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:
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.