New technologies: find out what they are and trends for the future

Technologies are constantly updated — and can offer many benefits to your business. Follow this article and learn about the new technologies of the future.

We are living at an important moment in the history of technological resources, and the advent of digital has offered a series of new technologies that can be incorporated in the most diverse areas.

There are so many options that are updated so frequently that we can barely keep up with them!

The truth is that these tools are revolutionizing the way we interact, treat illnesses, do business, solve everyday problems and learn. 

More than ever, they are present in the most diverse sectors of society and the economy. 

In fact, with greater knowledge about these digital resources, insecurity is disappearing and more space is opening up for the desire to use them as allies: this article from Valor Econômico highlights that Brazilians are not afraid of losing jobs to robots, and the concern now is with colleagues who have a better grasp of new technologies.

In the job market, especially, the use of these technologies is more present and the use of tools is constantly improved, contributing to the routine of professionals in multiple niches — and to the development of companies.

iFood is a Brazilian 100% technology company dedicated to improving its processes with constant use of science and innovation, and is always attentive to news promoted by digital tools.

More than incorporating these models into its operations, foodtech prioritizes sharing knowledge with the community interested in the subject: and, today, we have separated content about new technologies for you to stay updated.

In this guide you will understand what they are, what they are and how important new technologies are and discover how to stay up to date with technological news. 

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After all, what are new technologies?

mulher utilizando um óculos virtual, o qual é um exemplo de uma nova tecnologia

New technologies are a set of techniques that promote improvement, change or disruption of the technology established for a specific process. 

Much more than amazing inventions, like the Cyberdog — pet robot dog —, new technologies bring solutions to everyday problems. One example is the Electric motorcycle.

Equipped with rechargeable batteries, the electric motorcycle is a non-polluting vehicle, as it runs on electricity, eliminating the need for fossil fuels. 

This way, the electric motorcycle does not emit Greenhouse Gases (GHG), which can help contain air pollution and curb global warming.

How important are new technologies?

New technologies have been agents of transformation throughout human history. They change the way we act, live, work and relate. 

In the last two decades, the world has experienced revolutionary technological innovations in various fields of knowledge: information, medicine, work, culture, science, etc. 

These technologies have the power to help solve urgent problems such as global warming, increased demand for food and epidemics and pandemics.

What are the new technologies?

From the artificial intelligence to iFood delivery drones, new technologies bring solutions, innovations and profound impacts on business and society in general. 

In 2021, the consulting company PWC listed, among 250, the 8 essential new technologies for the future that will impact business over the next five years. 

See below what they are and how they work. 

ChatGPT

ChatGPT is a learning algorithm that uses a large database and language structures to clearly and quickly answer users' questions and phrases. 

The system revolutionized the way we search on the internet, especially due to its ability to answer questions in real time. 

In addition, I provide accurate and useful information on various topics, and adapt to users' needs and preferences.

Blockchain

It is a digital data storage bank in blocks linked together, forming a chain. 

The system is used for reliable and anonymous transactions through software algorithms such as cryptocurrencies.

Drones

Drones – unmanned aircraft – have been used for various purposes, from security to delivery, as is the case with iFood delivery drones

There are drones that are operated semi-autonomously or fully autonomously. 

3D printing

It consists of an advanced printing technique that creates three-dimensional objects. Also known as additive technique, it can create prosthetics, engineering parts, decorative objects and even food. It is part of industry 4.0. 

Artificial Intelligence (AI): is a form of programming that uses algorithms to automate tasks and reproduce human thought and sense processes. With AI, programs can solve problems, plan and act based on data.

Internet of Things (IoT)

It involves connecting physical objects — from a vacuum cleaner to a tractor — to the internet to perform tasks. 

These items contain software that connects to devices, such as smartphones, tablets, where they are controlled.

Augmented reality

It is a technology that superimposes virtual images with real images so that you can see and interact with virtual objects on the physical plane. 

A augmented reality It is already present in museums, retail and education.

Virtual reality

It is a virtual environment in which users interact through the use of devices, such as augmented reality glasses, that simulate a real environment. 

The metaverse is an example of a virtual reality environment.

Robotics

It is the science behind machine technologies, robots, computers, software and controlled systems to automate, expand or support human activities. 

Robotics has diverse applications, from medicine to industry and education. 

5G

5G technology, or fifth generation of mobile networks, is one of the major technological innovations that are shaping the current digital scenario and will have a significant impact on different sectors of society. 

