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.

Predictions for 2018 from 2017

These are the predictions that The Contrafabulists gathered as part of their 2017 research:

Market research from the International Data Corp predicts that worldwide IT spending will reach $2.1 trillion by 2018.

“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.”

“Investment Bank Report Predicts the Cost of Electric Vehicles Will Match Regular Cars by 2018,” says Futurism.

Barron’s predicts that Tesla could be profitable by 2018.

Demand for artificial intelligence and machine learning experts will rise by 60% by 2018, according to Kelly Outsourcing & Consulting Group India.

“Vietnam Plans To Legalize Bitcoin By 2018,” according to ZeroHedge.

“Magic Mushrooms Could Be Legal By 2018,” says CBS.

“Jared and Ivanka reportedly plan to be out of the White House by 2018,” says The Week.

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

“Airbus on track to fly its electric aerial taxi in 2018,” says Techcrunch.

According to Techcrunch, “Deutsche Post DHL to deploy self-driving delivery trucks by 2018.”

Entrepreneur Magazine has an infographic that details “The Future According to Elon Musk.” It includes his predictions about humans on reusable rockets (by 2018).

“Is Bitcoin going to hit 10k benchmark by 2018?” asks The Price of Business, predicting that yes, it will.

“Baseball Great Jose Canseco Predicts $10,000 Bitcoin By 2018,” says Bitcoin trade publication Coindesk.

“Global E-waste To Hit 49.8M Tons By 2018,” Forbes predicts, adding “Here’s What Japan Is Doing To Combat It.”

“McDonalds to accept Bitcoin by 2018,” CryptoDaily predicts.

Billionaire hedge fund manager Mike Novogratz believes that the price of Bitcoin will “easily reach” the $40,000 mark by 2018.

Via CNBC: “Trader who called bitcoin rally says cryptocurrency will surge above $100,000 in 2018.”

“Investor Ari Paul Bets $1 Million That Bitcoin Price Hits $50,000 by 2018,” according to NewsBTC.

“Bitcoin could hit $60,000 in 2018 but another crash is coming, says startup exec,” says CNBC.

Forbes says, “These States Are Likely To Legalize Marijuana In 2018.” Vermont, Michigan, New Jersey.

“OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017,” says Edsurge. “Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool.”

Predictions for 2018 from Previous Years

Audrey has been monitoring the predictions made by the Horizon Report for several years now. Here’s what that report has predicted for higher ed and for K–12 education in 2018.

What’s on the horizon for 2018 for higher ed: adaptive learning, mobile learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, makerspaces, the quantified self, and virtual assistants.

What’s on the horizon for 2018 for K–12 education: makerspaces, robotics, virtual reality, the Internet of Things, and wearables.

Audrey Watters


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