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20 Predictions for 2015

swissnex San Francisco staff predictions for 2015.

1

Robots salesman.

Dec 17, 2014
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 - 1041
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
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
Flexible screens finally hit the market and open new design opportunities.
5

Micro-tasking becomes a buzzword.

Dec 17, 2014
Micro-tasking becomes a buzzword.
6

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

Dec 17, 2014
A low-tech movement emerges, similar to the slow-food movement.
7

On a related note, books come back.

Dec 17, 2014
On a related note, books come back.
8

Virtual Reality in everyday life.

Dec 17, 2014
Virtual Reality in everyday life.

Oculus and Google will release VR headsets for consumers.

Dec 17, 2014 - newyorker.com - 1015
Europe stays mad at Google, etc. over data privacy.
Dec 17, 2014 - nextrends.swissnexsanfrancisco.org - 911
The battle to control digital wallets and payment schemes intensifies.
Dec 17, 2014 - nextrends.swissnexsanfrancisco.org - 976
Net neutrality controversy is in the headlines.
12

Personal online data “vaults" similar to banks arise.

Dec 17, 2014
Personal online data “vaults" similar to banks arise.
13

Move beyond interdisciplinary toward antidisciplinary.

Dec 17, 2014
Move beyond interdisciplinary toward antidisciplinary.

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

14

Robotic journalism.

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

Smart city drones.

Dec 17, 2014
Smart city drones.