The main characteristic of 5G technology is its data transmission speed, which can be up to 100 times faster than 4G technology; Furthermore, 5G has a greater device connection capacity, allowing simultaneous connection to the network without loss of performance.

It has the potential to drive innovation in several sectors, such as healthcare, transportation, industry, entertainment and communications.

Metaverse

And, since we mentioned it, it is worth paying special attention to the metaverse: the three-dimensional and virtual digital environment, which brings together spaces, objects and avatars created by computers, allowing interactions and immersive experiences for its users. 

It is an expansion of the concept of virtual reality, but goes further, integrating multiple interconnected virtual worlds.

Users can engage in immersive experiences, exploring digital environments realistically and interacting with other users through avatars.

Companies are exploring the metaverse to create virtual stores, hold product launch events, offer consulting services and promote business networking.

What are the benefits of being on top of new technologies?

Quais são as novas tendências tecnológicas?

New technologies have several benefits, both economic and social. In full development, the new technology market is worth 350 billion dollars. 

The data is part of the Technology and Innovation Report 2021, from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), a UN agency. 

The magazine Forbes listed five benefits of being on top of and adopting new technologies in business and companies, both local and global. 

See below what they are. 

Faster, more reliable communication

New technological tools play a fundamental role in promoting faster and more reliable communication in different contexts.

With the advancement of video conferencing and VoIP (Voice over IP) calling technologies, it is possible to hold virtual meetings in real time, with audio and video quality, even with participants in different locations.

These tools are ideal for remote collaboration, job interviews, online doctor consultations, distance learning, and other activities that require real-time interaction.

Improving efficiency and productivity

New technologies allow the automation of repetitive, low-value-added tasks, freeing up time and resources for more strategic and creative activities.

For example: process automation software (RPA) can perform tasks such as filling out forms, processing data and generating reports in an automated way.

Furthermore, data analysis and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies enable the extraction of valuable insights from large volumes of data, helping to make data-based decisions.

Cost reduction and increased profitability

Business management tools and systems, such as ERPs (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CRMs (Customer Relationship Management), improve operational efficiency by integrating processes, simplifying workflows, eliminating redundancies and optimizing the use of resources.

Also, supply chain management systems (Supply Chain Management) and transportation tracking and monitoring technologies help optimize logistics costs, reducing delivery time, improving distribution efficiency and minimizing storage costs.

The use of digital marketing strategies, such as online advertising, social networks and SEO (Search Engine Optimization), offers more economical and effective promotion opportunities compared to traditional methods, contributing to increased profitability.

Greater transparency and interconnected operations

Modern technologies allow instant access to real-time information for both internal employees and external stakeholders.

This promotes transparency by providing up-to-date data on operations, processes, performance and key metrics in a transparent and accessible way.

Blockchain technology is an example: it enables the creation of immutable and transparent records, where transactions and information are recorded in a secure and verifiable way.

Increased data and information security

Since we mentioned data security in the digital environment, it is worth mentioning that the new tools focus on this issue: they offer advanced encryption methods to protect data in transit and at rest. 

This includes strong encryption algorithms that make data unreadable to unauthorized individuals.

Biometrics, such as fingerprint, facial and iris recognition, is another technology used for secure authentication, as it is difficult to fake and offers an additional layer of security.

Democratization of knowledge

New technologies play a fundamental role in the democratization of knowledge, making it more accessible, shareable and available to a wider audience.

Online education platforms such as video courses and tutorials, webinars, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), and educational podcasts offer flexible and accessible learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Furthermore, digital libraries and online repositories, such as Google Scholar, PubMed, Academia.edu and arXiv, offer access to a wide range of academic publications, scientific articles, research and reference documents.

What are the impacts of new technologies on the Brazilian job market?

impactos das novas tecnologias no mercado de trabalho

New technologies have the potential to bring major changes to the Brazilian job market. 

While some professions may be automated and rendered obsolete, other new job opportunities may emerge. 

Check out 3 important changes with new technologies: 

  1. New skills: The implementation of new technologies can also create new job opportunities, but they require different skills than those needed in the past. Thus, people will have to learn new skills and competencies to be competitive in the job market.
  2. Remote work: Technologies also allow people to work remotely, which can change the dynamics of the job market and how companies hire employees.
  3. Growth sectors: Some areas, such as information technology, may experience significant growth as companies look to hire people with technology skills.

Where to apply new technologies?

New technologies present enormous potential not only for complex areas of knowledge, such as biotechnology, but also for everyday life. 

Another way to apply new technologies in an organization or company is through research and innovation, data protection and security, infrastructure and digital platforms. 

