There\u2019s no denying the influence that technology has over our modern society. We live and breathe the stuff, whether we\u2019re sitting at a desktop computer in the office or whether we\u2019re checking our heart rates from our smartwatches, fiddling with our iPhones or talking to Amazon\u2019s Alexa.\nTechnology is disrupting every industry there is, and we\u2019re all aware of that. But what\u2019s even more interesting is the way that technology now moves so quickly that even relatively new fields \u2013 like the field of professional app development \u2013 are being disrupted by the next generation of tech.\nMoore\u2019s Law famously states that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits will continue to double every year in the foreseeable future. In layman\u2019s terms, that means that technology is getting faster and more powerful while simultaneously becoming more lightweight, and it\u2019s happening at an alarming rate.\nBut with so much disruption on the horizon, what does this mean for app developers? Let\u2019s find out.\n1. AI and machine Learning\nSure, there are many in the tech industry who believe that artificial intelligence is going to kill us all, but we prefer to be optimistic. The truth is that AI and machine learning have the potential to revolutionize the world as we know it, especially if there\u2019s enough data to learn from and enough processing power to arrive at a conclusion.\nFor app developers, this means that they\u2019ll be able to harness the awesome powers of AI and machine learning within their own applications. Netflix uses it to power their recommendations. YouTube uses it to filter out content that isn\u2019t advertiser friendly. It can deliver a more intuitive, user-friendly experience and be used to increase the amount of time that people spend within the app. What\u2019s not to love?\n2. The Internet of Things\nThe internet of things is powered by wearable devices, and it may well be the internet of things that gives app developers the data they need to process with AI and machine learning. We\u2019re already seeing the influence of the internet of things when we look at devices like the Fitbit and the plethora of apps that can integrate with that data to provide personalized health suggestions.\nAs more and more devices are hooked up to the internet, app developers will have more and more platforms to play with. It\u2019s no longer just a case of Android and iOS. There are virtual reality devices to consider and smartwatches to integrate with. Some app developers are turning their attention to the Amazon Echo and the Google Home to deploy voice apps for people to use. And then there are smart fridges and all sorts of other devices we can\u2019t even begin to imagine.\n3. Blockchain\nBlockchain technology was created by the legendary Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. It forms the backbone of cryptocurrency technology, but it also has the potential to cross over to all sorts of other industries. At its simplest level, it\u2019s a digital ledger of transactions that\u2019s impossible to hack or corrupt, which makes it a great way to store all different types of data \u2013 and not just cryptocurrency.\nBecause of this, blockchain technology is breaking out into all sorts of other industries, and it\u2019s likely that app developers are going to need to wrap their heads around it sooner rather than later so that they can use the blockchain approach when it comes to storing user data and other digital information.\n4. Self-driving tech\nSelf-driving technology is already set to change the automotive industry, as well as the way that we live our lives. But with that will come a new opportunity for app developers to create accompanying apps for these vehicles. For example, who will be the Uber of the self-driving taxi industry? And who will build the Waze that self-driving vehicles from different manufacturers can use to communicate and share data?\nApp developers have been building applications for cars for years now, but the cars of the future will be more powerful and more connected than ever before. And with all of those sensors covering your vehicle, how cool would it be to have a suite of apps that help you to monitor and control your car\u2019s performance over time?\n5. AR and VR\nEveryone is excited about artificial reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) because we\u2019re finally at a point at which the technology is simultaneously powerful and affordable. It\u2019s been a classic case of app developers having to wait for the hardware to catch up with them, but we\u2019re finally there thanks to cheap headsets like Google Cardboard and other rigs that can be used to turn a smartphone into a VR machine.\nWe only have to look at the success of Pok\u00e9mon Go to see that augmented reality apps can become a global phenomenon, and it\u2019s just a matter of time before the next big AR or VR app takes the world by storm. Until then, you can be sure that there are plenty of app developers out there who can\u2019t wait to give it their best shot.\nWhat\u2019s next?\nUltimately, when it comes to disruption for app developers, it\u2019s likely to continue indefinitely into the future. The proliferation of new form factors and the widespread innovation we see when it comes to internet-connected devices means that the only thing we can be certain of is uncertainty.\nThat means that developers who want to be at the top of their game will need to roll with the times and constantly innovate, whether they\u2019re playing around with new form factors or whether they\u2019re learning to code in a new language.\nThe good news is that apps are becoming more and more of a part of our daily lives, and they\u2019re increasingly being used in the developing world as people connect to the internet for the first time through a mobile device. The market has never been bigger \u2013 and it\u2019s only going to continue to grow in the years to come. It\u2019s an exciting time to be an app developer.