Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we look forward for the year and describe what we think will happen in tech in 2019! Our predictions are:
- These companies will IPO: Uber (the largest IPO ever), Peloton, Lyft, Slack, Cloudflare
- Netflix will start selling films/programmes for a one-off cost, not part of your Netflix subscription, a la, Amazon Prime, or…
- Netflix will launch a streaming gaming service
- Jim Whitehurst will be announced as IBM CEO
- Zuckerberg will no longer be Facebook CEO (half a point of whining for this), and Sheryl Sandberg will be CEO
- Facebook Spaces will continue to be a thing nobody cares about
- A CEO will be fired for a data breach
- The world finally embraces USB-C
- The first high-profile deepfake video (not porn; politics or celebrity somehow) will happen and mislead people
- The world will not care at all about folding phones
- The US will pass at least one major nationwide piece of privacy legislation (akin to the GDPR or similar)
- The US goes into a recession (by someone’s definition, for example two consecutive quarters of decline, or the NBER’s definition)
- Foldable phones will outsell true 5G phones, despite the latter getting much more hype
- Sheryl Sanderg steps down from Facebook to become the CEO of Disney
- The PS5 will not ship in 2019
Now it’s your turn to get involved! What we want you to do is go to community.badvoltage.org and tell us which one of our predictions is most likely to happen, which one is least likely to happen, and one of your own!
And in a real prediction of something that will happen in 2019, we bring our fantastic live show back to SCaLE in Pasadena, California on March 8th 2019! Keep listening for more details, but if you haven’t yet got your tickets for SCaLE, we’ve got a discount code to give you so that you can see Bad Voltage Live and all the rest of SCaLE as well. See you there! Go to badvoltage.org/live for more details and to see the trailer!
Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!