4 Emerging Technologies That May Change Business in 2012

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Every year sees new advances and “toys” for us to play with in the workplace, and 2012 will not disappoint you. There is sure to be surprises, but here are a few emerging technologies that are expected to enter or take off in the marketplace in the new year.

Memristor
This microscopic component “remembers” how much current has passed through it and saves its electrical state even when it is turned off. It is expected to lead to a cheaper and faster alternative to flash memory and could replace RAM in your computer. This means if you turned off your computer and turned it back on again, it would remember exactly what you were doing so you’d be able to get back to work right away. No more waiting for your computer to load. Eventually, they may also be used to develop small computers that fit in your pocket but run faster than most PCs do today. You can expect to see memristors starting to replace flash memory in 2012 with other advances to come.

More Cores in Your Phone
You’ve probably noticed dual-core processors in high-end smartphones during 2011, but expect to start seeing quad-core processors, starting with LG Optimus 2X in January 2012. That means your phone is about to get even faster and smarter, and it may even help prolong your phone’s battery life.

Cloud Computing
If you’re not already using cloud computing at work, expect to in 2012. This just means that data and applications won’t “live” on your computer anymore. Instead, they will be stored on servers, which will allow you to access all of your documents and programs from anywhere in the world. It will also make it easier to collaborate virtually with people who are off-site and protect your data. Since it no longer lives on your computer, you don’t need to worry about your machine crashing and losing everything.

More Social Tools
Expect to see business become even more “social” on the web, and not just through the use of social networks. New tools and ways to collaborate and monitor businesses will be developed for use both within companies and for interactions with their customer bases.

What are some things that you expect (or would like) to see in 2012?