As 2020 has arrived, it’s fun to reminisce on the 2010’s and see what’s happened over the decade. These are just a handful of technological advances, trends, and events in history that we can look on.

Transition to Online Movies

As we all remember, if you wanted to watch a movie it was either at the theater or had to be rented at the store. At the beginning of the decade, there were still 6,500 blockbuster video stores worldwide. They slowly decreased in number as online movies became more popular on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Video, On Demand, etc.

Top Rated Movies

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the best movies of the decade are: Brooklyn, Wonder Woman, Drive, Avengers: Infinity War, Hell or High Water, Frank, and Moonlight.

Food Trends

Putting avocado on bread emerged as a trendy meal called “avocado toast”; avocado sales have dramatically increased over the years and continue to increase as we enter 2020. Smoothie bowls became more popular, also known as “acai bowls”. Vegetarians were feeling left out and took a shot at happiness by creating the “impossible burger”. New ice cream flavors such as charcoal or lavender, and they were surprisingly a hit. Hawaii’s poké were put in a bowl and it spread far and wide overnight.

Allergy Friendly Culture

Markets for gluten-free ingredients have experienced growth through much of the 2010s and will continue to see more growth through the next couple years according to Food Business News.

Likewise, some have called 2019 “the year of the vegan”, due to the demand for vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Substitutes for meat have become more common throughout the decade by using cauliflower, eggplant, sweet potatoes, etc. Over the decade, gluten-free options have increased and have become more popular. Almond milk sales have also skyrocketed up 61% since 2012.

Artificial Intelligence Technology

John McCarthy, defined artificial intelligence as “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs.” The “intelligent machines” can mimic things the human mind can do, such as learning new information, adapting, and solving problems. This technology was incorporated into self-driving cars, and voice assistants.

New Cars

Even though numerous models were created throughout the decade, these cars stood out to be some of the most influential in technology development: Tesla Model S, The Crossover, Ford F-150, Porsche 918 Spyder, Mercedes S-Class, Ford Mustang, McLaren MP4-12C, and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. 

Random Events Throughout The Decade

2010– Haiti is struck by a devastating earthquake, the longest solar eclipse of the 3rd millennium occurs, Apples debuts the iPad, the worst marine environmental disaster in US history, one-fifth of Pakistan is flooded

2011– Japan hit by an earthquake and tsunami, first synthetic organ transplant, South Sudan becomes an independent nation, consumer-level robotics are booming

2012– London hosts the Olympic games, Mars exploration, end of the Mayan calendar

2013– North Korea conducts its third nuclear test, a meteor explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, the first creation of human embryonic stem cells by cloning, NSA documents leaked, China’s first unmanned Moon Landing

2014– Google glass is launched, Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup, 100th anniversary of WW1, new World Trade Center is opened, laser guns are in naval use, smart watches launched worldwide

2015– Lithuania joins the Eurozone, the Eurasian Union is formed, Windows 10 is released by Microsoft, New Horizons arrives at Pluto

2016– Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympic Games, the Juno probe arrives at Jupiter, US presidential election

2017– Total solar eclipse in the USA, wireless implantable devices that monitor health conditions in real time, worsening crisis in Yemen, JFK files released

2018– South Korea hosts the Winter Olympics, Russia hosts the FIFA world cup, East Africa’s largest ever infrastructure project

2019– China’s first soft landing on the far side of the Moon, the Emperor of Japan abdicates, Jair Bolsonaro becomes president of Brazil

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