In 2017, the tech industry again had a lot of strange quirks and trends that I would like to get rid of in the future. Year after year, we hear the same buzzword words, often without understanding their meaning.
For example, the Internet of Things remains insecure and full of useless but supposedly smart devices. Online abuse is more prevalent than ever, and trolls continue to take over the internet. Headphone jacks on smartphones are disappearing.
Like every year, in 2017, many technologies left the scene and some others will follow next year. Trends often contradict logic, so in a year the same article may appear about what needs to be eliminated as soon as possible.
Unnecessary smart devices
Many household appliances are useful, but not everyone needs the smart prefix. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks remains a big security hole and allows devices to be turned into botnets, which then attack websites and services. Not all devices need access to the Internet, which is full of dangers.
Security experts have been claiming for many years that passwords are outdated. This does not prevent the simplest and weakest passwords from being the most common year after year. Data leaks and website hacks occur all the time and affect hundreds of millions of users. With the rise of two-factor authentication, biometric security systems like fingerprint scanning, Windows Home, and facial recognition, passwords should be less in demand.
Everything turns into social networks
We don't need more social media. All sorts of niche social networks and applications of dubious use with built-in social networks appear regularly. Some of them are quite good, but most are not. It would be better to address the issues of insults and threats on the most popular networks like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
A complex problem of our time. Trolls are everywhere now, as is propaganda on the internet. Intimidation and threats have become an integral part of online life. It looks like the creators of social networks don't know what to do about it yet.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are everywhere
Buzzwords include AI, machine learning, and deep learning. Now all applications are supposedly based on artificial intelligence, using machine learning and deep analysis to work with data. Artificial intelligence has become a familiar layer inside modern software, so you don't need to mention that it is there.
Blockchain is an advanced technology that can change the face of web applications and the Internet as a whole, bringing decentralization to them. While the term "blockchain" has become as annoying as artificial intelligence and machine learning, every company strives to stick it into all their products. It can be the foundation of a new generation of applications and services, the beginning, not the end goal. The buzzword must leave the stage for technology to advance.
Exchange without confirmation
I didn't want to put fake news on this list again, although I could. They will probably remain a problem for a long time, but they can slow down the spread of fake news. Before clicking on the "Share" or "Retweet" button, you must read the articles to the end. You need to check the sources, whether solid network resources have written on this topic. Each user can contribute to the fight against the spread of lies on the Internet.
Every year, incomprehensible companies appear that promise a revolution in the world of technology, while in fact their proposals have existed for more than a dozen. Lyft invented the bus this year, and there were other bizarre suggestions. Investors should focus on truly cutting edge products, if any.
Smartphones without a headphone jack
Samsung is releasing smartphones with water resistance and the headphone jack does not interfere with this. Not all manufacturers follow the example of the South Korean company and many have abandoned the time-tested connector. Google did this with the Pixel 2.
Endless advertising automatic dialing
Once upon a time, advertising was distributed only through landline telephones. Now everyone has a cell phone and even with the installation of blockers, unnecessary calls continue to break through. Cellular operators have to deal with this somehow.
360 degree cameras
Virtual reality headsets are supposedly popular, although you or your friends are unlikely to have them. Application makers are trying to capitalize on this popularity. But cameras with a 360 degree field of view should die as soon as possible. The market is flooded with them and, despite the support for 4K video, the pixels stretched across the sphere look bad. Devoted gamers can use these devices for an immersive VR experience, but everyone else has enough TV.
There are exceptions, models like the Rylo and the GoPro Fusion, which use 360-degree capture to enhance traditional 16: 9 video with enhanced stabilization and smoother transitions between scenes. But if the camera's only ability is to loop around, this trick is no longer new.
The Topic of Article: Technological trends that should die in 2018.