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18 Big Tech Predictions for 2017

Technically, it's going to be year of the rooster.

Fortune Sellers

The tech industry, like Nostradamus, is obsessed with predicting the future. And the tech industry, like Nostradamus, almost always gets it wrong. But why should that stop us?

Now that the year is all of five days old, let’s take a look at 18 prognostications labelling 2017 “the year of the…” We bet at least one of them is right.

Why 2017 will finally be the year of the smart home: Consumers figure it out
“…2017 will be the year of the smart home because the companies behind the technology will be smarter about educating their consumers.”
CNBC

Year of the Unicorn: Sleepy IPO Market Ready for Action in 2017
“…2017 is shaping up to be a rebound year for IPO activity.”
Fox Business

2017 is the year of the hybrid cloud
“The year 2017 will be the one when hybrid where [sic] multi-cloud becomes the norm…”
ITWire

2017 Will Be The Year of the Smart App
“2017 will be the year of the Smart App as automation technologies using artificial intelligence will really come into the foreground and create a fundamental shift in how consumers interact with mobile devices.”
Mobile Marketing Watch

Is 2017 The Chatbot Year?
“‘The technology is here and now, and the implementation of the technology does not require a significant overhaul of existing systems and has become mainstream.'”
PYMNTS.com

Why 2017 will be the year of the drone
“In 2017, we’re going to see drones come to the forefront of business, tech, and our daily lives.”
VentureBeat

The Year of the Drone, Really
“In 2017, drone reporting will come into its own. The challenge for news organizations will be to make it a useful reporting tool, not just another gimmick.”
NiemanLab

Welcome to 2017 – Year of the AMOLED
“…up to 150 million flexible AMOLED panels are expected to be shipped starting this year. Last year, we had a minuscule 50 million AMOLED panels shipped, but now this year’s projections indicate an expected growth of 200% worldwide.”
DailyTech

Why This Will Be The Year Of FinTech
“…experts are saying FinTech development and popularity in China will overtake the US next year.”
The Market Mogul

Why 2017 Is the Year of the Pivot
“We see a number of pivots toward inflation, toward greater protectionism – some of these are opportunities and some of these are risks.”
Bloomberg

Is 2017 the Year of the Linux Desktop?
“I believe that like any year we’ll see new features, software and distributions, but that 2017 will also be another ‘year of the Linux desktop.'”
Datamation

Microsoft Execs Declare 2017 The Year Of The Scorpio
“Xbox One Project Scorpio has been getting more hype from Microsoft Executives… Developers had labeled it a monster, with the giant tech company backing the claim by confirming that it will deliver the best frame rates, the best resolution, without compromises. However, recently, the execs termed Xbox One Project Scorpio as the Beast.”
Mobile & Apps

Will 2017 be the Year of Xbox?
“With that kind of success, and many more goodies planned for Xbox fans, it’s quite possible that 2017 could be the year of Xbox.”
GameRant

2017 will be the year of the Intelligence of Things and the consumer experience.
“Unlike previous years where CES was filled with companies with half-baked products and business plans for connected device under the over used category of the Internet of Things (IoT), 2017 will be about making more things that create and use intelligence.”
Forbes

Predictions 2017: The year of IoT, self-serve software and the data protection officer
“Empowering employees with self-serve cloud tools will become even more of a priority in 2017.”
Silicon Angle

2017: The year of the tune-in economy
“In 2017, I predict at least one global power democratic decision being overturned and unrest beginning (unfortunately, or fortunately — whichever way you see it) and that will be accelerated by social content networks and activists writing for larger publications that accelerate the sentiment of the few to the masses.”
TechCrunch

The Year of the Great American Total Eclipse
“On Aug. 21, the moon will completely block out the sun for observers in 12 states, from Oregon to South Carolina, in the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States mainland since 1979.”
NASA

2017: The Year of the Bidet?
“Long disregarded by American consumers, bidet use is starting to gain more acceptance in the U.S. Sales for Toto’s Washlet bidet seat have increased each year by double digits for the past five years…”
Builder

Prepare for a big 2017.

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