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2022 Technology Predictions

2022 Technology Predictions by the IEEE Computer Society are out. Get your copy now! Image credit: Computer Society

As in the previous years the IEEE Computer Society has published a set of predictions on Technologies that are expected to make a significant impact in the coming few years (short term). These technologies have been chosen by a team of IEEE volunteers that first proposed a broader set and then through discussion and voting selected the top 16 that draw a general consensus (not necessarily unanimous). It should be noted that the volunteers involved in the proposal and selection process are rooted in the computer science domain, hence the list is clearly biased toward the computation area. You won’t find there, as an example, the growing interest and impact in thr creation of new alloys, the explosion of genomics and bio/gene-engineering, the likely emergence of new batteries generation and so on.

You can get the report in a pdf file here.

These are the 16 technologies selected:

  • Data centric AI
  • Remote medicine
  • Health, safety and wearable biomedical technologies
  • Cybersecurity of critical infrastructure
  • Convergence of HPC/AI/HPDA
  • AI at the edge to provide federated learning
  • 3D printing in healthcare
  • Intelligent autonomous systems reliability, safety and resilience
  • Digital Twins in manufacturing
  • Trustworthy AI
  • Disinformation detection and correction
  • Commoditization of space travel
  • Low code / No code programming
  • Non Fungible Tokens
  • Metaverse
  • Confidential Computing

At first glance you can see the relevance of AI, explicitly mentioned in 4 out of 16 technologies, and present in the backstage in most of the others. Also notable, and to be expected, the “healthcare” topic, mentioned in 3 out of 16 technologies. In the coming posts I will share my perspective on these technologies, and look forward to your perspectives as well.

In the meantime, take a look at the report. The report explains the methodology used to funnel the proposals into the final set of 16 techs, you may find it an interesting reading.

You may also want to look at a few introductory videos presenting some of the technologies. Here I enclose the clip recorded by Dejan Milojicic who chaired the group of volunteers managing to achieve an impressive result in a very short time herding cats.

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He is a member of the IEEE in 2050 Ad Hoc Committee. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.