The ContrafabulistsKin 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:

Many of the predictions this week involved speculation about how long President Trump’s new Chief of Staff, General John Kelly, will last in his new gig. A month? Give or take?

Most of the rest of the predictions involved Elon Musk in some way or another.

Lifehacker listsEverything Tesla Wants To Accomplish By 2020.”

As Hyperloop One tested the tubular transit for the first time, its co-founder Shervin Pishevar saysThis is the dawn of the age of commercialization for the hyperloop.” Hyperloop One’s CEO Rob Lloyd told The Next Web that Hyperloop will be in production by 2021 – three systems in different locations.

“When Elon Musk first announced his plans [for Hyperloop],” The Verge marvels, “few observers would have predicted that a workable prototype would emerge within four years — particularly one developed without Musk’s direct involvement.”

Via Bloomberg: “The Future According to Elon Musk.”

Think Progress says that “Batteries and clean energy will outcompete fossil fuels by 2020.”

Firefighting drones could take flight in SF by 2018,” according to The San Francisco Examiner.

Techcrunch lists “the 67 new emoji that might hit phones in 2018.”

A venture capitalist predicts in Venture Beat thatIn 5 years, the Midwest will have more startups than Silicon Valley.”

Audrey Watters


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