A certain comment on HN recently triggered me to write down a few thoughts and off the sofa predictions/suspicions I have for long/medium term stuff that I think may happen in tech (software/hardware) in our lifetimes. Given that some earlier predictions I kept purely in my mind in the past did actually happen, I thought it could be a fun game to put them down this time, and share with you, and also ask what are your thoughts and armchair predictions! I’d be very interested in reading them. Especially with the ending year, the time seems really well suited for such kinds of pondering…! :)
Very sorry if that kind of thread is already expected to be posted more officially at the very New Year’s Eve or any other later time here; I don’t know if there’s such a tradition in the community; I’d be grateful if you could kindly reply here if that is so, and probably disregard this post then; I’m open to deleting the question in such a case, or having it merged to the potential future thread by moderators, if that’s possible and deemed fair. Also, please let me know if this thread is somehow not-really-OK for this community.
I don’t want to hijack the main post with my own thoughts, nor to railroad/influence your answers prematurely, so I decided to write my own “predictions” in a regular response below. If, on the other hand, you’d like to understand better what I mean, or just would like to read a trigger for your thoughts (as happened to me), or would want to discuss, please do see my, or other, responses below! Also, please feel free to see it as a very open question, and with as long or short timeframes as you prefer (though personally, I’m mainly interested in “long”/“medium-length” shots; more precisely, what I might actually witness in my lifetime, but not small-scale short-term stuff like “Go modules will win over Godep, or reverse”).