LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 13 January 2022 – The IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) has unveiled its annual Technology Predictions, addressing the long-lasting influence of the pandemic on tech advancements, as well as introducing new fundamentals and anticipated trends shaping the industry for 2022 and beyond.
“We’ve experienced many accelerated technological advances due to circumstances surrounding the continuing impact of the pandemic,” said William D. Gropp, IEEE CS president. “With the 2022 Technology Predictions from the Computer Society, we share our insights on the future of computing research and technology and the impact these advances will have on society.”
No one can say with 100% certainty what path the future of tech will take, but IEEE CS experts in the field offer useful insights and predictions into some of the most influential possibilities. Highlights include:
“The long-term impact of the pandemic ensued the rapid acceleration of digital transformation in industry, academia, and private life,” said Dejan Milojicic, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Distinguished Technologist and former IEEE CS president (2014). “Disruption of technologies has advanced at an unprecedented pace and has increasingly played a crucial role across a wide spectrum of influence, becoming essential for survival.”
The 2022 Technology Predictions provides a deep dive into each prediction with analysis of specific problems and current demands; the opportunities for the technology; the impact the technology will have on the public, products, services, and related technologies; and the sustainable solutions and business opportunities that it could potentially inhibit and/or enable.
The top 16 technology trends predicted to reach adoption in 2022 are:
The IEEE CS team of leading technology experts includes Rosa M. Badia, Barcelona Supercomputing Center; Mary Baker, HP Inc.; Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates; Paolo Faraboschi, Hewlett Packard Enterprise VP and Fellow; Eitan Frachtenberg, data scientist, Reed College; Vincent Kaabunga, AKEM Consulting; Hironori Kasahara, Waseda University; Kim Keeton, presently at Google; Danny Lange, VP of AI at Unity Technologies; Phil Laplante, professor, Penn State University; Andrea Matwyshyn, professor and Assoc. Dean of Innovation, Penn State Law – University Park, and professor, Penn State Engineering; Avi Mendelson, professor, Technion, and NTU Singapore; Cecilia Metra, professor, Bologna University and former IEEE CS president; Dejan Milojicic, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Distinguished Technologist and former IEEE CS president; Nita Patel, L3 Technologies, IEEE CS president-elect; Roberto Saracco, chair of the IEEE-FDC’s Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative; Michelle Tubb, IEEE CS Director of Marketing and Sales; and Irene Pazos Viana, IT consultant.
The technical contributors for this document are available for interviews. Note: The statements expressed in this report do not represent the opinions of the authors' employers.
At the end of 2022, the IEEE CS technical contributors for this report will review the accuracy of the 2022 predictions and determine how closely they match up to reality—check back in December 2022 for the scorecard of this year’s forecast.
Access the 2021 scorecard for the grades and analysis of last year’s predictions.
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