Insider Intelligence’s Tech Trends to Watch in 2022

The Metaverse, Space, and AI Will Face Consumer Privacy and Bias Concerns

Executive Summary

Big technology bets—mRNA vaccines, videoconferencing, and rapid delivery—won during the pandemic. In 2022, the tech industry will make some new bets on the future, including space-based internet, the metaverse, and voice-based internet. But it will also need to overcome consumer and government concerns about bias and privacy.

Questions this report covers:

  • Will the hype over the metaverse influence the new products that consumers see?
  • Will concerns about algorithmic bias and privacy affect the tech industry?
  • Will the battle between tech giants lead to improvements in how we connect to the internet?

KEY STAT: Visions of the metaverse rely on widespread adoption of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) headsets, which are set to become much more common in the next four years.

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Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Trend: Dreams of Owning the ‘Metaverse’ Will Drive Big Tech Investments 
  4. Trend: Privacy Regulations Will Shape Business Strategies Worldwide
  1. Trend: The Space Race to Bridge the Digital Divide Matures
  2. Trend: Ethical AI Becomes Core Practice
  3. Trend: Speaking with Machines Becomes Commonplace
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  1. Sources
  2. Media Gallery

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