics, to material picking and handling, to navigational autonomy and delivery, robots and drones are poised for a big breakout.

IHS Markit graphic of estimated global market for robots and drones in 2018

8. Blockchain

Blockchain-based services beyond financial services are already being deployed and will continue to grow in 2018. Yet the commercial potential is still unclear, and many challenges remain. Mainstream adoption is dependent upon continued experimentation and business model evolution.

IHS Markit graphic of Blockchain adoption

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IHS Technology Group at IHS Markit
Posted 5 January 2018


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