Click to view - Bill Gates Made 15 Predictions In 1999 And It’s Scary How Accurate They Are

As the brain behind tech giants Microsoft and the richest man alive, to say that Bill Gates is good at his job is a bit of an understatement. When Windows burst into the collective consciousness in the mid-to-late 90s, people around the world could now have computing technology in their own homes. With the principles Gates established going on to define how we use computers 20 years later, it’s almost as if Bill Gates could actually see the future.
When a genius such as Bill Gates shows the world what’s in his mind, it’s no surprise that he’s thinking streets ahead of anybody else. Even so, with some of his insights, it’s hard not to imagine Bill Gates looking away from his Windows PC to gaze into a crystal ball. Take the book he released in 1999, called Business @ the Speed of Thought. In that book, he made fifteen bold claims about the future, and if you read them in the present day, it’s quite creepy how spot-on Bill Gates got his predictions.


1. Comprehensive mobile devices
“People will carry around small devices that allow them to constantly stay in touch and do electronic business from wherever they are. They will be able to check the news, see flights they have booked, get information from financial markets, and do just about anything else on these devices.”

2. The advent of social media
“Private websites for your friends and family will be common, allowing you to chat and plan for events.”
3. Price comparison sites
“Automated price comparison services will be developed, allowing people to see prices across multiple websites, making it effortless to find the cheapest product for all industries.”
4. Online banking and payments
“People will pay their bills, take care of their finances, and communicate with their doctors over the Internet.”
5. Interconnectivity and personal assistants
“‘Personal companions’ will be developed. They will connect and sync all your devices in a smart way, whether they are at home or in the office, and allow them to exchange data. The device will check your email or notifications, and present the information that you need. When you go to the store, you can tell it what recipes you want to prepare, and it will generate a list of ingredients that you need to pick up. It will inform all the devices that you use of your purchases and schedule, allowing them to automatically adjust to what you’re doing.”
6. Online home monitoring 
“Constant video feeds of your house will become common, which inform you when somebody visits while you are not home.”
7. Smart advertising
“Devices will have smart advertising. They will know your purchasing trends, and will display advertisements that are tailored toward your preferences.”
8. Links during TV broadcasts
“Television broadcast will include links to relevant websites and content that complement what you are watching.”
9. Interest-based online communities
“Online communities will not be influenced by your location, but rather, your interest.”
10. Project management software
“Project managers looking to put a team together will be able to go online, describe the project, and receive recommendations for available people who would fit their requirements.”
11. Web-based job hunting
“People looking for work will be able to find employment opportunities online by declaring their interest, needs, and specialized skills.”
12. Enterprise outsourcing
“Companies will be able to bid on jobs, whether they are looking for a construction project, a movie production, or an advertising campaign. This will be efficient for both big companies that want to outsource work that they don’t usually face, businesses looking for new clients, and corporations that don’t have a go-to provider for the said service.”
13. Tailored promotional offers
“Software that knows when you’ve booked a trip and uses that information to suggest activities at the local destination. It suggests activities, discounts, offers, and cheaper prices for all the things that you want to take part in.”
14. Sports discussion websites
“While watching a sports competition on television, services will allow you to discuss what is going on live, and enter contest (sic) where you vote on who you think will win.”
15. Online discussion boards
“Residents of cities and countries will be able to have internet-based discussions concerning issues that affect them, such as local politics, city planning, or safety.”
Although Bill Gates has retired from duties at Microsoft to focus more on humanitarian endeavors, the predictions he made back in 1999 still ring true today – and it’s a testament to the longevity and creativity of Bill Gates’ ideas.
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