There’s no doubt we’ll hear more on the progress of artificial intelligence, gene editing, quantum computing and robotics for years to come. Based on the trends and an unfolding story, it looks like blockchain and cryptocurrencies may end up in the dustbin of history, while cybersecurity and data privacy will become even more prominent in the 21st century.
It’s revealing to see the upcoming trends based on carefully calculated investment decisions that tech behemoths have made in 2018 and extrapolate their importance and influence on the years to come.
Here, I highlight three major acquisitions that have happened in 2018 or are about to happen which will propel Cloud Computing, Healthcare AI and Smart Devices to an unprecedented scale in 2019.
CLOUD COMPUTING: IBM acquiring Red Hat for $34 billion
IBM is often associated with the essence of what a computer is. Founded 107 years ago and obtaining more US patents than any other business for 25 consecutive years, IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware and software, and provides hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. The company has made its way into our understanding of artificial intelligence with Watson making headlines and creating a commotion around the ever-increasing intelligence of machines and a Terminator-like competition (Jeopardy won against human players back in 2011).