Letter from the President - January 2024
This last year was like technology, it moved so fast that my head was spinning!
Our topic this month is trending technologies, and I happened to read an article recently, titled 18 New Technology Trends for 2024: New Tech Horizons by Nikita Duggal. What drew my attention was the number “18”. I had to read it to see what 18 things the author had come up with. The intention of this article was to discuss career availability in these 18 areas. There were a few items on the list that I’m going to mention, mainly because I hadn’t realized these were trending technologies.
The first is “Digital Trust”. This is something I can embrace because I really don’t have “trust” for anything that is digital…lol. The author mentioned a large array of specializations where you can “create a safer space for digital users”.
The second item that caught my eye was “Datafication”, which is the transformation of everything in our lives into devices or software powered by data.
The third item that drew my attention was “Edge Computing”, which is dealing with the shortcomings of cloud computing. I’m sure many of you are familiar with cloud computing and where it can go wrong.
The fourth (and last) item, which was completely off my radar was “Blockchain”, which is described as data you can only add to, not take away from or change. In doing further research I found an entire article on Blockchain in the civil engineering, architecture, and construction industries. Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize information and construction management!
One idea that is common in discussing trending technologies is the disruption of our industries by these technologies. Disruption sounds bad, but as we all know, change can be good if properly planned for and implemented in a phased process.
This has made me stop and think, and I hope that it affects you similarly.