Disruptive Innovation: The Terms You Needed To Know in 2018

D/SRUPTION presents our most read ‘At A Glance’ articles of the year…

A year is a long time in the world of business and technology. In the midst of constant innovation, technological developments, and an ever changing business landscape, staying up to date with new terms isn’t always easy. In our popular At A Glance series – we explain the words you need to know.

This year, five At A Glance articles stood out as particularly useful for our readers. If you missed them, don’t worry. Here’s a roundup of our top five At A Glance picks from 2018 –

1) Zero Knowledge Proof

How can we build trust whilst at the same time maintaining absolute privacy? Zero Knowledge Proofs could be the answer. This mathematical method is used in cryptography to prove ownership of a piece of knowledge without revealing the content of that knowledge.

Read the full article here – Zero Knowledge Proof

2) Smart Dust

While not yet a fully realised technology, the concept of smart dust involves creating tiny wireless sensors only a few millimetres in size. These sensors will detect changes to an environment including temperature, noise, vibration and light – making them perfect for monitoring purposes.

More on Smart Dust

3) Spatial Computing

Spatial computing frees us from the large, immovable machines of the past, and opens up a world where computers are all around us. Today, we can talk to our devices, wear them on our bodies, and communicate in virtual environments. With the new age of spatial computing, computer power is gradually being unleashed from the restrictions of traditional static screens and visual interfaces.

See the full article on Spatial Computing

4) Neuromorphic Hardware

Neuromorphic hardware is inspired by the structure of the human brain. It is one possible way of replicating the complex cognitive abilities of humans in machines, and thereby enhancing their processing power. As we continue to search for human like computer intelligence, neuromorphic hardware may provide the answer.

More on the mind boggling world of Neuromorphic Hardware

5) Digital Twins

Digital twins are the virtual recreation of a physical process, product or service. They have revolutionised predictive modelling in a range of industries by providing simulations of how things work. This enables businesses to predict outcomes, improve the design of systems and avoid costly errors. Digital twins have clear applications in heavy industry such as manufacturing, as well as the provision of products and services.

Read the full article on Digital Twins

So there you have it – the five technological terms that were the most popular with our readers.

This year we also looked at:

Blockchain Nodes, Web 3.0, Digital Sovereignty, Citizen Data Scientists, and Electroceuticals amongst many more insights. If you are not entirely sure what these terms mean, here’s your chance to brush up!

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