There is a lot of different tech jargon floating around the Internet and by word of mouth, but what do all of those tech buzzwords really mean? Click through our slideshow to find out what exactly the tech wizards are referring to when they talk about everything from developments in artificial intelligence over the last year to what features shine bright in the latest smartwatch from Apple.
10 Tech Buzzwords of 2016
1The Internet of Things
It’s a hot topic for businesses and consumers, as it casts a light on the security issues and privacy concerns of having every device in your home connected to the Internet, and therefore potentially vulnerable to hacks.
Also known as: IoT or the Internet of Everything
While it may seem like a technology that only gamers would enjoy, virtual reality also has many practical applications. From simulated hands-on learning for students in medical school to exploring the ocean floor, the educational opportunities are virtually limitless.
Also known as: VR
Augmented reality is already impacting the way we use apps, play games, and even learn new skills. Similar to virtual reality, it can become a valuable classroom aid and provide apps with more interactive and engaging features.
Also known as: AR
As we move further and further from clunky tech that isn’t easy to transport, wearables are being made with powerful and helpful technologies for every user.
Also known as: Wearable Tech
Sci-Fi movies with robot overlords and human-like machines are less like a dream and more like a future possibility with the recent advances in AI. How? Keep reading, this ties into the next tech buzzwords on our list!
Also known as: AI
Also known as: Deep Learning or Advanced Machine Learning
While it seemed for many years that smartphones were only getting tinier and tinier, due to the enhanced capabilities and computer-esque features, larger screens are back in vogue. This allows users to do more with their smartphones than just dial a number or send a quick text.
Also known as: Supersized smartphones
The impact of this change could mean that some information would be censored on some networks, while freely accessible on others. As an example, Internet service providers with the ability to control what information is accessed on their own networks, and even block information from competitors.
Differences in opinion regarding Net Neutrality pushes this toward being one of the most controversial tech buzzwords over the last few years. Proponents of Net Neutrality are pushing for a reclassification of ISPs in the U.S. so that they are classified into a category of companies that are required to provide the same services to everyone. Currently, they are classified as “information service” companies, and are not required to provide the same services to everyone without discrimination.
In fact, we can look back on most disruptive tech in the last 50 years and see major milestones that have brought us to where we are in the digital world today, like moving from writing letters to primarily using email, or even the introduction of Microsoft’s Windows operating systems that brought affordable computers into our homes.
Also known as: Disruptive Innovation
- Be nice
- Don’t spam people
- Be professional
- Communicate effectively and mindfully (NO ONE WANTS TO GET AN EMAIL IN ALL CAPS)
- Be mindful of your privacy, and the privacy of others
- Cite and source, don’t plagiarize
We like to think that the Netiquette golden rule is as simple as treating others online as you’d like to be treated in real life: with kindness and mindfulness.
Also known as: Internet Etiquette
11We hope you liked learning about the top tech buzzwords of 2016!
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