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In the Next 25 Years, My Predictions

It’s fun to think about the future and what it might bring. Here’s a collection of my predictions…

  1. Computer monitors will be flexible, light, wide, and inexpensive. Primarily made of plastics, the manufacturing processes will get cheaper and cheaper.
  2. The convergence of phones, television, and computing will be largely complete.
  3. Cars and airplanes will still run on gas.
  4. The United State’s energy will still be supplied largely by coal.
  5. Computer software will be largely gone, replaced with Software as a Service (SaaS). Computers will simply have browsers and internet-enabled small profile apps with large data stores.
  6. Wireless will be available everywhere, with integrated solutions… shopping with wireless, viewing a sports event with wireless, etc.
  7. Application design will change from programming to user-generated applications using user interfaces.
  8. GPS will be everywhere, and geographic information systems will be used to track us, our kids, our phones, our cars, etc.
  9. Household appliances will be Internet-ready, with simple application controls available via the web.
  10. Alarm systems and cameras will be all internet ready and wireless, allowing customers and emergency personnel to remotely connect and verify issues.
  11. Identity recognition systems will move beyond fingerprints, faces, and eyeballs – and will actually utilize motion to develop profiles and matches.
  12. Computers will have no movable parts for memory (no rotary drives, disks, CDs, or DVDs)
  13. Musicians and their music will be contracted by corporations, relating music to brands. Music will be distributed at no cost.
  14. Personal translation devices and real-time digital translators will be available for meetings or video conferences, making language and dialect irrelevant.
  15. Money will largely be absent from our daily life, instead we will utilize electronic currency.
  16. Devices for surgery will be discovered that manipulate tissue without physically touching it.
  17. Oppressive governments will continue to fall due to the Internet and Global Economies.
  18. The gap between wealth and poverty will decline but starvation and malnutrition will increase.
  19. Religions will largely fail and become more community-based spiritual support systems.
  20. The Internet will evolve into different layers, commercial, private, secure, etc. that are independent of one another.
  21. Domain Names will become largely irrelevant as language recognition search and content recognition becomes prominent. Most people won’t even utilize dot com’s anymore.
  22. Developers will evolve to Integrators who will evolve to Logicians as computer languages become more obscure and creative solutions utilizing a multitude of tools becomes more important.
  23. Circuit boards will become rare – low-voltage plug-in systems with solidified integrated circuits will become more common. No solder, no wires, no heat… more like Legos.
  24. Mapping of thoughts through electrical and chemical impulses will make its entry into medicine. Manipulation of those chemicals and electrical impulses will come next. Pills will not be as common since all medicine will have ways to be taken locally with no pain, injection, or digestion.
  25. Medicine will cure obesity.

Did you really think I was going to say World Peace? Nope.

Douglas Karr

Douglas Karr is CMO of OpenINSIGHTS and the founder of the Martech Zone. Douglas has helped dozens of successful MarTech startups, has assisted in the due diligence of over $5 bil in Martech acquisitions and investments, and continues to assist companies in implementing and automating their sales and marketing strategies. Douglas is an internationally recognized digital transformation and MarTech expert and speaker. Douglas is also a published author of a Dummie's guide and a business leadership book.

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