“Way back on the 2nd of January, 2012 AD, we asked you to try and predict what technologies would find their final resting place
this that year.” As far as I can tell from a few minutes of thorough research, that 2012 Death Pool posted by engineerd™ was the last time we asked for technology prognostications. Many of the predictions from that year actually have yet to die, perhaps most notably BlackBerry, who is still hanging on. So much so that we can even recycle the text from that year!
“Blackberry remains on life support this year. RIM, despite a failed tablet, has managed to stay afloat and is currently touting
Blackberry 10 the Priv running Android as a company saving platform. Is it really going to save the company, or is it just another Palm 2.0 final gasp of air? Unfortunately for our little morbid game, we have to wait until 2013 the rest of 2016 to see if the coffin gets closed.”
Other than our favorite Canadian “smart”-phone maker, other predictions from that year included wristwatches, standalone GPS units, network TV, Kodak, point-and-shoot cameras, SiriusXM, and netbooks.
Now let’s fast forward to 4 years later. Will this be the year any of those previous guesses finally give up the ghost? Is it finally RIM’s year, for real this time? Or is there a technology secretly hanging on that you think will finally depart the land of the living this year, much like Sony’s scheduled blow to BetaMax–yes, that Beta, who knew?
Fire up the old What If Machine, and let us know what technology will meet its doom in the upcoming year!