Bill Gates Made 15 Technological Predictions In 1999 And They Were All Frighteningly Accurate
Okay, we get it. Bill Gates is smart. He founded one of the most important companies ever, Microsoft. He’s one of the richest men in the world. So yeah, he’s smart, but does the dude also have some kind of crystal ball that helped him do so well over the years?
I ask this because Markus Kirjonen, a business student, recently wrote on his blog about 15 predictions that Bill Gates made 18 years ago, way back in 1999, that were freakishly accurate.
Check out these predictions and tell me the guy doesn’t have magical powers…
Online Price Comparison Services
“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.”
“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.”
Instant Payments, Online Financing and Healthcare
“People will pay their bills, take care of their finances, and communicate with their doctors over the internet.”
Personal Virtual 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.”
Online Home Monitoring
“Constant video feeds of your house will become common, which inform you when somebody visits while you are not home.”
“Private websites for your friends and family will be common, allowing you to chat and plan for events.”