Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we present our predictions for 2021!
- [00:11:11] Remote work starts to hollow out cities and as a result, three major cities see population drops (or the populations drop more than they already were)
- [00:17:20] Social media sites band together to avoid fake news (and government regulation of what they do) with some sort of shared “credibility checker”
- [00:23:25] Amazon buy Zoom
- [00:25:10] Bonuses: somebody buys Canonical; at least one of us has not been vaccinated; Jono continues to buy Apple stuff
- [00:31:30] Jeff Bezos will become the richest American who has ever lived (he tops around $340b)
- [00:33:10] Google will make their largest acquisition in the history of the company
- [00:37:35] Bitcoin price will go below $5,000 or above $55,000
- [00:39:45] Facebook will lose 15%-20% of their active user count
- [00:41:40] Bonuses: Amazon builds a publicly-available general-purpose search engine; a security breach larger than Solarwinds will be discovered and will materially impact the position of a major cloud provider or public tech company
- [00:45:55] Sony will release the second version of the PSVR headset
- [00:49:25] A COVID “vaccine passport” will be required for at least three major airlines and five major countries
- [00:54:50] Donald Trump’s Twitter account will be disabled at least twice but will not be banned [editor’s note! this has happened once already, in between us recording this show and us releasing it!]
- [00:56:25] Zoom will start build a complete remote-working offering (the “Sharepointisation” of Zoom, as christened by Jeremy) and acquire at least one major remote-working company
- [01:01:25] Bonuses: Facebook Spaces will still be shit (even though it has been shut down since 2019, so maybe Facebook Horizon will be shit); Canonical will not get acquired (!)
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News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.
Thank you to Marius Quabeck and NerdZoom Media for being our audio producers!