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:

Via The Verge: “VW’s all-electric I.D. Vizzion coming ‘by 2022’ with 400 miles of range.”

Via Futurism: “PAL-V’s Flying Car Design Has Been Finalized, Will Arrive in 2019.”

More vehicle predictions from Techcrunch: “UK kicks off driverless car law review to get tech on the road by 2021.”

Business Insider makes “35 big tech predictions for 2018.” The Chronicle of Higher Education doesn’t call its list “predictions”; it says they’re “trends.”

Also via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “In what amounts to a research moonshot, the University of California at Los Angeles aims to ”cut the burden of depression in half“ by 2050 and to eliminate it by the end of the century.”

Via The MIT Technology Review: “MIT researchers say nuclear fusion will feed the grid ‘in 15 years’.”

Via The Wall Street Journal: “U.S. Will Be the World’s Largest Oil Producer by 2023, Says IEA.”

Via Quartz: “Data is expected to double every two years for the next decade.”

Via The Wall Street Journal: “Fox Wants to Reduce Ad Time to Two Minutes per Hour by 2020.” A future with less advertising? Yeah right…

Audrey Watters


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