Ericsson CTO, Erik Ekudden just recently presented technology trends for 2017,  a report which looks at five trends identified that are part of an ongoing transformation of the industry and continuous technology evolution.

These five technology trends include

  • adaptable technology,
  • machine intelligence,
  • IoT security,
  • distributed IoTplatforms, and
  • augmented and virtual reality.

Technology Trends Details

The first trend, ‘An adaptable technology base’, is about the symbiotic evolution of software and hardware that is beginning to take place. Ekudden predicts that more advanced architectural structures as well as predictive software algorithms will emerge in concert to meet the demand for increased network flexibility. Beamforming in 5G networks is a good example of the kind of development that is already happening today.

The second trend, ‘The Dawn of True Machine Intelligence‘, is about a combination of machine learning and AI methods to create data-driven intelligent, non-fragile systems for automation,  augmentation and amplifications. Ekudden predicts that over the next decade, industry and society
will establish a foundation of insight-driven systems with new service engagements and business models applicable per use case,  that will be beneficial to many digital businesses and industries.

The third trend, ‘End-to-end Security and Identity for the IoT‘, is about predictive security insights and, in many cases, automated adjustments based on policies to address the IoT concerns. Ekudden predicts that a comprehensive security and privacy approach will emerge that will increase collaboration in threat, vulnerability and trust exchange. Greater transparency will boost trust, which will in turn boost IoT adoption and accelerate digitization in mission-critical industries.

The fourth trend, ‘An Extended Distributed IoT Platform‘, is about an  industry wide IoT platform made up of decentralized devices ranging from simple passives to autonomous devices that are connected and communicating through a distributed cloud with a horizontal application and management platform. Ekkuden predicts that such a distributed platform will bring a full palette of new flexibility into the market, and will help realize major opportunities to the business landscape when enabling a wide range of new digital services.

The fifth trend, ‘Overlaying Reality with Knowledge’. Ekkuden predicts that over the next decade, computer vision will get better through 3D mapping, improved field of view, full-color depth and holographic technologies and this technology evolution will help realize immersive
solutions that require a wide range of tools and infrastructure, such as display technology, real-time eye tracking, volumetric capture, perceptual computing for locations and surrounding positions, body movement and more.  The current fragmented VR/AR market consisting of many verticals for different cameras, workflows and headsets will be driven to interoperability  for the benefit of consumers.


You can see the whole report here