Global Trends 2020

Technophilia

Zoom introduces new virtual background feature

As more people are using video conferencing software due to having to work from home, Zoom have introduced a series of playful backgrounds they allow people to pretend they are anywhere else.

Source: https://mashable.com/article/zoom-background-change-coronavirus-meetings/?europe=true

Do-not-touch-your-face Machine Learning website

Launch of donottouchyourface.com, a website tool created by US-based developers that helps users follow the advice of medical experts to not touch their face during the coronavirus outbreak through Machine Learning.

Source: https://donottouchyourface.com/

Pokémon Go from home

Niantic have announced that they are putting their resources into developing features for Pokémon Go that are compatible with staying indoors. The company announced that, in the midst of the challenge that COVID-19 represents, they are “putting focus on expanding features and experiences in our games that can be enjoyed in an individual setting.”

Source: https://mashable.com/article/pokemon-go-feature-changes-coronavirus/?europe=true

The tech dimension

As internet usage keeps rising a key value is early adoption, the hunger for the next and newest technology. Globally, 7 in 10 try to keep up with technology (70%), and as many as 9 in 10 online

Spend, spend, spend − trouble on the financial horizon

Faced with uncertainity about the future, hedonistic ‘you only live once’ lifestyles are growing in appeal. People

Can technology ever help trust?

As technology and the behemoth-like firms behind it take an ever-increasing share of our time, income and attention, permeating every moment of our daily lives – even when we ring a doorbell – the very essence of