[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]magine waking up to a new day. A smart alarm clock gently awakens you precisely at the end of your sleep cycle, following which you check your smartwatch to ascertain the quality of your sleep. You ready yourself for work, while the virtual assistant on your smart speaker reads you the latest news, and weather and traffic conditions, as you brush your teeth.

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Freshly brewed coffee from the automated coffee machine, prepared just the way you like it, awaits you and you grab a cup before work. As you are about to head out of the door, a drone from the logistics company drops off a package just in time. You are scheduled to reach the office at 9am and you get some work done on the commute, thanks to your self driving car.

The foundations for this futuristic reality are already present. The world today is one that will hardly be recognisable by tomorrow. Where convenience and efficiency reign, the virtual – or at the very least, the augmented – impinges on the real. Human interactions are done over social applications.

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More than ever, the only constant is change – and often even before one can adapt to the last round of advancements. Read on to gain an overview of the tech trends that will change the way we live.

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