These Three Techs Will Dominate Our Lives This Decade

The decade will see another tech revolution.

Every decade, there is a single piece of tech that dominates our lives. In the 1990s, it was the personal computer, although it was named Time’s “Person of the Year” in 1982. In the 2000s, it was cellphones, with the seemingly unbreakable monopoly of Nokia over the market. In the 2010s, smartphones took over, one of the greatest disruptive technologies in human history. It was also the decade of social media. In the 2020s, experts predict that three techs will dominate many households: 5G technology, smart assistants, and streaming apps.

5G Technology

5G is already in the Philippines, and it promises the end of your buffering days. 5G stands for fifth-generation connectivity, which allows super-fast Internet connection, greater data capacity, and enhanced reliability, meaning less downtime for your Internet connection.

Globe, in partnership with Huawei, became the first service provider to launch the 5G service in the country in June 2019. It launched the Globe At Home Air Fiber 5G, which is the first commercially available 5G service in Southeast Asia. PLDT is also set to roll out its own 5G network in the first quarter of 2020, also in partnership with tech companies Huawei and Ericsson. The two giant telcos are ramping up their services not only to provide faster Internet service, but also to prepare for tougher competition as third telco player Dito Telecommunity is also set to roll out its services in the first quarter of this year, promising speeds of up to 27 Mbps for its fixed broadband Internet service on its first year of operation, and 55 Mbps on its second year.


Smart Assistants

Smart appliances and fixtures, collectively known as IoTs or the Internet of Things (non-mobile-phone objects that are able to connect to a network or Wi-Fi), gain a steady growth in the market, so will smart assistants such as Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.

With a powerful Wi-Fi connection to a 5G service, these IoTs can connect to your home network together with your smart assistant, so that everything will be controlled with a simple command, even while you’re driving: “Alexa, before I get home in five minutes, I want you to switch on the air-con so it’s cool when I arrive.”

Your smartphone can be your command center for your entire household, provided that your appliances and even fixtures are IoTs connected to your house’s Wi-Fi. It can also help you manage your home. In this decade, it is possible to have your refrigerator remind you through your smart assistant which items are already expiring or low in supply: “You have three eggs left in your fridge,” or “Your milk is about to expire tomorrow.” Now that’s cool.

Streaming Apps

This decade will probably see the accelerated decline of television and the exponential rise of streaming apps, especially now when Netflix’s once dominant hold on the streaming market is being challenged by formidable new players such as Amazon Prime and Disney+. The clincher is that Disney+ could cost only P359 per month in the Philippines, and with Disney’s impressive roster of IP (it owns Marvel, Lucasfilm, Touchstone Pictures, and the entire Walt Disney movies franchise, Pixar, and partly owns the History Channel, Lifetime, and A&E, among others), it shouldn’t be a surprise if the platform becomes the dominant streaming app of the decade.

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Locally, ABS-CBN has its own streaming service iWant, in which you can watch replays of its regular shows, movies produced under Star Cinema, and movie classics that were restored by ABS-CBN’s film restoration project Sagip Pelikula.

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