We’d all like to know what will happen in 2014, and the thoughtful journalists at the Economist magazine have published an intriguing set of predictions that give us some clues, as they do every year.
Some of them are quite a stretch, however. So in the spirit of respectful debate (which the Economist basically encourages with every issue) here are five things the magazine thinks will happen next year that probably won’t:
A coming “tech-lash.” The idea is that a tech backlash will occur as ordinary folks begin to view tech barons such as Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison and Sean Parker as greedy villains akin to Wall Street banksters and heartless Big Oil environment wreckers. Doubtful. Superrich tech titans have shown themselves to be plenty crass and dismissive of the little guy, but with an important difference: Many of the most popular tech offerings, such as Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), LinkedIn (LNKD) and Pandora (P), remain free to the public or cheap if you upgrade. And newRead More »from 4 Predictions About 2014 That Are Wrong