Bill Gates, the mastermind behind the Microsoft and the richest man alive had made 15 predictions in 1999 his book “Business@speed of thought”. If you read them in present day it might sound absurd as to how spot on these predictions were.
- Mobile Phone
“People will carry around small devices that allow them to constantly stay in touch and do electronic business from wherever they are. They will be able to check the news, see flights they have booked, get information from financial markets, and do just about anything else on these devices.” This has proved to be very much true in the present times. Almost everything is now possible through phones.
- Social Media
“Private Websites for your friends and family will be common, allowing you to chat and plan for events.” With the social media apps ruling over everybody’s mind, this prediction is also accurate.
- Price comparison sites
“Automated price comparison services will be developed, allowing people to see prices across multiple websites, making it effortless to find the cheapest product for all industries.” The emergence of Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, Ebay and many other online shopping websites have eased the shopping for people.
- Online Banking and payment
“People will pay their bills, take care of their finances, and communicate with their doctors over the Internet.” Although the healthcare is still not able to be technically changed as according to this prediction but online banking and payments is quite advanced now.
- Inter-connectivity and personal assistants
“Personal companions’ will be developed. They will connect and sync all your devices in a smart way, whether they are at home or in the office, and allow them to exchange data. The device will check your email or notifications, and present the information that you need. When you go to the store, you can tell it what recipes you want to prepare, and it will generate a list of ingredients that you need to pick up. It will inform all the devices that you use of your purchases and schedule, allowing them to automatically adjust to what you’re doing.” This perdiction is slowly making its way to the reality. With Google Now in the mobile phones, its slowly making its way in this direction.
- Online home monitoring
“Constant video feeds of your house will become common, which inform you when somebody visits while you are not home.” Dropcam is an American technological company which produces indoor security camera. It helps to look after your home and family when you’re away.
- Smart Advertising
“Devices will have smart advertising. They will know your purchasing trends, and will display advertisements that are tailored toward your preferences.” Most of the online advertising websites follow this trend. They monitor our browsing history, intrests, purchases and based on this they display the products.
- Online recruiting
“People looking for work will be able to find employment opportunities online by declaring their interest, needs, and specialized skills.” Websites such as LinkedIn, Naukri.com etc, allow users to upload their resume and find jobs according to their field of interests. Similarly they allow recruiters to find people according to their needs.
- Business community software
“Companies will be able to bid on jobs, whether they are looking for a construction project, a movie production, or an advertising campaign. This will be efficient for both big companies that want to outsource work that they don’t usually face, businesses looking for new clients, and corporations that don’t have a go-to provider for the said service.” Many enterprise software are the relied on its social aspect. Users can reach out to other businesses and can interact that could potentially lead to bigger projects.
- Automated promotional offer
“Software that can provide you information about activities at the local destination It suggests activities, discounts, offers, and cheaper prices for all the things that you want to take part in.” Travel sites such as Expedia and Kayak sorts out deals based on previous purchases. Airbnb, a travelling website, allow people to stay at home rather than hotels. It has started to offer trips at destinations so that one can live like a local.
- Sports discussion websites
“While watching a sports competition on television, services will allow you to discuss what is going on live, and enter contest where you vote on who you think will win.”Many social media platforms allow this, twitter being on top of the list. ESPN gives people the chance to leave comments in real time on sports.
- Online discussion boards
“Residents of cities and countries will be able to have internet-based discussions concerning issues that affect them, such as local politics, city planning, or safety.” Many websites have a certain comment section where people can have live discussions. While many have forums where people can ask and answer to some questions.
- Links to sites during live TV
“Television broadcast will include links to relevant websites and content that complement what you are watching.” Almost every live sport game have ads contains links to specific websites. Teams’ twitter handle is also broadcast-ed sometimes.
- Internet-based online websites
“Online communities will not be influenced by your location, but rather, your interest.” There are many new emerging websites and communities focused on single topic. Reddit is the best example of a website that’s divided into different “subreddits” that focus only on interests.
- Project Management software
“Project managers looking to put a team together will be able to go online, describe the project, and receive recommendations for available people who would fit their requirements.”There are several workflow software’s that are revolutionizing how one can recruit, form a team and assign work to different people.
Article by Saloni.