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Top Trends That will Change the Way We Interact With Technology

2018 will see a boom in conversational interface development with more and more developers creating Alexa skills, Google actions, and Apple Home Kit automation that can be used by the respective ecosystems - Gaurav Nagar

We are well into 2018 and it is already looking as the watershed year for technology. These are the top technology trends to watch out for in 2018:

Conversational interface: 2018 will see a boom in conversational interface development with more and more developer creating Alexa skills, Google actions, and Apple HomeKitautomations that can be used by the respective ecosystems. A more efficient way to “discover” these services will make it even easier for the users to extract full benefit from their smart home appliance. We are finally getting close to practical, flexible, easy to build ad-hoc solutions for home automation. We will see more and more appliances growing ears and programmable brains guided by Echo, Google Home and HomePods.

AI and capsule: Neural networks are passé – time to take a capsule. Geoffrey Hinton’s work on Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning has helped sculpt the shape of AI as it stands today. His research team recently presented papers on capsule networks and usable algorithms which will take AI to the next level of consciousness (gulp!). And do yourself a favour – go watch ex-machina!

Kubernetes: The domination of Kubernetes (K8s) is complete. If you have not heard about K8s yet (What!!??), you may start with the knowledge that K8s was the server at backend powering Pokémon Go when it exploded! This year will see robust tools built around K8s ecosystem to enhance and assist people moving to containers. All container orchestration products will be re-built as K8s “distributions” much like Cloudera, Hortonworks etc. are for Hadoop ecosystem. These include Rancher, Mesosphere, Tectonic (always has been a K8s distribution) and Docker itself. Want to know more about K8s – go through this fun comic strip about Philips and how it used K8s to build a better-connected light bulb https://imgur.com/gallery/vTWbm

Docker: This is a make or break year for Docker as a company. With a number of people already predicting the downfall of Docker, it remains to be seen how well this beloved company, which introduced containers to the mainstream development toolbox, will manage to stay fit and strong this year.A lot of eyes are on how it embraces K8s for the seamless collaboration.

Movement to cloud: Do you know most enterprises are yet to embrace cloud for their infrastructure needs? Movement to cloud environment has picked up speed yet number of enterprises are yet to take that leap of faith. 2018 will see this movement accelerate with better security and data isolation guarantees provided by known cloud providers. Cloud environments have also become cheaper to use, are charged by the hour and is easier to manage which will helps moving the cost advantage in favour of cloud providers vs an in-house data centre.