Five Technology Trends to Watch

CTA produces Five Technology Trends to Watch each year. CTA analysts select five top trends to explore how these areas could impact the industry going forward and the opportunities ahead. For the 2022 edition, the focus is on FinTech, Cybersecurity, the Future of Transportation, Food Tech and Digital Therapeutics to see how these areas are reshaping the way we live.

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Fintech will Revolutionize Money Management, and Perhaps Money Itself

Fintech will transform finance in the coming years, presenting great opportunities for innovators able to help us manage our finances more easily and less expensively. Moving money costs money, and the cost varies depending on the method.

A Very Pandemic Cyber World

Three major challenges for 2022 involve data theft, ransomware and denial of service attacks. Money is the root of all evil activity in cyberspace, and the rise of digital currencies like bitcoin has made it possible to make payments and transfers anonymously.

The Future of Transportation

From land to sky to orbit, transportation is undergoing a major makeover, much of it centered on the dual trends of electrification and autonomy. The vehicles of this transformation are multitudinous, ranging from trucks and buses to passenger-toting drones to rocket ships.

Tech Reshaping Meat, Eating and Sustainability

Plant-based “meats,” AI-powered grocery experiences, 3D printed food, ghost kitchens and smarter delivery apps are all reshaping the food industry in diverse ways. As consumer habits shift because of smarter, newer tech innovations — and as tech developments are driven even more by consumer demand — the food tech industry is rapidly reconsidering what it means to access, order, cook and eat food.

The Strength of the Digital Therapeutics Market

In an old Saturday Night Live sketch Billy Crystal, playing the talk show host “Fernando,” had as one of his tag lines, “You know, it is better to look good than to feel good.” Well, that was way back in the 1980s and today, if developers of digital therapeutics (DTx) have their way, “look good” and “feel good” will no longer be mutually exclusive. And given the pandemic, more people might choose the latter over the former.

Transformative Tech

Tech innovation is making the nation more resilient in the face of crises. The pandemic has bolstered the relationship consumers have with technology. From working to learning, staying connected with family, friends and colleagues, and taking care of our health, tech is playing a crucial role in improving lives. Even though the U.S. is confronted with supply chain shortages, labor gaps and spiraling inflation, tech will help us keep pushing forward. Read Gary Shapiro's full statement.