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Future of digital technology

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry is continually growing and developing, with exciting breakthroughs and advances being made each week. New technologies are constantly emerging to enable innovation through digital tools such as cloud computing; mobile technologies; social media; e-commerce; 3D imagery and content; brain wave sensing; gaming interfaces; interactive holograms; controls for business applications and virtual world collaboration.

The most exciting part of a career in digital technology is the opportunity to create things that haven't yet been thought of, discover new and exciting ways to improve our lives and to make what currently seems impossible, a reality.

Lead the world by taking part in the development of future digital discoveries and embrace a career path that is exciting, diverse, personally fulfilling and financially rewarding. ICT will continue to advance, empower and transform every aspect of our lives. Check out some of these emerging technologies and trends:

Gamification

With the increase in use of gaming among younger generations, game design thinking is now being applied to non-gaming applications to make them more fun and engaging. It has been highlighted as one of the most important technology trends by industry experts. With the potential to be applied to any industry and almost any interface — to create fun and engaging experiences — and converting consumers into players. Gamification is radically changing the way companies do business: increasing consumer, employee and stakeholder engagement to new levels.

Eye tracking technology

Eye tracking technology measures eye positions and movements which are then analysed through computer applications. Some smartphones already have this technology but future smartphones, laptops and tablets could contain thousands of tiny imaging sensors built into the display screen to enable navigation.

Eye tracking technology could also be used in other applications, including:

Brain wave sensing

Technology is in development that enables the control of technology functions by the brain – totally hands free! The possibilities for this technology to be used in toys, games, sports, education, health, automobiles, aviation/aerospace, defence, health, security, law enforcement and other applications seems endless.

Imagine brain wave technology in this situation — a fighter pilot heads back to base after a long mission, feeling tired and physically exhausted. A warning light flashes on the control panel. Has she noticed? If so, is she focused enough to address the problem?

Military commanders may not have to guess the answers to these questions much longer, thanks to current advances in electroencephalographic (EEG) brain-wave detection technology. They could soon be monitoring the pilot's mental alertness via helmet sensors, ensuring she is concentrating on her flying and reacting to the warning light.

Internet glasses

Laser Based Displays Within Eyewear

Technology that can display images directly onto our retinas while not blocking our sight is currently being developed. This technology can be used in eyeglasses and has uses ranging from e-Gaming to military defence. In the next 10-20 years experts predict that internet glasses will replace smartphones.

Imagine these viewing experiences:

Virtual worlds

A virtual world is a 3D computer-generated community that takes place in real-time, where a lot of people can work on a number of tasks simultaneously. You can create a personal profile (or avatar), change your appearance, design your environment and control how you communicate and move. In the future, you might get home from school, university or work, kick off your shoes and relax on your very own tropical island complete with 5-star resort, a fun park. Later, your friends teleport over to your island to party with you and your favourite band while your avatar buys movie tickets and makes dinner reservations for the following night.