1. Augmented Reality
Virtual reality was going to take over the world. But strapping on a headset to look at games or 360-degree videos hasn’t been the hit many had hoped. In 2018, a lot of that same technology could finally go mainstream using a gadget you already own: your smartphone.
2. Smart Homes
This one made our list last year but didn’t take off so much, but as more and more people in Guyana are starting to open up to the novelties like Google Home and Amazon Echo, that they can extend the functionality of your smartphone to the entire home with ease.
3. Voice Integration in Every Gadget
Alexa and Google Assistant has spread and most of the big technology players are working on their own voice assistants such as Samsung’s Bixby. They’re breaking out of smart speakers and appearing in everything from cars to home speakers. In 2018, companies like Amazon and Google will be fighting to lock you into one voice ecosystem.
4. Hackers and Criminals Will Get Smarter
There were around 707 million cybersecurity breaches in 2015, with 554 million in just the first half of 2016, according to Intel Security, formerly McAfee. in 2018, hackers will rely more on to use artificial intelligence to automate their attacks, making it even faster for them to break into targets’ accounts. Read our overview on 2017 security vulnerabilities here.
5. Cryptocurrency and Alternative Payment Acceptance Skyrocket
Popular cloud-based wallets such as WeChat Pay and Alipay are breaking down borders and disrupting the payments ecosystem meanwhile digital coins continue to skyrocket. User adoption will continue to increase and payment providers and businesses especially in Guyana need to prepare to accept a growing number of alternative payments.
6. The Internet of Things Security Arms Race Will Amplify
“We’ve seen malware attacks on IoT devices in recent years, proving the importance of identity management and verified authentication credentials. The newest botnet called Reaper will play a big role in the Internet of Things security arms race as it works to exploit individual device vulnerabilities. As identities become more strongly authenticated in 2018, Reaper-style attacks of IOT devices will increase.” -Eve Maler, VP of innovation and emerging technology for ForgeRock, a platform provider of digital identity management solutions
7. Mobile Technology Will Further Bridge the Digital Divide
In Guyana and around the world there’s currently a push to have more and more local services be accessible via mobile. In 2018 we will see more and more serves rolling out onto smartphones and the use of other mobile based technologies like messenger bots.
You can read our 2017 predictions here.