Tech predictions keep getting more outrageous every passing year. Now we have a slew of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) that are driving innovation and helping several businesses find their mojo. To keep you at the top of the tech loop, here we are with the most shocking tech predictions for 2019.

Containers will not be the hot topic anymore

If you have visited any dev con event recently, you know that containers are THE hot topic in these conferences. It is being considered the biggest thing in enterprise IT since cloud computing, and giants like Google are already ensuring that they get their hands on it first. These containers allow enterprises to go for multi-cloud approaches and scale their operations globally without ever having to worry about the scaling issues. This year, people will care less about containers and focus instead on real-time applications and services that they can enable. Those interested in learning more about real-time applications can read this article from Vantiq.

Amazon will enter hospitality

Amazon is no longer an e-commerce business. It is going to become a behemoth that will try to hold a larger portion of its customer’s wallets every year. This time, it could be going for hospitality services. After groceries, the company is making it big in healthcare, is offering local services like handymen and house cleaning and is even looking forward to moving into banking. Amazon is going to be everywhere, even in places where you can’t even imagine it to be.

Healthcare could turn B2C

While this transition won’t be fully completed in 2019, there is no doubt that healthcare is no longer only about helping people treat illnesses. To be honest, with Interactive Patient Care making a grand entry into the health industry, any kind of a futuristic change can be expected. Wondering what interactive patient care is? The term interactive patient care refers to a method of health care that emphasizes providing entertainment and educational resources to the bedside of the patient via the television set in the room. So, if this concept is already a reality then, the next big change in the healthcare industry could be patients becoming shoppers. Yes, in the near future, patients will possibly become shoppers and go through a seamless, transparent and highly digitized healthcare experience. Even the hospital/clinic side of the processes could become more digitized and seamless, with many a medical billing & medical credentialing company turning to latest software and online portals to aid several administrative tasks. Healthcare will work mostly like retail now, allowing users to compare prices for different physicians, subscribe to different plans and get a clear cost outcome for the services they want to avail.

Blockchains will finally see more transaction volumes

Blockchains were the talk of the town in 2017 and 2018, and it is highly likely that they will continue to do so in 2019 as well. This time, however, the hype would be substantiated with a higher transaction volume. More companies are now planning to move to blockchains, and some tech giants are already experimenting with it. As a result, it is expected to see a more significant uptick in transaction volumes.

Cryptos could change

Even Goldman Sachs is backing a cryptocurrency. Dubbed the USD Coin, the cryptocurrency is pegged 1:1 to the US Dollar and allows users to smoothly move in and out of the digital currency space. IBM is backing a similar coin called TrueUSD. Some experts believe that cryptocurrencies were in a bubble when their prices soared uncontrollably in early 2018. But that bubble has long been bursting, and some credible currencies are still getting good volumes (discover more about how you could invest better in digital currencies here), consistent expansion in user adoption and relatively stabilized prices.

This year could also see a large number of APIs which will make our digital environment more inclusive and connected.

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