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Hot Fields Within Computer Hardware and Software Include Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity and Big Data, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

=         Data and network security (Cybersecurity)—This remains a top concern among technology consumers and manufacturers alike.  Whether it’s security when conducting online banking or security in using e-mail and online collaboration, technology users are fed up with being hacked, spammed, cheated and abused by fraud.  Security is also a major concern for social media networks, smartphones and cloud computing.
=         Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning—One of the greatest areas of investment and research in the entire technology field is AI and related machine learning, deep learning and neural networks.  Simply put, AI will boost the effectiveness and reach of many other technologies, from robotics to gaming to personal digital assistants.
=         The Internet of Things (IoT)—Remote wireless sensors, 5G, Wi-Fi connections, Bluetooth connections and other advanced technologies are enabling a boom in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications that will soon reach stunning proportions.
=         Electronic games—Mobile access and interactive online game playing continue to fuel global sales in this sector.
=         Virtual Reality—The ability to use advanced software and displays in order to create an immersion environment of extremely high-quality promises to drive changes in gaming, advertising, entertainment and training.
=         Augmented Reality (AR)—a technology that superimposes computer-generated, digital images on a real time view, creating a composite view.  
=         Autonomous Vehicles—cars, trucks and utility vehicles with self-driving capabilities.
=         Voice recognition—Advanced software to enable a user to use verbal commands in everything from smartphones to automobile dashboard commands.
=         Personal Digital Assistants—Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Home are ushering in a new era of voice-activated user interfaces to search and entertainment.  
=         Face recognition and other biometrics are growing as a means of digital log-in.
=         Mobile computing—ultra-fast 5G service is slowly being rolled out.
=         Denser, faster, more energy-efficient chips continue to be announced, particularly important to artificial intelligence systems. 
=         Fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP)—Fiber-optic cable installed all the way through to the living room is becoming standard for very high-speed internet.  Businesses take advantage of similar systems.
=         Cloud computing—Clusters of inexpensive servers power remote data centers for software applications, search, data storage and data sharing.  This is a cost-effective alternative to storing software and data on a local device or server.  A twist on this technology is called “hybrid cloud,” where an enterprise uses a combination of local servers for highly sensitive data, along with cloud-based files and software.
=         Software as a Service (SaaS)—Software for business or consumer use that is accessed via the internet rather than installed on a local computer.  Generally, this remote software can be considered to be accessed via the cloud.
=         Quantum computing is slowing moving closer to becoming practical for specialized digital research.
=         Data science, which is collecting, analyzing and interpreting large amounts of data to identify ways to help a business improve operations or marketing, and gain a competitive edge.
=         AI in Health Care—increasingly used in all facets of health care from analysis of patient outcomes, to drug development, to vaccine development.

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