Top 10 Disruptive Technological Trends for 2020

(Last Updated On: April 2, 2020)

In this connected and intelligent world, the contribution of technologies cannot be left unappreciated. Due to multiple technological advancements, breakthrough machines and innovations are being developed every year that perform tasks way beyond the capabilities of humans.

Disruptive Technological Trends for 2020

Disruptive Technological Trends for 2020

This year too, some new technological trends are expected to erupt and take the world by storm. As a blend of two or more disruptive technologies, these developments are expected to make major tremors in the next five to ten years in terms of affecting our lives and the places where we work or live.

Below are some of these trends that are expected to shake our world in the time to come:

1. Autonomous things:

The development of autonomous objects is at an all-time hype. Drones, robots, maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) are some of the few examples that collectively are forming smart and intelligent spaces let it be in air, land, or sea. By employing the capabilities of AI and IoT, these objects are being developed to perform tasks that are commonly accomplished by humans.

Even though these autonomous things are currently being used in meticulous environments like in factories and warehouses, they can be expected to be implemented in open public spaces soon. These smart things powered by the connectivity network of an IoT system will conduct precise well-scoped operations without the interference of humans.

2. Multi-experience:

The trend of multi-experience or ambient experience will result in the generation of multiple touch-point and kinaesthetic interfaces over the conventional concept of computers offering liberty of a single-point interaction. However, in the nearest future, the immersive experiences like AR, VR, and MR, along with multifaceted human-machine interfaces will be prevalent. The combination of these technologies can be used to create a fully immersive experience for the users.

3. Democratization:

Democratization refers to giving everyone access to something. Even though this idea is not new in the technical realm, it will now be a major trend for cutting-edge technologies to come.

For example, in the field of data science, democratization will enable programmers and coders to develop data models without any prior expertise or skillset as a data scientist. They will instead be able to find pre-generated codes and conduct tests based on artificial intelligence-based systems.

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4. Human augmentation:

Human augmentation is a way through which the physical and mental experiences of a person can be elated. These augmentations may include:

  • Sensory augmentation
  • Accessories and biological function augmentation
  • Genetic augmentation
  • Implants based brain augmentation

Physical augmentations are already being used in different fields. For instance, the mining industry uses wearables to enhance the safety of their workers while in retail industries they are being used to boost their productivity.

5. Transparency and traceability:

As consumers are becoming more aware of the ways with which their data is stored and used by the companies, they demand the establishment of see-through architecture in the data flow systems.

Thus, this years’ technological trends may result in the governance of cognition based technologies like artificial intelligence and IoT. By focusing on key elements like ethics,  accountability, compatibility, consistency, and integrity the technologies will be governed and regulated properly.

6. The empowered edge:

Edge computing is one of the most effective and worked-upon technologies in the world. This technology has enabled companies to process information and conduct other operations near the source.

This reduces the latency in processing data as it keeps the traffic local and distributed. This is highly beneficial for IoT end devices, as they will gain the benefit of making self-decisions instantly, resulting in saved time and development of smart spaces.

7. The distributed cloud:

A distributed cloud will empower cloud providers to locate their data centers in remote locations and control aspects related to its architecture, delivery, updates, and governance. This decentralization of cloud will enable service providers to get rid of latency problems and regulatory issues like data sovereignty. They will also gain the ability to provide users with private or local cloud as per their needs.

8. Hyper-automation:

Since no single tool or software can replace the proficiency of humans, hyper-automation will become a major trend this year to automate processes that once required manual intervention.

Over the general automation that makes a single machine intelligent enough for conducting specific actions, hyper-automation will also make the machines capable to design, analyze automate, monitor, measure, and reassess the tasks.

Technologies like AI and IoT will be infused with robotic process automation and other sophisticated business management software to computerize the entire industrial operations.

This hyper-automation will also assist in the development of digital twins of the organization (DTO) that will further result in the monitoring of key performance indicators (KPIs) and drive significant business opportunities.

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9. Practical Blockchain:

Blockchain is among the most booming technologies in the world. By the end of 2024, the blockchain technology is expected to reach a market valuation of $20 billion. However, the technology is still immature and vulnerable to be implemented for enterprise deployments due to technical issues related to poor scalability and interoperability. Nevertheless, it is expected to become completely scalable by the end of 2023.

By monitoring and focusing these 5 key aspects of blockchain:

  • A shared and distributed ledger
  • Tokenization
  • Distributed public consensus mechanisms
  • Immutable and traceable ledger
  • Cryptography and encryption

a company can develop and implement a practical blockchain by only using features that they really need. This will resolve a series of issues related to ledger replication on a distributed network and make it independent and accessible for individual applications. A practical blockchain will help industries to transform dynamically and will eventually complement other top-notch technologies like AI and IoT.

10. AI Security:

As these technological trends will play in an open and connected world, a secure framework will also be needed to keep them invulnerable from cyber-attacks. By following AI principals and data models, secure systems for tangible objects and digital technologies are also forecasted to be developed that will keep smart spaces secure from theft and vandalism.


Disruptive technologies have already displayed their vividness in different fields and are now subjected to develop more breakthrough innovations. While these trends are expected to make initial ripples in the technical realm this year, their results may be garnered in the far-fetched future. It is to be seen what these trends will bring new for us in the time to come

Sanjeev Verma
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