For years, we’ve been blending tech with tradition as technological advances have moved us forward. At the heart of it all are Data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Demand is high for advanced connected devices and at the industrial level, this means robots. According to market reports, the smart robot market is expected to be worth just over $14 billion by 2023. As we reach the turn of the decade, there are a few other trends to be mindful of as well. These include such disruptive technologies as automation, phygital spaces, smart buildings, and digital twinning to name a few. While disruption may often be evocative of something negative. In the tech world, it isn’t. But how the technologies are used and what they’re for may change our world, not unlike the invention of electricity changed the world of agriculture into the Industrial Age. With that in mind, here are some of the most disruptive technologies for 2020: Robots & Automation It’s almost a broken record, isn’t it? How quickly technological advances are marching across our landscape of connected devices? But the immersion of these devices into our lives offer a variety of interactions far beyond that we’ve so far imagined. AI-enabled robots, for example, are able to interact and respond to time crunched human situations. There’s more to robots and automation than meets the eye and the additional technologies just might have the answers to the challenges we are facing and will face in the future. Phygital Spaces What if you could go to a baseball game with the experience of being at the game without leaving your couch? What if you could watch a race as though you were a participant? What if…? What if the technology to do this was already here? Enter phygital spaces, the blending of physical spaces and digital technology by bringing together AR, VR, mixed, and human reality. Ready, Player One? Predictions are in for the growth of the AR/VR Industry to a $160 billion industry in the next three years. Smart buildings Since 2000, the smart building market has been expanding. Voice Assistants, smart home tech, and IoT allow you to check on your home’s safety from a remote location, control your temperatures, and even let the cable man in (if you still have it) without ever leaving your office. However, immersive experiences are also becoming part of business management systems as well. The common denominating factor in these new advances? Where once you controlled each stage, now, based on preferences, changes will be made by measuring heat signatures, time of day, or some other assigned metric. Safety & Security Come First As exciting as these advances are, there is one important thing to remember. While robots have become smarter and we offer an abundance of Data to varying degrees for our convenience, robots are not human. They may be able to reason in bits and bytes, but moral reasoning remains an entirely human endeavor. GDPR in the UK. Data Privacy Regulations state by state across the United States. They are steps in ensuring your Data’s safety and security, but as we increasingly combine and blend robots and automation, AR and VR technologies, digital twinning, voice assistants, and more across our connected devices its important to be aware and careful what you do on networked systems. No matter how strong your password, no matter how secure your system, everything can be hacked. Want to get a jump on your 2020 job search? If you’re interested in Computer Vision, Robots and Automation, Big Data and Digital or Web Analytics, we may have a role for you. Take a look at our latest opportunities or get in touch with one of our expert consultants to learn more. For our West Coast Team, call (415) 614 - 4999 or send an email to email@example.com. For our Mid-West and East Coast Teams, call (212) 796 - 6070 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.