I’ve been posting annual predictions on VentureBeat yearly for the previous 10 years, and I’m embarassed to say that I missed the mark badly on a few my predictions for final yr. With the Internet of Things heating up and autonomous autos rising, I believed we’d see clever highways in 2017. Wrong. And with a lot motion within the FinTech sector, I used to be positive we’d see the launch of a world online-only financial institution final yr. Wrong once more. While that prediction fell quick for 2017, although, it’s potential a startup like Beam will launch this yr as an alternative.

I additionally anticipated cybersecurity to be the primary subject of dialog in tech final yr. While it definitely was one of many prime 5 matters within the tech media, it was significantly overshadowed by Bitcoin mania and the cryptocraziness of 2017.

My two different predictions — that China would invade the U.S. tech sector and that we’d see synthetic intelligence proceed to surge forward — have been on course. China’s funding into the U.S. tech sector hit a fast tempo, with numerous Chinese entities nonetheless wanting extra funding alternatives right here. And AI’s hotness continued into 2017, and can proceed to blaze by way of 2018. Fear of the machine world and Terminators will proceed too.

But sufficient about final yr’s predictions. Let’s get to this yr’s.

Here’s what I foresee for 2018:

1. Blockchain Bounty Hunter will develop into a job

By the tip of 2018, “blockchain bounty hunter” will develop into a brand new job class. As blockchain applied sciences develop into extra prevalent in enterprise and authorities, we’ll see a wave of recent job roles created. Imagine federal businesses inserting their info on public distributed ledgers that maintain hundreds of thousands or billions of information. Short-staffed authorities bureaucracies will want dozens or possibly even a whole bunch of people who find themselves a cross between in the present day’s bug bounty hunters and futuristic blade runners to seek out discrepancies throughout public information (ledgers). These blockchain bounty hunters might be forensic monetary fraud specialists or possibly information scientists utilizing AI engines to seek out the subsequent Bernie Madoff inside SEC information on a public blockchain or violators of YouTube’s content material insurance policies.

2. Quantum computing will develop into the brand new Bitcoin

We’ll begin to see some real-world functions of quantum computing, and it’ll develop into the brand new rage by the tip of the yr. Particles teleporting or mirroring one another miles aside? Quantum chips that slot in your hand having extra computing energy than a farm of supercomputers? Google is supposedly popping out with its 50-qubit quantum laptop in 2018, so no surprise it bought Boston Dynamics to lower the potential of Skynet and Terminators changing into a actuality. With the main AI know-how and quantum alone, Google could be set as much as develop into the dominate firm for the subsequent 100 years.

3. China and 5 different OECD nations will launch their very own cryptocurrency

As regulatory our bodies resolve on learn how to transfer ahead with cryptocurrencies and ICOs, I’ve said for a couple of months that the general market will develop into extra regulated and extra sane. I additionally consider main OECD nations will start launching their very own cryptocurrencies this yr, beginning with China. I’d guess on not less than 5 others following swimsuit. Smaller nations, reminiscent of Estonia and Venezuela have already began their plans, however the market won’t change till main international economies develop into lively on this house. I assume there shall be a consolidation or collapse of most of the smaller cryptocurrencies as nations create their very own cryptocurrencies over the subsequent a number of years.

4. Self-driving taxis shall be working in 5 cities

Autonomous autos will nonetheless be a scorching subject in 2018 as extra trials get underway past Chandler, Arizona. By yr finish, we must always see full working autonomous taxi providers in 5 cities throughout the U.S. As these get underway, don’t be shocked to see an entire new line of startups offering complementary providers when longer rides develop into possible, reminiscent of meals, therapeutic massage, and tutoring.

5. Brain-controlled machines will explode onto the market

Various units have been doing cute methods with mind-control interfaces, however this yr we’ll see dozens of industries decide up the know-how. Nissan simply introduced the combination of mind wave know-how with its automobiles. We’ve already seen mind-controlled laptop interfaces and robots, however as this know-how turns into extra mature we’ll see it examined throughout dwelling home equipment, the development business, and dozens of different verticals the place time or multitasking are essential elements.

Bernard Moon is cofounder and Partner at SparkLabs Group, a community of accelerators and enterprise capital funds.

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