The last decade has seen tremendous technological advances. From virtual assistants on mobile devices, artificial intelligence (AI) and self-driving cars, things that were once only seen in science fiction films are becoming a reality as the new decade dawns.

Is 2020 likely to be ‘year zero’ for a new age of technology? Here are some top trends that we see emerging in the new decade:

  1. 5G goes beyond mobile phones

2019 saw considerable hype around 5G. While the major telecommunications networks have made great promises about its speed and abilities, adoption has yet to become mainstream. In the new decade, 5G will provide greater speed and efficiency that will have applications beyond mobile phones. From healthcare, smart cities to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the opportunities that 5G can offer is enormous. Want to dig below the hype?  Check out our blog last year about the true potential of 5G technology!

  1. Cyber-defences get stronger, more “intelligent”

New applications and devices are emerging every day, meaning new threats are too. Although organisations from all industries have come a long way with their security practices, criminals are always looking for ways to be one step ahead. New threats, from IoT devices to deepfakes, are making it increasingly challenging for organisations to keep pace. There have been many predictions about what the new decade holds for security trends.  We like this summary from GovTech of vendors’ key predictions, which include: the rising use of AI-generated voice to commit fraud, the adoption of data protection rules in the US (similar to GDPR), and ransomware targeting the cloud.

  1. Human augmentation will be the next frontier in technology

Human augmentation looks at how technology can enhance human capabilities.  The obvious applications lie in robotics, in areas like manufacturing and handling hazardous materials.  Analyst firm Gartner’s predictions for human augmentation go further, though: “cognitive augmentation”, making our minds sharper through synthetic means, is likely to present major ethical implications.

  1. The future car is shared

According to PwC, the future car is “electrified, autonomous, shared, connected and yearly updated”.  As driving becomes more digitised, the bells and whistles manufacturers provide to help customers personalise their cars will be increasingly software-driven.  As driving itself takes a back-seat, could self-driving cars herald the end of private car ownership?  If so, the implications for the global automotive industry are enormous.

The new decade will usher in a whole host of possibilities for technological developments. With so many more tools and information at our disposal, it’ll be incredibly exciting to see where the future takes us. Our technology team has expertise in these areas. If you would like to find out more about our capabilities, please drop us an email.