Tech trends to watch out for in 2018

The world of tech will continue to evolve and innovate over the next 12 months but what are the biggest tech trends you should look out for in 2018?

Tech has had a great 2017, with massive developments across the industry and all of its major players – Apple, Samsung, and Google – all enjoying years of incredible growth.
But what does 2018 have in store? Where will innovation be at its most exciting and what will the big companies care about?

Big data is big money
We’ll continue to see the increasing datafication of the world around us, but this will come with a significant element of caution. The introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the subsequent UK-wide legislation once we leave the EU means that companies are going to have to think carefully about how they are collecting, storing, and using data they gather from consumers.

However, this won’t stop innovation. There are endless possibilities for how data can be implemented and there’s plenty for people to get their teeth stuck into. It’s estimated that in an average minute, Facebook receives 900,000 logins, more than 450,000 Tweets are posted, 156 million emails and 15 million texts are sent.

With these stats, it’s no wonder that Big Data is going to be an incredibly exciting area of tech to keep your eye on in 2018.

Artificial intelligence will develop
In Leeds, we’ve already seen how innovation can be used to make artificial intelligence a useful resource, rather than the Terminator some people are scared of.

In the last two years, Leeds-based firm Crisp have developed Capture – an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that is being rolled out across global social networks to detect new terrorist propaganda online. Yorkshire entrepreneur Chrissie Lightfoot also showcased her latest tech – an AI robot lawyer – that aims to bring affordable legal advice to the masses.

Astonishing leaps in AI capabilities, partly attributed to the rise in data collection, has made it more accurate than ever before and this will continue well into 2018 and beyond.

Blockchains: An invention to change everything?
Blockchain may not sound like the most exciting area of tech to get yourself stuck into, but it has the potential to transform how we store, authenticate and protect data. We’ve already touched on how GDPR will push this to the forefront in 2018 and blockchain offers an innovative step forward in this area. Although nothing can ever be immune to hacking, it’s a massive development for data security as it means there is a “chain” so no single point that can be attacked as a weakness.

It’s estimated that 90% of major European and North American banks are looking into how they can use this in their own organisation so it’s easy to see why this might become important over the next year.

Interested in these tech trends? We have some fantastic roles on our job board in data and AI. Take a look for yourself on Herd.Careers. You can also register for Leeds Digital Job Fair 4.0 and get talking to people in the industry.