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20 Predictions for 2015

swissnex San Francisco staff predictions for 2015.

1

Robots salesman.

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.

3

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

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.

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

Micro-tasking becomes a buzzword.

20 Predictions for 2015 | Micro-tasking becomes a buzzword.
6

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

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

On a related note, books come back.

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

Virtual Reality in everyday life.

20 Predictions for 2015 | Virtual Reality in everyday life.

Oculus and Google will release VR headsets for consumers.

12

Personal online data “vaults" similar to banks arise.

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

Move beyond interdisciplinary toward antidisciplinary.

20 Predictions for 2015 | Move beyond interdisciplinary toward antidisciplinary.

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

14

Robotic journalism.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Smart city drones.

20 Predictions for 2015 | Smart city drones.