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Top 10 Newest Tech Trends to Look out for in 2020

What if “new year, new me” didn’t apply to your technology?

All of us lead increasingly digital lives. If we want a truly “new” year, it’s important to understand the newest tech trends.

Want to learn what’s coming so you can be an early adopter? Keep reading to discover our complete guide!

  1. More AI Than Ever

Once upon a time, Artificial Intelligence seemed like a sci-fi fantasy. AI has been improving over time, and 2020 is going to be a real breakout year.

Specifically, we are moving towards an “AI as a service” future. This mostly comes down to a mixture of consumer demand and technology complexity.

Consumers are increasingly relying on AI-based technology as part of their daily lives. Once people got used to asking phones for directions and asking Alexa about the weather, AI became downright mainstream.

Most businesses (especially small ones) cannot develop this technology on their own. Therefore, the tech leaders who can will be licensing the technology out all around the world.

Long story short? Expect to see more AI than ever!

  1. Automated Drivers

Self-driving cars are another staple of futuristic sci-fi. But if 2020 is any indication, the future is now.

Major tech companies have been perfecting technology such as automatic taxis. And tech giants such as Tesla have made completely self-driving cars a major priority for the future.

Some of that tech (such as taxis) is already on the road, though it’s currently in testing. But from coast-to-coast shipping to personal driving, expect to see automation continue to thrive.

  1. 5G Is Here

Technically speaking, 5G mobile technology is already here. But while the tech deployed in 2019, it was only available in a relative handful of cities.

Now that various data plans are becoming more affordable, you will see more 5G availability throughout the country. This means a faster mobile connection, even when you’re far from home.

From social media to video streaming, a faster connection will make everything a bit easier.

  1. Voice Tech: Bigger Than Ever

Earlier, we mentioned voice technology such as Amazon’s Alexa devices and Apple’s Siri. 2020 will be the year that this tech expands into even more homes and more sectors.

The brands we already mentioned are working on expanding the tech so that it understands even more nuances of human voices and vocal commands. This means that we’ll be one step closer to that Star Trek future where you can for information on just about anything.

One major driver of this tech evolution is neurolinguistic programming. This developing field will allow the vocal tech to understand tone such as sarcasm, opening the door to more organic conversations with your favorite device.

  1. Precision Medicine

Medicine is a complicated field. Despite our medical knowledge and technology being more sophisticated than ever, we still live in a world of “one size fits all” solutions. This is why “take two and call me in the morning” never really left your doctor’s vocabulary.

2020 is going to change this with advances in predictive medicine. This technology leverages our understanding of biology, genetics, and medicine in order to predict what treatments and medications will work best for you.

This will improve some of the software and websites you use to diagnose what’s ailing you. But it will also allow your general practitioner to create a more customized treatment plan for all patients.

  1. Blockchain: Still Going Strong

“Blockchain” has been a buzzword for a few years now. However, it has mostly been on the fringe of mainstream understanding.

More companies look like they are investing in blockchain for 2020. And if the rumors hold true, we might even be getting blockchain-powered Facebook currency Libra by the end of the year.

If that happens, 2020 won’t just be the year of blockchain. It might even be the year of cryptocurrency as well.

  1. Recognition Runs Wild

Computer recognition is a major part of our daily lives. Facebook suggests that you tag friends that it recognizes in photos, and many of our smartphones won’t unlock unless they recognize the owner’s face.

In 2020, we’re going to see even more of this tech. Airports will use it to create a safer experience, and self-driving cars will even use the tech to detect and avoid hazards in the road.

While facial recognition opens up a larger debate about privacy and identity theft, that debate will not stop the rise of this technology.

  1. Beyond Reality

“Extended Reality” is a catchall term for both virtual reality and augmented reality. And both forms of technology are going to grow in 2020.

Virtual reality has become more accessible than ever with technology like Oculus Rift and Playstation VR. And the Playstation 5 (coming out in late 2020) will support the PSVR, meaning we’re going to see even more affordable VR gaming.

Augmented reality is becoming increasingly popular with various smartphone apps. This technology powers the incredibly popular Pokemon Go, and we’re going to see more apps than ever try to recapture that game’s magic.

  1. Analytics: Evolved

Analytics have guided the market for your favorite companies and products in recent years. And in 2020, analytics will be forced to evolve.

The whole enterprise of analytics boils down to taking complex data and turning into useful information. However, other technological advances mean that we are able to capture even more consumer data than ever.

What this means is that analytics (such as Google Analytics and other tools) must evolve to retain their functionality.

  1. Frequency Changing

Anyone who has traveled internationally quickly encounters a tech problem. Specifically, different power requirements mean that American tech doesn’t always work in places like Europe (and vice versa).

The good news for travelers is that the future is here. Technology such as the frequency changer helps you use technology as intended from anywhere around the world.

Why replace all your devices when one device ensures complete compatibility?

Newest Tech Trends: 2020 And Beyond

Now you know about the newest tech trends.

But do you know how to use it to improve your life?

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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