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15 predictions by Bill Gates 18 years ago

No. 1: Price-comparison sites.
“Automated price comparison services to find the cheapest product in all categories.”
  • You can search on NexTag and PriceGrabber specifically to compare prices.
No. 2: Mobile devices.
“Small devices will you to constantly stay in touch, check the news, check flights, get financial information, do business from wherever you are.
  • Smartphones, and now smartwatches, do all of this.
No. 3: Instant payments, financing and better healthcare through the web.
“People will pay bills, manage their finances, and communicate with their doctors over the internet.”
  • ZocDoc makes finding a doctor and scheduling easier. One Medical and Forward offer monthly memberships for online and data-driven healthcare.  You can borrow money online through Lending Club and make payments through PayPal and Venmo.
No. 4: Personal assistants and IoT.
“Personal companions’ will sync all your devices and allow them to exchange data. The device will check your email or notifications, and instantly present the information that you need.
  • Smart devices like Nest collect data on your daily routines and automatically adjust your house’s temperature.   Voice-controlled devices, like Amazon’s Echo and the Google Home, can read your email to you or guide you through recipes as you cook.
No. 5: Online home-monitoring.
Constant video feeds of your house will become common, informing you when somebody visits while you are not home.”
  • Dropcam’s home-surveillance camera, Ring’s smart doorbell camera lets you remotely see who is at your door. PetCube lets you play with your pets while away.
No. 6: Social media.
“Private websites will allow you to chat with friends and plan for events.”
  • Two billion people use Facebook and Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and others that cover this prediction.
No. 7: Automated promotional offers.
“Software that knows you’ve booked a trip and can suggest activities, discounts, offers, and cheaper prices at your destination.”
  •  Expedia and Kayak offer deals based on your past purchase data. Google and Facebook offer promotional ads based on your location and interests. Airbnb offers specialized trips at destinations so you can live like a local.

No. 8: Live sports discussion sites.
“TV sports will allow you to discuss the action, and enter a relevant contests.”
  • Twitter being the clear leader and streaming some games. You can leave comments in real time on sites like ESPN.
No. 9: Smart advertising.
“Devices will know your purchasing trends, and will display advertisements tailored to your preferences.”
  • Online advertising services target users based on your click history, interests, and purchasing patterns.
No. 10: Links to sites during live TV.
Prediction: “Television broadcast will include links to relevant websites and content that complement what you are watching.”
  • Almost every commercial has a callout asking the viewer to go to a website, follow the business on Twitter, or a scan a QR code to add it on Snapchat.
No. 11: Online discussion boards.

“Residents of cities and countries will have internet-based discussions concerning issues that affect them.
  • News sites have sections for live discussions, and interactive forums. Twitter and Facebook played roles in political revolutions in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia, and the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.
No. 12: Interest-based online sites.

“Online communities will be influenced by your interest, not your location.”
  • News sites and online communities focus on single topics, include separate verticals, offering more in-depth coverage on a given topic, focusing on interests rather than who you know or where you are.
No. 13: Project-management software.
“Project managers will be able to go online, describe the project, and receive recommendations for available people who would fit their requirements.”
  • Tons of workflow software in the enterprise space revolutionizing how you recruit, form teams, and assign work to others.
No. 14: Online recruiting.
Prediction: “People will find employment opportunities online by declaring their interest, needs, and specialized skills.”
  • LinkedIn allows users to upload résumés and find jobs based on interests and needs.
No. 15: Business community software.

 “Companies will bid on jobs, be it a construction project, a movie production, or an advertising campaign. This will be efficient for outsourcing work, looking for new clients, and being a go-to provider for the said service.”
  • Users can reach out and start conversations that could lead to bigger projects directly within their apps. Sites like Upwork, enables connection with freelance designers, writers, or engineers.
Bill Gates – what are the next 15 predictions In the next 15 years? 
Posted on August 21, 2017

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