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:

From Futurism: “Today, Michio Kaku Described What Life Will Look Like in Twenty Years.”

Also from Futurism: “Australia Could Double Its Solar Capacity by the End of 2018.”

And Futurism again: “The ‘Father of Artificial Intelligence’ Says Singularity Is 30 Years Away.”

Via Techcrunch: “Volkswagen’s I.D. line of electric cars to begin production from November 2019.”

“You’ll Be Watching NBA Games On a Magic Leap Headset Within Five Years,” says Futurism. Honestly, I’ll be surprised if, in five years time, Magic Leap has managed to move beyond vaporware.

Futurism again with another prediction (it is, after all, its purpose: just repeat these stories): “AI Will Help Judges Score Gymnastics Events at the 2020 Olympics.”

The Next Web ponders “How cloud computing will change by 2020.” Something about the blockchain.

Via the MIT Technology Review: “This entrepreneur wants to make automation a major campaign issue in 2020.” From Futurism: “Meet the Long-Shot 2020 Presidential Candidate Who Might Make UBI a Reality.”

“This is Uber’s plan to deliver on flying ‘cars’,” says Techcrunch, which gives the year 2020 for the service to start a test run of a helicopter service. (But let’s call them “flying cars,” sure sure.)

Speaking of flying cars, via CNBC: “Boeing wants to produce a plane every 10 hours by 2020, CEO says.”

It’s not a prediction per se, but boy, doesn’t this say a lot about futurism. From the Cisco blog, “My Man Crush: Why Future Thinking Makes My Heart Beat.”

Audrey Watters


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