5. jan

Tech trends for 2023

As we enter the year 2023, it is clear that technology is continuing to advance at an unprecedented rate. From the emergence of the metaverse to the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, there are numerous emerging technology trends that are set to shape the next few years. In this blog post, we will explore some of the most exciting and influential technology trends that are expected to dominate the landscape in 2023, including chatGPT (Conversational Generative Pre-training Transformer). 

Artificial intelligence (AI) 

Artificial intelligence has come a long way in recent years, and it's expected to continue to evolve in the coming years. Some experts predict that AI will become even more integrated into our daily lives, with the development of smart homes, self-driving cars, and personal assistants becoming more common. AI is also expected to make significant strides in the healthcare industry, with the development of AI-powered diagnostic tools and the use of AI in drug discovery and development. 
As you will see below, AI plays a role in a lot of things to come. 2023 might very well be the year that AI becomes mainstream and integrated in both business and private life.  

ChatGPT 

ChatGPT, or chat-based language models, are a type of AI that are designed to have conversations with humans. They use natural language processing and machine learning to understand and respond to text-based inputs. This technology has the potential to revolutionize customer service, with chatbots being able to handle routine inquiries and freeing up human customer service reps to handle more complex issues. ChatGPT is also expected to be used in education and training, with the development of AI tutors and language-learning tools.  

2023 is going to be all about generative AI empowering the creatives to create faster and we will continue to see even more adoption of this technology, which will significantly impact the future of how content is created. In the coming years we will see generative AI mature and become more accurate. This will lead to a plethora of new products and apps. I believe generative AI is underhyped, not overhyped.  

Cyber security 

As technology becomes more advanced, the need for robust cyber security measures also increases. By 2023, it is expected that cyber security will become even more important, with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the increasing amount of data being stored and shared online. It is expected that cyber security measures will become more advanced, with the development of technologies such as biometric authentication and machine learning-powered cyber security tools.  

Cyber criminals are feasting on the reactive way in which our most important applications are protected when they run on cloud infrastructure. As application workloads continue to move into the cloud and also from cloud to the edge, real-time cloud-native Application Protection software will become a requirement to thwart the rise in sophisticated and costly attacks by cyber criminals. 

Expect to see cyber criminals use advanced forms of AI technology, such as programs like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion, or AI chatbots like ChatGPT to boost the effectiveness of their scams. These programs are accessible and easy to use, so cybercriminals can quickly create realistic images that add more depth and human touch to their scam.  

Just imagine: If a system like ChatGPT has access to any writings (emails, social media postings, articles, whatever) by your boss, an executive in your company, a colleague, or even a friend, then it can write a phishing lure that sounds convincingly like it’s coming from that person. Attackers will quickly gain the ability to write automated email or SMS messages by the millions, each one customized for an individual recipient, and each one with convincing human-like qualities. Then you will really need the same kind of power on your side to counter these attacks, paving the way for sophisticated machine learning-powered cyber security tools. 

Hybrid workplace tools 

The pandemic has accelerated the trend towards remote work, and it is expected that this trend will continue even as the pandemic subsides. As a result, there is a need for tools and technologies that can facilitate remote collaboration and communication. 

One of the most exciting trends in this space is the emergence of virtual assistants and chatbots that can handle a variety of tasks and communications on behalf of employees. These AI-powered tools can handle routine tasks such as scheduling meetings and sending emails, freeing up employees to focus on more complex and creative tasks. 

Another trend we are seeing is the rise of AI-powered project management tools that can help teams stay organized and on track. These tools can analyze data from a variety of sources to identify patterns and predict outcomes, providing valuable insights to project managers and team members. 

In addition to these tools, we can also expect to see an increase in the use of AI-powered collaboration tools that make it easier for teams to work together remotely. These tools can provide real-time translation, allowing team members to communicate in different languages, and can also analyze data to identify opportunities for collaboration and optimization. 

