What will be the next tech inventions we can’t live without?


Google recently celebrated 20 years of existence. Now, two decades really isn’t a lot of time in the big picture. But the world’s most popular search engine — though it’s not the first internet search engine — now is such a part of our daily lives that its very name has been turned into a verb for the act of conducting an online search.

The same with Facebook or smartphones: It is not unusual for a person to use both constantly throughout the day. Such was not the case 15, or even 10, years ago.

Then there’s the internet itself: While existing in some form since the late 1980s, it wasn’t a factor in the lives of many Americans until the late ’90s. Yet can you imagine life without it today?

My point is that new technologies — along with new ways to leverage those technologies — can be quickly adopted and assimilated into our lives and jobs. And while none of them are perfect, they have made our lives more enjoyable and our work easier.

Here’s a look at the technologies, platforms, and services that many of us can’t imagine living without, or working without, today:

  • mobile devices
  • YouTube
  • Google
  • the internet
  • email
  • texting
  • Facebook
  • social media in general
  • wireless
  • GPS
  • Fantasy football (kidding/not kidding)
  • eBay
  • Amazon.com
  • streaming music services

Nothing on the list above was part of the average person’s life 25 years ago. Yet look where we are now. This raises an obvious question: What emerging technologies will become deeply embedded in our daily personal and work lives 25 years from now?

Will everyone have their own robot or drone assistants? AI-powered virtual assistants that live on multiple platforms? How about implanted AI-powered assistants? Self-driving cars? Flying cars? Will mobile payments be the norm, or cryptocurrency? Will there be 3D printers in every home and office?

Those are just a few possibilities. I’d love to hear predictions from readers about the technologies and services that could be commonplace a couple of decades from now.

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