A fresh, new year means a crop of fresh, new tech predictions. While flying cars aren’t going to happen in 2017, Uber is already looking at the possibility. The Internet of Things isn’t new, but we may see it die off as a buzzword this year. Security threats aren’t new, either, but they’re going to get worse, with further expansion of DDoS and ransomware attacks. Online headlines are predicted to become less click-baity and more real. Whether they’re very likely or outright fantastical, they certainly give us a lot to chew on.
And, after reading about the potential of Uber replacing public transit and the weaponizing of drones, you might need some more New Year’s libations.
- Will 2017 be the year we hail a flying Uber? [The Verge] While this post is very tongue-in-cheek, it does bring up some very real possible avenues for the expansion of Uber. “In 2017, Uber will look to sink its tentacles further into cities by partnering with cash-strapped local governments to supplement — or even replace — public transit like trains and buses. Paratransit services could become Uber branded minivans. Kiss-and-ride commuter lots could be replaced by Uber-style taxi stands.”
- Here’s What Happens to Tech in 2017 (Unless 2016 Was All a Dream) [Wired] “The Internet of Things was a made-up term to begin with. And now this bit of marketing nonsense carries a sheen of ineptitude, danger, and other shit. The upshot: the term will die in 2017, kinda like Big Data before it.”
- Technology is helping you not have to talk to anyone in 2017 [Mashable] “For those who delight in methodically cutting human interactions from day-to-day tasks, 2017 promises more where that came from. Introverts, this is your time.For those who delight in methodically cutting human interactions from day-to-day tasks, 2017 promises more where that came from. Introverts, this is your time.”
- The Biggest Security Threats Coming in 2017 [Wired] “Whether it was a billion compromised Yahoo accounts or state-sponsored Russian hackers muscling in on the US election, this past year saw hacks of unprecedented scale and temerity. And if history is any guide, next year  should yield more of the same.”
From the Ohio Web Library:
- Predictions for 2017: The Digital World of Work is Transforming Management, Human Resources and People Practices [PR Newswire US. 12/07/2016.]
- BeyondTrust Technology Predictions for 2017 and Beyond [ Marketwired, Marketwire (English), 11/10/2016]
- Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Highlight IHS Markit Top Seven Global Technology Predictions for 2017 [IHS Markit, Business Wire (English), 12/21/2016]