13.8. Emerging Technology Trends

In addition to AI; a number of other emerging technologies are forecast to have an impact on how businesses operate and communicate. The following are some trends that are driving these new and innovative technologies.


The last section explored VR technologies, which include devices that can be worn to simulate virtual environments. Technology that can be worn or ‘wearables‘ have been around for a long time, with applications such as hearing aids and, later, Bluetooth earpieces. Product lines have expanded to include the Smartwatch, body cameras, sports watch, and various fitness monitors and other wellness devices.  Energy harvesting and haptic devices are examples of future developments in wearable technology. Energy harvesting allows body heat to be converted to solar power, and haptic devices allow one to control virtual objects. Wearable haptic devices will be integrated into clothing to help with directions or to assist individuals in navigating the virtual world (Perkoic, 2022, September 29).


Quantum computing a technology that applies quantum mechanics to build novel supercomputers, high-performance computers used to solve large-scale computational tasks. Quantum computers can operate at speeds that are exponentially faster than common computers and can make calculations based on the probability of an object’s state before it is measured. Google demonstrated that their quantum computers can solve a problem that no classical computer could ever solve. For the third year in a row, IBM doubled its quantum computing power. Additionally, several web service providers, including Amazon, announced plans for cloud-based quantum computing services. Quantum computers can make drug development, power storage, manufacturing, and agriculture better, faster, and more sustainable. They may also unravel cybersecurity infrastructure around the world, making them a potential threat to national security. The field of quantum computing is still in its infancy, and the question of scale remains unsolved.

“Chapter 13: Trends in Information Systems” from Information Systems for Business and Beyond (2019) by David Bourgeois is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.


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