Serious predictions about 2018 in tech
Things in the technology world move rather quickly. Last year we saw Uber wrestle with self-implosion while North Korea tested off its hacking skills on an unsuspecting world. At Apple, Tim Cook and co finally worked out how to turn everyone into animated piles of poop.
Might happen: After soaring in price by nearly 2,000 per cent in a single year, the bitcoin bubble finally pops. A handful of super-rich tech bros become a little bit less rich and all the annoying people in your office start talking about how they knew it was going to happen all along.
Might not happen: In the wake of the bitcoin crash, CryptoKittiesbecome the currency of choice on the dark web.
Google and IBM both announce that they’ve finally cracked quantum computing for real this time. Everyone makes vaguely approving noises despite not understanding what quantum computing is. Google and IBM both announce that they’ve finally cracked quantum computing for real this time. Everyone makes vaguely approving noises despite not understanding what quantum computing is.
Might happen: Google and IBM both announce that they’ve finally cracked quantum computing for real this time. Everyone makes vaguely approving noises despite not understanding what quantum computing is.
Might not happen: Amazon releases the Echo Panopticon, an Alexa-powered system that puts an always-on camera in every corner of your house and automatically orders toilet paper when you run out. The device quickly becomes the market leader for in-home surveillance.
Might happen: Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk get involved in some serious Twitter beef.
Might happen: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube admit to the Home Affairs Select Committee that they probably could do a little more to stem the amount of hate speech on their platforms.
Might not happen: Twitter suspends Trump’s twitter account after the world realises it’s finally had enough. Trump embarks on a golfing hiatus for the remainder of his presidency. Twitter’s share price plummets.
Might happen: Solo: A Star Wars Story is released early because Disney realises it’s gone ten days without releasing a Star Warsmovie.
Might happen: A reformed Uber starts acting like a proper employer and Transport for London renews its licence. Uber prices skyrocket and everyone realises it was too good to be true in the first place.
Might not happen: Google releases its own version of the Amazon Panopticon but says that it definitely isn’t copying Amazon and actually has been working on a similar device since 1995. No one buys it even though it is probably the best in-home surveillance device on the market.
Might happen: DeepMind’s AlphaGo finally cracks Starcraft.
Might not happen: Twitter raises its character limit to 20,000. Its share price plummets.
Might happen: A big hack somewhere causes everyone in cybersecurity to say ‘we told you this would happen’. Repeat for every other month of 2018.
Might not happen: Tesla finally delivers the final Model 3.
Might happen: Apple announces the iPhone XS. Everyone calls it the iPhone ‘excess’ which causes Tim Cook to retreat into an unquenchable rage.
Might not happen: Apple decides that that removal of the headphone jack was so successful that they’ve decided to do away with physical devices altogether this year. Prices start at £1,099.
Might happen: Magic Leap finally releases its mixed reality headset. Everyone accepts that it is ‘okay’ and ‘a bit like the HoloLens really’.
Might not happen: Vladimir Putin starts hosting a weekly, hour-long, song-and-dance variety show on Russia Today. He uses the first episode to personally apologise for Russia’s online disinformation campaign.
Might happen: Amazon celebrates its biggest ever Black Fridayafter its army of Panopticons ‘accidentally’ orders every customer seven UHD TVs.
Might not happen: As the world is engulfed in a volcano-induced winter, AI robots start duking it out. Musk tweets a 20,000-character ‘I told you so’ from his Martian hut.