There is no escaping technology. Each year its influence in every industry steps up another notch. And 2019 is likely to be no different. From data regulation to Disney’s new streaming service, investors are going to be faced with a whole host of new tech trends this year. Here is our run through of the hottest stories in the tech industry to watch for in 2019.
1. Data, data and more data
Amazon’s Alexa has now been a feature of homes around the world for more than four years. In that time, it is likely to have collected huge quantities of data on our personal preferences and daily routines. And it isn’t alone: wearable fitness devices, connected cars and smart energy meters are all information gatherers which have increased the volume of personal data. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence and cloud computing have changed the way we store and analyse the data collected.
On the one hand, that could be a massive force for good. In 2019, we’re likely to see more advances in our understanding of human health, climate change and productivity, all driven by the huge amount of data now available. But beware the rise in fraud, hacks and fake news which are all being made easier by the ubiquity of data collection.
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