Hey. As you know I’ve been writing my blog for quite some time now. Every now and then I’ve boldly stuck my nose out and predicted the future. But how right am I? Well, today we’re going to find out.
As we all know, predicting the future is a risky business. Back in 2013, I made a series of predictions about what the world would look like in 2023. Some were optimistic, others were less so. But as we enter 2023, it’s time to take stock of those predictions and see just how accurate I was. So I turned to ChatGPT, a language model trained by OpenAI, to help me evaluate my past predictions. Together, let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit the future as it was envisioned in 2013. We’ll explore which predictions came true, which didn’t, and what unexpected developments have taken place. Ready? Let’s dive in.
Let’s take a look at each prediction and see how accurate they are now in 2023:
- Driverless cars: This prediction is partially true. While there are self-driving cars available, they are not yet widely used by the public.
- 3D printing: This prediction is true. 3D printing technology has become more accessible, and people can now print their own designs at home.
- No need for credit cards: This prediction is partially true. While credit cards are still widely used, mobile payment options like Apple Pay and Google Wallet have become more popular.
- Multiple mobile devices: This prediction is true. Many people now have multiple mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches.
- Controlling home electronics with mobile devices: This prediction is true. Smart home technology allows users to control their home appliances and electronics with their mobile devices.
- Real-time language translation: This prediction is partially true. While there are translation apps and devices available, they are not yet perfect and cannot replace human translators in all situations. But Whisper is darn close to it.
- Logging everything to online databases: This prediction is true. Many people now use apps and devices to track their daily activities and store the data online.
- Electric cars: This prediction is true. Electric cars have become more popular and are now available from several major car manufacturers.
- Robots for household tasks: This prediction is partially true. While there are some robots available for household tasks, they are not yet widely used by the public.
- 150-year-old human: This prediction is false. No human has yet lived to be 150 years old.
- Shopping for fresh food: This prediction is partially true. While many people still shop for non-fresh items online, there has been a trend towards buying fresh food online.
- Sports drones: This prediction is partially true. While there are drones available for sports photography, they are not yet widely used.
- Robots replacing human workers: This prediction is partially true. While robots have replaced some human workers, they are not yet widely used in developing countries.
- Safety products for sports: This prediction is true. There are now many new safety products available for sports, including helmets and other protective gear.
- Controlling devices with voice, brain, and pupils: This prediction is partially true. While some devices can be controlled with voice commands, brain and pupil control are not yet widely available.
- Surfing and daughter turning 18: These predictions are true.
So, there you have it – my predictions from 2013, evaluated in 2023. Some turned out to be spot on, while others missed the mark. Back then, those predictions of mine were met with skepticism. Today, they seem normal. And that’s how it goes. Things we think are sci-fi and futuristic become everyday normal as technology advances and we adapt to new ways of living. It’s amazing to see how much technology has advanced in just a few short years. Who would have thought we’d have self-driving cars, robots that clean our houses, and voice-activated assistants in our pockets? And while we still don’t have flying cars or time machines, who knows what the future will hold?