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:

Via “Drones will become the most disruptive technology in human history, American futurist Thomas Frey says, predicting that by the year 2030, there will be 1 billion drones in the world doing things people cannot yet imagine.”

Morgan Stanley predicts that Theresa May’s conservative government will collapse by 2018.

Automation to eat away one third of low skill jobs by 2022,” The Economic Times of India predicts.

According to Ars Technica, “Jaguar Land Rover to electrify all its cars by 2020.”

According to Techcrunch, “Lincoln reportedly plans to electrify entire lineup by 2022.”

Also via Techcrunch: “Uber plans to electrify uberX in London by 2019, entire city fleet by 2025.”

According to Venture Beat, “Kids digital ad market expected to hit $1.2 billion by 2019.”

Research and Markets predicts that the market for APIs (application programming interfaces) will reach $200 billion by 2022.

Markets and Markets predicts that the medical electrodes market will be worth $732.4 million by 2022.

Berg Insight predicts that shipments of “connected wearables” will reach 262 million by 2021.

Audrey Watters


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