How are new technologies applied to iFood?

iFood constantly updates its processes in order to incorporate improvements in them with the use of technology: there are 17 machine learning teams here at the company, and 120 AI models that operate daily!

Through these digital applications, iFood improves everything from the company's operations to the experience that comes to you in the app; Do you want an example?

When entering the iFood app to place an order, artificial intelligence is present, suggesting restaurants or automating decisions, such as choosing the delivery person.

Also in company logistics, statistical and operational research models are used, for example, to predict how many orders should arrive during a shift, in a city, and how many delivery partners need to be available during the period.

Restaurants registered with iFood also benefit from the technology implemented by the company: partners receive, free of charge, information such as the ideal quantity of items, the best order of presentation and the price in relation to the region's average.

These are just a few examples of how technology, especially artificial intelligence, receives our attention and is converted into improvements for our business: we believe in the power of innovation and the CEO of iFood Diego Barreto, comments in episode 1 of the series about the use of Artificial Intelligence in iFood:

Since then, we have not only structured the iFood database, which means not only collecting our data, organizing and providing a single language standard for all this data (…) but we have also trained and trained many people , creating probably the main place for AI talent in Brazil” – comments Diego Barreto.

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New technologies applied to education

As we mentioned, new technologies will completely change the way people learn and teach; Thus, online learning, for example, allows students to take classes anywhere and at any time of the day. 

Furthermore, it will be possible to personalize the way the student will learn. That's because adaptive learning technologies use algorithms to personalize the teaching experience based on each student's individual needs and abilities.

Finally, another important point is gamification, which will use game elements, such as scoring and rewards, to motivate and involve students in the learning process.

How do new technologies applied to education work at iFood?

One of iFood's main objectives is to feed the future of the world through education. And, to this end, our projects in the area are also involved with new technologies. 

One of the company's most important initiatives, the My High School Diploma, uses Artificial Intelligence to offer free 100% courses that prepare delivery drivers from all over Brazil to receive their high school diploma — last year alone there were more than 5,000 graduates!

Furthermore, iFood has partnerships, such as with Microsoft, for courses, completely free, open to all interested parties and using an educational methodology based on microlearning, quickly and directly, on WhatsApp.

How to stay connected to new technologies?

To stay connected to new technologies, businesses and people must adapt to digital transformations, whether in education, work, social life, culture or economy. 

Use of gadgets, tutorials, videos, documentaries, research: everything is a source of knowledge. 

The technology website GeeksforGeeks brings 7 tips to stay up to date with new technologies, whether you are a student, professional in the field, entrepreneur or new to the topic. 

Finally, find out what they are below. 

  1. Set aside time to research and explore the topics that interest you most about new technologies;
  2. Identify all prerequisites – skills and knowledge – to understand a specific new technology;
  3. Find reliable sources for your learning process, such as online courses, recommended books, YouTube videos, and seminars and conferences;
  4. Don't hesitate to ask experts on the subject for help, whether in a discussion group, work, business, educational institution, friends and family;
  5. Practice what you learned by putting knowledge and theory into practice;
  6. Test your knowledge about new technology, whether through tests to obtain certifications or general challenges in which you can show what you know;
  7. Share your knowledge with others and teach what you know whenever possible.

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What are the new technological trends?

cibersegurança e tecnologias sustentáveis são exemplos de tendências tecnológicas

If you think that we are already living in a super rich moment in innovation and technology, believe me: there is still a lot planned to happen, and it's worth staying tuned!

A cloud computing continues to evolve with more specialized services such as edge computing, multi-cloud, serverless and integrated AI, offering scalability, flexibility and efficiency for companies and developers.

Furthermore, with the increase in cyber threats, technologies such as artificial intelligence, behavioral analysis, advanced encryption and multi-factor authentication are being adopted to strengthen the security of data and systems — this is advanced cybersecurity.The.

It is worth highlighting that sustainability is not left out either: there is a growing focus on sustainable technologies, such as renewable energy, IoT for environmental monitoring, blockchain for product traceability and innovations to reduce environmental impact.

Food is our passion and technology is our talent

New technologies have the potential to profoundly transform society, bringing significant benefits, but also challenges that need to be addressed. 

It is essential to closely monitor technological trends, promote responsible innovation and ensure that technologies are aligned with ethical, inclusive and sustainable values to build a promising digital future.

iFood never stops innovating and embraces the agenda of innovative technologies not only for the benefits of the company and the consumer: we also open the discussion about tech solutions to share knowledge!

Always stay connected to our networks to find out much more about innovation: start here, at iFood News.

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