WASHINGTON: After a year that made the terms WFH (work from home) and metaverse instantly recognisable for many people, there are a new set of technological trends headed this way for 2022.
Here’s a selection of how technology may change lives in the coming year:
Meat alternatives have become common in an increasing number of US households, thanks in part to Beyond Meat and Impossible Food plant-based products that come far closer to the texture and flavor of beef or pork.
As the products have improved and the prices edged downward, demand has been boosted by concern about the environment: raising animals for food is responsible for a whopping 14.5% of human-linked greenhouse gas emissions, according to UN data.
The global market for plant-based meats is expected to be worth $35 billion in 2027 — up from $13.5 billion in 2020, thanks in part to expansion beyond the United States, according to a report from Research and Markets.
“2022 will be the crowning year of food made from plant-based proteins,” said David Bchiri, president of US consulting firm Fabernovel. “The products are mature and good. They’re going to become mainstream.”
‘Web 3.0’ and crypto
The internet´s first phase was the creation of websites and blogs, which allowed the emergence of companies like Yahoo, eBay and Amazon.
The next iteration was Web 2.0, defined by social media and user generated content on sites like Facebook and YouTube.
These platforms “get the money and control it, they let you on their platform,” summarised Benedict Evans, an independent analyst specializing in Silicon Valley.