The January tech forecast and predictions continue; O’Reilly suggests five ways the web will evolve, IDG makes five predictions for the IoT, and InfoWorld offer ten predictions around the future of software development.
Four common themes include AI, Automation, Connected Devices & Blockchain which tie nicely into 4 big events over the past week …
In Davos, the Google CEO declared that “AI is probably the most important thing humanity has ever worked on. I think of it as something more profound than electricity or fire,” he said. Theresa May also talked tech in Davos and highlighted the digital skills shortage which is costing the UK £63bn a year in lost GDP. Even more gloomy was George Soros who allegedly called Facebook and Google “monopolies … who have become obstacles to innovation and caused a variety of problems of which we are only now beginning to become aware”.
In Las Vegas CES has been happening full of smartphones, watches and TVs; plus there’s an Amazon Alexa controlled kitchen table and a toilet you can flush by voice command. Some are trying to make gadgets last longer.
In Seattle, people enter a tiny grocery store, take whatever they want, and then walk out. And nobody runs after them screaming. Amazon Go is launched.
In San Francisco, a conference for 1,500 American and Chinese block chain experts was held as the world starts to figure out block chain is going to be more powerful than crypto currencies.
And finally, Elon Musk is going to make flame throwers next.