We monitor predictions that technologists and marketers make about the future of technology. No surprise, many of the predictions are made about AI, a development whose future folks have been predicting incorrectly since the 1950s. And a lot of predictions are made about cars. Because nothing says “the future” like an automobile.

Here are some of the predictions made this past month...

The future of the planet:

Via The Tribune: “Delhi to be most populous city in world by 2028: UN report.”

The future of medicine:

“The five ways AI will change US healthcare in the next five years,” according to Business Insider.

The future of criminal justice:

“By 2030, 1 in 3 US Prisoners Will Be Over 50,” according to The Nation.

The future of the home:

Samsung Wants Every Appliance to Talk to You by 2020,” says The Wall Street Journal.

The future of work:

Via Campus Technology: “Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. Economy by 2030.”

Via Fast Company: “Report: Demand for these skills will rise dramatically by 2030.”

The future of the economy:

Via The Hill: “Trump asks China to slash trade deficit $200B by 2020.”

Via Nasdaq: “Near one-in-three chance of U.S. recession in next two years.”

The future of education:

Georgia universities seems to have invested a lot of money in its marketing message, as there have been multiple stories in The Chronicle of Education about how they’re poised for the future. Here’s one: This Is What Georgia Tech Thinks College Will Look Like in 2040. Among the predictions: students in the future will not enroll, they will “associate with” the school.

The future of transportation:

“China’s $30 billion ride-hailing market could double by 2020,” says CNN.

Via Fortune: “125 Million Electric Vehicles Will Be on the Road by 2030, Agency Says.”

Via Fox News: “Self-flying vehicle could come to US by 2022.”

The future of space travel:

Via The Verge: “Trump’s plan to privatize the ISS by 2025 probably won’t work, NASA’s inspector general says.”

The future of war:

Via CNBC: “US intelligence reports: Russia’s new hypersonic weapon will likely be ready for war by 2020.”

The future of… LOL:

Thank you, Clickhole: “Major Breakthrough: IBM Claims That By 2020 Watson Will Learn The Difference Between Lame Whale Facts And Cool Whale Facts.”

Audrey Watters


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