Five Tech Trends to Watch in 2016

January 5, 2016 11:28 AM
Five Tech Trends to Watch in 2016

Technology moves fast, admits Larry Buzecky, AEM vice president of business intelligence and strategy. To kick off 2016, he dragged out his crystal ball to spot technology trends that might become much more prominent in 2016.

Several of these trends speak to the importance of keeping corporate IT security policies up-to-date, Buzecky says.

“Forewarned is forearmed, as they say,” he says.

In particular, Buzecky has his eye on the five following tech trends.

  1. “Hacktivism.” Just in time for the presidential election, expect candidate websites to be defaced and social media channels compromised. While that may not affect you directly as a farmer, it could influence your vote. Take care when consuming political information this year.
  2. “Bug bounties.” Companies are more actively seeking out security flaws rather than waiting for security breaches. Hopefully, this will lead to more secure banking and conducting other business online, Buzecky says.
  3. “Open source code.” Google announced in November that they will open up the code in their artificial intelligence engine, Buzecky says. This is a positive – crowdsourced innovation can help accelerate technology advancements, he says.
  4. “Smarter AI.” Artificial intelligence will move way beyond Siri in 2016, Buzecky says. “I can’t help but expect there to be huge gains in deep learning software with more competition dropping into this space, adding even more acceleration,” he says.
  5. “Drones in the doghouse.” “It’s easy to read the tea leaves here,” Buzecky says. “Regulations severely restricting the use of drones will start flowing through myriad legal channels in 2016.”

“Trying to pierce the futures mists is always fun, but the real fun is in watching the utterly unanticipated tech redirects and discoveries burst into life,” Buzecky says. “My best advice here? Keep flexible.”

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