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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 iNews: “Within ten years, human teachers will be phased out, replaced by machines, says vice chancellor.” Lots of publications repeated this story. Here’s TES: “Machines ‘will replace teachers within 10 years’.”

According to the South China Morning Post, “China’s online education market to grow 20pc annually, bolstered by new technologies.” Furthermore, “Globally the online education market will rise to US$190 billion by 2019.”

Via Education Week: “Technavio, a company that offers market research across a variety of industries, has predicted that the global cloud computing market in education will see a compound annual growth rate of more than 26 percent between 2017–2021.”

“What’s the Future of Innovation in Education?” asks the venture philanthropy firm NewSchools Venture Fund, citing the McKinsey Report prediction that “half of today’s jobs may be eliminated by 2055, if not sooner.”

Mercedes-Benz will electrify its entire car lineup by 2022,” Techcrunch reports.

Via CNBC: “China plans nationwide use of ethanol gasoline by 2020, state media says.”

“Why the Price of Gold By 2020 Will Blow Your Socks Right Off,” according to TheStreet.

Via The Guardian: “Median wealth of black Americans ‘will fall to zero by 2053’, warns new report.”

Steve Bannon Predicts President Trump Will Be Reelected in a Landslide,” Paleofuture’s Matt Novak reports.

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