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Are 2015’s tech trends worth your time? Judge for yourself

Watch Amy Webb’s and Hari Sreenivasan’s full conversation about the tech trends to watch in 2015.

Earlier this month, digital strategist Amy Webb, CEO of Webbmedia Group, talked to Hari Sreenivasan on the PBS NewsHour about some of 2015’s top tech trends to watch. Here’s a breakdown:

Wearables

Image courtesy of Apple.

Image courtesy of Apple.

Webb is following 290 wearable devices — watches, bracelets, pieces of technology a person can wear that tracks activity. The devices are connected to a smartphone, where those stats can be retrieved.
Pro: Keep up with your kids’ whereabouts, monitor your health
Con: Not knowing where exactly your data is living, concerns with privacy

Encrypted Devices

blackphoneUntraced phones, like the Blackphone, and ephemeral content– networks and apps you can messages on that disappear, seemingly into thin air.
Pro: Privacy and anonymity
Con: Privacy and anonymity for everyone

Autonomous Vehicles

algae_droneThink of a flying drone — one that you control. Combine that with mechanical technology that allows the drone to make decisions on its own. Add a camera to it, and now you’ve got a device that can move, “think” and surveil.
Pro: Additional surveillance
Con: Concerns with privacy

See Amy Webb’s full 2015 tech trends to watch, and tell us in the comments below which tech trends you’ll be paying attention to in the new year.

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