Which Tech Predictions Actually Came True?

Tech experts love to predict the next big thing. But how accurate have their tech predictions been over the last decade? Read on to find out five things the experts got right, and five things that haven’t happened (yet). 

Tech Predictions They Got Right:  

  1. Tablet Computers – Before the first tablet computers came on the market, experts predicted they would be everywhere, leading to an era of mobile augmented reality. Tablets are ubiquitous now, and with continuing advancements in AR and increased network speeds, mobile augmented reality might be coming to a tablet near you soon. 
  2. Internet of Things – The idea of a world of interconnected smart devices has been a feature of science fiction for a long time, and over the last decade, experts have (correctly) predicted it would become a reality. Today, you can control your doorbell, thermostat and more from your phone.  
  3. Driverless Cars – Autonomous vehicle technology exists already, though it’s still very limited and not widely available. Still, with advances in 5G and the Internet of Things, driverless cars might soon become more common.  
  4. Cloud Storage – Cloud storage has taken off in the last several years, making it easier to access and share high volumes of data with speed and accuracy.  
  5. Ride-Sharing Apps – Before Uber and Lyft became household names, tech experts predicted that ride-sharing via apps would be a trend.  

Tech Predictions That Haven’t Happened Yet: 

  1. Augmented-Reality Glasses – Smart glasses like Google Glass and Snapchat Spectacles were one of the biggest tech predictions gone wrong in recent years. Despite enormous buzz, they did not take off the way experts predicted, and other smart wearables populated the market instead. 
  2. End of Email – Experts believed that email would be replaced by internal messaging services and text, but email remains a fixture of modern business and personal communication. In the end, people want more choices for how to communicate, not fewer. 
  3. Massive Open Online Courses – For a while, Massive Open Online Courses, “MOOCs” for short, were considered a popular solution to the problem of rising university tuition fees. In concept, making education more accessible was a great idea, but in practice, most people who enrolled never even watched a lecture. (Technology is great for augmenting in-person learning, not replacing it.) 
  4. Drone Delivery – Rumors about drone delivery for food and retail have been around for years. While this service may still become available, driverless drop-offs haven’t yet materialized. 
  5. Everyday 3D-Printing – When 3D printers first came on the market, experts thought they would soon be household devices. That hasn’t happened yet, but 3D printing still has a ton of industrial and tech applications.   

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