To become a business giant, vision is key. This ability to see what others can not, but once it becomes reality, it even seems obvious. That's why when talking about successful entrepreneurs, Bill Gates is a must-have reference, and his vision went so far as to predict the future of the Internet and the devices it involves.
The icon of technological culture launched in 1999 its book & # 39; Business in the digital era & # 39; (Business @ the Speed of Thought), and he talked about what the devices and platforms that would be common in digital societies, as well as how they would work in these communities.
Of course, Gates did not succeed in all its predictions, and several make the distinction that, while the founder of Microsoft was quite accurate in his views on how he would look at Internet today, he did not have the right to To glimpse the post-PC era, which Satya Nadella, the CEO of her company from 2014, spoke.
By the way, it is not the first time that Microsoft predicts the future, Check this story about your video 10 years ago.
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Among the predictions that Gates is right, they emphasize, for example, virtual assistants and advanced artificial intelligence models such as "machine learning" and "deep learning" or deep learning. Today we have second or third generation platforms like Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa, though
Instant and online payments
"People will pay their bills, they will be in charge of their finances and they will communicate with their doctors online". Fully successful, even even cut. Today we have advanced digital payment, foundation and engine payment methods for eCommerce, as well as a second generation of Touchless payments via NFC (Near Field Communication).
Industry of mobile devices
This was perhaps an easy way to see, but Bill Gates was ambitious when he spoke about the subject: "People carry small devices that will allow them to be in permanent contact and do business electronically where they are. They will be able to see the news , see the flights they have booked, obtain financial market information and do just about anything else on these devices. " Well, maybe for 1999 it was difficult to see this level of progress.
In addition to the possibilities of communicating with other people, social networks have opened the door to comment in real time from a sporting event or an important event. Gates, who has never enjoyed the magic and clapping of other businessmen of the time as Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, said then that in the future until the matches would be analyzed for any
Gates spoke in 1999 of "personalized advertising," today trading desks and programmatic technologies are so advanced that they deliver customized advertising to the behavior and interests of each Internet user, with an impressive level of targeting; In fact, the new generation of programmatic could work for smart TVs.
In 1999, Gates wrote: "It will change in such a way that anyone in the world could give their opinion on a topic." Now we have social networks, where a topic becomes dynamic and fast conversation in real time, generating trend and news about the news. We even have figures such as "controls", "Trending Topics", memes, etc.
Start-ups hunt discounts and price buyers
Buill Gates basically predicted the existence of crowdbusiness platforms such as Airbnb, Groupon and Uber with their own rules of supply and demands and in which the same public contributes the raw material and the service. He also talked about the platform to compare prices such as Tripadvisor, Trivago and Best Day trip aggregates; Comparators are a business model explored by numerous companies that apply Big Data-based systems and search algorithms to offer trends and consumer support.