Overall, it is clear that AI-based hybrid workplace tools will play a crucial role in the future of work, and we can expect to see a significant increase in their adoption over the next few years. As these tools become more sophisticated and user-friendly, they will revolutionize the way we work and collaborate, making it easier and more efficient for us to get things done. This will be the year we work together effectively, no matter where we are or when we’re working, while building teams that feel connected, inclusive, and agile. 

Metaverse 

As we approach the year 2023, it's clear that the metaverse - a virtual reality world where users can interact with each other and digital objects - is only going to continue to grow in popularity. Here are a few trends that we can expect to see in the metaverse over the next few years: 

  1. Increased adoption by businesses: With the rise of remote work and virtual events, many businesses are turning to the metaverse as a way to connect with their employees and customers. We can expect to see more companies using the metaverse for training, conferences, and even virtual trade shows. 
  2. Greater immersion: As technology improves, the metaverse is going to become even more immersive. This means that users will be able to feel more present in the virtual world, with realistic avatars, haptic feedback, and more. 
  3. Personalized experiences: The metaverse is going to get more personalized as well. Users will be able to customize their virtual spaces and experiences, choosing what they want to do and how they want to interact with others. 
  4. More social interactions: One of the main draws of the metaverse is the ability to connect with others in a virtual space. As the technology improves, we can expect to see more social interactions in the metaverse, whether it's attending virtual concerts, participating in virtual sports leagues, or just hanging out with friends. 

Overall, the metaverse is going to continue to evolve and grow in popularity over the next few years. 

Quantum computing 

One trend that is gaining traction in the world of quantum computing is the development of quantum hardware. Companies like Google, IBM, and Intel are all investing heavily in the creation of more advanced quantum processors and systems, and we can expect to see significant progress in this area over the next few years. 

Another trend to keep an eye on is the increasing focus on quantum software. With the rise of quantum hardware, there is a growing demand for tools and applications that can take advantage of the unique capabilities of quantum computers. Companies and researchers are working on developing algorithms and software packages that can run on these systems, and we can expect to see a surge in the number of quantum software solutions available in the near future. 

Another area to watch is the integration of quantum technologies into traditional industries. Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize sectors like healthcare, finance, and energy, and we can expect to see more and more companies exploring the use of quantum technologies in these areas. 

The next few years are shaping up to be an exciting time for the quantum computing industry. With advances in hardware, software, and real-world applications, we can expect to see significant progress in this field over the next few years.  

Tech for sustainability 

The last, but maybe most important, area is sustainability. This is a multifaceted theme, spanning sustainable IT solutions, sustainable AI, ESG reporting and all uses of deep tech to improve the environment and sustainability.  

In the coming years this will be an area where all board of directors and management groups will have specific metrics and KPIs, and it will be hard to do business if you are not ESG compliant.  

Sustainable AI addresses the enormous power consumption of large AI models, like the ones behind chatGPT and other Large Language Models. There is a surge towards using less data and smarter algorithms to arrive at the same conclusions. This will only increase.  

ESG reporting is all around, and as government and EU regulation increases, all businesses will have to comply. The solutions are expected to become increasingly sophisticated, utilizing cutting edge Natural Language Processing to improve accuracy and usefulness.  

Perhaps most important, and in my view clearly most interesting, are all the deep tech startups addressing one or more of the UN SDGs. Even in little Norway, there are startups addressing clean water, plastic waste, battery technology, wildfires, recyclable construction materials etc.  
I find this very promising, and it gives hope for a better future.  

Conclusion

In conclusion, these are just a few of the emerging technology trends that we can expect to see in the coming years. From AI and quantum computing to metaverse and cyber security, these technologies have the potential to disrupt and transform various industries.  

And of course, you can also expect to see unexpected technology in 2023 – I’m most curious to see what this will be!  

Lars Rinnan Visionary CEO and thought-leader within analytics, AI and robotics.