the words and concepts you need to know by 2023

The year 2023 will be a rich year when it comes to technology, that’s for sure. And to approach it well, it is necessary to know a certain number of words and concepts.

While technology evolves, our vocabulary must follow. Whether you’re a total neophyte or you live in tech, there’s always something to learn. 2023 will be another year full of technical words and concepts, some innovative, others older, which will gain greater importance. In any case, you owe it to yourself to know what they are referring to.

Augmented reality

Extended Reality, or XR, is nothing new, but you’re bound to hear more about it with companies like Meta pushing to advance their vision of the metaverse in our lives.

Fortunately, XR is easy to understand. It’s a term that includes virtual reality, augmented reality and everything in between. VR is when you put on a headset like Meta Quest 2 and go on an adventure in a virtual environment. AR is about integrating virtual objects into the real world, like a Snap filter. When the two technologies are mixed, it is mixed reality, which also falls under the XR’s big hat.

Avatar

An avatar is simply a digital representation of yourself, whether in a video game, the metaverse, or elsewhere. He may or may not look like you. That’s the beauty of digital worlds.

Get creative, or not, with your avatar. But you’ll probably need to create an avatar at some point during the year.

Stable diffusion

The technical details behind stable diffusion are quite complex, but it is easy to understand what stable diffusion does rather than how it works.

Stable diffusion refers to a specific type of text-to-image generation AI that has gained popularity in 2022. Unlike competitors such as DALL-E, stable diffusion can use your computer’s GPU directly (DALL-E does not only work in the cloud) and the code is open source.

But at the end of the day, generating images by providing a simple textual definition in natural language is just an additional option.

AI

The concept of artificial intelligence (AI) has existed for decades: it is the ability we give machines to perceive and work with information. The field has taken giant leaps in recent years, and the trend is expected to intensify further.

Stable broadcast and DALL-E uses AI. Smartphones also to offer sublime images, for example. ChatGPT is a great chatbot.

fabric

Home automation enthusiasts will be closely following the news surrounding Matter, as its promise is great. With Matter, there’s no need to worry about the different protocols and technologies for each connected device we buy.

All you need is a device in its case that acts as a hub, such as an Amazon Echo or an Apple TV 4K, and you can connect to it and use other Matter-compatible devices. You can thus give orders to a Google Nest device using, for example, Siri. Cool, right?

QUICK

Something less cool than Matter, which is currently coming to streaming services like HBO Max. Series like Westworld taken out of service, leaving ventilators in the dark. That’s where FAST comes in, the free, ad-supported streaming services.

This is to offer a selection of free content with advertisements. FAST services include Roku TV or Amazon Freevee. You don’t have to pay anything, but the offer is much more limited and you have to deal with advertising. It is whispered Westworld will arrive shortly on a FAST service.

DLSS

2023 should see many new terms around video games flourish, but we already have to keep an eye on DLSS, deep learning super sampling or deep learning super sampling. It is a technology developed by Nvidia for its high-end graphics cards. Nintendo wanted to use it for its next Switch console.

DLSS uses AI to scale images beyond their native resolution. For example, native 720p or 1080p content can, thanks to DLSS, appear to run perfectly at 1440p or even 4K. AI comes in to create a higher quality image than what exists, and it can even make games run better.

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