Robots to take over the world in 2016, and five other crushingly predictable tech forecasts

Lev Lesokhin
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Every year the tech glitterati creates “tech predictions”. Once these were far-fetched, futuristic and fantastic. They promised jet cars, space food and handheld communicators. Nowadays, when our smartphones have almost as much computing power as Tim Peake’s new home, they can be a little… repetitive.

So. Will those tech predictions everyone’s making come to pass? Here’s what we think...

1 . Robots will take over the world (say robotics professors)

Er, not really. While robots are beginning to automate many administrative and back office tasks in the City, the daily commute is here to stay. On the upside, robots need software and ultimately more well-paid IT jobs.

2. Your parents will discuss the internet of things

Might actually happen. With everything from the home heating system to (almost) literally the kitchen sink connected via sensors and links, home security takes on a whole new meaning. What could go wrong?

3. Phishing will empty your bank account

Thankfully unlikely. The IT security industry continues to extract wads of cash from banks, insurers and mobile phone providers. They directly benefit from the allure of cyber fraud. Maybe this year, our banks will accept it is cheaper to replace their crusty core IT systems than to compensate irate customers venting on social media.

4. Big Data and analytics will be even bigger

Impossible. The hype around Big Data, the fancy term for the large amounts of information we all generate just by web shopping, driving our cars or even walking around with a smart phone, could not get any bigger. How have micro-moments become so big, anyway?

5. 3D printers print 3D printers

Not a typo. Almost every household now has its own PC, set top box and microwave, so why not a 3D printer? Domestic hackers will disregard health and safety and homes up and down the land will resound with “Mum, can you print me a new iPhone? Mine’s cracked”.

More devices, more software - more (you guessed it) IT issues.

6. The cloud turns to smog

Wishful thinking. With so much valuable data being outsourced to the cloud and the EU planning to regulate in the New Year, perhaps it is time to keep our data nice and safe in-house, or at least fix the performance and reliability issues with cloud computing.

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