1VR, AI Advances Driving 10 Hot Tech Trends for 2018
Virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) and other “smart” technologies will profoundly redefine our lives in 2018, according to a recent “predictions” survey from Ericsson ConsumerLab. The resulting report, titled “10 Hot Consumer Trends 2018,” indicates that we will soon use our entire bodies to interact with tech, and robots will become increasingly human-like. What’s more, AR/VR will grow so sophisticated that we’ll be able to “walk” inside photos and “relive” the experience. Indeed, tech advancements are arriving so quickly that survey respondents said they struggle to keep up with it all. More than 5,140 global “advanced internet users” took part in the research. Charts and graphics were provided by Ericsson ConsumerLab.
2Trend No. 1: Our Bodies Will Gain Closer Connections to Machines
3Trend No. 2: Many Consumers Will Wear Earphones 24/7
4Trend No. 3: Onslaught of New Technologies Will Complicate Everyday Tasks
As many as 30 percent of survey respondents said new technology makes it impossible to keep their skills up to date, making them feel like “total beginners” even when performing everyday tasks. The modern learning curve is more immediate than ever, as 46 percent said the internet allows them to learn—and forget—skills faster than ever, using them only “in the moment.”
5Trend No. 4: AI to ‘Fact-Check’ Social Media Postings
6Trend No. 5: Via VR, Ads Will Replace the ‘Real Thing’
Just over one-half of consumers who use augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) believe that ads that use these technologies could become so realistic that they’ll replace the products being advertised. Ericsson ConsumerLab has also found that 42 percent of survey respondents believe companies will use these technologies to create “intelligent” ads that know exactly how to persuade consumers to buy products and services.
7Trend No. 6: Robots Will Act and Sound More Like Us
As researchers develop AI-enabled robots that mimic human expression, 50 percent of survey respondents said it would “spook them out” to not be able to tell the difference between another person and a machine. Similarly, 40 percent said it would feel “spooky” if their smartphone could tell if they were happy, sad or bored.
8Trend No. 7: Machines Could Create a ‘Leisure Society’7
9Trend No. 8: We’ll Relive Events Through VR-Enabled Photographs
10Trend No. 9: Cities Will Need to Play ‘Traffic Cop’ for Drones
11Trend No. 10: New Smart Batteries Won’t Need Much Charging
Ericsson ConsumerLab indicates that 56 percent of survey respondents expect smart battery technology to change how we power everything, from phones to cars. For example, 71 percent seek long-lasting batteries that rarely need charging, as well as batteries that can be fully charged in minutes.