Cutting-edge technology in 2023 isn’t quite the hoverboards and Skynet we were promised. It might just be better. Here at WillDom, our eyes light up at the thought of tech innovation. New ways to make processes more efficient. To make the user experience more immersive. To communicate with both efficiency and joy. What could be better?
Our team eats, sleeps, and dreams cutting-edge technology and we can’t wait to share it with you. Let’s take a look at emerging and evolving tech that’s taking the spotlight this year. Buckle up for our top 5 picks of 2023.
- Computer Vision
Basically, a computer looks at something and reacts intelligently to what it sees. Our first example of cutting-edge technology is a specialized flavor of artificial intelligence (AI). It gives computers and systems the ability to look at visual inputs and extrapolate meaningful information.
You might be aware of these systems being used for facial recognition in everything from security camera systems to Facebook’s eerie ability to identify you in a picture. A lesser-known current application is traffic sign recognition and detection for self-driving cars.
A slightly Orwellian example is productivity analysis – instead of your human boss, your computer boss could tell you “If there’s time to lean, there’s time to clean.” Quality assurance and manufacturing safety inspections could be improved by combining computer vision with deep learning. And the healthcare implications are breathtaking. From detecting cancer to classifying cells to analyzing movement to predict oncoming health issues like strokes, our computer doctors won’t get tired during their 48-hour shifts.
- Natural Language Processing
The baby versions of NLP are the helpful spellcheck and the, often dreaded, autocomplete. “Hey Siri, what is natural language processing?” This form of AI bridges the gap between human language and computers. When you chat with a “representative” on a company’s website, you may be talking to an NLP chatbot. Your experience will vary greatly depending on how advanced the chatbot is. At the very least, it means no more waiting on hold for hours to talk to the cable company.
Save time and work with anyone. When it works well, NLP can aggregate and interpret vast amounts of verbal and written information. Imagine every comment card or survey you’ve ever collected being analyzed in seconds. And actionable, precise results popping up on your screen. In the global economy, better translations and automated translators are more and more in demand. When an app on your phone can act as a United Nations-level translator, the world is your oyster.
- Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
We’ve packed two different technologies into this example. First, virtual reality is most common in VR headset forms like Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR. It’s often a 360-degree visual virtual environment with simulations ranging from non-immersive to fully immersive.
The implications of entering a virtual world as we saw on Star Trek’s holodeck are mind-blowing. From current medical training to future mental healthcare applications. From far-flung tourism to remote real estate tours. And, if you’re game, some Ready Player One-type worlds are at your fingertips.
Augmented reality adds digital information to your real-time, real-world environment. The most popular fad using AR was Pokemon Go. Remember all those people walking in parks again? Catching digital pocket monsters on their phones?
In the retail world, hold up your phone in a store and see a moving arrow on the ground that takes you to the correct aisle. Inventory? See exactly which box it is in the warehouse at a glance. Basically, every Sci-Fi eye-piece imagining is theoretically growing more and more possible by the day.
- Deep Machine Learning
As AI and machine learning continue to improve, a new cutting-edge technology subset called deep machine learning has come to the forefront. Original machine learning used simple concepts. Deep machine learning imitates how humans think and learn. No longer limited by computing power, AI now uses an artificial neural network, similar to the human brain, to solve pattern recognition problems without any human assistance.
When paired with other technologies like visual computing, AI can access more data, in more ways, and analyze it better. This advancement is both astonishing and terrifying at the same time. Our current deep machine learning helps suggest artists or products you may enjoy based on past purchases. Or mimics human voices more accurately than ever before. Or defeats every challenger in the game of Go. But the implications are immense.
This is our last pick because Neuralink is so cutting-edge that it isn’t out yet. Reportedly a project by Elon Musk’s company, Neuralink is a device implanted in the human brain. The implant translates human thought into external action through a computer.
In theory, we could type without using our hands or play video games without controllers. Iterations of this technology have existed before but generally took extreme training and data input before they could perform even the slightest task (moving a dot on a screen).
To sum things up, we humans are amazing, inventive, and creative creatures. Our exponential tech growth is awe-inspiring, a bit terrifying, and tough to keep up with. If you find yourself overwhelmed by these huge ideas, drop by and talk to one of our experts at WillDom or LinkedIn. We’ll parse out what specific innovations are right for your company and help you apply them.
And if you’re just as excited about these developments as we are, tell us all about your new and joyful ways of making cutting-edge technology work for you.