The Contrafabulists – Kin Lane and Audrey Watters – monitor predictions that technologists and marketers make about the future of technology. No surprise, most of the predictions are made about AI, a development whose future folks have been predicting incorrectly since the 1950s. Here are the predictions made this week:
Business Insider reports that Intel believes the self-driving car market will reach $7 trillion by 2050.
Fast Company asks if you’ll ever be able to afford to own a self-driving car. It predicts that the cost of adding the technology to a new car will add about $7000 to $10,000 to a car’s sticker price in 2025. By 2035, it’ll just cost $3000 more to have a self-driving car.
eCampus News offers “9 online learning predictions" for the upcoming school year. These include ”the cloud" – a bold prediction. It also predicts that the “smart wearables” market for students will be worth $34 billion by 2020.
A Techcrunch writer predicts that autonomous cars will replace airlines, but doesn’t give a timeline.
The New York Times and MIT Technology Review report that China plans to use AI to gain “global economic dominance” by 2030.