The study - " The Impact of Technology in 2022 and Beyond: an IEEE Global Study " - which included chief technology officers, chief information officers and IT directors, covers the most important technologies in 2022, industries most impacted by technology in the year ahead, and technology trends through the next decade. Among total respondents, more than one in five (21%) say AI and machine learning, cloud computing (20%) and 5G (17%) will be the most important technologies next year.
Because of the global pandemic, technology leaders surveyed said in 2021 they accelerated adoption of cloud computing (60%), AI and machine learning (51%), and 5G (46%), among others. Most of the respondents (95%) agree that AI will drive the majority of innovation across nearly every industry sector in the next one to five years.
When asked which areas 5G will most benefit in the next year, technology leaders surveyed responded as follows:
- telemedicine, including remote surgery and health record transmissions (24%)
- remote learning and education (20%)
- personal and professional day-to-day communications (15%)
- entertainment, sports and live event streaming (14%)
- manufacturing and assembly (13%)
- transportation and traffic control (7%)
- carbon footprint reduction and energy efficiency (5%)
- farming and agriculture (2%)
As for industry sectors most impacted by technology in 2022, technology leaders surveyed cited manufacturing (25%), financial services (19%), healthcare (16%) and energy (13%). As compared to the beginning of 2021, 92% of respondents agree, including 60% who strongly agree, that implementing smart building technologies that benefit sustainability, decarbonization and energy savings has become a top priority for their organization.
Other key technology trends mentioned include:
- Workplace technologies, Human Resources collaboration and COVID-19
- Robots rise over the next decade
- Connected devices continue to proliferate
- Cyber and physical security, preparedness and deployment of technologies
The syudy surveyed 350 CIOs, CTOs, IT directors and other technology leaders in the U.S., China, U.K., India and Brazil at organizations with more than 1,000 employees across