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:
Predictions about the blockchain are always particularly horrific, particularly when you look closely at who is making them. According to right wing conspiracy site Squawker, there will be one world cryptocurrency, controlled by the blockchain by 2018. (No link. Sorry. I refuse.)
“Is Bitcoin going to hit 10k benchmark by 2018?” asks The Price of Business, predicting that yes, it will.
Via CNBC: “Tesla will be ‘best performing’ big tech stock in the next 5 years, analyst says.” (Well, Tesla better pull its act together, because according to this week’s investor call, the company is a mess.)
Next Big Future predicts Delorean flying cars by 2022.
“China Aims to Launch Reusable Space Plane by 2020,” says Space.com.
In other predictions about the future of China, “Xi Jinping Vows No Poverty in China by 2020. That Could Be Hard,” The New York Times reports.
“Canada will bring in nearly one million new immigrants by 2020,” says Vice.
The future of big box retail (or something): Sears and Kmart announce they’ll close several stores by 2018.