If 2016 was the year of "Uber for X," 2017 was the year of Silicon Valley "inventing" things.
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Silicon Valley had somewhat of a reckoning this year. The tech overlords finally had to face the music: Their products and services aren't as wholesome and life-changing as they preached them to be. Turns out, a bunch of white men didn't anticipate issues that might impact their non-white-male users. Such as sexual harassment. And biased machines. And Nazis. God, so many Nazis.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.