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Top Three Trends in Tech for 2021

In 2021, technology’s impact across industries was undeniable. Narrowing down this list to the top three trends was almost impossible, but we’re differentiating between trend and trendy the same way futurist, Amy Webb does as quoted in the Future Today Institute’s 12th Annual edition of their Tech Trends Report, “Trends emerge from weak signals at the fringe and reveal changes afoot. Real trends tend to take shape over many years.” Sometimes there is overlap, but as a general rule: Things that are trending in tech for 2021 are: 

The Internet of Things (IoT)

The way in which a network is created when physical devices connect to the internet and interact with each other or the Internet of Things, continued to increase. In 2021, there are more than 18 billion devices that can currently connect to the Internet. Smartwatches and other wearables are the norm and systems like Google’s Home and Amazon’s Alexa now reside in homes across the globe. Researchers at the International Data Corporation (IDC) estimate that there will be 41.6 billion connected IoT devices, or “things,” by 2025. Completely smart homes are becoming a reality with projects like Home Smart from Ikea and cities like Toronto, Seoul and New York continue to grow smarter thanks to their incorporation of IoT in their urban development.

5G Technology

2019 saw the launch of 5th-generation or 5G mobile networks in companies like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint which not only promised to increase the speed of full-length movie downloads to mere seconds, but also make everything faster. 5G has lower latency and enables users to connect to many more devices at once, and move more data thanks to its lightning fast speeds. This has implications for IoT devices like the ones mentioned above and other connected devices such as cars. Faster speeds would allow for more automated cars since they would be able to get real-time data about cities and traffic. This would also mean automation for more things such as drones and robots.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Voice

How do you find out information from your personal virtual assistant? Whether you’re using Cortana, Google, Siri or Amazon Alexa, most likely the answer and using voice-activated commands to search on the internet was a big trend in 2021. Some experts say forget Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Voice Activated Optimization (VAO) is where the future is headed, and they aren’t wrong. AI chatbots now learn not only text questions, but also natural language understanding and language processing to answer your question as accurately as possible. Expect voice technology to continue to grow in 2020 and beyond.

Honorable Mention: 

Quantum Computing

The fight for “quantum supremacy” went down this October with Google vs. IBM where Google claimed that its quantum machine did in 3 minutes a 20-second mathematical calculation that other supercomputers could not complete in under 10,000 years. IBM fired back stating that the calculation could be done in less than two and a half days – not 10,000 years. Either way, venture capitalists are investing over 450 million dollars into quantum computing, and we are watching (and keeping score).


It’s impossible to predict what the future holds for technology, but here are three trends that seem likely to continue growing in popularity. If you’re interested in learning more about these trends, contact us today.


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