As governments continue to search for solutions for the intractable COVID-19 virus, many post-pandemic technology trends are emerging to paint a positive future for the world. With the realisation that things may never be the same again, society has had to decide whether to adapt and thrive or do nothing and regress.
Thankfully, they have chosen the former.
The changes discussed do not come without a degree of difficulty. Nevertheless, if the public, governments, organisations, and other stakeholders work together, they can address or mitigate some of the dangers and challenges in the way.
One of the biggest problems is tech adoption and usage. Some people do not have the technical skills necessary to use the innovative and digital solutions evolving every day. Others face obstacles when chatting on the internet, attending online events, participating in interviews, or using slightly complex software.
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Furthermore, cybersecurity is a growing concern as the pandemic has pushed more people to spend a lot of time online. Startups, non-tech-savvy individuals, and even governments are more vulnerable to unscrupulous digital experts. There are many cases of cyberwarfare, hacking, personal data loss, identity theft, and extortion using ransomware.
Despite these issues, the tech trends 2022 is set to deliver will revolutionise how we work and live. Here are some of the technologies to expect:
5G rollouts will continue
The unprecedented speeds and benefits of 5G technology will bring features and solutions to simplify our day-to-day activities. For instance, 5G’s latency– the time it takes a signal to travel and return– will be faster than our visual processing speeds. This improved speed means we will be able to control remote interconnected devices more nimbly than we do now.
Telemedicine will rule
In an age filled with many threats to population health, such as COVID-19 and cancer, there has been a strong need to modify how patients interact with their physicians. Telemedicine, the use of technology to diagnose and treat patients is helping to bring healthcare closer to the unwell.
Thus, expect to see more video consultations, collaborations between physicians irrespective of location, file management technology for patient data, and remote-monitoring tools.
Remote working will stay. Forever.
Many companies are choosing to continue remote work as they have noticed several benefits. One, it saves on office space expenses such as rent and maintenance. Other advantages include keeping workers healthy during the pandemic, boosting productivity, and reducing payroll by hiring remote contract employees.
Furthermore, the hybrid work model is also becoming a viable option with some employees working remotely and the rest on-premises.
Corporate communication tools will expand
With remote work or a hybrid model becoming the new norm because of the pandemic, corporate communication tools are more important than ever. Employees are using productivity and task management software, intranets, websites and blogging platforms, and instant messaging and video conferencing solutions.
These tools ensure teams are collaborating well and saving time, money, and travel expenses. Zoom, in particular, proved to be a top performer in the video meetings segment, with participants increasing by 2900%.
Virtual hiring tools will be essential
At the start of the pandemic, 86% of polled HR professionals said they switched to virtual hiring in response. This shift has become the new reality, with application forms, interviews, and onboarding processes handled digitally. Recruiting software automates hiring procedures with prospect matching, outreach, and candidate management.
Organisations are trying to ensure they can maintain a positive candidate experience remotely. These steps exist to keep the candidates and recruiters safe and healthy.
Streaming platforms and eGaming will proliferate
The restriction of movement due to the persistent virus and the desire to stay entertained made people opt for online media streaming and gaming. For example, the sales of digital games and consoles increased by 52.9% and 155%, respectively.
Streaming companies will continue expanding, flooding emerging markets, whereas the augmented reality (AR) gaming market is expected to grow by 34.80% annually. 5G’s high-speed connections and reduced lag will allow gaming applications to run seamlessly and make streaming more enjoyable by removing buffering and slow-loading delays.
The post-pandemic technology trends listed above show that the tech revolution is well and truly up and running for the future. The continued innovation and disruption of various industries will change how we live and work.
One of the tech trends 2022 will bring to every sector is the focus on sustainability. An enlightened global society will demand innovation that protects the environment.
Finally, companies and individuals should be knowledgeable about cybersecurity to ensure data collection and analysis protects everybody’s privacy. Increased investment and relevant laws will be necessary to improve the adoption and use of technology. These developments may ultimately open up countries to globalisation and the added benefits of accessing a broader market.