Two weeks ago we released an infographic showing the life of a normal person as we imagine it in 2025. The kinds of automated services illustrated in that graphic that will appear over the next decade are all enabled by the same piece of technology: the API. What APIs, or Application Programming Interfaces, do is provide programmers with a simple way of connecting their programming into the data and services of an existing program. Any websites that embed Google or Facebook logins are accessing an API provided by Google or Facebook to authenticate users' identities. Similarly, as personal data becomes stored in the cloud, companies with permission to access such data are increasingly plugged in to their consumers' changing status and needs.
Beyond just explaining how APIs are driving technological advancements across every industry, our latest Digital Lab Thought Piece provides useful tips for any business on navigating a world based on APIs - whether that means activating the APIs that are already out there, or building one of your own to create new revenue stream or make your services indispensable.