Five predictions with some virtual merit
October 11th, 2007

My most recent post lamented the unoriginality of a set of usual predictions of the future. Today I ran across a list of predictions that are a lot more interesting. They are from a post by Jonas Lamis on the SIAI (Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence) blog. They are by Gartner Symposium analyst Adam Sarner:

All you need is love: By 2015, 2% of people in the U.S. will be married to people they will never meet in person.

A convenient truth: By 2015, time spent online will compete with the real world becoming the most “green” activity, reducing the average person’s overall carbon footprint by more than 50%.

The dot-com bomb: Sales and marketing of products and services to virtual personas will “explode,” overtaking B2C spending by 2020.

The day the earth stood still: By 2020, more than 70% of R&D investment in personal robotics will shift to virtual personal assistants.

Mayor McBlank: A city will elect a virtual anonymous persona for mayor by 2020.

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