2013 Technology Forecast: end of voicemail, birth of more interesting innovations

Besides life, innovations, as well, shall go on following the Mayans’ dooms day forecast failed to happen this year. Now that dooms day fever is apparently over, a set of new predictions are starting to surface as the year 2013 is set to commence. Among the big forecasts made early by tech experts for the coming year encompasses the end of voicemail and the birth of more powerful gadgets that would make life easier than it is today.


Here are five of the most exciting changes that are likely to manifest in 2013 technology, as disclosed earlier by the world’s most famous marketing communication agency, JWT otherwise known as, J. Walter Thompson.

1. Voicemail to fade. It’s time to say goodbye to voice message or voice bank, as it is predicted to walk the same path of pagers and answering machines. By 2013, majority, if not all younger people would tend to get tired of listening to it and would opt to find new and better alternatives available instead. Promising picks are those that are not involving lengthy menu options like text and email.

2. Amazon business to boom. Market sectors in 2013 are expected to be dominated by Amazon and its brand will continue to soar until it takes Walmart’s reputation as the biggest retailer in the world by the year 2017. Business entities should therefore start venturing out at Amazon by now.

3. Biometric authentication to replace PINs. Forget about augmenting files of passwords to secure important accounts, as experts predict the use of biometric authentication to rule this year. It is among the newest authentication methods, utilizing a person’s physical characteristic, for identification or account verification. Some banks are already working on replacing PINs with fingertip analysis. According to JWT, the system will soon be incorporated in smartphones, which are then expected to recognize users’ faces and touches. The use of such technology is primarily due to the proliferating issue on identity theft in this computer-driven era.

4. Drones to prevail among consumer devices. Drones are widely known modern unmanned combat aerial vehicles that are once used by the U.S. military forces to carry out assault missions in some parts of the Middle East. This year, these robots will no longer be exclusive to the military forces as they are forecast to rise on top of other consumer devices, in forms of new high tech toys entrenched with cameras, purposely designed for backyard adventurers for them to launch their own version of unmanned missions.

5. ‘Emotional’ computers to surface. To address the needs of those frustrated iPhone users having a hard time dealing with the sometimes clueless Siri feature of the device, researchers in America, Egypt and Britain are collaborating efforts to teach computers recognize human emotions. The initial output is expected to manifest some time in 2013.

Aside from the aforementioned high tech changes, experts generally forecast 2013 technology to be flexible and wearable. In line with this, more bendable screens are also predicted to surface in the coming year.