In 1999, Bill Gates made 15 bold predictions in his book “Business at the Speed of Thought”, which seemed like crazy fantasies then. But, as time has shown, they turned out to be prophetic.Here are 15 bold assumptions of the head of Microsoft, which have come true.[/vc_column_text]
Comparison Shopping Website
Gates prediction: “Automated price comparison services will be developed that will allow people to see the cost of a product at several sites at once, thereby facilitating the search for the minimum price.”
Reality: When requesting the product needed Google or Amazon may well give different prices. Special sites, such as PriceGrabber or Bing Shopping from the same Microsoft, will help you to understand and demonstrate the differences in price clearly.
Gates prediction: “In the future, miniature mobile devices will appear that will allow people to stay connected and do business, no matter where they are. They will be able to check the news, look for tickets, participate in trading on the exchange — in general, do almost anything. ”
Reality: Smartphones, smart watches, multi-functional speakers like Amazon Echo and virtual reality glasses like Microsoft HoloLens provide access to the information needed at any time.
Medical Online Services and Instant Payments
Gates prediction: “People will be able to pay bills, manage a budget and communicate with doctors using the Internet.”
Reality: Despite the fact that technology enters reluctantly the health care system, changes still occur — slowly but surely. There are websites that help patients find doctors and plan their visit. As for instant payments, PayPal and similar systems lead here.
Personal Assistants and Internet of Things
Gates prediction: “Personal assistants will be invented that can connect to all home and office devices, ensuring the synchronization and exchange of data stored on them. Devices will check your mail, look for the necessary information and notify about updates. Having gotten ready for the store, you can simply tell the assistant your culinary plans — and it will compile a list of the right ingredients. The assistant will alert devices about your purchases and schedules, allowing them to keep up with the rhythm of your life. ”
Reality: Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa virtual voice assistants have already become evidence of Gates correctness — to find the information you want, you just need to say the request out loud. And smart devices like the Nest thermostat collect data about your everyday life and regulate the temperature in your home.
Remote Home Monitoring Systems
Gates prediction: “Surveillance systems will become commonplace. The cameras will show you who came while you were away. ”
Reality: This prediction hit the mark. A huge number of companies — Canary, Ring, Netgear, part of Google Nest company — allow you to monitor the situation on the phone screen and notify you of the approach of a person.
Gates prediction: “There will be closed sites for a narrow circle of friends and relatives, where people close to each other can communicate safely and plan joint activities.”
Reality: Family sites didn’t gain widespread popularity, but instead social services such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Line, Slack, etc. appeared that can be used to easily maintain communication in separate groups.
Gates forecast: “Companies will be able to choose freelancers for their projects, regardless of the field of activity. This will be used by firms that want to outsource atypical work, and are looking for new customers or don’t have full-time professionals in a particular field. ”
Reality: There are many job search sites, as well as freelance sites like Upwork, Craigslist and Fiverr, which allow small businesses to search for clients and professionals to work remotely.
Gates prediction: “The device software will be able to recognize your purchase requests and advertisements based on them will be displayed that match your preferences.”
Reality: Just watch ads on Facebook or Google — most online advertising services analyze the history of clicks, interests, and purchases.
Real-time Sports Betting
Gates prediction: “While watching competitions on television, you can discuss what is happening on the screen and bet on the victory.”
Reality: This function now has many sites on social networks, with Twitter being the clear leader – it experimented even with streaming. And on some sports sites, you can also leave comments in real time.
Gates prediction: “Residents of different cities and countries will be able to discuss the interesting to them topics online, for example, local politics, urban planning or security.”
Reality: Most news sites have comment sections for online viewer interaction. There are also forums where people can ask for advice or speak out. And with the help of Twitter and Facebook, political revolutions are being organized in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, and movements of activists are being organized in the USA.