What Is Advanced Technology?
Advanced technology is defined as a new or developing IT innovation that still has relatively few users, yet promises to provide future, significant value. While this term differs from both advanced manufacturing and manufacturing technology, they have relationships with one another. Advanced manufacturing takes advantage of both advanced technology and manufacturing technology to improve processes and products within the supply chain.
When industry experts refer to manufacturing technology, they are discussing a spectrum of machine tools which range from highly advanced CNCs to manufacturing robots. State of the art machines, for example, may be considered advanced technology until they are widely adopted.
Where Is Advanced Technology Used?
Advanced technology is used in a variety of environments, including:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Autonomous Robots
- Semantic Search
- Swarm Intelligence
- Vertical Farming
Advanced technology and the IT experts engaged in its creation are needed in these industries (and a variety of others) to simplify and optimize activities and necessities like unit testing, version control, outlining and managed code.
Advanced manufacturing is required in these spaces to efficiently create the products that make industry innovations possible. Moreover, advanced manufacturing technology like manufacturing robots and autonomous robots allow for the quick and cost-effective development of products required to drive critical technology areas such as the space industry and vertical farming.
Similarly, advanced technology influences the software sector by automating and improving critical IT processes. These include checking a build, which used to be done manually, and the emergence of integrated development environments, which reduces coding errors and provides a single-view dashboard for accessing an entire suite of development tools.
The Future of Advanced Technology
The future of advanced technology has no limit – and will continue to enhance the personal lives of consumers and their families. It will also make services and processes simpler and more affordable within both the software and manufacturing sectors. While just a sample, these innovations include:
Also known as autonomous vehicles (AVs), self-driving cars will improve safety on the road for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. While an estimated 1.2 million car-related injuries happen globally each year, safety sensors powered by lasers and quick-thinking software will eliminate human error and make accidents less probable. In addition, self-driving cars will free up space in cities and neighborhoods while reducing the amount of traffic on local roads and busy highways. They are also expected to positively impact the environment, since fewer cars are expected to be on the road.
Now that computer processors are powerful enough to create lifelike experiences, virtual and augmented reality will allow people and companies to realize more possibilities than ever before. Psychiatry professionals will be able to use the technology to treat conditions like PTSD, while construction and architecture firms will have the power to predict project challenges and remedy issues before they happen. Real estate agents will be able to take their clients through each facet of a home or building without leaving the office, while surgeons will be able to practice and optimize procedures without the need for a human patient.
Emerging algorithms, robust computers, and data collection will allow various types of manufacturing technologies, home appliances, and robots to learn from experience and improve the creation and function of both products and services. While much of the space is still considered advanced technology, AI is already proving to be worthwhile. For example, Google’s DeepMind AI has drastically reduced its data center’s utility costs, while Uber and Lyft already use machine learning to quickly minimize wait times and automatically predict rider demand.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is helping make these innovations a reality. With the interconnection of smart computing devices in everyday objects like a thermostat, dishwasher, and refrigerator, families are able to do everything from reduce energy costs to eliminate menial tasks. For example, it is possible to wash the dishes with a simple voice command – or be reminded to eat fruit and vegetables that will soon go bad.
While IoT is improving daily life, it is also changing the landscape of the software and cyber security sectors. More devices and interconnectivity mean increased challenges in:
Securing networks and data: Personal smart products and advanced manufacturing technologies alike are more hackable, which means IT experts will be busy finding ways to increase device security solutions and reduce attack vectors.
Enhancing encryption: It will increasingly become more important for computer integrated manufacturing and manufacturing business technology
Improving hardware: Better built-in security will be demanded of IoT products and their OEMs.
While there are various security considerations that both software companies and IoT device manufacturers need to be aware of, there also is much excitement about what will be possible for the average human. Emerging, advanced technology on the horizon includes:
Additional developments in cryptocurrencies and blockchains
Improved food systems
Higher quality online education
The advanced Space Age
More improvements to digital medicine
Each one of these industries and innovations require software experts to remain at the leading edge of advanced technology to optimize and secure the latest developments in manufacturing trends and IoT devices. Without their commitment to improving data and network security, the safe and efficient use of autonomous robots, gamification, and artificial intelligence remains at risk.
Software development experts like those at Tungsten are helping industries and companies involved in the Internet of Things support new devices and make new upgrades and features more secure. The continued partnership between inspired and skilled software teams and their clients will ensure society benefits from advanced technology and advanced manufacturing as much as possible.