As we enter 2023, now is an excellent time to set plans for future skills development. A number of popular websites (Newsweek, ZDNET, Forbes, Gartner, VentureBeat, Medium) made predictions about the most impactful technologies and job roles of 2023. Additionally, IEEE recently released the results of “The Impact of Technology in 2023 and Beyond: an IEEE Global Study,” a survey covering critical technologies for the near future. According to the study, global technology leaders believe cloud computing, 5G, the metaverse, electric vehicles, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will be the five most important technology areas for 2023.
Furthermore, it’s significant to note that technologies promoting sustainability are growing in importance as they span all the strategic technology trends for 2023. In the IEEE survey, most technology professionals (94%) say they have prioritized sustainability goals. Any technologies their company implements must be energy-efficient and help shrink their carbon footprint. In a recent Gartner survey, CEOs reported that environmental changes are a priority for investors after profit and revenue. As such, executives must invest more in innovative solutions designed to meet sustainability goals. Regardless of the specific technology, consumers will demand that the products and services they support are energy efficient and backed by more sustainable technology.
IEEE Innovation at Work has paired these top technology trends for 2023 along with resources from IEEE that will help you prepare for a productive year. Check out the list below!
Artificial Intelligence (AI), collaborative software, and mobile robots will automate processes and tasks, thereby allowing people and companies to be more efficient and effective. According to Forbes and Newsweek, AI will enable businesses to create more intelligent products and services while offering customers personalized experiences and advertisements to better suit their needs.
- IEEE Academy on Artificial Intelligence
Explore fundamental concepts in machine learning with this online training. It provides surface-level knowledge on data, types of learning models, measuring efficiency, and optimizing machine learning. Learn more.
- AI Standards: Roadmap for Ethical and Responsible Digital Environments
Designed to give organizations a better understanding of how to implement artificial intelligence systems responsibly, topics covered in this five-course program include organizational transparency, best practices for securing ethical systems, and data privacy. Learn more.
- Artificial Intelligence and Ethics in Design
Get a jumpstart on AI and ethics with this five-course program from IEEE that provides the background knowledge needed to integrate AI and autonomous systems within your organization or to your customers and end users. Learn more.
- And don’t miss part two of this course program—
Artificial Intelligence and Ethics in Design: Responsible Innovation
European regulations require that certain ethics specifications be met in regard to artificial intelligence systems. This program teaches what engineers need to know when designing AI systems. Learn more.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Business leaders will continue making progress in creating autonomous systems, particularly around delivery and logistics. In the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)—which optimizes smart industrial machines, sensors, and processors—digital twin technology and virtual simulations will be critical to developing and safely testing product prototypes and manufacturing processes more efficiently. The Internet of Things (IoT) overall also has applications in a number of fields.
- IEEE Academy on Internet of Things (IoT): Communications Standards
Communication technology is essential to the Internet of Things as it allows devices to interconnect. This learning path covers the basic principles of communication technology and the practical usage of standardized communication. Learn more.
- IEEE Academy on Internet of Things (IoT): Computing Platforms
IoT computing platforms are essential to the development and deployment of IoT applications. This learning path covers all these aspects by providing an overview of the current state of the art and future trends on computing platforms for IoT applications. Learn more.
The metaverse can be described as an immersive digital network of 3D interactive worlds, and it will be a platform for driving social interaction, commerce, entertainment, and education. Global technologists say more interactions with customers will be conducted virtually this year. By 2026, Gartner predicts that over 30% of large organizations worldwide will use metaverse-based projects to increase revenue.
- Practical Applications of Virtual and Augmented Reality in Business and Society
Leveraging technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) enables new applications to be created to support various fields in the industry. This five-course program outlines the role of AR/VR, digital twins, manufacturing & AR/VT digital representation. Learn more.
Though 2022 may have been a challenging year for the blockchain space, primarily due to the lack of understanding of the technology and security measures, experts are predicting increased adoption of Web3 and blockchain technology. As more business transactions and social commerce interactions move online, blockchain will provide data reliability and security without needing third-party governance. The opportunity for new business models and customer engagement is significant, with blockchain technology bringing more digital trust to consumers.
- A Step-by-Step Approach to Designing Blockchain Solutions
Get practical guidance on designing a blockchain solution with this five-course program. Developed by experts, this course program recaps the basics of the technology; the expected benefits of a blockchain solution; how a solution would benefit a prospective company; and more. Learn more.
- Enterprise Blockchain for Healthcare, IoT, Energy, and Supply Chain
This five-course program explores blockchain applications and their impact on industries. Learn more.
The migration towards moving to cloud platforms that we saw during the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to continue. According to Medium, industries such as healthcare, financial services, retail, manufacturing, and logistics will increase the use of cloud technologies. Gartner predicts that by 2027, more than 50% of enterprises will use industry cloud platforms to accelerate their business initiatives.
- Cloud Computing
Learn more about the benefits and challenges of cloud computing and how it pertains to your organization in this 25-course program. Learn more.
The continued progress in AI and cloud technologies means cyber security and data privacy will be essential in 2023. According to the IEEE survey, the cyber security concerns most likely on technology leaders’ radar are cloud vulnerability, integrating the mobile and hybrid workforce, and data center vulnerability. Organizations need to take data privacy seriously as more governments propose data privacy laws.
- IEEE | IAPP Data Privacy Engineering Collection
This program delivers critical training, resources, and content for engineers and technology professionals tasked with understanding, maintaining, and protecting data privacy. Learn more.
- Cyber Security Tools for Today’s Environment
Enhance your knowledge and stay current in the field of cyber security with this course program designed to help businesses improve their security techniques. Learn more.
Autonomous and Electric Vehicles
As electric vehicles continue to gain popularity, the new year will see even more electric vehicle models—along with a renewed interest in cleaner, greener energy. Because commercial vehicles can make the most significant difference in carbon emissions, businesses will have no choice but to transition to electric vehicles in 2023. With many factories and warehouses already being partially or fully autonomous, Forbes predicts we will see even more self-driving trucks, ships, and delivery robots this year.
- Automotive Cyber Security: Protecting the Vehicular Network
As the automotive industry continues to produce connected and autonomous vehicles, there is a need better to understand the safety and security of this technology. Learn more.
- IEEE Guide to Autonomous Vehicle Technology
This six-course program covers foundational and practical applications of autonomous, connected, and intelligent vehicle technologies. Learn more.
- IEEE Virtual Tech Talk: The Future of Electric Transportation: Targets, Plans, and Actions
In this free on-demand webinar, our panel of speakers discuss the targets, policies, and technologies that will help create a clear path to electric transportation around the world. Speakers include U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy Andrew Wishnia, National Grid New England President Stephen J. Woerner, Quanta Technology Executive Advisor & Director Richard Fioravanti, and National Grid Distributed Generation Standards and New Technology Manager Babak Enayati. Learn more.
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