Dominik Lukeš

By Dominik Lukeš

What technology trends defined the 2010s and what is coming in the 2020s

I posted a 6-part series on Technology trends that reshaped our lives in the 2010s with the last part being focused on what we can expect in the next decade. The focus was more on fundamental trends with impact on the shape of how we do things rather than inividual products. Here’s the table of contents:


Hardware: Things on our desks, laps, bodies, or in our homes or pockets

  • Large-screen phones
  • Midrange phones
  • Phone cameras / Computational photography
  • Smart speakers
  • Smartwatches and fitness trackers

Other smaller hardware trends

  • Touch interfaces
  • Ubiquitous data / WiFi everywhere
  • USB charging
  • Contactless payments
  • Longevity of desktops and laptops
  • Drones
  • Raspberry Pi, Arduino and others

Software: What we installed or logged into

  • Dropbox and cloud storage and sync
  • Google Photos
  • Cost of software and subscription pricing
  • Google Docs, autosave and live collaboration
  • ChromeOS and software as a service (SaaS)
  • Automatic software updates
  • Open Source and Open Data
  • Speech recognition and image classification with neural networks
  • Whatsapp and other group messaging solutions

Media and content consumption

  • TV and music streaming subscriptions
  • The Rise of YouTube
  • Online learning and education
  • Podcasts
  • Audiobooks — Reading with your ears
  • Games and e-sports

The bursts of the hype bubbles: Motte and bailey edition

  • Social graph and personalisation
  • Ereaders and ebooks / E-textbooks and tablets
  • Smart home and internet of things
  • Reality will not be televised: The failure of 3D, VR, AR
  • AI as a category
  • Blockchain / bitcoin
  • Robotics
  • 3D printing
  • USB C

Future prospects: Hopes, dreams and reality checks

  • What the world needs now: Batteries
  • 5G and more accessible mobile networking
  • LED Monitors and the foldable display
  • Struggle for control and regulation
  • Adventures in automation
  • Smart spaces
  • Technical debt ebbs and flows: IPv6, ARM transition and more
  • Socialising change and paying down the UX debt
  • In praise of a boring future


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