The year that we have just left behind has been, to say the least, intense. The evident new needs of society have also brought with them great advances. Not only in the field of medicine, but also in the technological and digital sectors. From hopeful new nanorobot therapies to the announcement of an imminent entry into the metaverse, 2022 is full of future. Here we have compiled the 10 digital trends that we have found most amazing and that are just around the corner.
1. From 2D to 3D, from universe to metaverse
In October 2021, when Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was going to change its name to Meta, he was actually introducing a new paradigm: a 3D universe or metaverse. Thanks to technologies such as augmented reality, VR glasses and certain mobile applications, users will be able to interact and socialize with each other in a totally virtual environment. Not only this, but they will also be able to monetize their virtual transactions using blockchain technology through cryptocurrencies.
The metaverse (or 3DWeb) is closely related to NFTs (non-fungible tokens), enabling business relationships through the sale of digital artifacts. And pay attention to this in the commercial sector, because in 2022, this new universe will be key for big brands like Nike, Adidas or Microsoft to carry out their commercial operations.
2. Robotic automation
It is expected to see a daily growth in the use of robots in 2022. Above all, in sectors such as food, health, agriculture and the automotive industry, which will benefit the most from the automation produced by AI (Artificial Intelligence). By 2022, we expect robotic process automation (RPA) to become a standard technology for businesses, which will increasingly use it to free workers from boring and repetitive tasks, allowing them to do more satisfying work.
But not only this because what we can expect is amazing: great advances are being made recently in nano robotics, that is, small sensors with limited processing power. The first useful applications of these nanomachines may be in medicine: biological machines, for example, used to identify and destroy cancer cells or deliver drugs. Without a doubt, a revolution.
3. IoT (Internet of Things): from Alexa to Astro
It all started with robots like Roomba, capable of making a real plan of our home. But this is nothing compared to what comes from the hand of Amazon in 2022. And it seems that robots helping humans to facilitate their work is getting closer. According to Ericsson, by 2022 there will be more than 29 million internet-connected home appliances in operation.
The most striking of them, without a doubt, is called Astro, and it is the evolution of Alexa: it has wheels and a screen. For now, it is only available in the United States and by invitation. Astro will have all the functions of its predecessor Alexa, but it will also be able to monitor rooms, follow you around every corner of your house if you wish, or even patrol your home reporting suspicious activities. You can record and store videos in your cloud for 60 days.
But the IoT transcends the domestic, its field of action can be applicable to sectors as interesting as health, industry and cybersecurity.
4. Digital Twins
Digital twins are changing every industry. This technology is extremely interesting, since it allows the creation of virtual replicas of objects or processes that simulate the behavior of real counterparts. The idea is to be able to do simulations, subjecting said object to stress in order to analyze its weaknesses. That’s a great way to save capital for companies, because they don’t have to build prototypes. In addition, this technology, combined with AI, will offer analytics to develop new business opportunities.
5. Creation of a Spanish AI agency
The Government of Spain approved General State Budgets for 2022 that allocate a total of 5 million euros to create a State Agency for the supervision of artificial intelligence. The main objective of this body is to supervise the management or programming of algorithms, from those of social networks to those of IoT devices such as Siri or Alexa, and thus prevent them from having negative effects on the safety and health of Spanish citizens. . The European Union, in turn, is also working on its next regulation on this type of technology, as well as on the relevant sanctions in case of non-compliance.