Beautiful, natural stone or dyed blobs of plastic with rock chips
This is a teaser. As a stone professional that also does a lot of quartz countertops it's been very annoying to see the posts by uninformed and/or biased individuals announcing the demise of natural stone.
In reality the most likely scenario is that stone will continue to be a preferred material for another 2000 years due to it's unmatched durability and beauty. There is a reason why the most popular quartz colors are those that most closely match a natural stone.
Quartz surface will probably go thru the typical product life cycle of a manufactured product. 10 years from now homes with quartz are likely to be viewed as dated just like "solid surface" products like corian are viewed today.
New countertop products with ceramic characteristics are just hitting the market that will have a look and performance much closer to natural stone. This is also likely to contribute to the demise of "quartz surface".