Image by Gerd Altmann.

There has never been a better time to make the future happen than right now.

Interconnected technology trends — cloud and quantum computing, 5G and 6G wireless, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, blockchain, and more — will transform our lives.

I’ve described in prior articles how these trends could impact the world of 2030 and 2040. New software, services, and devices will create tomorrow’s experiences for how we work, live, and play.

But it’s hard to create new products that truly delight customers. Close to 40% of new products fail to deliver their intended results.

Why is…

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Go back, I felt the voice say. Go back and learn more.

Until that moment, I had wanted to be the first to the snacks at the back of the room.

The teacher at the vacation bible school had talked for a while about Jesus and asked if anyone wanted to come up and receive him as their Savior. Many raised their hands and went to the front of the room to pray. After the teacher dismissed us for the break, I jumped up and raced back to the orange punch and cookies, getting their first.

It wasn’t an audible…

We each create a story of what the future can be.

In every era we have faced problems — disease, famine, recession, conflict, and others — that caused us to question whether the coming years will be better than those left behind. But over the long view of history, we have emerged on the other side to a new and better normal.

Over the next 50 years, eight technology trends will change our lives for the better. …

Eight Technology Trends — One Decade at a Time

The smiling toddler perched on his mother’s lap could be any child. Except it’s me.

The picture, taken with a Kodak Instamatic camera in 1970, captures a moment from long ago. But as I look back on that world, it seems like it just happened: Corded dial phones, punch card computing, phone books, cathode-ray televisions, and the three channels where everyone got the news.

The 1970s is a foreign world if you didn’t grow up in it. To someone in 2070 looking at a picture of our world today, we’ll look just as foreign to them.

Key technology trends today…

Brendan Foley

Brendan Foley is a product management executive in the Bay Area with over twenty years of experience across a variety of technology sectors.

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