2. Artificial Intelligence
The race to build this incredibly important technology certainly gathered pace during 2019. This is set to continue in 2020. The applications and benefits are far-reaching, including productivity, accuracy and safety (medical/hazardous uses, for example). China is catching the US which is currently leading the world of AI, with the UK in third place. In a recent ComputerWorld poll, 44% of participants were most looking forward to AI-enhanced cybersecurity during 2020. “In 2019, at least 5.3 billion records, including credit card numbers, home addresses and phone numbers, were exposed through data breaches,” says Michelle Davidson of ComputerWorld. “Organizations need help identifying threats and preventing breaches, and given the shortage of cybersecurity professionals, AI can help them bridge that skills gap.”
3. Blockchain Technology
Blockchain is the technology that underpins digital currency (such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum). It allows digital information to be distributed, but not copied.
Bitcoin is becoming more mainstream following high-profile media coverage of users such as celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. As it grows in popularity, the use of blockchain technology grows as the ‘facilitator’ of this trend.
The data security offered by blockchain technology appeals to many sectors such as finance and healthcare. ComputerWorld’s Lucas Mearian writes: “Its promise to deliver a single version of data truth over a secure, distributed and immutable ledger remains compelling, and as it matures, many see it becoming a ubiquitous platform for financial services, ecommerce and other markets.”