A software engineering degree will certainly open the door to lucrative job offers and a promising career in the digital world.
Metta Eu, Country Manager at Lithan Academy, Malaysia, who spent 15 years with Microsoft, highlighted the importance of software development skills during the talk on “Software Engineering: Latest Trends and Directions”. About 20 people attended the virtual event organised by the School of Digital Technology and the Penang Regional Centre on 18 December 2021.
He shared a 2015 tech news report that listed 10 common things to disappear by 2025 – car mirrors, plastic credit cards, cords and chargers, set-top streamers, human operators, dedicated remote controls, delivery people, cable companies, ownership, and shaming of old school media posts.
“AI in newer cars can tell if you are reversing properly. People are also moving away from plastic credit cards to e-wallets or e-credit cards. Wireless chargers for phones emerged five years ago, and in the near future, we will have wireless chargers for electrical vehicles. Astro can now stream straight to your smart television or computer, without having a satellite dish, wires and set-top box,” he pointed out.
He highlighted the reduction of human operators in the production line, and that dedicated remote controls are being replaced by infrared red capabilities on mobile phones that can control a lot of devices, like turn on lights in the house. Delivery has also changed with Grab, Food Panda, etc, and there are even plans now to design motorcycles without riders to send food.
Eu remarked that ownership is fading since people are able to just rent cars, homes, or sign up for a subscription model for a smart TV.
He cited a 2017 news report that predicted that 2020 will see the advancement in 3D printing, self-driving cars, wearables, fully developed IoT systems, the impact of AI, robotic workforce, and the rise of AR/VR/MR.
He said by 2021, 3D printing was being used to construct homes, bones and heart, while China is finalising data testing for a huge printer to print machine parts in the space station. There are now self-driving buses in Japan, while wearables like smart watches can track heart rate, footsteps and other data.
He elaborated that fully developed IoT systems like Siri and Cortana allows people to remotely control air-con, lights, gates and other functions in the home. “If you do not develop the skills to build or manage such systems, you are going to be left by industry,” Eu warned.
He said the in-built AIs can tell when parts wear will out in a vehicle or can know how to regulate the temperature in a refrigerator. In robotic process automation, software is used to automate processes within businesses, leading to higher productivity and reduced workforce, he added.
He gave examples on the rise of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Multiple Reality. For example, AR is being used for surgery, and people wearing AR-smart glasses can study information about a building or an art piece by just viewing it.
He said the future is very rewarding for those with software engineering skills, with in-demand jobs like full stack developers and full stack web developers offering high salary.