Technology trends in 2022

Genetically modified meat and cheese

David Bashiri, president of US consulting firm Fabernovel, predicts that “the year 2022 will be the advent of foods made with plant-based proteins.” From New York to San Francisco, meat substitutes are becoming a staple in many households, thanks in particular to Beyond Meat and Impossible Food, whose texture, flavor, and texture come close to plant-based steak. .

Their presentation responds in particular to environmentalists’ demand: industrial agriculture is responsible for 14% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. By 2027, the global plant-based meat market is expected to be worth $35 billion (vs $13.5 billion in 2020). Cheese is no exception: Babybel launched vegan products this year.

decentralized web

The first stage of the web was the creation of blogs and websites, such as Yahoo, eBay or Amazon. Then came the current Web 2.0, which is dominated by social networking and content sharing. Silicon Valley analyst Benedict Evans Silicon Valley analyst Benedict Evans summarizes Facebook and YouTube “controlling and reaping revenue.”

In Web 3.0, “users, creators, and developers own shares (from the site) and can vote,” as in a collaborative, he explained. This new move is based on blockchain technology, which enabled the emergence of cryptocurrencies and NFTs.

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David Bashir interjects, “We talk a lot about decentralized finance, but I think in 2022 we will see more local use cases, which will come into everyday life.” The City of Miami has raised more than $20 million in its cryptocurrency, which was built using CityCoins, an open source protocol designed for municipalities looking for ways to raise funds. New York also launched.

But these technologies have an environmental impact, given the massive electricity needs of computer networks, data centers, and the links in the blockchain.

Challenge the monopolies

The sheer power of GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) has alarmed authorities for years. Europe is taking action, Russia and China are regulating or censoring them, and in 2021, America is armed to fight it. Angle of attack: LC. Several investigations and legal actions are underway for the abuse of a dominant position.

Meta (formerly Facebook), Mark Zuckerberg’s group, finds itself in a difficult position after the massive leak of internal documents orchestrated by a whistleblower, which shows that the company’s leaders are aware of the damage its apps are causing, especially for the smaller and Democratic.

For their part, elected US officials approved bills in the commission challenging the hegemony of “Java”. The cryptocurrency explosion also worries regulators. In September, China’s central bank ruled that all financial transactions related to them were illegal.

Beware of ransomware

Ransomware attacks and large-scale theft of confidential data are expected to continue into 2022. Between the rise of cryptocurrencies and the difficulties in catching hackers, digital extortion has begun. It involves hacking into an organization’s computer network and demanding ransom in cryptocurrency.

“With 495 million ransomware attacks recorded, 2021 is already the costliest and most dangerous year,” cybersecurity firm SonicWall noted in October. “In 2022, the main topic for me and my colleagues will be ransomware. It is very profitable,” wrote Sandra Joyce, Director of Intelligence for Cybersecurity Mandiant.

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