Future Technology Predictions, 2020 Edition

December 24, 2019 • Shannon Flynn


Wondering about future technology predictions for 2020? Trying to predict the future is a touchy subject. Technology is changing so rapidly in today’s climate that it’s getting more challenging every day to envision what things will be like two, five or even 10 years into the future.

While it is apparent that we probably won’t see flying cars for at least
another decade, that still leaves a lot of the tech spectrum up to
interpretation. Artificial intelligence, for example, is already doing some
incredible things in the current market. It’s almost impossible to predict how
it will apply even just five years from now.

That said, there are enough resources to predict, with relative
certainty, what will happen over the next year or so. Here are some of the most
prevalent technology predictions for 2020, which is right around the corner.

5G Will Revolutionize Wireless Data Experiences

Over the last year or so, discussions have centered on the adoption of
the latest mobile connectivity standard: 5G, or the fifth generation of
wireless technology. When it drops, it will bring increased reliability, faster
connection speeds and much lower latency levels.

All that, coupled with the growing use of wireless-dependent technologies
like IoT, cloud computing, machine learning and AI, to name a few, make it easy
to see why 5G already has such a strong presence.

As it starts to roll out around the world, the technology
will revolutionize the way we — as a society — experience wireless solutions. A
whole wave of new tools will come online.

Devices that already exist will see incredible upgrades, and just about
every internet-ready platform will be available remotely, with always-on
access. Everything from HVAC to power control systems and manufacturing
automation platforms will get enhanced, far beyond what’s currently imaginable.

Security Challenges Will Grow Exponentially

Of course, the rise of 5G and our growing dependence on connected,
internet-enabled technologies means security concerns will balloon

As new platforms and systems come online, more and more facets of
ordinary life will be vulnerable to digital attacks. To protect ourselves,
collectively, we will need to come up with more advanced and more capable
security solutions, both in the corporate and personal realms of technology.

Imagine hackers taking down a central IoT server, which serves as a hub
for many in-home and at-work technology solutions. Cybercriminals can disable
anything from smart thermostats to work terminals in an instant, bringing the
entire world to a complete halt. Compromising smart thermostats at the server
level can hinder local operations, too. For example, a hack could render your
smart home devices impossible to use or alter, leaving you in a hot,
uncomfortable situation because the AC is not working.

Cybersecurity makes up the foundation of every successful and reliable
internet-ready technology.

IoT Will Spread Its Wings

If you feel like you can see the limitations of IoT technology in the
current world, guess again. Wait until 5G and similar wireless technologies
explode, and bring about revolutionary changes to the world of connected
devices. 5G will be 20 times faster, with 120 times less latency than

One of the top future technology predictions for 2020 is that the
Internet of Things will become faster, stronger and more present than anything
you could ever imagine.

While this may not necessarily come full circle in the year to come, we
will start to see the rise of this movement. That’s because currently, IoT has
limitations caused by existing wireless solutions, mainly Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and

5G will completely unchain or unleash IoT solutions, introducing an
entirely new channel of opportunities. Suddenly, you can have connected and
smart devices in a field or situation that would have never been possible
before. Expect things like smart packaging and supply chain solutions,
real-time fleet updates — including more than just GPS — and much, much more.

AI Will Permeate Everything

If you had asked anyone 10 years ago if they’d want to use an AI voice assistant as a practical and helpful tool in their life, you would have likely heard a “no.” After all, the concept of AI at that time was somewhat limited. 

Today, voice assistants like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant have helped
111.8 million people in the U.S. alone, at least
monthly, over the last year. 

Now, imagine how the technology applies in other fields. AI can play a role in cybersecurity, active monitoring, real-time customer interactions, basic or rote workplace tasks, facial recognition, vehicle controls or driverless vehicles, advanced robotics and much more.

AI has become the go-to for many modern solutions, and that’s going to
expand even more throughout 2020.

Future Technology Predictions 2020

Here are some more predictions for the coming year:

  • Quantum computing will continue to become more
    prominent, thanks to its unfathomable processing power.
  • Consumers will demand data and platform
    governance, taking control of their data.
  • Smart cities will not only grow to be more
    accepted, but smaller municipalities will also begin to explore related
  • Human and body augmentation will rise as
    technologies enhance physical, sensory or cognitive experiences.
  • Organizations will innovate using the
  • AR and VR experiences will become more
    widespread, merging the physical and digital worlds.

One thing is sure: Technology is at the heart of our evolution and will form the foundation of most changes happening over the coming year.