The annual tech future forecast, says the organization of computer professionals, consistently ranks as one of its most anticipated announcements.
"These predictions identify the top dozen technologies that have substantial potential to disrupt the market in the year 2020," says Cecilia Metra, IEEE Computer Society President.
The organizations top 12 technology trends predicted to reach adoption in 2020 are as follows:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the edge ( AI@Edge) - Combined with ubiquitous connectivity such as 5G, and intelligent sensors such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning (ML) applications will rapidly move to the "edge," the physical world close to us all. In the upcoming years, we expect to see the widespread deployment of ML in areas that will have a far greater impact on our daily lives, such as assisted driving, industrial automation, surveillance, and natural language processing.
- Non-volatile memory (NVM) products, interfaces and applications - NVM Express (NVMe) SSDs will replace SATA and SAS SSDs within the next few years, and NVMe over Fabrics (NVME-oF) will be the dominant network storage protocol in five years. NVMe enables NAND tiering technologies and programming functions that increase endurance, enable computational storage, and allow more memory-like access to data.
- Digital twins, including cognitive twins - Digital twins are a reality in the manufacturing industry and have also become a widespread tool in complex system operations. Cognitive digital twins are in the early stages of trial and experimentation.
- AI and critical systems - AI will be deployed increasingly in more systems that affect the health, safety and welfare of the public. Despite the technological challenges and public fears, these systems will improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide.
- Practical delivery drones - Traditional parcel delivery inefficiencies, combined with recent developments in drone technology, leave the field ripe for disruption. Several companies have recently worked to develop practical delivery drones, which may now be ready to completely