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The 10 Most Disruptive Technologies Of 2020

These technologies are shaking up the way people communicate, produce goods, accelerate AI models and develop IoT applications, among other things.

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Changing The Tech Landscape

Several emerging technologies are beginning to take hold in the IT industry. Among them: 3-D printing, containers for edge computing and robotic process automation.

Some of these technologies, like augmented reality, have gained traction this year because they are solving problems created by the coronavirus pandemic. In the case of AR, the technology is allowing field workers to connect with experts with a visual overlay that makes it easy to understand how a process works. 3-D printing has also come in handy for rapidly producing medical supplies.

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But not all of this year’s most disruptive technologies have been related to the pandemic, at least directly. For instance, Arm-based processors have increasingly adopted by major vendors like Amazon Web Services and Apple because they offer new performance advantages over x86 chips. And the need to train increasingly large machine learning models and enable artificial intelligence workloads on smaller devices has driven new innovations in AI accelerator chips.

What follows are the 10 most disruptive technologies of 2020.

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