It’s been 100 years since the roaring 20s. The Ford Model A, bread slicers and antibiotics were the biggest technological advancements of the 1920s. However, with a century passing, and our curiosity always fuelling us to know more about tech, we’re taking a look at the hottest tech trends that are expected to take off in the 2020s.
5G is finally making the jump from idea to reality, and after ten years in the making, 5G is ready to launch in 2020. 5G is the next generation of mobile networks, guaranteed to offer reliability, a massive decrease in upload speed due to the fastest-ever broadband, and much more.
The scope for 5G is incredibly broad. It will need to support billions of devices across multiple industry sectors. It also has the ability to support the innovation of AI, VR and AR and will even be the key to safe autonomous driving.
South Korea and China are already leading the way for 5G with millions of subscribers, with Europe and America looking to catch up soon when 5G is rolled out more freely on their devices and subscription plans.
Better Control Of Online Data
With the data breaches of huge organisations such as Marriott and Yahoo in recent years revealing millions of people’s data, consumers have become increasingly aware of how their data is handled online. Consumers are now more aware of their online presence and how their information is shared, resulting in calls for action when it comes to tighter data security within organisations.
Organisations are recognising these risks, and 2020 is anticipated to be the time they assess their cybersecurity to ensure personal data is protected and that they comply with the government’s introduction of strict data security procedures.
While driverless cars aren’t ready to hit the road just yet, it looks like we are starting to see results from years in the making of the autonomous vehicle. Far more advanced than your average car, driverless cars are looking to be fitted with added safety features, like the Sony Vision S that revealed what automation is set to look like in 2020. The Vision S is fitted with 33 sensors that detect hazards in the road and even detect whether a driver is losing concentration. It could then be an option that the sensors would then aid in self-driving capabilities.
Genealogy Testing Will Reach a New Level
Commercial genealogy testing has really taken off in recent years. New healthcare technology and advancements in DNA testing have allowed us to introduce the option to consumers to test their DNA.
All you need to do is send a swab to a lab, and within a week, you will receive an in-depth analysis of your heritage at a relatively affordable price. You’ll also get information on any predisposed health issues as well as the opportunity to potentially connect you with long-lost relatives.
It appears that DNA testing has become less about medicine and more about building a social media platform for our DNA. You can opt-out for your data to be uploaded on ancestry style sites, but if you want to find fellow relatives, then your DNA data is no longer private.
Consumer sales for DNA testing kits are expected to boom in 2020, and with advancements in testing offering more accuracy for results and in-depth answers, consumers are more likely to buy into the idea. It appears that the worldwide DNA tree is beginning to take shape!
Technological Advancements in Space
Perhaps the most exciting of all, the 2020s are expected to be the time in which we make the most progress in terms of space and aeronautics since the 1960s. We aren’t looking to go back to the moon, but we are going to be heading for Mars. The privately funded “Mission to Mars’ is a one-way ticket to live on the red planet, that is on schedule to happen in 2025. To do this, private companies such as SpaceX have made vast advancements in recent years to ensure we venture back to space during the next decade.
The next few years will also see the final release of the James Webb Telescope, an invention that has the ability to identify planets that could be promising for our search for other life.