1) Internet of Things will change how consumers and enterprises use technology—Promising to be the most disruptive technological revolution since the advent of the World Wide Web, the Internet of Things is expected to result in up to 100 billion uniquely identifiable objects being connected to the Internet by 2020. Relying on embedded computing and sensors, the IoT is being driven by the tremendous uptake of smartphones and tablets. However, consumer understanding of the underlying technologies has not kept pace. In recognition of the enormous technical, socioeconomic, political, and even spiritual consequences at stake, Computer, the IEEE Computer Society's flagship magazine, is planning a special issue on IoT in February 2013.
2) Visualization will help solve challenges of big data—The ability to make timely decisions based on available data is crucial to business success, clinical treatments, cyber and national security, and disaster management. Data generated from large-scale simulations, astronomical observatories, experiments, or high-resolution sensors will help lead to new discoveries if scientists have adequate tools to extract knowledge from them. However, most data have become simply too large and often have too short a lifespan. To combat this, government agencies and large corporations are launching research programs to address these challenges. Visualization has been shown to be an effective tool not only for presenting essential information in vast amounts of data but also for driving complex analyses. Underscoring the importance of visualization in big data, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications plans a 2013 special issue on this subject area.
3) Enterprises Will Embrace Hybrid Clouds and Consumers Will Turn More to Personal Clouds
4) Ensuring the security of a new generation of safety-critical systems—With driverless cars, networked patient care and personal apps on the horizon, and the advent of new control systems for air traffic, nuclear power plants, and military protection, researchers will increasingly turn their attention to ensuring the security of safety-critical systems. These systems must be trusted to work adequately given user behavior, system interactions, a changing environment, regulatory caution, and component and operator failure, as well as weather intentional, malicious attacks. In May/June 2013, IEEE Computer Society publications will take an unprecedented look at safety-critical systems with coordinated publication of special issues in IEEE Software and IEEE Security & Privacy.