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:

We’re back to predicting flying cars, in part because of PR out of the online coding bootcamp Udacity. As Edsurge puts it, “Peter Thiel May Finally Get His Flying Cars, Thanks to a New Udacity Nanodegree in 2018.” Udacity’s founder Sebastian Thrun speaks at Techcrunch Disrupt, predicting that flying cars are “two years away honestly.” Honestly!

Via Fast Company: “NYC is getting 50 electric car charging stations by 2020.” (But will the charging stations charge flying cars?!)

According to market research from Future Market Insights, “Global Artificial Intelligence Systems Spending Market to Touch US$ 516.2 Bn by 2027.”

Via UPI: “The British Royal Society of Arts said in an analysis that as many as 4 million British workers might be replaced by robots within 10 years.”

The learning management system Blackboard predicts “The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education.” Sadly, many of these predictions still involve the LMS.

Audrey Watters


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