What Will Technology Look Like In Five Years?

Tech trends help shape the future of our lives. This starts a developer level and trickles down to the user.


What do you use everyday? Your smart phone, your computer, your desk etc. Though in the future, you’ll might share most of them.

The sharing economy is getting huge! Get a ride from Uber or Lyft, Airbnb allows you to rent a room or house for a short period, sail someone else’s boat using Sailo, take a flight in someone else’s private plane using OpenAirplane or even go snowboarding with someone’s else’s board with Spinlister.

This is just the start! Well known companies such as Google, Apple and Uber are developing car technology that rather than driving to the office in a car you own, you’ll drive to work in a car you ordered through an App on your smart phone that morning. You could drive a different make and model every day.

Companies will need to go glocal in the future to survive. Your office? It has been chosen to be located for you and the co-workers you need to meet with, but it’s pre-loaded with your information and preferences.

The sharing system is far more efficient! It enables resources to be active 24/7 rather than just when we’re personally using them. Because everything will be custom to our needs and desires, we will still feel like what we’re using is “ours”.

“Mind Power”

In the past, keyboards and the mouse controlled every input. Then speech recognition technology became an option, which has evolved to the point where we don’t even have to touch our gadgets to interact with them.

The next big thing will be mind-controlled tech. Scientists have developed prosthetics that amputees operate with their brains. Wireless transmitters allow paralyzed patients to send commands their TVs, computers and wheelchairs just with their thoughts.

In the future, instead of vocally communicating with Siri, you will be thinking about Siri and she will read you mind as to what you need.

Connected, But Simpleistic

Right now, there’s a lot of excitement about connected devices- thermostats, refrigerators, cars, garages, gardens. This means lots of meters and sensors. Everything will be monitored and tracked, to optimized usage and consumption.

In the future, a giving a hotel review may be a bit more connected to the resources and services. How was your visit? – You could say something standard like- “it was great” or something along the lines of- “we never had enough bath towels and the AC wasn’t cold”. Devices can then adjust to preferences beyond what they have been programmed to see as acceptable.


Thanks to the ease of travel, social and communication apps, we live in a globalized world. The challenge is taking a global presence and adapting it to each region.

In the future, everything will be “glocal” a localized version of global trends. A great example is with Uber in India. Because Indian consumers tend to care more about a good rate rather than being “in style”, Uber launched a rickshaw-on-demand service in Delhi. Uber got around government regulations, by allowing Delhi users to pay for their rides in cash.

Five years from now, companies will have to go glocal to keep up in the market.

Virtual Reality Is Reality

Now you can experience the news through virtual reality, Google Cardboard viewers have recently came along with Sunday newspapers. In five years, you should be able to experience everything through virtual reality (VR).

2020 will be an exciting time, VR will drastically change. Instead of being an alternate reality, it will be incorporated into existing reality. Say goodbye to bulky, wrap-around goggles that close you off from the external world and say hello to discreet technology that puts you in a 3D VR environment with an unobstructed view of the surrounding environment with a broad field of view.

Augmented-pixel technology that’s far less isolating is being developed at a low-cost. Magic Leap, an American startup that’s raised more than half a billion dollars in funding, has also hinted at a product won’t require a screen.

In 2020 VR will integrate into many facets of our life, from entertainment and education to work and exploration.

There will be new requirements for being local and global and new advancements in virtual reality. We’ve have a lot of changes coming. There’s no doubt about it —  2020 will be an exciting time.


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