Here’s a selection of how technology could change lives in the coming year:
meat substitutes Increasingly popular, thanks to Beyond Meat and Impossible Food plant-based products that closely resemble beef or pork in texture and flavor.
As products have improved and prices have fallen, concern about the environment has fueled demand: according to United Nations data, raising animals for food accounts for 14.5 percent of human-linked greenhouse gas emissions. is responsible for.
According to a report by Research and Markets, the global market for plant-based meats is expected to be worth $35 billion in 2027 – up from $13.5 billion in 2020, thanks to expansion beyond the United States.
“2022 will be a significant year for food made from plant-based proteins,” said David Bachiri, president of US consulting firm Fabernowell. “The products are mature and good. They’re going to become mainstream.”
The first phase of the Internet was the creation of websites and blogs, which allowed the emergence of companies such as Yahoo, eBay and Amazon.
The next iteration was Web 2.0, defined by social media and user-generated content on sites such as Facebook and YouTube.
So, is Web 3.0 coming?
In this iteration, “users, creators and developers will have stakes and votes in one platform,” the way a cooperative works, Evans said on his “Another Podcast.”
Such a revolutionary step has been made possible by blockchain technology, where computer programs run on a network of thousands or even millions of computers.
Until now, blockchain has enabled the rise of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, and more recently, unique digital objects such as images or animations known as NFTs.
“We talk a lot about decentralized finance, but I think in 2022 we will see more localized use cases that will permeate everyday life,” said Bachiri of consulting firm Fabernovel.
As highly volatile digital currencies such as bitcoin hit record high prices in 2021, a vast array of players have joined the game, including versions launched by Miami and New York City.
The spike towards record ransomware attacks and data leaks in 2021 is likely to spread in the coming year.
Cyber-extortion robberies break into a victim’s network to encrypt data, then demand a ransom, usually paid via cryptocurrency, in exchange for unlocking it.
A confluence of factors has fueled this trend, including the rising value of cryptocurrencies, the willingness of victims to pay, and the difficulty of authorities catching attackers.
Cybersecurity company SonicWall wrote in late October: “With 495 million ransomware attacks by the company so far this year, 2021 will be the most expensive and dangerous year on record.”
“When I think about 2022, the thing that tops me and my colleagues remains ransomware. It’s very fascinating,” said Sandra Joyce, executive vice president and head of global intelligence at cybersecurity firm Mandiant. has written.
It’s hard to say whether 2022 is the year Big Tech will finally be hit by significant new regulations, but a series of regulatory and legal threats introduced in 2021 will fuel a bigger fight.
In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit against Facebook poses a real threat to the social media giant, although a court has already dismissed the case once.
More lawsuits and a federal investigation — and perhaps even new laws eventually — are possible in the wake of damaging whistleblower leaks that showed Facebook executives knew its sites could be harming.
Some critics say the firm’s major push into realizing the Metaverse – a virtual reality version of the Internet – is an attempt to change the subject after years of criticism.
Apple dodged a bullet in 2021 when a US federal court said Fornite maker Epic Games failed to show the iPhone giant an illegal monopoly, but the firm was still ordered to loosen control of its App Store. Both sides have appealed.
New rules in the EU could come soon as it pushes new laws, such as the Digital Services Act, that would make more strict monitoring of harmful and illegal content on platforms like Facebook.