Garry Moore, Managing Director of Genmar IT at Bishop’s Stortford, writes for Indie …
With a worldwide loss of life toll of greater than two million from the pandemic and a number of the worst pure disasters in historical past, it appears unusual to look again on the tech information of 2020.
However it’s apparent that expertise performed a substantial position in all of our lives this previous yr.
Launched in 2019 with some apparent flaws, Samsung refined its choices with the brand new Galaxy Flip and Galaxy Fold.
Arguably simply costly toys for now, this expertise is setting the development. They’re nice too, examine them out on-line.
Apple and chips
Apple goes to nice lengths to make its personal hardware and software program, however thus far it has used Intel processors in all of its Macs. In 2020, they introduced that they’re constructing their very own based mostly on these within the iPhone.
Known as M1, the primary opinions are very encouraging, reporting a doubling of battery life and velocity. Very spectacular and in the stores now!
Embarrassed tech elite
The personal Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Invoice Gates and others have been hacked. Thankfully, they have been solely used to advertise a Bitcoin rip-off.
Race in area
Elon Musk’s SpaceX introduced two units of astronauts to the Worldwide House Station on one in all 23 missions in 2020, together with a very good portion of the deliberate 1,000 low-Earth orbit Starlink satellites that can cowl the world in 2021 and provide high-speed web within the planet. A very unbelievable feat.
Watch out for the hole
The digital divide, a time period used to indicate the disparity in accessible broadband, has widened additional in the course of the pandemic.
Entry to dependable broadband has been a long-standing drawback within the UK, with a number of governments failing to attain their targets through the years. The pandemic pressured many people to work or research from dwelling, hitting low-income folks the toughest.
Provided that 22% of the inhabitants lacks fundamental digital expertise and a confirmed hyperlink between poor GCSE outcomes and digital exclusion earlier than the pandemic, the implications won’t be good.
In 2020, Amazon elevated its workforce within the UK from 30,000 to 40,000, primarily as a result of enormous improve in on-line gross sales as a result of pandemic.
This has supplied a chance to boost their Amazon Contemporary on-line grocery portal. At the moment obtainable solely in London and some different densely populated areas, it’s set to roll out within the UK for its 15 million prospects and is predicted to take a share of the large surge in demand.
Black Lives Matter and expertise
Whereas not an apparent hyperlink between the 2, it was the video footage of the George Floyd incident and the best way it was unfold on social media that fueled a global debate on racial justice. It additionally turned out to be a useful gizmo for organizing demos, with tech corporations backing the BLM motion.
There isn’t a doubt that Donald Trump had an uneven relationship with expertise and Huawei took the brunt of his ire, which had an enormous adverse impact on all the world for the Chinese language tech big.
He then turned his consideration to TikTok, a video streaming app used primarily by tweens to point out off their dance strikes, as he was apparently involved that it posed a safety threat as a result of assortment of personal knowledge on Americans. He issued an Government Order forcing them to promote out to US-based Oracle, however then appeared to lose curiosity after the election, leaving them in limbo.
Extra just lately, we have seen the worm spin round with Twitter and others blocking or issuing warnings in regards to the authenticity of their posts. Too dangerous it took so lengthy!
From zero to hero
Truth: There’s a acknowledged situation referred to as ‘zoom fatigue’ from extreme use of the video chat app. It isn’t one thing anybody would have guessed presently final yr.
In April 2020 it reported a 2,000% improve and regardless of some preliminary and ongoing considerations in regards to the safety of the platform, it’s spectacular the way it has continued to undergo all of this. There aren’t many corporations that may meet such a big demand so rapidly.
Shot within the arm
Arguably, it is probably not expertise, however the growth of a number of efficient vaccines world wide in such a short while is, to me, miraculous.
Acknowledged as revolutionary, using mRNA to instruct human cells within the development of proteins that produce innocent fragments of the coronavirus that in flip promote the manufacturing of antibodies that present long-lasting immunity opens a path to producing new vaccines sooner or later.
The expertise has additionally had its critics this yr. The particular use of social media by conspiracy theorists like QAnon has seen tales broadly adopted and shared by seemingly regular folks world wide. The facility of expertise at its worst.