Technology Trends 2016

It’s this time of the year again for everyone in the business to release their yearly predictions. In order to save you some time, we collected all the most important and relevant trends – from the sources that matter, in one post.

The trends have been collected by The Futures Agency partner, speaker and content curator, Rudy de Waele, and were originally published on the shift 2020 Brain Food blog and newsletter. You can sign up to this newsletter here.


Major Trends For 2016: Consumers Flex Muscles, Scramble For Resources And Strive For Privacy by Mary Meehan (Forbes)

Trends For 2016, Part 2: Consumers Find Tech Transformed, Connect With Their Tribes, Reel From Shock by Mary Meehan (Forbes)

Fjord Trends 2016 — Slideshare presentation here

8 Tech Trends to Watch in 2016 by HBR

Letter From the Editor: These Will Be 2016’s Biggest Stories in the WIRED World

Key Digital Trends for 2016 (Ogilvy)

The 10 hot consumer trends for 2016 by Ericsson ConsumerLab

WebbMedia Group Trends 2016

A year of intensified search for user value by Koru (Christian Lindholm)

Tech Trends 2016 (Frog Design)

Digital Marketing in 2016 — The 5 Trends You Need To Care About by Jeremy Waite

Communications Trends 2016 (Hotwire PR)

Top Strategic Predictions for 2016 and Beyond: The Future Is a Digital Thing (Gartner)

Predictions for the Most Disruptive Tech Trends (

So many ‘for 2016’ lists. So little time. (

Check out 10 technologies that could change your life in 2016 (Tech Radar)

The Big Digital Trends Coming in 2016 — Extreme Connectivity, Customer Centricity, Wearables, AI by Joel Spence

Tech Trends for 2016: Human robots, virtual reality sex and more… (


Microsoft: 2016 Will Be The Year Of AI (Fast Company)

7 trends for artificial intelligence in 2016: ‘Like 2015 on steroids’ (Tech Republic)

AI, automation to shape 2016 tech trends


3D Print Hub — 3D Printing Trends December 2015
This trend report provides a comprehensive and unmatched perspective on the current state of the 3D printing industry. Based on data from our 3D Hubs community, which includes over 24,500 printers in over 150 countries, and thousands of 3D print orders every month, we are excited to show you the printers people love and what’s trending in the world of 3D printing.

Top 5 FinTech Trends in 2016 according Capify

Further down the line…

8 industries robots will completely transform by 2025 (Tech Insider)

Forward to the Future: Visions of 2045
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) asked the world and our own researchers what technologies they expect to see 30 years from now — and received insightful, sometimes funny predictions.

Update 23/12/2015

Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends 2016 (Forbes)

Tech predictions 2016: 4 business trends to watch (ZDNet)

The 10 Biggest Tech Trends for 2016 (

2016 Predictions by Frank Diana

Some related images by Gerd Leonhard (@gleonhard)

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