2018 is it’s already shaping up to be a year in which tech will have a bigger impact than ever before.  Connectivity is at the heart of everything we do, whether you’re making a phone call on a smartphone, scanning your shopping in the local supermarket or digesting this article via your computer screen – there is no escaping it.

Whether you’re working in one of the best tech jobs in Ireland or hoping to make a break into the industry, here we list the top five tech trends that digital leaders should invest in for 2018 and a few hints and tips to help you stay ahead of the digital curve this year.

The development of voice search

A few years ago, voice search was decent, but unreliable. Today, voice search might as well be flawless; as many of us rely on shouting ‘Alexa turn the lights off’ on a daily basis. Similarly, robotic speech and chatbots are growing more sophisticated and are becoming part of daily life. In 2018, with these improvement cycles continuing, we predict that we will see the manifestation or solidification of seamless conversation. We’ll be able to communicate with our devices, both ways, without any major hiccups or mistakes and the devices response will sound less robotic and more human.

Digital simplification  

Over the past decade, we’ve seen the debut of many different types of devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and dozens of other “smart” appliances. We’ve also come to rely on lots of individual apps in our daily lives, including those for navigation to even changing the temperature of our house. Consumers are craving centralization; a convenient way to manage everything from as few devices and central locations as possible. Smart speakers are a good step in the right direction, but 2018 may influence the rise of something even better.

Bit Coin, Ether and altcoins in general

2018 is going to be the year of the cryptocurrency and that physical money will be no more. With Bitcoin now the topic of everyday conversation and a term most people are familiar with. As the market for bitcoin becomes more mainstream, and traders begin to better understand cryptocurrencies, some of this volatility is likely to calm down making it more stable and easier to invest your Euros into. Or go for the currency, Ether actually backed by a platform that enables you to do many things, Ethereum.

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The bursts of fake news have caused waves in the media landscape this year therefore in 2018 we predict that there will be more launches of official news websites which can be trusted.

Data overload

By now, every company in the world has realised the sheer power of consumer data, and in 2018, data collection is going to become an even higher priority. With consumers talking to smart speakers throughout their day and relying on digital devices for most of their daily tasks, companies will soon have access to—and start using—practically unlimited amounts of personal data. This has many implications, including reduced privacy, more personalized ads, and possibly more positive outcomes, such as better predictive algorithms in healthcare.

5G will enable speedier connectivity

Introduced in 2017, 5th generation mobile networks and wireless systems (5G) will start to proliferate and make their way into homes and smartphones towards the end of 2018.

The greater bandwidth capacity, which the likes of Samsung are planning to roll out later this year, will help to speed up downloads and communication between internet-connected devices. For example, movies that took almost a day to download on 3G and several minutes on 4G will be available in seconds using 5G.

The improved capacity will also enable the connection of more nodes and sensors across cities to make them smarter, and bring down the latency of data transfer to almost zero, crucial for systems like self-driving vehicles.

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