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20 Predictions for 2015

swissnex San Francisco staff predictions for 2015.

1

Robots salesman.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | Robots salesman.

They are already greeting and carrying out customer transactions in Palo Alto, California. We expect to see more of that in 2015.

Dec 17, 2014 - washingtonpost.com -
20 Predictions for 2015 | Self-driving cars go mainstream—and come to Uber.
3

The fight against hackers and malware heats up. Security and privacy become big business.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | The fight against hackers and malware heats up. Security and privacy become big business.
4

Flexible screens finally hit the market and open new design opportunities.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | Flexible screens finally hit the market and open new design opportunities.
5

Micro-tasking becomes a buzzword.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | Micro-tasking becomes a buzzword.
6

A low-tech movement emerges, similar to the slow-food movement.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | A low-tech movement emerges, similar to the slow-food movement.
7

On a related note, books come back.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | On a related note, books come back.
8

Virtual Reality in everyday life.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | Virtual Reality in everyday life.

Oculus and Google will release VR headsets for consumers.

Dec 17, 2014 - newyorker.com -
20 Predictions for 2015 | Europe stays mad at Google, etc. over data privacy.
Dec 17, 2014 - nextrends.swissnexsanfrancisco.org -
20 Predictions for 2015 | The battle to control digital wallets and payment schemes intensifies.
Dec 17, 2014 - nextrends.swissnexsanfrancisco.org -
20 Predictions for 2015 | Net neutrality controversy is in the headlines.
12

Personal online data “vaults" similar to banks arise.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | Personal online data “vaults" similar to banks arise.
13

Move beyond interdisciplinary toward antidisciplinary.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | Move beyond interdisciplinary toward antidisciplinary.

(as described by MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito).

14

Robotic journalism.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | Robotic journalism.

In March, 2014, the Los Angeles Times became the first paper to publish a story by the Quakebot algorithm, which takes US Geological Survey earthquake alert info and fills in a pre-written template. This will surely spread.

16

Falling tech stars.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | Falling tech stars.

Expect to see social turmoil and employee exploitation push back on early startup success in the tech sector.

17

Insurance companies will begin offering products suited to the sharing economy.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | Insurance companies will begin offering products suited to the sharing economy.

(e.g. incremental commercial coverage for Lyft and Uber drivers).

18

The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco rises to $4k/month. Ugh.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco rises to $4k/month. Ugh.
19

Solar power will be cheaper than traditional energy across states in the Western US.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | Solar power will be cheaper than traditional energy across states in the Western US.
20

Smart city drones.

Dec 17, 2014
20 Predictions for 2015 | Smart city drones.