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I was looking for any decent reports on the big tech trends for 2021 and first of all  stumbled upon an interesting report from 2017. This was for the World Economic Forum, who surveyed 800 experts on their views of the key technologies for the future, and found seven major areas to focus upon:

  1. Robots
  2. Artificial Intelligence
  3. Sensors
  4. MedTech
  5. The Internet becomes a basic human right
  6. Phones will be implanted under our skin, allowing us to communicate using our brain waves
  7. Car-sharing becomes bigger than car-owning

No big surprises here in the long-term, but what about Quantum Computing, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and teleportation? And what about in 2021? What are the big tech items this year?

Well, here are five from The Free Press Journal starting with 5G, of course. The other four are:

  1. e-learning takes off big time (duh? of course!)
  2. data security is key (as always)
  3. AI and machine learning will make payments security better (yawn)
  4. working from home is the new normal (zzzz)

How boring is this?

I even found another article predicting the big things in cloud computing in 2021, and that was also dull as dishwater.

So, rather than Googling for more esoteric and dull ideas, here are my big five tech ideas for 2021:

  1. People are bored with phones, so foldable and rollable consumer technologies will become more widespread – we have a foldable phone, but how about a rollable phone that’s more like a translucent paper?
  2. People are bored with phones … we want more games! A 5G massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) will be big news in 2021 to relieve the boredom of lockdown
  3. People are also bored with Zoom (already?!), but videocalls are not going away … but we will start to construct new ways of calling and talking and I believe there’s still room for a Zoom alternative … maybe a videocall based MMORPG?
  4. Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies will take a leap in 2021 as consumers want more escapism via technology … maybe a videocall based MMORPG in an alternative reality?
  5. Everything will be in the cloud – it’s not just data and voice services, but everything that needs access everywhere by everyone … anytime, anywhere, anyplace ... even a videocall based MMORPG in an alternative reality will be fully cloud-native!

The question then is how can banks roll their services into the superapps MMORPG before some bright company like Stripe beats them to it …

Ah, Happy Techie 21!

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Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog,, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal's Financial News. To learn more click here...

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