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Technology trends are evolving faster than ever. From cryptocurrency to autonomous vehicles, new possibilities for what computers can do for both businesses and consumers are emerging. Some of these trends are well-covered, like artificial intelligence emerging as a way to sift through massive amounts of data to find trends for use across a wide range of industries.
These trends are snapped up by companies that use technology daily to innovate, such as software development companies and social networking corporations. But there are untapped industries that don’t rely so heavily on technology – yet.
As the Internet and its related technology become ingrained in our daily lives, companies in sectors that have traditionally been technology-free or technology-limited are starting to experiment with its capabilities. For some of these companies, new technology not specifically developed for that specific industry was viewed as inefficient. For others, it was deemed too expensive. But now, with a large number of software developers and entrepreneurs breathing new life into these sectors, stagnating industries are poised to see innovation in 2020.
Here, you’ll find four industries that are likely to see technology leap forward in 2020.
- Drone surveillance: Agricultural drone companies are using unmanned drones to do everything from thermal imaging of fields to understand where optimal conditions are to targeted pesticide application.
- Internet of Things: Smart sensors are cheap enough that farmers can distribute multiple sensors to livestock or agricultural fields, getting a continuous stream of data back that informs them on how crops are doing. In 2020, expect to see companies focus on making the data accessible and understandable for farmers.
2. Real Estate
The real estate industry has primarily relied on real estate brokers who know their city well. These brokers can give accurate information to homebuyers – and hopefully, they can sell a property at a profit. But technology is revealing trends that no single person can see. Machine learning is taking over the real estate world by storm.
Artificial intelligence is also being used to target the right homebuyers – rather than place untargeted ads on real estate websites, some companies are using consumer data to deliver ads to people who are thinking about purchasing a home in a specific city or location.
3. Synthetic Biology
DNA sequencing has just become affordable for most companies, and those companies are using that sequencing technology’s potential to the fullest. Companies like Gingko Bioworks and Twist Biosciences are engineering organisms to produce molecules and directly editing DNA for use in high-efficiency bioreactors, the creation of nutrient-rich foods, and more.
Financial technology, more commonly referred to as FinTech, is rapidly changing how we think about fundamental financial practices. Technology companies can use data in such a way that they can target people in different demographics with different products, all helping the companies realize profits and helping the customers with finances. Some of the ways that we might see technology innovating finance in 2020 include:
- Automated financial advisers: Traditionally, financial guidance has been limited to those with serious amounts of money in the bank. But many companies are developing automated systems to replace those financial advisers. These AI-based models automatically invest your money, advise on your budget, and can even help with tax preparation.
- Loan services: Loans are mysterious to most people until they need one. Some companies are innovating in this space by creating simple questionnaires and services to help people get loans at lower-than-average interest rates, directly subverting high-profile banks by going directly to consumers.
Technology affects nearly every facet of our daily lives, but some industries have taken longer than others to integrate technology products into their services. As we begin the new decade, these industries are finally looking to innovate. From financial technology companies helping consumers find better investment strategies to the farmers utilizing drones for more efficient crop production, we’ll be sure to see dramatic, industry-wide innovations from this year onward.