2018 brought with it many technological advances. Some of these included the newest powers of AI, or artificial intelligence. This year AI started to reshape business strategies and made giant leaps in research fields as well. It also saw its way into entertainment, with voice recognition developments in everyday appliances such as Siri and Alexa. Blockchain was another big development this year, the revolutionary decentralized technology that is being used to store and exchange data for cryptocurrencies. This also brought big gaping holes in the realm of digital security, leading to hacking and cyberattacks on big companies and individuals alike. The Internet of Things saw increasing importance and this trend proves to continue in the future. The roles of Chief Data Officers, or CDOs, have also gained importance, now being responsible for data and information management.
What then can we expect in 2019
Technology is just going to get more and more advanced in the upcoming years. AI is going to get easier to manage and manipulate. Professional developers will be more able to integrate AI capabilities into models without the help of professional data scientists. We can also expect the rise of digital twins – or the digital representation of a real-world entity or system. Sensors and endpoints allow connections between the physical model and the virtual model. It is estimated that there will be more than 20 billion connected sensors by 2020. Digital ethics and privacy will also be something that is looked into in greater detail next year. The public is getting increasingly concerned about how both the private and public sectors are using their information, and these companies need to proactively do something about it to make sure their clientele stays happy.
Technology is here to stay and we can only do ourselves the favour by keeping up to date with it in order to not get left behind. STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. These subjects are gaining increasing relevance and importance in today’s ever-modern society. We also need to look towards the future and make sure our children are up to date with the necessary skills and knowledge that they need in order to face this technologically centred world. They have to start becoming interested in STEM subjects at a young age and continue to grow this interest as well.
STEMmates’ courses are designed for just this – to get children excited about STEM subjects at even young ages. Our courses employ activity-based and hands on learning methods to get early learners applying what they read. They also learn soft skills such as collaboration, analytical thinking and communication skills as they try and pick apart problems and come up with their own solutions, and then apply these to real life situations. Make sure your child is ready for 2019 and the many years they will have in their future. Find out more by visiting our Facebook and website pages today.