Economies, jobs, and personal lives are more digital, more connected, and more automated than ever before, with the global pandemic having increased this dramatically. In fact, latest research reveals that the global information technology industry is on its way to reaching $5.2 trillion this year. Plus, according to the prediction by several global tech experts, there will be a massive change in technology in 2021. Jaco Joubert brand manager for high-end television brand SKYWORTH concurs; “We can expect many big transformations and inventions in the latest tech trends in the coming years.”

SKYWORTH are proven industry game changers, offering the market several firsts including Android TV and AI TV. Last year’s IFA – the world's leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances – saw the brand, a pioneer in big-screen Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) and leading appliance manufacturer unveil their new smart line, plus their ground-breaking new system, Swaiot®. Through voice control, Swaiot® can connect more than 6,000 Wi-Fi non-intelligent home appliance products across brands and categories. “With the Swaiot® system in place, consumers can conveniently connect and control their smart home ecosystem, creating a holistic and vibrant smart living world.”  “This just further demonstrates SKYWORTH’s commitment in leading the industry under the new AIoT era,” explains Joubert.

Joubert highlights the top trends that will define the next technological decade:

AI and machine learning. The increasing ability of machines to learn and act intelligently will transform our world. “The speed at which AI is growing will prepare it to undertake more human tasks this year and going into 2021. Its present-day tasks of enabling computers, and in SKYWORTH’s case, TVS, to read, see, listen, speak and even record, will help AI become a technology that no longer needs human intervention to aid its learning,” says Joubert.

The Internet of Things (IoT). This refers to the ever-growing number of ‘smart’ devices and objects that are connected to the internet. Such devices are constantly gathering and transmitting data, further fuelling the growth in Big Data and AI.

Wearables and augmented humans. What started with fitness trackers has now exploded into a whole industry of wearable technology designed to improve human performance and help us live healthier, safer, more efficient lives. In the future, we may even see humans merge with technology to create ‘augmented humans’ or ‘trans humans.’

Intelligent spaces and smart places. Closely linked to the IoT, this trend is seeing physical spaces –homes, offices, and even whole cities – becoming increasingly connected and smart. “Let your SKYWORTH S9A OLED TV be your home’s ‘Smart Hub,’ where at the click of a button, or the sound of your voice, any other paired blue tooth device around your home, will respond.”

Voice interfaces and chatbots. Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and chatbots – many of us are now quite familiar communicating with machines by simply speaking or typing our request. Joubert says that the vision for the future of television is all about personalised technology. “With the introduction of disruptive business models and innovative technologies, TV is transforming itself.” Having launched AI TV in the country last year, the first brand to do so, SKYWORTH’s AI TV range supports both Google Assistant and other smart home devices such as Amazon Alexa, turning your TV into your home’s control centre. In the future, more and more businesses will choose to interact with their customers via voice interfaces and chatbots.

Robots and cobots. Today’s robots are more intelligent than ever, learning to respond to their environment and perform tasks without human intervention. In certain industries, the future of work is likely to involve humans working seamlessly with robot colleagues – hence the term ‘cobot,’ or ‘collaborative robot.’

Autonomous vehicles. The 2020s will be the decade in which autonomous vehicles of all kinds – cars, taxis, trucks, and even ships – become truly autonomous and commercially viable.

5G. The fifth generation of cellular network technology will give us faster, smarter, more stable wireless networking, thereby driving advances in many other trends (e.g., more connected devices and richer streams of data).

Cybersecurity and resilience. As businesses face unprecedented new threats, the ability to avoid and mitigate cybersecurity threats will be critical to success over the next decade.

Quantum computing. Quantum computers – unimaginably fast computers capable of solving seemingly unsolvable problems – will make our current state-of-the-art technology look like something out of the Stone Age. As yet, work in quantum computing is largely restricted to labs, but we could see the first commercially available quantum computer this decade.

3D and 4D printing and additive manufacturing. Although this may seem low-tech compared to some of the other trends, 3D and 4D printing will have very wide applications – and will be particularly transformative when combined with trends like mass-personalisation.

Nanotechnology and materials science. Our increasing ability to understand materials and control matter on a tiny scale is giving rise to exciting new materials and products, such as bendable displays.

Speaking at IFA last year, Tony Wang president and CEO of SKYWORTH said that, "Thanks to the advent of 5G, the development of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will continue at full speed. Undoubtedly, AIoT will be the next battlefield for companies that want to lead the industry. SKYWORTH will continue to evolve and reinvent the standard of smart living.”