I am a long-time Futurist, and technologist. In my career, I have spanned the birth of personal computers, to the rise of Cloud Computing.
What technology will be big in 2022?
Welcome to the tech that I think will be big in the 2022 column. In my original draft, I broke this into the enterprise, things that would impact business and government entities, and those that would impact the consumers. But I've come to realize that the impact of the consumer market is much bigger. I intend to share technologies that will be big, which means they'll probably often take the consumer world and then slowly move into the enterprise, government, and ultimately education and other spaces.
If I had more artistic ability, I would start this with a meme of many people gathered around a location. The first frame of the meme would be a person walking up to this group and saying, why are you standing here? The second frame would be someone in the group answering by saying it's a 5G hotspot. The last frame would be the person that had asked the question standing with the rest of the group downloading whatever they want to download in this 5G hotspot. 5G in 2022 is going to be huge. 5g represents network speeds greater than those provided by Wi-FI. But 5g can be virtually anywhere. As the nationwide 5G, which is a little slower, rolls out, people are already reaping the benefits of the increased speed from 4g LTE to 5G. But the other side is the very high-end 5G, which people will want. As I said, it will be better than Wi-Fi speeds anywhere you are. Ultimately, this will allow people to choose devices anywhere but not worry about network speeds. So my first technology that will be huge in 2022 is 5G. 5g isn't just pure speed. It is also a network that has reduced latency overall.
Reducing latency is a critical evolution for devices in the future. The simple reality is that latency can cause failures. If you reduce the latency, you decrease the failure rate, but if you do fail, you fail faster. Building on the concept of reducing latency is the growth and rise of edge computing. Today's interesting reality of edge computing is that there isn't a consumer driver. As we move through 2022, consumer drivers around what edge computing brings to the market will begin to appear. The rise of the edge will correspond to those consumer drivers. There are several applications that many people use; the application of edge computing to those solutions will benefit users. Anytime you need information, the presence of edge computing solutions will reduce the time it takes you to get the answers you need. The thing to remember is something Bill Gates said many years ago. The concept of knowledge management is getting the right information to the right people at the right time to make a good decision. Reducing latency will allow people to make more effective decisions more quickly. Combining 5G and the faster networks with edge computing will allow people to submit queries and get answers faster. I'll leave you with one last edge impact before moving on to the next technology. Imagine a future where edge services throughout a city, region or country, include architectural building diagrams. Suddenly a first responder entering a building in a crisis can have a heads-up display with the actual architectural drawing of that building. Edge computing will be my second big 2022 technology. Although, in fairness, likely at the end of the year rather than the beginning.
The last technology area that I think will be big in 2022 is growing today. But it has not fully entered the consumer market. And that honestly is the expanding area of connected medical devices.
What is a connected medical device? You would be surprised.
Your smartwatch is a connected medical device
You may have one on your wrist right now. It can detect A-Fib and notify the user that's made the news quite a bit in the last 12 months. That will continue to expand. But the other side of connected medical devices will be to support the management of the many different types of diseases that impact human beings. At the same time, 5G will make it easier to download massive amounts of information. Edge computing will drive lower latency in the solutions that people consume daily; the connected medical device will help you stay healthier.
Connected Medical devices come in various flavors, but they are already improving the world. What's going to happen as they push further into the broader consumer market is a greater ability of people to get information to make good decisions. I'm a huge devotee of John Boyd's 00DA loop process. They were originally designed for the US military to improve the quality and capability of field decisions. The four components are observe, orient, decide and act. We can use these three technologies in the OODA Loop framework. Edge computing will support first responders, consumers, and ultimately enterprise government and other organizations to quickly make better information and decisions. The connected medical device will warn you of problems that you may not perceive. Connected medical devices will allow people with diabetes to better monitor their blood sugar up and down during the day. And eventually, edge solutions will support the ability of the doctor to interact with that information from the device more quickly. I understand that this will change how organizations consider and utilize information. It will also change how doctors bill patients for treatment. Th
It will move us ever closer to the information age. As we move out of this age of digital transformation, more and more information will be available, and with 5G and edge, lower latency and faster information. Today, I think their chronological order of consumer market presence will be 5G. 5G is already out; it's expanding globally and will continue to expand in 2022. Edge is available today. It will also continue to expand, and by the end of 2022, it will be a much bigger market presence. Today, the connected medical device has two large niche markets to grow and expand. The first is those people who track, measure, and manage their exercise. The second is those who track, manage and control the disease. Those of the technologies that I see will be big in 2022.
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