“Tech That Will Change Your Life” is Wall Street Journal’s annual tradition which consists of predicting some of the trends that will revolutionize our concept of artificial intelligence throughout the year.
“If you’ve seen it in a movie, you might see it in reality [this year],” said Geoffrey A. Fowler, technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal.
“They talk to industry insiders and track the trends to identify what’s going to make an impact for better or worse,” Fowler said. “These are some of the newest technologies and trends developed for this year.”
Mobile Video is overtaking TV
As is evident in social media, mobile video is the new TV for millennials. Facebook Live, Twitter Live, Instagram Live and Snapchat stories have displaced the role of the television, especially during this past year.
“All the[se] major social networks are clamoring to become the television network in your pocket,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Computer glasses have arrived, and this year brings technology that project images to the eyes. Brands such as Snap Spectacles, Google Glass and Microsoft’s HoloLens are available to purchase.
They will provide their users with augmented reality (AR) technology, or in other words, digital information layered over the real world. This will help its users be less isolated compared to the conventional virtual reality (VR), according to augmented.com.
Facebook Fake News War
The 2016 Presidential campaign brought out different opinions, not only in the U.S., but also all around the world, according to the Wall Street Journal. “[It] brought criticism from the left and the right about how the social network handled news—both real and fake.”
Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will provide a new service labeling certain stories as false and build tools to classify misinformation by working with fact-checking groups, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“I think one of the big reasons social media is so susceptible to so-called ‘fake news’ is not because there is more of it, but because, all of the sudden, you have a platform that makes sharing it so quick and easy,” said Chris Evans, a sophomore studying communication.
Evans expressed his preoccupation concerning the thousands or maybe millions of people using social media such as Facebook and sharing news that anyone would make a claim even without further investigation.
“On one hand, there definitely is a problem with misinformation and people sharing it on social media.” Evans said. “But it’s also something that is easily detectable if you are informed and have critical thinking skills. I think tools and algorithms weeding out ‘fake news’ could lead to abuse and could be used to silence certain viewpoints.”
Automotive brands like Honda, Hyundai and BMW are now coming with driver assist options. Some of the new features they include are automatic braking to avoid collisions, automatic steering to avoid lane drifting, Wi-Fi, navigation systems and sensors.
With Apple’s iPhone 7 headphone jack and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 blowing up, 2016 was not a good year for the smartphone. This year, with Apple’s 10th-anniversary on iPhone, Fowler added that there are great expectations for buttonless models with curved OLED screens.
“One difficulty iPhone users have as their phone gets older is that their home button goes out,” said Tim Sanderson, a Best Buy employee. “That’s because it’s one of the last truly mechanical parts of the iPhone, and mechanical parts will generally fail before the non-moving parts. The fewer moving parts a device has, the better. This will increase the overall longevity of the device, causing less headache in the long run.”
Fowler said these amazing trends and new technologies have a downside.
“If you haven’t been hacked yet, the chances are even greater in 2017,” Fowler said. “And a handful of big companies will continue to consolidate their [influence] over what you read and watch.”