Trend Search

Trends Search v1.2

This is a beta product that we built for our own internal purposes at FTI. It includes all of our signals and trends research to date, as well as all of the research published in our annual Future Today Institute 2020 Tech Trends Report.

Trend Search v1.2 is a no-frills database. You can perform searches on the left or browse trends below. In this version, we include dropdown menus only. In upcoming versions, you will be able to search using natural language queries.

What’s important in this version is the the structured data and search functionality. v1.2 includes search functions for technology, trends (as well as adjacent and related trends) and industry sector. We will be updating regularly.

We could have waited to build more features, visuals and frills before releasing it to the public. Given the crushing amount of uncertainty so many organizations are dealing with in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, we thought it would be useful to our FTI clients and community. We invite you to use the trends database to support your planning.

Version updates will be posted regularly. Features and new functions will be added throughout the year.


Countries including China and Sweden are researching how to develop their own decentralized currencies.
Financial service and payment providers are tapping into social interactions to facilitate financial transactions.
Financial data systems are becoming more standardized and interoperable, facilitating access to banking infrastructure and analytics for third parties.
The algorithms powering quant funds, like the humans who develop them, are vulnerable to inherent biases.
Financial inclusion is more than a positive social impact story, it’s a forward-looking customer acquisition strategy.
In the near-future, the value of our everyday financial transactions will be eclipsed by the value of our data itself.
With distributed computing technology, people can donate idle processor time in support of certain causes.
Blockchains can be used as a universal index of content authorship and edits.
Decentralized platforms for content will give more control to the people who originally created it.
Blockchain networks like Ethereum offer new ways to track ownership and licensing for content through smart contracts.
Asset tokenization allows businesses to reduce the friction associated with buying and selling securities to a greater network of investors.
2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the world wide web. Decentralization and collaboration are driving its next iteration.
Identity management systems have seen a gradual evolution from government issued IDs to email providers and social media accounts.
Blockchain is being used to facilitate a new kind of digital citizenship in some countries.
In this section we have outlined key themes within blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.
Municipal managers are investing in new technologies and better policies to protect against attacks.