Predicting the Future … Past and Present (?)

Ahhhh … to see into the future.

Makes me wish I’d bought Google at $10, if it even started that low.

I would’ve bet a bigger spread on the Broncos.

I would wait to buy insurance at the precise moment before I need it.

Big Data fuels predictive analytics in ways that are changing how we do business and govern and save the planet and ourselves.

But for today, it’s not so serious, just Friday fun.

This info graphic was published by the Information is Beautiful Studio in 2012.

Sweet stuff, but unfortunately not terribly prescient.  The design is fabulous with a sliding scale of most to least likely.  The relative tracks for dystopia and utopia crossing at perhaps … reality?  So, what sticks out?

Within a year or so

I’m not sure why an immortal mouse is good.  Humans or rodents that don’t die is a bit scary.

I doubt touching through our phones will happen this year and I don’t know why we’d need to smell digitally; however, half the stuff on my phone seems pretty useless given a practicality litmus test.  (But i wouldn’t give it up.)

I do believe robots are used on farms; they just don’t fit a pair of overalls.


The Presidency held by a third party candidate?  That’s just ridiculous.  Of course this year’s election has enough oddities without adding a third party.

Commercial flights without pilots is actually pretty viable, although it’s likely a technician of sorts will remain somewhere in the front, mostly for consumer confidence.

Uploading the contents of anyone’s brain to a computer may do them any good, especially mine.


Tracking technology embedded in skin will be obsolete.  With Big Data, anyone’s exact location won’t be hard.  (It’s not that hard right now.)

I should hope we won’t have a world government in place.  My prediction is highly fractionalized, non-locative habitation.  Chew on that a while.


Will it really take 25 years to get to all automated cars?  I think we’ll get to a long tail much sooner and the last miles will never succumb.

100 years out

Tax abolished in the US is intriguing.  It doesn’t say what flavor but it’s a good thought.  Any government is going to need some sort of revenue but “the box” is taxation.  I’m hoping the revolution will think outside in a peaceful transaction.



2001:  A Space Oddity

Making predictions can be fiction blended with fact.  Take the 1968 Stanley Kubrick classic 2001, A Space Odyssey, which set the bar for a quarter century on what we would look like by the turn of the millennium.  Hal scared everyone, but the space ship design aren’t so far from wrong.

Check out the trailer or watch the whole movie if you’re up for the challenge.