Today's technology evolves at such a rapid pace that it allows for quicker change and growth, allowing the rate of change to accelerate until it ultimately becomes exponential. However, it is not just technological trends and top technologies that are evolving; much more has changed this year as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, making IT professionals realize that their position in the contactless world will not remain the same tomorrow. And, in 2020-21, an IT specialist will be actively studying, unlearning, and relearning (out of necessity if not desire).

What does this have to do with you? It entails keeping up to date with emerging technological developments. It also entails keeping an eye on the future to determine which skills you will need to know in order to secure a secure job tomorrow, as well as learning how to get there. Because of the worldwide pandemic, the majority of the global IT population is sitting back and working from home. And if you want to make the most of your time at home, here are the top new technology trends to look out for and try in 2021, in order to potentially land one of the jobs that will be generated by these new technology trends.

1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
Artificial intelligence, or AI, has gained a lot of attention over the last decade, but it remains one of the latest technology developments because its significant impact on how we live, function, and play are still in their early stages. AI is now well-known for its dominance in image and speech recognition, navigation apps, mobile personal assistants, ride-sharing apps, and a variety of other applications.

2. Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

RPA, like AI and Machine Learning, is a technology that automates work. RPA is the use of software to automate business processes such as application interpretation, transaction processing, data handling, and even email response. RPA automates routine activities that were previously made up of people.

3. Edge Computing

Cloud computing, which was once a new technology trend to watch, has now become commonplace, with major players AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform leading the market. Cloud computing adoption is also increasing as more companies turn to a cloud solution. However, it is no longer a new technology trend. Edge is what it is.

4. Quantum Computing

The following notable technological trend is quantum computing, which is a method of computing that makes use of quantum phenomena such as superposition and quantum entanglement. Because of its ability to quickly query, track, interpret, and act on data from any source, this impressive technology trend is also involved in preventing the spread of the coronavirus and developing potential vaccines. Banking and finance are also seeking applications for quantum computing, such as credit risk management, high-frequency trading, and fraud detection.

5. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
The following outstanding technical developments are Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Extended Reality (ER) (ER). VR immerses the user in an environment, while AR enhances it. Although this technology trend has mostly been applied to gaming, it has also been applied to training, such as with VirtualShip, a simulation program used to train ship captains in the US Navy, Army, and Coast Guard.

6. Blockchain

While most people associate blockchain technology with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, blockchain technology provides security that is useful in a number of other ways. In its most basic form, blockchain can be described as data that can only be added to, not taken away from or changed. Since you are creating a data chain, the word "chain" was coined. The inability to modify previous blocks is what makes it so safe. Furthermore, since blockchains are consensus-driven, no single individual can gain control of the data. Blockchain eliminates the need for a trusted third party to monitor or verify transactions.

7. Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT is another promising emerging technology trend. Many "stuff" are now equipped with WiFi connectivity, allowing them to connect to the Internet—and to one another. As a result, the Internet of Things, or IoT, was born. The Internet of Things is the future, and it has already allowed computers, home appliances, vehicles, and other objects to be linked to the Internet and exchange data.


While innovations are continually developing and changing around us, these top technology trends offer exciting job opportunities now and in the near future. And because the majority of these trending technologies are looking for qualified professionals, the time has come for you to pick one, get prepared, and jump on board at the early stages of these trending technologies, positioning yourself for success now and in the future.

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Helen Armitage

Helen is a passionate writer and researcher with several years of expertise. She loves writing on the latest trends in the field of technology, lifestyle, and more.