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Open Source Technology Trends for 2018

by ClickHelp — best software documentation tool

Innovations such as OpenStack, Progressive Web Apps, the Internet of Things and others have become a part of our daily living. But do you know what all these developments mean and how they work? So we create a list of open source technology trends for 2018 and give them descriptions.

Artificial Intelligence

AI and machine learning were only the part of science fiction thirty years ago. But they’re developing fast and make our lives better right now. For example, chatbots help to improve customer service, drones are a commonplace in 2018 and do different jobs from waiters to assistants on the International Space Station, driverless cars are now available. Andrew Ng, a computer scientist, predicts that driverless cars will be put on the market by 2021.

Blockchain Technology

Blockchain is famous for Bitcoin that have been created on the basis of this technology. Everyone heard about Bitcoin, it hit headlines the last months. In 2017 bitcoin reached heady heights but then the cryptocurrency dropped and lost about $67 billion in one week. However, analysts think that blockchain technology may work and they believe that it’ll be more popular and usable in 2018. It may be helpful in different spheres of life, for example, in medicine. Blockchain technology will help to collect and handle data about patients that will make the cure process more effective.



OpenStack is an open-source software platform for cloud computing. It provides the ability to control storage, huge computation, networking resources through a dashboard that’s easy to use. Many businesses use this platform to build and manage cloud computing systems. OpenStack is popular for its speed, flexible ecosystem and cost. But OpenStack has also disadvantages, for example, complex structure, dependency on servers and virtualization. If you want to use OpenStack you should have appropriate skills and resources. However, the OpenStack Foundation is working on underlying challenges.

The Internet of Things


The Internet of Things (IOT) is a network that connects different devices such as home appliances, vehicles and other devices that are embedded with software, electronics and sensors. This concept isn’t new but has been becoming widespread in 2018.

The main part of IOT expansion is Autonomous Decentralized Peer-to-Peer Telemetry which is propelled by Samsung and IBM. This platform uses the blockchain database to deliver a decentralized network, so devices can communicate without a central control system. It allows to automate communication between devices and manage energy, software updates and resolve bugs.

Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Apps (PWA) are a group of apps that were created by web technologies (JS + HTML + CSS) but people can use it like a traditional application on smartphones or web browser. For example, Twitter Mobile is PWA. You may visit the desktop version of twitter.com website and navigate to mobile.twitter.com

The main goal of Progressive Web Apps is to increase the conversion and quantity of users improving the usage of web apps on smartphones. Progressive web apps have numerous advantages, for example, they update information in real time, they’re responsive and fast and these strong points are essential in today’s high-octane world.


You are free to think that the future that’s described in books and movies is only the imagination of authors. Look around! The future has arrived and become a part of our routine.

Of course, it’s a non-exhaustive list and there are many other futuristic devices but out article contains the most popular developments.

Welcome to the future!
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Originally published at https://clickhelp.com.




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