Inevitably, the end of another year is always a time for reflection – and for looking ahead to the future.
However, 2019 gives rise for ‘reflectionists’ – yes, I have probably namechecked some 1980s European electropunk trio – the opportunity to look back not just one year but the entire decade.
While each decade has its innovations, surely this past 10 years has delivered more for the world in which we live.
Ten years ago we didn’t have iPads, there was no Uber, Alexa wasn’t on call 24/7, we didn’t have smartwatches, contactless payments, Instagram or Bitcoin. The world really was a different place back then.
Reflecting on more this past year, one of the defining moments of 2019 was the very first picture of a Black Hole – Galaxy M87 – captured by a connected world of telescopes.
Technology always drives the future but the pace is definitely quickening with each passing year.
At the recent European leg of the Xilinx Developers Forum (XDF), which you can read more about in this issue, CEO Victor Peng highlighted the company’s role in delivering 5G to the world.
Futurist and business and technology advisor Bernard Marr has identified 5G as one of his seven technology trends for 2020, which will quicken up the pace of the Internet of Things, ‘smart’ manufacturing and the increase in ‘smart’ homes and cars. Marr also predicts that autonomous vehicles – taxis, trucks and shipping – will start to make waves and there will be a significant breakthrough over the coming 12 months.
He also expects computer vision will have a greater impact, noting its necessity for autonomous vehicles as one example, but also a rise in face recognition applications – despite the great debate that surrounds the use of this application.
Businesses within these spaces – and relevant to the machine vision, automation and robotics sectors – have to be riding this technological wave as we prepare for a much greater connected world.
Talking of connections, I took the opportunity to meet more industry players at both the XDF event in Holland and the Stemmer Imaging Technology Forum in Birmingham, gaining additional insight into what lies ahead in the industry. It was an intriguing few days and the aim will be to reflect that over the coming months across the MVPro channels.
Finally, thank you to all for your support throughout this year from myself and the MVPro team. Enjoy the festivities and we’ll see you all in again in 2020!
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