From electric scooters to facial recognition and deepfakes, 2019 saw several new technology trends come to the fore, even if their full consequences are yet to be entirely realised.
But what can we expect in 2020? As we enter a new decade, The Telegraph’s technology writers bring you their predictions for the year ahead.
The smart home becomes unavoidable
Have you tried to buy a TV that doesn’t come with an internet connection recently? Or a Hi-Fi system? This year, expect the same for lightbulbs, alarm systems and thermostats.
The smart home has been a concept for over a decade now, but for much of that time automated lighting, power systems and appliances have been too expensive, bulky and unreliable to attract anyone but the most dedicated technophiles.
That has changed in the last couple of years, as designs have improved and prices have rapidly fallen. Today, smart plugs and bulbs can be bought for less than a tenner, and new houses are being bought with smart home systems already in place. Before long, having a smart home – like having a smartphone – won’t be a matter of choice.
Why? Costs are falling rapidly thanks to economies of scale, home internet connections are getting faster, and major tech companies – in particular Amazon and Google – are investing heavily in the space.