Project Management

Our Exciting, Scary Tech Future: From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

For many people and organizations, 2021 kept the pain of 2020 alive—and added a touch of inflation, supply chain disruption and omicron. So, here we are in early 2022, a new year and hopefully renewed hope.

When it comes to information technology, it seems that nothing slows down the pace of progress and growth—not even the pandemic. In fact, there is so much going on in the world of tech that it can’t be adequately covered within the scope of this article.

However, here are some highlights of what to expect this year and beyond. During my research into 2022 tech, the same technologies are at the forefront:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Robotic process automation (RPA)
  • Cloud computing
  • Cybersecurity,
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing

The promise is that all of the above are going to be more flexible, more robust and more adaptable than ever before. In short, nothing gets the organizational strategy juices flowing more than the increasing move toward the convergence of AI, VR/AR and IoT/Edge computing.

As AI becomes more generalized and more pervasive via the cloud and edge computing environments, the potential for innovation soars. This potential becomes even more so when we sprinkle in VR/AR interfaces. But when viewed through the lens of quantum computing and transhumanism/human …


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