As techies, we’re naturally wired to always be looking ahead. New trends, new technology, new everything! And that should be no different as we round off 2022 and look forward to the New Year. We’ve rounded up 4 of the big tech trends for 2023 that will shape our near future. We’re talking GPT, The Metaverse becoming real life, artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere and robots functioning as humans… the future is here. Read on >
Driverless cars? Robots? It’s been nearly 19 years since Will Smith’s dystopian future played out in the film iRobot, AI has been at the forefront of our minds for a few years now. Whilst we’ve seen some businesses adapt and introduce AI, to some, it still feels a distant possibility.
There has been some stir around whether AI will affect ‘real human’ jobs, but in 2023 AI is expected to augment nearly every job in every business process. However, not everyone is keen to see this move…
“I hope organisations begin taking a more balanced approach to AI led customer service. Yes, automated options and self-help can drive huge efficiencies for customers and businesses but poor execution and expensive tech has led to cusomer frustration. People are keener and keener to speak to a human for their support queries.”The Bridge Recruitment Consultant, Liam McQuade
2023 will see AI become reality in businesses across the globe. With the potential to remove human error, make unbiased decisions and complete the repetitive jobs many of us find dull, this sounds like a good thing, right?
Okay, so we may still be a few years away from a fully AI driven society. But the retail industry have already seen the benefits, services such as Stitch Fix use AI-enable algorithms to recommend clothes to its customers. We can expect this to continue with delivery companies pushing forward with contactless, autonomous shopping and delivery – making it easier for consumers to pay for and receive goods and services.
Whilst we’re on the subject of 00’s films, remember WALL-E? The Pixar animation about a small waste-collecting robot who inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Well, earlier this year OpenAI created an AI image generator of a similar name, Dall-E2, a new AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language and it blew minds across the world. Now, OpenAI are back, this time with their new chatbot ChatGPT made using the company’s technology GPT-3.
“GPT-3 (Generative Pretrained Transformer 3) is a state-of-the-art language processing AI model developed by OpenAI. It is capable of generating human-like text and has a wide range of applications, including language translation, language modelling, and generating text for applications such as chatbots. It is one of the largest and most powerful language processing AI models to date, with 175 billion parameters.”Science Focus
In addition, they added ChatGTP has “a pretty wide range of abilities, everything from writing poems about sentient farts and cliché rom-coms in alternate universes, through to explaining quantum mechanics in simple terms or writing full-length research papers and articles.”
It seems ChatGTP would’ve been rather helpful in writing this blog today.
The Metaverse… A dream come true for some, a total nightmare for others. Whether you like it or not, we are getting closer to seeing it take off in the business world. Whilst 2022 wasn’t a great year for the Metaverse, with companies such as Decentraland and Sandbox revealing they had under 1,000 daily active users…
“Experts predict that the metaverse will add $5 trillion to the global economy by 2030, and 2023 will be the year that defines the direction of the metaverse for the next decade.”
It’s a commonly held belief that the Metaverse is purely entertainment-focused, a mega-Sims-like video game where we can meet our friends and embark on out-of-this-world adventures. But, the real-life benefits are becoming more tangible with the use of VR and AR, companies are already able to train surgeons remotely, and pilots without ever having to leave Terra Firma.
Immersive meeting environments will also become much more popular in 2023. While the memory of COVID-19 fades into the past, people have adapted the way in which they work. The increase in hybrid and remote working is showing no signs of reversing. Spaces, where we can talk, brainstorm and co-create, will be more important than ever to keep teams together, and this is where you can expect the Metaverse to take us. At least for now, anyway.
Since Web3’s inception, the talent landscape has shifted. People are leaving their roles at the ‘Big Tech’ companies in search of Web3 start-ups across the globe. Many curious minds working in the tech community are choosing to pivot away from their current roles and dive into something fresh and exciting.
Web3 requires a very different approach to Web 2.0 and 2023 will see the development of systems we have never seen like likes of before. Not only will you require all the fundamentals, but you will also need to understand blockchain, wallets, crypto, smart contracts and a whole new stack including Poly.gon and Next.j.s. Confusing or exciting, just as Web 2.0 was in 2004, Web3 will undoubtedly become tomorrow’s online ecosystem. There’s no better time than now to develop your Web 3 skills.
“It’s an exciting time to be in this space as funding will only increase from here. It’s important for the companies receiving this funding to understand how to effectively manage it and their need for experienced talent as future funding rounds normally depend on employee growth metrics alongside financial targets. In order to hit these targets, top-tier hires are a must. Working with experienced talent agencies who understand market trends and alternative tech could mean the difference between being a flash in the pan or getting to the next level.”Web3 and Metaverse specialist at The Bridge, Adam Rumpler
You can read more about Web3 and how you can be a part of the shift in our Why Transferrable Skills are Essential for Web3 blog from earlier this year.
Perhaps one of the most important trends on this list, sustainability. Environmental and social changes are now in the top three priorities for investors, third only to profit and revenue. You may be wondering how sustainability falls under a blog on tech trends for 2023? Well, businesses will need to invest more in innovative solutions to address ESG demand and meet sustainability goals.
“Organizations need a new sustainable technology framework that increases the energy and material efficiency of IT services, enables enterprise sustainability through technologies like traceability, analytics, renewable energy and AI, and deploys IT solutions to help customers achieve their own sustainability goals.”Gartner
Not only do we hope to see some progress in green technology such as green hydrogen and the development of decentralised power grids. There will be a push toward more sustainable hardware too, almost everybody has some form of smartphone, tablet or computer, but where do these components come from? If we don’t manage to get this trend right, then there may not be a world for our robots to live in.
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