F5 recently presented the report Future of Apps , an analysis dedicated to the future of the unique applications of its kind, offering us an insight on the future of applications and shows the rapid and significant transition to a digital society and app-centric.
The report is based on research conducted by The Foresight Factory, using a proprietary database of technological and sociological trends, combined with data from a new study conducted in 25 markets in EMEA and interviews with experts and the most important companies of automation, biometrics, IT and technology. The study provides much food for thought that we can basically be grouped into four basic areas.
The first trend to emerge is linked to the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) resulting in the evolution of integrated applications: we defined “Conscientious Collaboration”. As evidenced by Foresight Factory, organizations will have to adapt to rapidly provide models for proactive collaboration and greater transparency, which will prove to be also crucial in the context of data on legislation – which will continue to follow the developments of the digital economy – as well as the impact of IoT, AI and machine learning.
The report suggests that the best practices in the safe handling of customer data will be used increasingly as a benchmark or to promote new standards, as done in the past in the field of sustainability assessment or environmental impact. Foresight Factory also believes that many consumers will choose in the long run, to get away by companies to proactively isolate and better control the sharing of their data. An interesting example in this context is to note that Allianz deems the amount of the total premium for cyber insurance policies to 2.5 billion dollars, saying that could reach $ 20 billion by 2025 1 . Meanwhile, the security aspects are increasingly being evaluated with a view to possible personal return. Foresight Factory notes that 4 out of 10 consumers in Europe today say they are willing to share personal information in exchange for personalized offers or discounts.
The high-profile partnership development will be another key issue talking about “collaboration”, driven by the influence looming AI, machine learning and robotics. In the United States in late 2016 did the organization on Artificial Intelligence Partnership to Benefit People and Society. In January this year the European Commission called for new rules for the robot to map the ethical standards and the responsibilities for driverless cars.
The second trend that emerges from the research shows that the AI, biometrics and computer-integrated learning in apps make it possible to make better decisions. The application development in the future will be heavily influenced by the AI and machine learning; This change of scenery the consequences will be more personalized and predictive services in, for example, the cognitive health.
The Foresight Factory found that almost half (49%) of consumers take into account services to help understand the future impact of their choices Food- interest that rises to 57% if we consider only the millennials. Cognitive Finance is another hot topic: about 6 out of 10 consumers (58% in the Y generation) say they are interested in services that can predict their financial situation based on current actions.
In many ways, Europe is ready to face the next wave of progress: almost a third of respondents in fact, claims to use voice commands on your mobile device and in March 2017 on Alexa platform Amazon were already more than 10,000 applications third-party voice-enabled – an increase of 100% compared to December 2016. 2
Looking ahead, Foresight Factory reports huge advances in collaborative AI industry, in which virtual servers and underlying applications will increasingly communicate and act in combination. The report also highlights a number of implications of the rise of AI and machine learning, which include their native ability to codify and develop applications, as well as move the functionality when they are “live.”
In summary, I do not think it will be much to change the application but will be the underlying platform to restructure. When the AI will become more powerful, applications become more complex, more and more will interact with each other and will play an ever wider range of predictive actions and contextual.
The third trend highlights the increasing use of augmented and virtual reality in a future filled with intelligent technologies for embedded and individual realities .
IDC predicts that the AR / VR Market (Augmented / Virtual Realities) this year will reach $ 2.5 billion in Western Europe – an increase of 131% compared to 2016. By 2020, the market is estimated at 25, $ 7 billion. 3
In this context, application interfaces will be transformed by the advent of “mixed reality” and hardware innovation. The geographical location becomes irrelevant and the notion of “individual reality will be created.” At the same time, new risks will arise, because people will be more and more immersed in their computational existence. To keep pace, the developers will have to approach the design of the app, in order to incorporate or integrate it into a larger ecosystem. Similarly, they must know how to anticipate new application interfaces that integrate more effectively voice biometrics and haptic perception.
According to Foresight Factory, consumer demand is fueling consistently the evolution of innovation roadmap. Almost half of respondents in Europe and South Africa has already used a VR headset or are interested in doing so – given that rises to 57% among Millennials. 71% of consumers in EMEA has also declared its intention to have new experiences, and almost half (46%) expressed its interest in contact lenses with Night Vision, 56% of the generation Y.
By 2020 the technology and blockchain solutions will be used by about 65% of companies; the worldwide market will grow blockchain passing from the $ 210.2 million of 2016000000 to 2312.5000000 dollars by 2021. 4 We expect a gradual decentralization As the blockchain and edge computing technologies become mainstream. Any change in this direction will be based on significant technological advances, such as edge computing and 5G.
The advent of decentralized applications, or “dApps”, will lead to a growing interest in the peer-to-peer solutions, determined in part by distrust institutions and by the desire to obtain greater value. In Europe and South Africa, a third of consumers (32%) have used or would be interested in using a peer-to-peer service credit, since it rises to 37% among Generation Y.
In summary, our report showed what the consequences related to the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, combined with the need for new collaborative models highlighting the increasingly important role of new application programming interfaces (including augmented reality and virtual) and the potentially large influence of blockchain end of the edge technologies and computing. The overall scenario that emerges from Future of Apps shows how the balance is rapidly moving beyond the confines of the company, creating huge opportunities for those able to deliver applications quickly, with appropriate functionality and safety.
All this in a world that sees the applications always more exploit the cloud and reside at the center of complex ecosystems that incorporate everything from biometrics until the augmented reality.