2015: Technology Trends to Watch

Change happens around the edges, where little things add up and gradually recombine to make a difference. Here is what to expect in 2015:

1. 2015 will be a year of significant developments in wearable computing. The big event will be the actual launch of the Apple Watch, which may legitimize the market for wearable computing much like the iPhone did for the smartphone. It will be stylish, popular and powerful. Numerous Android smartphones will compete with the Apple Watch and 2015 will also be a big year for smart glasses including the long delayed launch of a Google Glass product line. Expect Google Glass to be much more stylish and refined than the Explorer Edition.

2. 2015 will be a really big year for CERN and the high energy particle physics community. Trust me on this, I've been following this field for 40 years. After discovering the Higgs Boson, CERN shut down the Large Hadron Collider for maintenance and improvements and will turn it back on next year with nearly twice the energy level as before (up to 11 TeV). This is a Big Deal. Physics is the ultimate science underlying our electronics technology and after the mind boggling discoveries of relativity and quantum physics in the early 20'th century, physicists have created equally mind boggling new theories like string theory and supersymmetry, that unfortunately could not be tested experimentally. Until now, when we re-fire up the LHC. String Theory and Supersymmetry may fall by the wayside, but I expect new physics to come out of this that will affect our future. It doesn't get any bigger than this.

3. Quantum computing has progressed at what seems like a snail's pace over the last 20 years. Here's where change happens slowly and around the edges, imperceptibly. The underlying physics to be discovered with the LHC and elsewhere will ultimately help push quantum computing into reality. While we won't really start to reap the benefits for a decade, 2015 will be an important year for laying the groundwork for future quantum computing.

4. Python 3.5 will be released in 2015 and will be the version of Python to finally begin to show that the benefits of the switch from Python 2 to Python 3 are worth the price. When judged on a short term basis, I suppose Python 3 might look like  a failure. But in the long term, it was the smartest thing Guido van Rossum and his team of core developers could have done. It will cement Python's long term future.

5. Exciting developments in collective intelligence are afoot, mining the treasure trove of online data and refining it with intelligent algorithms to yield useful knowledge. This will be especially useful for social scientific data and trends. It won't quite be like Hari Seldon's psychohistory in Issac Asimov's Foundation series, but then Hari lives 11,000 years in our future. 

6. In very early 2015, Awaretek will release its first apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. I will be previewing them in this space starting in the next few days. All of these apps will be fun, useful, and easy to use. Some may be baby steps along the road to collective intelligence, if not psychohistory :-).

2015 will be most interesting. Watch this space!