Technology Predictions For The Second Half Of The Decade

TechCrunch

Editor’s note: Lance Smith is the CEO of data virtualization company Primary Data.

We’ve already seen a number of predictions about technology innovations we can expect this year, But as 2015 actually marks the halfway point through the decade, let’s take a longer-term look at the breakthroughs we’ve seen in the first half of the 2010s, and what those may make possible in the second half.

In the last five years, we’ve seen a number of innovations move quickly along the adoption curve to become part of the fabric of our society. Big data emerged as a powerful tool fueled by intelligent computing such as IBM’s Watson computer. Under the watchful eye of data scientist Nate Silver, big data was used to accurately predict the outcomes of our last federal election with unstructured information.

The insight possible with big data processing will be a common element across…

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