Technology can be unpredictable. While it’s easy to foresee some updates in our smartphones and computers, it gets more complicated when we start discussing other types of technology. Remember 3-D TVs? Flying cars? Yeah, we’re still waiting for those.
This doesn’t mean that we’ll never have flying cars, or 3D TVs. They probably will happen, we just don’t know when. The following trends collected by Technology Radar have a lot of support from experts, making us believe that they will actually happen in the following year or in the very near future.
Check out the 2018’s 5 coolest tech trends that should have us all excited:
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While electric cars have existed for a while, 2018 will be the year when their technology will peak and we’ll see many more. While it’ll take a lot of time for regular cars, driven by oil and gas, to stop being the main type of vehicle, many countries believe that in 20 years their use will be banned, so 2018 marks an important time for people to start believing in electric cars and for big car companies to start developing their own versions of them.
The Downfall Of Apple And Samsung
ABI Research believes that we’re entering a new era of smartphones, where Google and Amazon will reign with their AI, augmented reality, and smart voice products. It’s believed that Apple, Samsung, and many other companies will trail behind because they don’t have the necessary tech to stay at the head of the pack.
More Streaming Services
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Digital downloads are dying. Apple, Amazon, and Google are now interested in developing and improving their own streaming services and in trying to beat Spotify, the king of streaming music services. Apple’s just bought Shazam, which means that every time you use the app you’ll be redirected to Apple music, increasing their audience by significant numbers.
Disney Will Challenge Netflix
Disney recently bought 20th Century Fox, giving them the rights to their movies, shows, and TV channels. They already own Marvel, Star Wars, and the soon-to-return Avatar. This means that Disney will own so much content that they’ll be able to pull all of their stuff from Netflix and Amazon, beefing up Hulu. Because they own that too.
Finally, Space Tourism Will Begin
That doesn’t mean that everyone can access it, but it does make it a thing that exists, which is crazy enough. With SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic, space tourism is officially a go. Now the question is, who would volunteer for that first flight to space?