Technologies you need to know today!

Africa Data School
5 min readAug 14, 2020

“The future is closer than you think. You can pay attention now or watch the transformation happen right in front of your eyes”
― Nicky Verd

Did you know that the computer was not created for entertainment or email but out of a need to solve a serious number-crunching crisis? Imagine taking five to ten years to tabulate the population of a country.this activity would be hectic and tiresome most of all time consuming, well this was once the case in the US. It led to the development of a system that would solve these mathematical problems in a fast manner with less manual labor. Today the amount of time to tabulate the population has reduced to weeks or several months depending on the population and the machinery used.

In our article, we look at the fast-growing and emerging technologies that will alter the history in the 21st century. These technologies will leave a mark in history due to their disruptive nature and their impact on society.

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What is technology

According to the Miriam Webster dictionary technology is “a manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge” I say technology is the development of a system that will perform a task in a better and more efficient manner.

“With every passing time, technology moves one step forward.” ― Santosh Kalwar.

The need to be up to date with technology will help you in realizing a goal. Here are the technologies you need to know.

  1. Artificial intelligence
  2. Quantum computing
  3. Computer vision
  4. Nano technology
  5. Blockchain technology
  6. Virtual reality and Augmented reality
  7. Internet of thing
  8. Data science

let us take a deep dive into each technology.

Artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence or AI is the intelligence that is showed by a machine. A computer system/robot that can display behavior that is associated with intelligent beings.

These are systems powered by algorithms, using techniques such as machine learning, and deep learning. By using statistical methods Machine learning algorithms feed computer data to AI systems it enables AI systems to learn. With machine learning, AI systems get better at tasks, without having to be programmed to do so.

In the coming decades will see the rise of artificial intelligence where machines will take over most tasks. It is an era that will revolutionize the world in a manner that electricity did decades ago.Today more research, advancement, and investment has been made AI is being realized at a greater scale with inventions and creation by companies. The most common AI is the smartphone, automatic or self-driving cars.

Quantum Computing

Quantum — This is a minimum amount of any physical entity. The smallest possible unit of anything.

This is the use of quantum mechanical phenomena like superposition and predicament to perform calculations. A quantum computer is a computer that is stated to be a machine that can solve complex equations and process data faster.

Computer vision

The thought of a computer having a computer or a machine that can see is startling, then comes to a technology called computer vision.

Computer vision It is a field of computer science that focuses on replicating parts of the complexity of the human visual system and enabling computers to identify and process objects in images and videos in the same way that humans do. I would say that computer vision is the art of making a machine have the ability to see and recognize patterns from images and videos.

With computer vision we can have self-driving cars robots that can perform tasks that include movement from one place to another. more so in the health sector computer vision can be used to administer treatment to specific parts of the body.

Nano technology

It is the study and use of matter in the scale of 1 nanometer to 100 nanometers in size. It is a technology that plays around with the size of a material by reducing the size which in turn reduces the surface area.

It is a field that will revolutionize the fields of medicine, electronics, computing just to mention, with its promise to eradicate the small problems that affect humanity.Nanotech will aid in the cure of diseases and increase the computing power of the gadgets that we use in our daily life.

Blockchain technology

Blockchain technology it is a decentralized, distributed ledger that records the provenance of a digital asset. In simple terms, this is a technology that consists of a chain of blocks not necessarily the common kind of blocks rather it is digital pieces of information that are stored in the form of blocks.

Virtual reality (VR) and Augmented reality

According to Wikipedia a Virtual reality “is a simulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. Applications of virtual reality can include entertainment ( video games) and educational purposes such as medical or military training.” Virtual reality means experiencing things that do not exist in reality but exist in the virtual world.

Augmented reality
It is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information. This is a system that fulfills three basic features: a combination of real and virtual worlds, real-time interaction, and accurate 3D registration of virtual and real objects.

Internet of things(IOT)

It is a network of physical devices, digital machines, and other objects that allows for a smooth transfer of data over a network without any real-time interaction. It includes a wide variety of “smart” devices, from industrial machines that transmit data about the production process to sensors that track information. With IOT transformation is inevitable in the fields of medicine, Education, logistic companies just to mention.

Data science

It is an inter-discipline that utilizes scientific methods algorithms and processes to extract patterns and insights in a data structure.This field comprises analysis and preparation for analysis. It borrows from statistics, computer science, machine learning that enables the understanding, presentation, and visualization of data hence drawing meaningful conclusions.

Data science continues to gain popularity in our world with it gaining the name “the sexiest job of the 21st century.”It is a field that brings breakthroughs. It is applicable in the fields of medicine, transport sector, sports, gaming data science is wide, and its applications are numerous.


“The future is closer than you think. You can pay attention now or watch the transformation happen right in front of your eyes” ― Nicky Verd with technology the future turns out to be one big question, and the answer is hidden in time. Today we have a chance to explore a tip of the future by learning what technology holds and will bring. The best way to predict the future is to create it.

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