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:

The Daily Mail says that “Wild animals to be banned from circuses by 2020 as the Government announces two-year warning for travelling fairs.”

Via The Hill: “Trump admin passes rule requiring sounds in ‘quiet cars’ by 2020.” Via The Drive: “Hybrid and Electric Cars Must Make Noise by 2020.”

“Fiat Chrysler to kill off diesel in all cars by 2022,” says The Financial Times.

Via Pakistan’s The Express Tribune: “Digital learning: 0.5m laptops to be distributed among students by 2020.”

Via Futurism: “A Startup Could Reveal How Climate Change Will Affect Your Business in 50 Years.”

“Voice shopping estimated to hit $40 billion across U.S. and U.K. by 2022,” Techcrunch predicts.

The safest way to hedge your bets when making predictions about the future: say that something is coming “soon.” For example, “Space Catapult Startup Will Soon Launch Into Action,” says Futurism. And “Soon California’s Autonomous Cars Will Drive All on Their Own.” Soon.

Audrey Watters


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