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How Long Is a Decade? (+Tech Wins of the Last 10 Years)

Bianca Pasare
Bianca Pasare  |  October 30, 2019

A decade is a common term, but can sometimes be misapprehended.

A decade is a span of 10 years. The origin of the term comes from the Greek word, dekas (δεκάς) dated from the 17th century. The prefix ‘dec’ comes from Latin and Greek meaning ‘ten’ and is a common English-language numeral prefix. (Think of words like decibel, decagon, decimeter, decimal, decathlon, etc…)

At the time of publishing, a decade ago was 2009. Major technological advancements took place in this span of time. Let’s take a look at the breakthroughs we have witnessed.

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11 major technological advancements of the last decade (2009-2019)

Smartphones became capable of GPS turn-by-turn navigation. (Popular Mechanics)

2010: The iPad was announced, changing the way people connected with their favorite apps. (New Atlas)

2011: Virtual Digital Assistant, Siri, captures public attention for the first time. (Wired)

2012: The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) inspired protests both online and on the streets. (How Stuff Works)

2013: The popularity rise of Snapchat threatens other social media messaging apps. (CNN)

2014: Virtually reality goggles, Oculus Rift, seems poised for widespread use and becomes inspiration for imitators like Sony. (MIT Technology Review)

2015: Digital voice assistant, Amazon Echo, rolls out to the public. (Mashable)

2016: Uber makes self-driving cars a reality. (Mashable)

2017: Equifax suffers massive security breach, exposing information from 143 million Americans. (Washington Post)

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2018: Google’s Duplex AI made a dinner reservation over the phone, without letting the person on the other end know that it was a robot. (Tech Republic)

2019: Fortnite’s popularity explodes and changes the gaming industry. (CNET)

Time flies in the blink of an eye

Just a quick glance at the milestone we have made and it’s easy to see that we are still shattering glass ceilings in the advancement of technology. The next decade ahead of us seems so out of reach, but looking back to 2009, it was merely a blink of an eye.

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Bianca Pasare

Bianca Pasare

Bianca has extended work history in customer service in multiple industries, from veterinary to nonprofit to small B2B marketing firm. After her studies in public relations at Columbia College Chicago, she became a content promotion specialist at G2. To take a break from everyday life, her adventures usually involve hiking in the mountains, music festivals, and discovering great food.