Well, it’s Thanksgiving. Which means it’s almost Christmas. Which means it’s almost New Years – and we all know what that means. Prediction blogs! We decided to beat the prediction rush and go ahead and post ours now. Here’s mine, and Gary has some too so check back for his soon.
Here’s what I predict for the next ten years:
1. Augmented reality will become as commonplace and useful as the internet became in the 90s, as consumers buy more smartphones and early experimenters find out what works and what doesn’t. Remember when the first few URLs started showing up in ads? We’re there now with augmented reality.
2. Brands will embrace the new emphasis on social interactions, sometimes to extremes – think robots you can hang out with in bars who casually suggest Miller at every opportunity.
3. 90s fashions will dominate. No, not those 90s. The other 90s.
4. We’ll finally get a space elevator. It’ll be made out of carbon nanotubes. It’ll be 100% privately funded.
5. Near the end of the decade, the whole “authenticity” thing will be played and we’ll want fake stuff again.
6. Nanotech will be used for evil. Also, good. Also, marketing.
7. We’ll discover conclusive evidence of life on a another planet. It will be related to us.
8. There will be fewer, and less deadly wars, thanks in large part to communication between citizens via the internet.
9. Social games and gestural user interfaces will totally pwn traditional consoles and controllers, annoying some but finally making the industry “culturally relevant” via deep, meaningful interactions. Later in the decade, the cool kids will finally get into console games for the retro factor. Irony will win the day.
10. Social media, geotagging, augmented reality, security concerns and chronic over-sharing will join forces to completely destroy what little privacy we had left. Surprisingly few people will complain.
And to the last ten years: good riddance, I hope you burn in hell.