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These Tech Trends Will Shape the Next Decade

We may not be living on Mars or flying to work in jet packs, but the next decade will undoubtedly bring many exciting technological advances. In this article, I'd like to discuss the 25 major technological trends that I believe will shape the 2020s.

Facial recognition and computer vision

Machines can communicate, so why can't they see? This technology enables robots to visually perceive their surroundings, with facial recognition as an example. Although there will undoubtedly be more legislative controls on the use of face recognition, this technology is here to stay.

There are robots and cobots

Robots today are more intelligent than ever, learning to respond to their surroundings and perform tasks without the need for human intervention. In some industries, the future of work will most likely involve humans collaborating with robot colleagues, hence the term "cobot," or "collaborative robot."

Vehicles that drive themselves

The 2020s will be the decade when self-driving cars, taxis, trucks, and possibly ships become totally autonomous and economically practical.


The fifth generation of cellular network technology will enable faster, smarter, and more reliable wireless networking, propelling advancements in a variety of other developments (e.g., more connected devices and richer streams of data) - according to

Gene editing and economics.

Computing and analytics advances have resulted in remarkable advances in our understanding of the human genome. We are now working on changing the genetic structure of living beings (for example, correcting DNA mutations that can lead to cancer).

Co-creation using machines and augmented design

Machines can now accomplish a variety of tasks, including generating artwork and designs, thanks to AI. As a result, we might anticipate a shift in creative and design processes toward increasing collaboration with machines.

Platforms on the internet

Facebook, Uber, and Airbnb are all well-known examples of digital platform networks that facilitate human connections and exchanges. This trend is upending traditional business models, prompting many traditional businesses to transition to or incorporate a platform-based model.

Unmanned aerial vehicles and drones

The electronics behind these aircraft, which may be operated remotely or autonomously, have transformed military operations. However, drone technology will have a far-reaching influence on search and rescue operations, firefighting, law enforcement, and transportation. Prepare for passenger drones (drone taxis) as well!

Resilience and cybersecurity

As firms confront extraordinary new challenges, the ability to anticipate and manage cybersecurity hazards will be vital to long-term success.

Quantum computation.

Quantum computers, which are impossibly fast computers capable of solving apparently intractable problems, will make today's cutting-edge technology appear like it came from the Stone Age. Currently, most quantum computing research is being conducted in laboratories, but the first commercially usable quantum computer might be ready this decade.

Automation of robotic processes

This technology is used to automate organized and repetitive corporate operations, allowing human workers to focus on more complicated, value-added tasks.

Micro-moments and mass personalisation

The capacity to deliver highly tailored products or services on a large scale is known as mass personalisation. Meanwhile, the phrase "micro-moments" refers to reacting to client demands at precisely the appropriate time. AI, Big Data, and analytics technologies make both conceivable.

3D and 4D printing, as well as additive manufacturing

Although it may appear low-tech in comparison to other trends, 3D and 4D printing will have a wide range of uses and will be especially disruptive when paired with trends such as mass personalisation.

Materials science and nanotechnology

Our growing understanding of materials and control over matter on a microscale is spawning interesting new materials and technologies, such as flexible screens.

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